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Can Quartz Imitate Marble?

Everyone likes the appearance of a marble worktop, but not everyone likes the price tag and upkeep that comes with it. This is why quartz can be such a fantastic alternative; it looks similar, but it’s much lower in maintenance, meaning you’ll never have to worry about marks or spills in your kitchen. Marble is prone to staining, and even simple liquids such as water can mark your counter.

White countertops have been creeping ahead in popularity compared to black worktops over the past few years, most noticeably with the introduction of the upscale kitchen farmhouse style. A popular white worktop is Carrara Marble, and people often don’t realise that quartz can look exactly the same, if not better.

Another, often overlooked benefit is that each quartz slab can be made to look exactly the same – so you can avoid the seams and divisions often found in naturally occurring slabs of granite or marble.

Take a look at some of our quartz that resembles white marble, Bianco Carrara is certainly our favourite; the light grey textures add to the marbled effect:

Not only are they durable and maintenance free, the whites and greys of these styles are brilliant at reflecting the natural light in your kitchen to really brighten it up. That’s just one of the reasons it is such a popular look these days with house buyers and interior designers alike. For an even more striking effect, try combining it with dark coloured cabinets or walls.

And it’s not just farmhouse kitchens that suit this style of white worktop. The colour works well in all types of spaces, including the ultra-modern, traditional and classic kitchen looks.

At Modern Worktops we have a range of over 150 different types of quartz worktops for you to choose from, with products from Cimstone, Arenastone, Diresco, Technistone, Compac, Silestone and other affordable ranges.We are passionate about our work and would love to talk to you about our products and services, so for more information or queries on pricing please get in touch with us today.

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How To Pick Kitchen Hardware To Match Your Worktop

So maybe you’ve just had a new granite or quartz worktop installed, or you’ve picked a worktop and are waiting for it to be completed, or you’re in the early stages of planning a kitchen re-fit. You’re likely to want to choose the right cabinets and fittings, and you’ll certainly want them to complement your new worktop. How are you supposed to know what might work?

This article is a compilation of a few of our top tips from our experience.

1 – Match the pulls and handles to your worktop

Most of the time when you install new cabinets they do not come with handles or pulls. You need to think about the style of your worktop – whether it is a natural, muted tone or something more jazzy, and begin to consider how this will set the style of your entire kitchen. Is it giving it a warm, traditional foundation? Or is it setting up a new contemporary look? A good worktop is often the centrepiece of a kitchen so it can be the foundation for the overall style.

Once you’ve decided what direction your worktop is taking you, carefully look at different types of handles and pulls to match. They could be minimalistic stainless steel or ornate, decorative brass – it all depends on the overall feel of your kitchen.

2- Consider how ‘busy’ your worktop looks

If your worktop has lots of movement/swirls in the stone, it automatically will become more of a focal point and you’ll generally want to pick cabinets that are slightly less active. Simpler designs will allow your worktop to stand out much more and will avoid clashing.

Conversely, if your countertop/worktop is more minimalistic and relies more in smooth colours, you can be a little more creative with your cabinet design.

3- Dark on light or light on dark?

This is an area that really depends on your own taste. You may automatically feel that a dark worktop works best with light cabinets and vice versa, but there is more room for choice than that. For example, a dark quartz worktop with white swirls may work very well with very dark cabinets.

Conversely, a light coloured worktop with dark movement patterns can work really well with light coloured cabinets.

And without wanting to over-complicate things, not all cabinets need be the same style. For example your worktop may be on an island in your kitchen. You may then want to pick cabinets for the island which contrast the colour of the worktop, and pick cabinets for the rest of the kitchen which complement the worktop.

Overall, it is important to get a variety of samples and try them out under different lighting environments and in different combinations.

We hope that these quick tips are helpful. Please let us know if there are any other subjects you’d like us to cover.

The Benefits Of A Quartz Worktop

Quartz, in case you didn’t know, is an engineered stone. It does not naturally exist in the format we use it. Natural quartz is a hard mineral, but is not usable in the state it is found in. Generally, 90% ground quartz is combined with resins, polymers and pigments to form the hard surface you’ll see in kitchens.

In order to produce it, the natural quartz crystals are mined before being ground down into a fine dust. Resin binders are then added under a very high heat and pressure, which forms a solid slab. During the process, pigments added change the colour.

Here are some of the top reasons you should consider a quartz worktop for your kitchen:

APPEARENCE

The marriage of nature and science in production means we have a lot of flexibility when it comes to the appearance of a quartz worktop.

For example, the coarseness of the ground crystal affects whether the worktop appears flecked or smooth. The pigments used can subtly change the colour, or make it imitate another type of stone such as granite or marble, and can even include big gems or crystals. There are mottled as well as singular colours available, along with other finishes such as antiqued, leather and honed.

Have a look here to see the range of different looks our quartz worktops come in.

ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT

Another benefit of quartz is its relatively impact on the environment. Quartz is the most common material in the earth’s crust. Mining it harms the environment less than mining other, rarer elements does.

DURABILITY

Quartz is incredibly hard and durable. It is non-porous and very resistant to cracks and stains. Unlike a granite worktop, a quartz worktop will not require sealing or resealing.

Quartz worktops are also naturally scratch-resistant – only three other natural minerals can scratch it (diamond, sapphire and topaz). Quartz surfaces are stronger and tougher than granite – they have four times the flexural strength and double the impact resistance. They even outperform marble, and rank 7 on the Mohs hardness scale.

Quartz is also very easy to clean using just mild soap, water and a cloth.

It also worth mentioning, though, that they have some slight drawbacks – they are not heat resistant, and for very large worktops or countertops there will be seams.

We’re proud to have installed hundreds of fantastic quartz worktops of all kinds. You can see a range here, or get in touch directly to see what we can do for you.

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