Choosing the Perfect Quartz Color for Countertops

How to choose the perfect color of quartz for kitchen countertops or bathroom countertops?

White modern farmhouse kitchen with Minuet quartz countertop and farm sink by Hello Lovely Studio. #minuet #viatera #quartz #kitchendesign
Choosing the perfect white quartz for countertops (photo: Hello Lovely Studio)

Not always the easiest task. There are tons of choices. But I’m here to help!

Why your ultimate choice matters. Not only are new kitchen countertops a hefty investment, but that quartz counter choice you make for your kitchen design is going to greet you every morning and evening in the kitchen…a space which has surely evolved into America’s new living room.

Even though I concentrate on white varieties of quartz in this post, the guidance actually applies to choosing any hue of quartz countertops in your design plans…Here’s my kitchen with Viatera Minuet quartz countertops, and in this story I’ll guide you through the selection process. This is not a sponsored post, just me sharing my story…I did pop in a couple of affiliate links for a sink and faucet (using the links won’t cost you extra, yet I’ll earn a small commission).

My white modern farmhouse style kitchen with Viatera Minuet quartz countertops--read more about how I arrived at this shade of white quartz for the project. #minuet #quartz #kitchendesign
HOW TO CHOOSE THE BEST COLOR OF QUARTZ FOR COUNTERTOPS. (photo: Hello Lovely Studio) Faucet is here. Sink is here.

How to Choose the Perfect Color of Quartz

Here at the fixer upper, choosing the perfect
quartz color was surprisingly tricky
despite the fact I knew exactly what I wanted:
a clean, crisp, white to complement
pure white cabinets.

I visited every local showroom with quartz,
looked at giant quartz slabs at a warehouse,
and brought home quartz sample after sample.

It was a quite the quartzy season. Here’s the thing.

Even when you get clear about the look you
hope to achieve (Carrara, Granite, Calacatta),
there remain a host of options and more
than “50 shades of white” quartz options
with hues from muted grey to beige to arctic
which can reduce DIY designfreaky
whole house renovators to:


For example, I thought I found the perfect quartz
for the fixer’s kitchen with the highly regarded
Caesarstone Calacatta Nuvo
since it is absolutely gorgeous with dramatic,
not-too-busy veining and a beautiful finish.

image result for Caesarstone Calacatta Nuvo white quartz countertop #calacattanuvo #caesarstone #quartz #kitchendesign
Caesarstone Calacatta Nuvo white quartz – Choosing the Best Color of Quartz for Countertops

This quartz was my first choice for my countertops; yet when I brought home a good-sized sample
of Calacatta Nuvo to see it with our white Shaker
kitchen cabinets, the color somehow did not
sizzle my bacon since the white of
the cabinetry made it look too creamy.

So that quartz color choice was out.

Then, I brought at least 10 more white-ish quartz samples home to
my kitchen and kept stumbling upon these issues:

*a quartz color which sparkled gorgeously in the showroom under showroom
lighting came off completely wrong in my humble, Northwest exposure (not showroom lit) kitchen.

*the same quartz color appearing gloriously pure white online
fell flat when placed next to my white kitchen cabinets.

*a quartz color which seemed perfect when I viewed the giant slab in non-fancy lighting…
well, that didn’t help either (but obviously it does help to view a full slab
of natural stone or granite you intend to use for countertops.)

Sound familiar?

image result for Silestone Lagoon Quartz Countertop Sample #lagoon #silestone #quartz #kitchendesign
Silestone Lagoon Quartz Countertop Sample – Choosing the Best Color of Quartz for Countertops

My second choice? Silestone Lagoon quartz. I loved it in the showroom,
in photos online, and as a sample on
the passenger seat next to me on the drive home.

A gorgeous Shaker style kitchen by Devol with country style, Silestone Lagoon quartz counters, an open shelf, farm sink, and a chrome bridge faucet. #silestone #lagoon #quartz #kitchendesign
Silestone Lagoon Quartz Countertop (via Devol Kitchens) – Choosing the Best Color of Quartz for Countertops

But at home in my kitchen with my particular
northwest exposure and white kitchen cabinets,
the tone of Lagoon quartz came off  too drab,
presented much more as putty,
and was not quite the white
I was after.

Gorgeous and serene white farmhouse kitchen by DeVOL with Silestone Lagoon quartz countertop, custom light grey cabinets, farm sink, bridge faucet, and window seat. #lagoon #silestone #farmhousekitchen #kitchendesign
Silestone Lagoon Quartz Countertop (DeVOL Kitchens) – Choosing the Best Color of Quartz for Countertops

Though I am nutty von nutty about how
Silestone’s Lagoon quartz works
in every single kitchen design by Devol,
it just wasn’t singing with the “White Icing”
painted finish of custom Schuler cabinets
here at the fixer upper.

(You might remember I chose the same
Schuler custom cabinets Sarah Richardson
chose for her cottage-style kitchen because…
Sarah’s endorsement was good enough for me,
and Schuler was a great firm to work with.)

image result for LG Viatera Cirrus Quartz Countertop Sample #viatera #cirrus #quartz #countertop
Viatera Cirrus Quartz Countertop Sample

But butter my biscuit!
Everything changed when two particular white quartz
colors from the LG Viatera line came into my life!

We have found our white quartz happy place! #viatera #cirrus #quartz #countertop
Viatera Cirrus quartz countertop. (via Viatera) – Choosing the Best Color of Quartz for Countertops

Option No. 1: Viatera Cirrus Quartz. (above) Cirrus is dreamygorgeous and has this ethereal, marshmallow-y, subtle painterly feel about it that made me want to stare and touch it. (Don’t judge and don’t you dare forward my contact info to the producers of that “strange fetish” reality TV show!) I was almost certain Cirrus was my dream quartz color for my white kitchen.

Until I discovered another option:

Confession! Is it possibly the best alabaster pure bright white quartz color for countertops on the planet??? This blogger thinks so! It's Viatera Minuet Quartz for #countertops. #viatera #quartz #MINUET #kitchendesign
Viatera MINUET Quartz Countertop

Option No. 2: LG Viatera Minuet

While Cirrus is awesome,
the winning white quartz color in the end for me was
the amazingly pure white and bright,
LG Viatera Minuet
with its alabaster white background, Parisian feel,
light grey marbling, and reflective beauty.

Loving my LG Viatera Minuet quartz countertops and Bosch appliances. #viatera #quartz #Minuet #blackandwhite #kitchendesign
Viatera Quartz Countertop: MINUET in Hello Lovely Studio’s Kitchen

LG named this quartz color Minuet because of its harmonious perfection of tones, reminiscent of the marriage of notes
in a minuet, and me oh my, does it sing in the kitchen.

My White Kitchen: Viatera MINUET Quartz Countertop, farm sink, bridge faucet, polished venatino marble backsplash, and Shaker style cabinetry. #viatera #minuet #hellolovelystudio #modernfarmhouse #kitchendesign
Faucet is here. Sink is here. Exact backsplash tile: HERE. My White Kitchen: Viatera MINUET Quartz Countertop, farm sink, bridge faucet, polished venatino marble backsplash, and Shaker style cabinetry

How did Viatera MINUET Quartz Win Me Over?

What was it about Viatera Minuet quartz which triumphed over
all the other quartz colors on the spectrum of whites for me?

A beautiful Frasier fir wreath, Swedish candelabra, and white fairy lights over my modern farmhouse sink for the holidays. #modernfarmhouse #farmsink #farmhousedecor #Christmaswreath #SwedishChristmas
My Kitchen: Faucet is here. Sink is here. Viatera MINUET quarts countertop, farm sink, polished venatino marble mosaic backsplash.

First, let’s talk price.
My budget was tight, and quartz can get pricey.
At the time, the Caesarstone Calcatta Nuvo quote was actually
double the one for the LG Viatera Minuet which still would
have been fine were it the perfect choice for this kitchen
since we’ll be living with the choice for a long time.
(BTW, the cost of quartz is sometimes determined by demand.)

But as it turned out, I didn’t have to sweat it since
my top choice also came with the friendliest price tag…score!
With so many other expenses on the renovation
list at this fixer upper, I needed the break.

White Shaker cabinets and #farmsink in #modernfarmhouse kitchen by Hello Lovely Studio #minuet
My Kitchen: Viatera Minuet quartz countertop, Faucet is here. Sink is here, Shaker style cabinetry, and white roses.

Second, a word about the perfect white.
Viatera MINUET quartz was the whitest white without being a complete white out.
If you have shopped for quartz, then you know what I mean! Solid white can be awesome in the right modern kitchen design context, but when you are going for a stone look with some veining to keep things natural looking and forgiving, the solid white may be all wrong.

A white and bright serene kitchen by Hello Lovely Studio with Viatera Minuet countertops and polished marble subway tile backsplash. #quartz #Minuet #whitekitchen
Choosing the Best Color of Quartz for Countertops

Third, Viatera Minuet quartz was a winner for being the most reflective choice.
I sorely needed to get the maximum amount of light bounced around in our kitchen,
which is why I also opted for a polished venatino marble
mosaic for the wall as opposed to honed marble.

With Viatera Minuet, LG created a beautiful alabaster white
which brightened, lightened, and heightened the wow
factor for our kitchen which, as you can see below, truly needed the love!

BEFORE: navy blue laminate counters and 80’s style vinyl cabinets

Fourth, Minuet is the frackin bomb
in how it works with natural white marble.
We used polished venatino marble for the
backsplash/statement wall, and it is a beautiful marriage
with Minuet since I wasn’t interested in contrast.
Minuet worked with Carrara, Grecian,
and other natural stone I brought home.

hello lovely-white-Shaker-kitchen-Minuet-quartz-tranquil-timeless
Choosing the Best Color of Quartz for Countertops – Faucet is here. Sink is here.

Fifth, I got to see Viatera Minuet in a real life kitchen.

My sister was designing her own kitchen and baths around the same time I was doing mine, and she chose Minuet in her brand new build for the kitchen and a couple bathrooms, so I was able to see expanses of it installed which is MONEY.

Here is Viatera Minuet Quartz in Jody’s kitchen:

Nightscape abstract painting by Michele Ranard of Hello Lovely Studio on a Viatera Minuet quartz countertop in a modern kitchen. #minuet #hellolovelystudio #blackandwhite
(Nightscape painting and photo by me.) Viatera Minuet Quartz Countertop – Choosing the Best Color of Quartz for Countertops
Viatera Minuet quartz countertop in a Chicagoland kitchen with black and white. #viatera #minuet #whitequartz #quartzcountertop
Viatera Minuet quartz countertop in a Chicagoland kitchen with black and white. – Choosing the Best Color of Quartz for Countertops
A black and white sideboard topped with Viatera Minuet Quartz. (Abstract painting on canvas by Michele of Hello Lovely Studio) #minuetquartz #viatera #quartzcountertop #hellolovelystudio
A black and white sideboard topped with Viatera Minuet Quartz. (Abstract painting on canvas by Michele of Hello Lovely Studio) – Choosing the Best Color of Quartz for Countertops
A white kitchen with Viatera Minuet quartz countertop. #viatera #quartzcountertop #minuet #kitchendesign
A white kitchen with Viatera Minuet quartz countertop. Choosing the Best Color of Quartz for Countertops
LG Viatera Minuet quartz countertop on vanity in bathroom. #minuet #quartzcountertop
Minuet Quartz bathroom countertop in Jody’s bathroom. Choosing the Best Color of Quartz for Countertops
Viatera Minuet quartz countertop on a vanity in a powder room. #minuet #quartz #viatera #bathroomcounter
Viatera Minuet quartz countertop on a vanity in a powder room. Choosing the Best Color of Quartz for Countertops
Minuet quartz on a sideboard in a Chicagoland kitchen. #minuet #quartzcountertop #viatera
Minuet quartz on a sideboard in a Chicagoland kitchen. Choosing the Best Color of Quartz for Countertops
A black mortar and pestle, rustic wood board, and lime on a quartz countertop in the kitchen. #minuet #whitequartz #viatera
Minuet quartz countertop and white subway tile backsplash. Choosing the Best Color of Quartz for Countertops

By the way…regarding quartz vs. real marble for a kitchen design:

I have used quartz for counters in multiple kitchens, not in any way attempting to fake the look of natural stone or granite…

Kittycats, quartz ain’t foolin anybody as a marble poser.

No, no, no.

image result for red wine poured into goblet. #redwine #winepour
Ye shall not stain the countertops at Maison Lovely, Red!

I am quartzhappy because of its stain resistance, uniformity, strength, non-porous, no-maintenance nature, antibacterial properties, and lovely live-ability since we can surely anticipate red wine spills, and limes sliced directly on naked kitchen counters when madame Lovely is not present to police criminal lime slicing behavior.

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p.s. I found a little steel cart to us as a work table that was the perfect size to be topped with the Minuet quartz cut-out from my farm sink. The fabricator had finished the leftover piece on all sides (bonus). I painted it with this Paris Grey chalk paint then added salvaged maple floor boards we had salvaged from the kitchen floor when we demo’d it. The sink cut-out piece fit perfectly on top and is heavy enough that no adhesive was necessary. You can see it on my IG here.

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  1. November 19, 2016 / 11:05 am

    I used Hanstone's Victoria Sands in the in-law apartment we added to our home 10 years ago. Ahead of the curve! It looks like the day it was installed. Our own kitchen is being renovated at the moment, I ordered Silestone's Bamboo to complement cabinets in painted in SW Dover White. I am going for a warm neutral look.

    • November 19, 2016 / 6:54 pm

      I love a warm neutral look-sounds perfect. And I love Silestone too for quartz. In the last house, I went for warm finishes and used their Ivory Coast which was reminiscent of the beach. And yep, it looked as good when we left as when it was installed 9 yrs ago!

      • B
        October 28, 2018 / 8:56 pm

        I’m looking for photos of finished white kitchen with quartz white with soft gray gold lines . I need to purchase from home depot. Any advice

        • michele
          October 29, 2018 / 11:10 am

          I think I understand that it may be a challenge to find photos of the quartz with soft gray and gold (like calacatta gold marble) because there aren’t many in that color range. I’ll see what I can dig up. Then the challenge is securing permissions to post the photos! 🙂

  2. November 20, 2016 / 1:28 am

    It is a perfect choice for both of you girls. I was singing the same song when it came time to choose our counters and declined many for the same reasons you did. I wound up getting Lyscom by arizona tile, very similar to yours with less movement, soft, lovely, clean looking all the necessary qualities I love in a kitchen. Next I get to choose a backsplash time after the first of the year. Of course it is subway, white or carrera marble, we shall see.!! Love your kitchen and your sisters, so much!!

    • November 20, 2016 / 6:41 pm

      thx, friend. i love your taste in finishes, kathysue! will be fun to see your process for that backsplash. my sis is gearing up to do her backsplash as well. my sisters are amazing women and the three of us together are OUT OF CONTROL, drive our poor mother nuts, and feel like we rule the world! xox

  3. January 17, 2017 / 2:47 pm

    Hi! Love it all! In the first and last kitchen picture, what was the back splash you used?

    • March 10, 2017 / 5:56 am

      Sorry I'm seeing this so late! In our kitchen, it's a polished venatino marble mosaic tile from Lowe's. In my sister's kitchen, it's a white subway ceramic tile. hope this helps.

  4. January 17, 2017 / 2:48 pm

    Hi!! I am doing the Minuet in my kitchen and am very excited about it! What backsplash did you use for the first and last kitchen?

    • March 10, 2017 / 5:59 am

      my kitchen: a polished venatino marble subway mosaic tile from Lowe's and in my sister's a white subway ceramic tile. good luck on your Minuet kitchen!

  5. February 3, 2017 / 3:00 am

    I'm filing all this great information away since I'll be going through this process too.

    • March 10, 2017 / 5:57 am

      Yay! it'll be so fun watching you make it happen! xox

  6. April 28, 2017 / 1:42 pm

    Thank you! This came at the right time. We are renovating bathrooms and just decided last night that as much as we love the Carrara look and feel, it's too fussy for our busy household with two teens. Minuet seems like the right fit and your description nailed it!

    • April 28, 2017 / 8:10 pm

      thanks for letting me know! i'm so glad this helped! xox

  7. Anonymous
    May 7, 2017 / 8:01 pm

    We are thinking of using LG Minuet quartz in our kitchen. What color of cabinets did you use with that quartz in your kitchen? Thanks!

    • May 8, 2017 / 8:25 pm

      They are from Schuler, and are the brightest white which I think is called WHITE ICING from Schuler. Hope this helps! xox

  8. May 11, 2017 / 5:06 pm

    Hi ! What thickness did you use? 2 or 3 cm? And what type of edge? Thank you! I found this at Home Depot of all places, was looking at images, and found your blog. Very helpful!

  9. May 11, 2017 / 5:09 pm

    What thickness are your counters? 2 or 3 cm? And what style of edge? Very helpful blog. Thank you!!

    • May 12, 2017 / 2:45 am

      Thanks so much for visiting, Jenre! The quartz is 3 cm, and the edge is the plain old standard edge. I just did Viatera quartz in our Arizona kitchen, and they do things different in that part of the country: for that counter, it was 2 cm for the product which the fabricator then built up to (I think) a thicker edge than I have here in Chicago! I think 3 cm is sort of normal for most projects outside of the southwest.

  10. July 11, 2017 / 1:58 am

    We are planning to install Minuet in our kitchen. How has it held up for you? Any staining or chipping? Have you accidentally left anything (sauce, wine, coffee) out on it and did it stain? Thank you!

    • July 11, 2017 / 9:03 pm

      I did find one small chip in the last 2 years with it, and maybe it could be repaired but it isn't bothering a thing and not noticeable. My guys have left sauce and ??? and red wine and nothing has stained it. There is some scratching from so much use but nothing I feel needs to be buffed out after 2 years. Hope this helps!

  11. July 11, 2017 / 2:02 am

    We are planning on installing Minuet in our kitchen. Have you had any issues with staining or chipping? Have you accidentally left anything (sauce, wine, coffee) on it for a while and did it stain? Thank you!

    • July 11, 2017 / 9:05 pm

      Hi Patricia. See the above reply. I'm still happy with it despite some subtle scratching and a little chip. I think these issues can be remedied, but they don't bother me. I would recommend always using a cutting board to prevent scratching. The chip is probably from my husband dropping a heavy tool on it…so avoid that too! This kitchen gets a lot of abuse since we have done a whole house DIY.

  12. August 1, 2017 / 6:10 pm

    Minuet quartz going in our kitchen mid-August! What is the size of subway tile that you and your sister used? Also, where did you buy your table? I love the size and width, our eat-in kitchen area is not super large, so looking for a table JUST like that! Thanks 🙂

    • August 2, 2017 / 4:23 am

      Hi Laura! Woohoo! We used a 12" mosaic tile so the subway pieces are approx 2×4 each. You can still buy it from Lowe's…Allen and Roth polished venatino marble. Our farm table is huge and custom made from barn wood. 7 feet long and 38" wide. I am using it in my studio now and we have a small round in the space now. Let me know how your kitchen turns out!

  13. Anonymous
    August 29, 2017 / 3:15 am

    Beautiful! Love it! What color grout for your marble backsplash?

    • August 29, 2017 / 3:27 pm

      tahank you! a bright white.

  14. September 2, 2017 / 2:28 am

    which is preferable Zodiaq London Sky or the Minuet for South facing kitchen with White Dove cabinets and dark walnut floors?

    • September 3, 2017 / 6:05 am

      hi lisa! hopefully you can bring good sized samples of each into the space to see it with your lighting. my own kitchen cabinets are a brighter white than white dove so the alabaster white of Minuet appealed to me. The light grey London Sky seems like it would pair nicely with a variety of white cabinets, with some contrast. the veining in Minuet may be more dramatic than London Sky. i'm good with that since it's forgiving. south facing is lucky! 🙂

  15. October 14, 2017 / 10:52 am

    Hi Michele, I too am in the Chicago area. Where were you able to locate the LG? I would love to see it in person. I think our project calls for the same white quartz from how you are describing it. Thanks so much!

    • michele
      October 14, 2017 / 4:47 pm

      Hi Lana. You might check Home Depot for LG Viatera quartz. I sourced ours from Lonny’s Stone Crafters in Rockford, IL, who were wonderful to work with. 🙂

  16. Barbara Cummings
    October 24, 2017 / 10:55 pm

    Thanks for this post. I’m waiting for my countertop (Minuet) to be installed. Someone just told me that white quartz yellows after a while and since I have a double tiered counter (like your sister’s I think), I also heard that the seams show. I couldn’t tell from the pictures if this happened or not. Thanks for your reply.

  17. Barbara
    October 24, 2017 / 10:57 pm

    Thanks for this post. I’m waiting for my countertop (Minuet) to be installed. Someone just told me that white quartz yellows after a while. Have you heard of this? Also, since I have a double tiered counter (like your sister’s I think), I also heard that the seams show. I couldn’t tell from the pictures if this happened or not. Do they show on hers? Thanks for your reply.

    • michele
      October 25, 2017 / 6:36 pm

      Hi. I emailed you but in case anyone else wonders: no yellowing yet with mine, and I have not ever heard this. The installation determines how noticeable seams are, and no complaints here. Our Viatera quartz in Arizona also extends to the backsplash, and the installers did an incredible job with clear caulk for a seamless, uninterrupted flow of beautiful quartz. Best to you! 🙂

  18. November 1, 2017 / 6:20 pm

    Awesome info and a funny read throughout! The “Over the Hill Olsen Twins” captioned photo was particularly funny.

    • michele
      November 1, 2017 / 8:39 pm

      hahaha. If you only knew! We truly are the over the hill Olsen Twins. 🙂 Thanks for reading. 🙂

  19. Chelsie
    November 1, 2017 / 9:34 pm

    Hello! I have been trying to decide between the Viatera Minuet and Cirrus for weeks. I’m leaning more towards the Minuet because the Cirrus doesn’t have much veining and I worry that it will just start to blend in to me. Do you by chance know what color paint your sisters cabinets are? I saw you have white icing from an above post. My floors and backsplash are almost identical to hers! Thank you!!

    • michele
      November 1, 2017 / 10:18 pm

      Her cabinets are also a bright, true white like mine and look beautiful with Minuet. I think any difference is the whites of our cabinets is very small if any. I love Cirrus too, and I bet either one of these colors is going to be stunning! 🙂

  20. Donna Millard
    December 3, 2017 / 10:36 am

    Beautiful kitchen. Love your countertop choice. I’m presently shopping for flooring as well as countertop material and wonder what you chose for your kitchen flooring. Thanks, Donna.

    • michele
      December 3, 2017 / 8:01 pm

      Hi Donna. Thanks. It’s white oak 5″ wide hardwoods with no stain, finished on site with a matte finish.

  21. Kristen
    February 2, 2018 / 11:13 am

    Did you ever look at lg muse as an option? Debating that and lg minuet. Thanks!

    • michele
      February 2, 2018 / 3:51 pm

      Muse is gorgeous, Kristen! It imparts a completely different look even though the color seems similar. Muse is mimicking Calacatta marble and has large scale veining as opposed to Minuet’s finer and more delicate veining. I think Muse would be gorgeous on a huge island and in bigger kitchens, but I feel like Minuet suits my smaller Euro inspired kitchen which doesn’t have a big island since it feels like it belongs in a Paris bakery. Hope this helps, and thanks for adding to the beauty and discussion here…it always helps more people than you can imagine!

  22. Blair
    March 7, 2018 / 8:59 am

    What color are your kitchen cabinets?! Trying to find the best white for these counter tops!

    • michele
      March 7, 2018 / 10:28 am

      Hey Blair – I emailed you, and in case others need the answer: Our kitchen cabinets are bright, pure white, called “white icing” by Schuler, the maker. I think for a similar effect with Minuet, as long as you stick with whites or off-whites with cool, grey, or no undertones, you’ll be pleased. Creamier or antique whites have yellow undertones which may not be the look you are after with the clean white of Minuet. Thanks for reading!

  23. Lina
    March 14, 2018 / 10:13 pm

    Beautiful kitchen! Parallel story! It made me laugh inside. I actually went through a similar experience. I started off with the Cambria Torquay , but I wanted a little more veining. Then I saw the Silestone Londay Sky and although it was beautiful, it had too much gray for me. Finally the girl at the tile store showed me this one. They happened to have a large slab in their back area and I fell I love! I see so many elements in your kitchen that remind me of my own personal taste. I am now trying to choose hardware and paint color! So indecisive! Can you tell me what paint color you ended up choosing for your walls? And any particular hardware company? Thank you

    • michele
      March 14, 2018 / 10:58 pm

      Hi Lina. Thanks for the kind words, and I love that we’re kindred spirits. I also remember seeing London Sky and loving it! For the paint color, I went with Ben Moore “White.” Yep. It’s just white. I just did a thorough story about choosing the best white paint and I hit up my designer friends…it’s here: That said, I may be adding some light grey to the walls in the kitchen soon and am leaning toward Ben Moore Revere Pewter to warm things up. As far as hardware, I bought stainless handles right off the shelf from Home Depot, but in our Arizona kitchen, I used much more beautiful handforged silicon bronze hardware from Top Knobs’ Aspen Collection. It looks like pewter and is so luxurious. If you click on “my home” and arizona fixer upper, you can search for it. Hope this helps, and best to you as you make these stressful decisions! 🙂

  24. Bri
    April 20, 2018 / 7:49 am

    I know you said that Jody’s kitchen cabinets were a bright white, but any idea on the actual color name/brand she used? It’s also very close to my colors and I’m trying to figure out what color to do my cabinets. Thanks!

  25. Mike E
    May 2, 2018 / 9:16 pm

    I am also looking at LG countertops. I was wondering if you had see the LG Hausys Willow White when you were originally searching. If so, what are your thoughts in relation to the Minuet. I like them both. I too have white shaker cabinets (looking for a timeless New England style, even though I live out West…I’m from NE). Thanks

    • michele
      May 2, 2018 / 9:52 pm

      I just looked at Willow White, and it appears to have a little more grey undertone which gives it more of an off-white presence than the bright white Minuet. Willow White also has more subtle veining to it than Minuet’s dramatic veining. They are very similar though. For a New England look, I am leaning toward the Willow White only because my Minuet has a decidedly Paris bakery feel. The Willow White is more subdued and with the hint of grey probably more coastal in feel. Hope this helps, and best of luck to you. 🙂

  26. Alice A
    June 10, 2018 / 2:37 pm

    Hello Lovely!!
    I just wanted to say how much I appreciate this post and how glad I am that I stumbled onto your blog. We have just purchased our forever retirement home in Tennessee, which happens to be a 1926 farm house on ten acres. I am dying to get my hands on it!! The kitchen has shaker cabinets (some original and some custom made) which are my favorite. In my minds eye I want that Carrara Marble on one countertop with my farmhouse sink, but the realistic Mimi that I am, says go quartz. I am going farm house all the way and making an effort to meet my interior design preferences, while not creating an environment that will make me twitchy when the kids and grands are over. I believe you have nailed it for me with the LG Viatera Minuet!! Going with a 3×6 bright white beveled subway backslash and butcher block top on the island and additional base cabinets, with open wood shelves above. So pleased to actually feel like there is a quartz I can be happy with. Do you think what Home Depot sells is the same product that you have pictured? Will be following on Facebook.

    • michele
      June 11, 2018 / 1:45 am

      I am also so glad you found me!!! Your farmhouse sounds amazing, and so do your plans. I hear you about marble vs. quartz. One of the things I’m not sure I mention in this post but has become more clear to me about quartz…many classic and traditional kitchens can benefit from the “modernity” of quartz counters. It’s always that mix of modern and traditional which appeals to me, and this is a bonus if you care to inject a bit of contemporary into your design. At the time I was shopping for quartz, my local Home Depot offered many Viatera options, but not Minuet. But that was years ago. Mine was ordered from a stoneyard. Thanks so much for following, and please do keep asking questions should more arise. 🙂

  27. Susan E
    June 14, 2018 / 9:39 am

    Your kitchen is stunning! I too, am doing our kitchen & have been researching counter tops. I knew I wanted a white kitchen, with white counter tops, so, I knew I wanted quartz. Granite is beautiful, but, nature doesn’t allow for a white granite, so that led me to quartz. But, like you said, there’s a whole world of “white” quartz & they’re not all the same. So, in my exausted search, I have found one quartz that I do love, but, it’s a little pricey, $80.00 a sq ft (pretty normal I guess) but that’s a lot for me. And this was before I even knew of the LG Viatera quartz line & saw pictures of it. I absoulutely LOVE the Minuet, I am so glad I was able to see it, in a real life house, on your counter tops, that helps so much. They also have one called “Muse” that looks like i would love it, but, since I haven’t seen it in person, I’m not sure which one I’d like better. I too have a kitchen with no natural light, no windows, so, I have to rely on my light fixtures etc…for any light I get, so it’s super important, like you said, to get as much light out of everything you put in that you can. In your kitchen, the Minuet is breath taking, I hope I’ll feel the same way when I see it or with the Muse that I mentioned. I also hope I can get a better price than $ 80 a sq ft lol, but maybe that’s just wishful thinking 🙂

    • michele
      June 14, 2018 / 10:54 am

      So glad you found the blog! I think the Viatera quartz is usually around $70 per ft or even less. Sometimes the demand for a color will influence price of some quartz products. Just so you know, you CAN get a white granite. In our big French country home we built before this one, I put pure white granite counters in the bathrooms and loved living with it. If you check out my instagram today (, you’ll see I added a little steel mini work island to the kitchen and topped it with the Minuet quartz cut-out from our sink. I love that it was the perfect size and that my fabricator had finished the leftover piece on all sides…bonus! Keep me posted on your project! 🙂

      • Susan E
        June 14, 2018 / 8:48 pm

        LOVE IT! I will, thanks for the info. 🙂

  28. Jenn
    January 16, 2019 / 7:13 pm

    Hi! I am about to purchase the Minuet and working on the backsplash option – I love your’s…I see that you referenced it as “polished venatino marble backsplash” – where did you purchase? I bought a sample box of marble tiles from Lowe’s today (something like this but each one is so different, how do you achieve a uniform, or at least cohesive, look? Thank you so much for your advice!

  29. Abhay
    January 23, 2019 / 5:06 pm

    Thank you so much for this wonderful article. You saved me the hassle of going through the selection process. I love my newly remodelled kitchen and the best part is the Minuet countertop. Its so beautiful and I never been so proud of myself for making the right choice thanks to you !! Thank you so much for this article. Please continue sharing

    • michele
      January 23, 2019 / 8:24 pm

      Well that is a wonderful thing to hear, friend! I’m elated that you love Minuet. Now we are quartz sisters! Thanks for reading and your support, and peace to you right where you are (in your beautiful new kitchen!).

  30. Cynthia
    January 26, 2019 / 2:43 pm

    Hello, I need help! I am trying to decide what countertop I want for my kitchen. It is between carrera marble, minuet quartz or cirrus quartz. My cabinets are grey with a blueish hue. My floor is a Hadley grey plank polished white with grey tones. My appliances are black stainless steel. My backsplash will be polished pearl and Icelandic blue ice glass. My cabinets will be installed this coming Saturday and I need to decide!!

    • michele
      January 26, 2019 / 3:56 pm

      It sounds absolutely gorgeous! Your first decision is between marble and quartz. Are you and your family messy cooks who spill red wine and splash marinara sauce like I do? That was one of the deciding factors for me in choosing quartz over marble. I don’t have any worries about staining and the porous nature of natural stone. Carrara is beautiful though, and I live with it as a countertop in two of our bathrooms – I never tire of it. If you decide on quartz, Cirrus and Minuet are two of my favorites. I liked the painterly effect of Cirrus – sort of abstract and billowy veining with quiet undertones of blue and green. Minuet, on the other hand has crisper grey veining with no undertones – an effect that feels crisp and clean and French bakery-like or Parisian. Still loving my Minuet which would be lovely with blue grey cabinets (so would Cirrus!). The ice glass sounds sensational. If you need to bring in softness with the counter, Cirrus might be a better pick. If you want things as neutral and alabaster as possible, then Minuet. Hope this helps, friend, thanks for reading!

  31. veronica m lane
    March 3, 2019 / 9:43 am

    I am so happy I found your site. I love the Minuet and am also doing a shaker style white cabinet. I thought I wanted to use the Minuet as a backsplash and waterfall island as well. Would that work?

  32. veronica m lane
    March 3, 2019 / 9:46 am

    Also, can you share the type and maker of your Kitchen cabinets? I am very rough in the kitchen and was wondering if I could get a hard wood like maple then have the kitchen sprayed in simply white, Benjamin moore?? would it be a flat paint? Help

    • michele
      March 3, 2019 / 10:18 am

      Sure. They are by Schuler Cabinetry (through Lowes) and are maple with a White Icing painted finish. They were not finished on site, but rather were sprayed and finished at the factory. It has been 4 years, and they ARE showing little knicks in the finish and there are days it bothers me (when the sun is shining bright and I see every flaw). USE A KITCHEN DESIGNER FOR SURE. It is wise to consider whether your cabinets will take a beating because knowing that helps you select a finish! Painted finishes do indeed get chipped, flawed, and marred, and I haven’t found an easy fix to touch them up. This is an issue you’ll have to carefully consider: will it bother you to see them show signs of imperfection? You should trust a cabinet finishing expert with responses to your questions about the type of paint because there are multiple answers to your question. Many folks would recommend an oil based paint or a marine finish. Others would say a more matte finish can work as long as it is topped with the proper sealant/protective finish. You need samples that you can see up close and touch before proceeding to do a whole kitchen. Something I’ll be considering in my next kitchen is a two tone cabinet design with some stained, some painted, considering which ones get abused the most. Not a hodge podge, but for example, an island where the base cabinets are all wood/stained. Hope this helps.

  33. MJ
    April 12, 2019 / 10:12 am

    Thanks for a beautiful, interesting article. Did Viatera sponsor it or provide you with a discount to use their product? Since you didn’t mention it, I don’t think so but want to check before I dismiss other options (it’s a special order quartz/ more expensive where I am).

    • Michele
      April 12, 2019 / 12:09 pm

      Thanks so much for reading. No, I chose and paid full price for this product without partnering with them. I wasn’t even blogging for business at that time. 🙂

  34. Susan
    April 24, 2019 / 4:33 am

    Hi Michele! So glad I saw this now! We’re doing a kitchen expansion/reno in the outer banks of N.C. A small beach house but my happy place! Would love your thoughts on the following choices:
    SW pure white cabinetry
    Minuet tops
    Backsplash is Lunada Bay Tile. Agate Lucca Pearl (stunning)

    Guess my question is whether is the minuet will work with the SW pure white? This is my first time with these decisions and given the investment it needs to be right!

    BTW The island cabinet will be SW oyster bay.

    Thanks so much!

    • Michele
      April 24, 2019 / 3:45 pm

      Hi there! I would personally love Minuet with these other choices. Oyster Bay is gorgeous! And I can just imagine how well it will harmonize with your backsplash with those gorgeous oceanic tones. Minuet’s veining is light grey and has no cream, caramel or other warm tones in it. The temperature is definitely cool and the vibe is chic. As long as you feel comfortable with a crisp alabaster white, I think you’ll love it. 🙂

  35. Susan
    April 28, 2019 / 6:24 pm

    Thank you so much! Glad there is no cream! We’re going with it! Now on to wall color…

  36. Lisa
    May 27, 2019 / 8:43 am

    Absolutely gorgeous! We are going for the same bright white effect and have struggled with samples having too much grey in the background when we bring then home. We finally found Viatera! We are thinking of going with Muse, as it seemed to have the whitest background with grey veining, but when we go to look at slabs this week, I will also ask to see Minuet! Any thoughts on Muse? Also thinking of doing white ceramic beveled subway tile with light grey grout. We have white cabinets. Thanks!

    • Michele
      May 27, 2019 / 10:47 am

      Muse looks absolutely stunning – I love it! It seems similar in color to Minuet but with larger veining, so more white coming through. Keep in touch to let us know after you visit the slabs. It will help lots of folks making decisions! Thanks so much for reading.

  37. mandy
    June 3, 2019 / 10:41 am

    hello! i love your kitchen and i keep going back to your post because i’d like to do similar colors in our kitchen, which we’re currently renovating. i absolutely love the quartz with the marble subway tile, but all of the kitchen designers i talk to say that putting quartz with marble back splash won’t look right because of the difference in the whites. i found a really nice subway tile-which is carrara white grand brick 2×4 and i’m thinking about pairing that with the viatera minuet counter tops. what do you think–have you been happy with marble back splash and quartz counter tops together, and did you get push back from anyone about mixing those? also-would you suggest going with the polished marble vs. honed since the minuet is more polished? thanks so much for the suggestions.
    here is a link to the subway tile i like, if this helps!

    thanks again,

    • Michele
      June 3, 2019 / 11:05 am

      Hi Mandy! So happy to have you here! I have not run into that opinion anywhere about avoiding the pairing of marble with quartz because of any clashing concern. As you can see from the photos, the marble we chose is perfect with the white of Minuet. At the time I posted though, the exact venatino marble wasn’t online, but it is now! Here is the link, and it’s not an affiliate link so I won’t make any commission – I just want to help and will also add it to the post: It seems similar to the marble you shared in your link. The white of the polished venatino is perfect with Minuet, and I guess the only caveat is that natural stone varies so every box of tile is going to have some variation. You may have to order lots of extra and then return to get the effect you’re after. The decision to go with polished marble backsplash was because of the poor lighting in our kitchen. I wanted to bounce as much light around as possible. The cabinetry has a matte finish, the oak floors have a matte finish, the ceiling is matte – so there was plenty of room for reflective, polished surfaces.

      • Mandy
        June 4, 2019 / 11:56 am

        Thanks so much for your reply! I’ll definitely check out that subway tile at Lowes!

        • Michele
          June 4, 2019 / 1:08 pm

          You bet! Best to you with your project!

  38. Kara Repko
    October 16, 2019 / 3:15 pm

    What are your thoughts on Viatera Quartz Muse? The veins look more gray to me. I am considering the Minuet and the Muse

    • Michele
      October 16, 2019 / 4:29 pm

      I like Muse as well. The veining is a lovely lighter grey but broader large scale veins with more white showing than Minuet. So the scale is very different between the two and you have to decide which you prefer. One of the things I really appreciate about the finer veining of Minuet is how forgiving it is – the busy-ness means you don’t see every crumb, and our kitchen is not for show, we’re always working in there so that quality is very much appreciated. Hope this helps!

  39. Lynn Toth
    January 12, 2020 / 12:45 pm

    When I happened on your site I thought I had written the story of the stress you faced in looking for a bright white quartz. I have so many “perfect samples”, even had a large slab ordered and when I saw it my heart sank-the color looked dirty against bright white cabinets. Everything was falling into place until now. I have gotten myself sick since the workers are ready for the tile and I did not know what to try next. Your whole kitchen and REAL WHITE countertops look perfect in the pictures. I am going out tomorrow to find a sample of the Minuet and hopefully a showroom with large slabs. Keeping my fingers crossed –you hopefully have saved the day for me!!!! Not sure when you did your remodel , so I hope Minuet still looks exactly the same.

    • Michele
      January 12, 2020 / 8:26 pm

      Oh, Lynn, I’m so sorry for the stressful journey for you! I hope you can find the right white, and as far as I know, they haven’t modified Minuet. Keep me posted and if you have any other questions, I’m happy to help.

      • Heather Hanson
        February 17, 2020 / 10:10 pm

        Thank you Michele for your article. It has been so helpful. Have you heard from Lynn and if she thinks Minuet looks the same now as when you installed it or if it has changed? Your kitchen is beautiful.

        • Michele
          February 18, 2020 / 9:30 am

          Hi Heather – great to hear from you. I haven’t heard form Lynn yet, but I think I need to pay my local stonecrafter a visit and see Minuet for myself to confirm. I can also check in with Viatera and get a confirmation. I’ll circle back here.

  40. Betsy Marshall
    January 16, 2020 / 7:57 am

    I too have stumbled on your post and found it very helpful in choosing the quartz for my super-white colored cabinets in my kitchen. The room is quite large and opens into a family room, but the natural lighting is limited because of a covered porch in front of the kitchen. I am now in the process of picking paint and backsplash and am leaning towards Nimbus, as it blends the colors in our family room. Is there a subway tile color other than white that you think would work to pull from the quartz and not fight the Nimbus? Would you do white grout? (which makes me nervous with staining….) Thanks for your help!

    • Michele
      January 16, 2020 / 7:07 pm

      Thanks so much for reading. The combination for your kitchen sounds so pretty – Nimbus is such a lovely grey. Is it too late to consider continuing the Minuet on the backsplash – that is one possibility. You may also want to explore the many options for white subway tile beyond just the standard ceramic tiles. I love those tumbled glazed versions that look handmade and slightly irregular. A linear hexagon marble mosaic tile is also a possibility for a natural stone backsplash. Here’s a pretty one: Yes, I’m a white grout girl when it comes to the backsplash for the brightness. A backsplash is so different than floor tile where the grout gets walked on. Our white grout has no stains, and it’s a real life working kitchen. We went for a pre-mixed, and it looks as good as it did more than 4 years ago. Feel free to keep the questions and brainstorming going here as I’m always happy to help. 🙂

  41. Brianne Margolin
    January 21, 2020 / 10:58 pm

    Thank you for this wonderful post that walks us through your deductive thought process, along with great descriptions of the quartz. I’ve read it a few times and have found it so helpful. We’ve narrowed down to LG Minuet, LG Aura, and Caesarstone London Grey and will view LG slabs this weekend. Do you find the pattern of Minuet repetitive? We have 90 sf of counter space which includes a 5’x5’ island and I wonder if Minuet will look too repetitive? We keep very little on our counters. The backsplash will be DalTile white marble in Snow Drift with a mostly white calcatta marble Mosaic above our stove (overall more white and less variation than your very pretty backsplash). Thanks for your thoughts!

    • Michele
      January 22, 2020 / 2:29 pm

      Such an awesome question, Brianne…truly. Because I have just come from a visit to family in Arizona, and they all have granite counters there which have incredibly uniform, consistent patterns in the stone. In fact, so uniform and highly polished I have asked more than once – could these actually be quartz (since they all bought existing homes in the same neighborhod). It turns out, with a natural product like granite, it is quite possible to get a uniform look. So it’s not as if a random veining pattern is a unique feature of stone and something to be sacrificed when choosing quartz. That said, I suppose Minuet does have a repetitive pattern, but this is no way detracts or looks unnatural because I was never trying to fool anyone or fake the look of marble. The quartz in our previous Chicagoland home was Silestone Ivory Coast – a much more repetitive and uniform speckled pattern which I loved and was a joy to live with. Again, it was not chosen because it was mimicking something found in nature. I honestly believe people love living with quartz because it is quartz (non-porous, non-staining, virtually no maintenance, strong, beautiful…) not because it is mistaken for calacatta or carrera. My eye loves the lyrical movement of the fairly uniform pattern and the fact that there are no stains. My kitchen takes a beating! Were the countertops marble, my eye would go straight to any discolored stains from acids or oils or who knows what seeping into the pores of the stone. I would fret about people using my kitchen without me policing it…ha! Additionally, stone vs. quartz is an ever changing design trend – in my neck of the woods, people are ripping out their natural stone and installing quartz at the moment – that trend could shift next year! So it’s truly a personal decision, and if you know that your eye rests in the presence of a more freeform, irregular veining pattern – go for it! Keep any discussion on the topic going – I’m happy to help!

  42. Lisa Amos
    March 7, 2020 / 10:54 pm

    Thank you for a very interesting article. I’m looking for quartz to go with medium dark brown cabinets and my floors are light taupe, the guy at the quartz store recommended Minuet. I like it a lot do you think it could go with my color combination or is it too gray? Is there any taupe color in it?

    • Michele
      March 8, 2020 / 4:25 pm

      I think it may be too grey and a little cold for the warm wood cabinets. There is no warm grey or taupe in it. But Soprano could be incredible! Have you seen it? If you type it into my search box (or type “Arizona Fixer Upper”) you can see it in our Arizona home. My photos aren’t great because the sunlight was so harsh there, but I love that quartz color since it is a warm creamy white with caramel as well as grey. Let me know what you think.

  43. tracy gatto
    May 18, 2020 / 3:21 pm

    The Viaterra Minuet is exactly what I am looking for but when I just checked on Home Depot it wasn’t there. Do you know if it is listed under a new name now?

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