These days I use engineered quartz countertops in a lot of my projects. It is very versatile and looks great in both modern and traditional spaces. It has taken over from granite as my most-used countertop material. It is made from natural stone scraps and chips mixed together with a binder, so it is environmentally-friendly and a great use of material that would otherwise go to waste. It is very durable and as hard as granite. And much more durable than marble. Its only ‘kryptonite’ is intense heat, so be mindful if you regularly place pots directly from the stovetop onto your countertop.
It comes in a vast array of colors and in recent years, lots of great marble-like patterns as well. The solid whites, grays and taupes look great in contemporary spaces as seen here in one of my custom bathroom designs-
– and the veined patterned slabs are perfect with the popular trend of painted cabinets, seen here in a custom kitchen project I recently completed-
One company I often use is Pental. They have a great range of colors and patterns available and are competitively priced. Their blog is also a great resource for kitchen and bath inspiration. I was lucky enough to have my recent project featured on their blog just a few days ago. Here is the link. Thanks Pental!
I spent some time browsing their blog and found a few particular kitchens I really loved. The use of the Avenza material in this kitchen by ASD Interiors is really elegant and works so well adding subtle pattern and personality in such a minimal space.
On the other side of the design spectrum, the quartz used in this stunning modern farmhouse project by Adapt Design is just perfect!
There are lots more beautiful projects on their blog so remember them for your next bathroom or kitchen reno project!
*All work by Christa Pirl excluding final two photos, courtesy of ASD Interiors and Adapt Design via Pental Quartz blog.