How to Choose the Right White Quartz for Kitchen Countertops

White classic kitchen with Shaker cabinets, marble subway tile, Viatera quartz countertop in Minuet, farm sink, and stainless bridge faucet. #hellolovelystudio #whitekitchen #farmsink #modernfarmhouse

How to Choose the Right White Quartz for Kitchen Countertops

When I last wrote about my journey to find the best white quartz for our kitchen countertops, I never anticipated how many folks would be interested in the topic. Every single week since the post aired, I hear from someone shopping for quartz and feeling overwhelmed at the color options of quartz even after deciding on a white quartz.

So here’s an update about our experience with our Viatera Minuet quartz countertops in our Chicagoland kitchen. (BTW, still no stains, and still very happy in spite of a few scratches that don’t bother me enough to get buffed out.)

If you think you may be in the market for a white quartz in the future, maybe pin the images below of a few of my favorite options from different brands…this is not a sponsored post.

White modern farmhouse kitchen with Minuet quartz countertop and farm sink by Hello Lovely Studio. #minuet #viatera #quartz #kitchendesign

How to Choose the Right White Quartz for Kitchen Countertops

How to Choose the Right White Quartz

Even though this post concentrates on varieties of WHITE quartz, it may help with deciding on any hue of quartz countertops for your design…Here’s our kitchen with Viatera Minuet quartz countertops.

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 RIGHT WHITE QUARTZ FOR KITCHEN COUNTERTOPS (photo: Hello Lovely Studio)

Here at our fixer upper, deciding on the perfect
white quartz color was challenging in spite of
knowing just what we desired:
a clean, crisp, white to complement
pure white cabinets and lighten the mood.

I visited every local design showroom offering quartz,
looked at giant quartz slabs at warehouses,
and brought home sample after sample to see with the cabinetry.

Here’s the thing.

Even when you get narrow down the look you
are going for (i.e. Carrara, Granite, Calacatta),
you’re still left with a host of options and more
than 50 shades of white quartz options
with hues spanning quiet grey to sand to alabaster,
which frankly can reduce well meaning DIYers to:

Image result for gif woman weeping

Choose at least 5 different whites to consider.

I honestly thought the perfect quartz for our kitchen
was Caesarstone Calacatta Nuvo
since it is absolutely gorgeous with dramatic,
not-too-busy veining and a beautiful finish.

I fell in love with pics online and how it looked at the showroom.

Then I brought the sample home.

Caesarstone Calacutta Nuvo white quartz countertop in kitchen with waterfall island. #calacattanuvo #quartz #kitchendesign

Caesarstone Calacatta Nuvo white quartzphoto: Bonniecee Photography

Nope.

It was too creamy for the tone on tone look I was after with the white cabinets.

I brought at least 10 more white quartz samples home to
see in my kitchen and ran into the following issues maybe you can relate to:

*A quartz color sparkling gorgeously in the showroom came off completely wrong in my humble, Northwest exposure (not showroom lit) kitchen.

*A quartz color appearing gloriously pure white in images online
fell flat in person, placed near the white kitchen cabinets.

*A quartz color which seemed just right when viewed as a giant slab in non-fancy lighting…
well, that certainly did me no favors (but obviously it helps to view a full slab
of natural stone or granite you are considering.)

Sound familiar?

image result for Silestone Lagoon Quartz Countertop Sample #lagoon #silestone #quartz #kitchendesign

Silestone Lagoon Quartz Countertop Sample – HOW TO CHOOSE THE RIGHT WHITE QUARTZ FOR KITCHEN COUNTERTOPS

My second choice? Silestone Lagoon quartz. It’s gorgeous.
Loved it in the showroom and online, and even staring at the sample on
the passenger seat next to me the whole drive home.

Beautifully simple deVOL Shaker cupboards with brass door furniture and sleek 'Lagoon' Silestone worktops, a white Smeg fridge, a few vintage pots and some lovely linens. #silestone #lagoon #quartzcountertops

Silestone Lagoon Quartz – deVOL Kitchens

I do love you, Lagoon.

I'll be happy with any smooth countertop after what I have now, but I do want something easy to maintain and durable.

Silestone Lagoon quartz countertop (via Quality in Granite)

No cigar.

Back at home in our kitchen with limited natural light
and ultra white kitchen cabinets (these are my first super white cabinets, BTW),
Silestone Lagoon quartz read too drab, too putty, and too wrong.

Silestone Lagoon quartz countertop in beautiful bespoke kitchen with custom Shaker cabinetry, tone on tone, and open shelving. Design by deVOL. #kitchendesign #lagoon #quartz #deVOL More

Silestone Lagoon quartz countertop via deVOL Kitchens – HOW TO CHOOSE THE RIGHT WHITE QUARTZ FOR KITCHEN COUNTERTOPS

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

(We chose the same Schuler custom cabinets
design goddess Sarah Richardson
chose for her cottage-style kitchen because…
Sarah’s sign off on them was good enough for me.)

Viatera Cirrus quartz countertop in a kitchen with grey cabinets. #quartz #cirrus #whitekitchen #greycabinets

Viatera Cirrus quartz countertop (via Sweetened) HOW TO CHOOSE THE RIGHT WHITE QUARTZ FOR KITCHEN COUNTERTOPS

Viatera cirrus quartz in a beautiful white classic style kitchen. #cirrus #viatera #quartz

Viatera Cirrus Quartz countertop – HOW TO CHOOSE THE RIGHT WHITE QUARTZ FOR KITCHEN COUNTERTOPS

Narrow it down to 2 or 3 white quartz options.

Butter my biscuit!
LG Viatera’s Cirrus and Minuet white quartz colors
to the rescue!

We have found our white quartz happy place! #viatera #cirrus #quartz #countertop

Viatera Cirrus quartz countertop. (via Viatera) – HOW TO CHOOSE THE RIGHT WHITE QUARTZ FOR KITCHEN COUNTERTOPS

Option 1: Viatera Cirrus Quartz. (above) Cirrus is serene, with an ethereal, marshmallow-y, subtle painterly feel. I was almost certain Cirrus was my dream quartz color for my white kitchen…

..til. I discovered Option 2:

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

Image result for gif hallelujah chorus

Here it is in our kitchen:

White classic kitchen with Shaker cabinets, marble subway tile, Viatera quartz countertop in Minuet, farm sink, and stainless bridge faucet. #hellolovelystudio #whitekitchen #farmsink #modernfarmhouse

Viatera Minuet Quartz Countertop – Hello Lovely Studio – HOW TO CHOOSE THE RIGHT WHITE QUARTZ FOR KITCHEN COUNTERTOPS

Option No. 2: LG Viatera Minuet

Minuet won me over with its:
amazingly pure white and bright,
slightly-more bold-than-Cirrus,
Parisian French bakery-like,
sweet reflective beauty.

Loving my LG Viatera Minuet quartz countertops and Bosch appliances. #viatera #quartz #Minuet #blackandwhite #kitchendesign

Viatera Minuet Quartz Countertop: Hello Lovely Studio’s Kitchen – HOW TO CHOOSE THE RIGHT WHITE QUARTZ FOR KITCHEN COUNTERTOPS

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

Minuet quartz from Viatera on this kitchen countertop. #hellolovelystudio #minuet #quartz #countertop #kitchen

Viatera Minuet Quartz Countertop – Hello Lovely Studio – HOW TO CHOOSE THE RIGHT WHITE QUARTZ FOR KITCHEN COUNTERTOPS

Affiliate links follow and won’t cost you extra – yet I may earn a small commission on purchases.

30" x 18" Thick Wall Fireclay Single Bowl Farmhouse Kitchen Sink #farmsink #farmhousesink

Fireclay Apron Front Farm Sink: FIND HERE

Bridge Kitchen Faucet in Vibrant Stainless Steel #bridgefaucet #parq

Bridge Kitchen Faucet: FIND HERE

Image result for miette cookbook #miette

A wonderful book, Miette!

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

Viatera MINUET Quartz Countertop – HOW TO CHOOSE THE RIGHT WHITE QUARTZ FOR KITCHEN COUNTERTOPS

White Quartz Color Considerations?

1. Color over Cost.

Our kitchen design budget was tight, and the price of quartz varies.
At the time, Caesarstone Calcatta Nuvo cost significantly more
than Viatera Minuet, but we would still have
pulled the trigger had it been the perfect color choice.
You’re going to live with your color choice for a long time so try to see beyond slight price variations.
(BTW, the cost of quartz is sometimes determined by demand.)

Milieu magazine and rose wines from #marthastewartwineco on my Minuet quartz countertop from #viatera. #kitchen #minuet #quartz

Viatera Minuet Quartz Countertop – Hello Lovely Studio – HOW TO CHOOSE THE RIGHT WHITE QUARTZ FOR KITCHEN COUNTERTOPS

2. Tone on tone or pleasing contrast?

The right white depends on the result you’re after. Browse Pinterest and really study the kitchen images to notice if your eye prefers a little, a lot, or no contrast at all. We wanted a bright effect, but a grey quartz would be gorgeous with these white cabinets. If you have lots of natural light in your space, you may want to lean toward quartz colors with cooler undertones (like greys) rather than warm creamier hues. But there aren’t any rules, and it helps to look at the sample in the space at different times of day. Secure the largest sample possible of quartz to view in your kitchen with your cabinetry and light. Solid white can work beautifully in the right modern kitchen design, but if your design style is not modern, solid white may not be the best choice.

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

3. Consider Your Kitchen’s Lighting.

I wanted to capture the maximum amount of light in our dim space
and Minuet was the whitest white. It also has a semi-polished sheen which bounces the light around.

Here’s our kitchen BEFORE…

BEFORE

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

4. Consider the backsplash.

We chose polished marble subway mosaic tile for the
backsplash/statement wall, and it is a beautiful marriage
with Minuet since I wanted low contrast.
Minuet worked with Carrara, Grecian, and other
natural stone samples I brought home to try.

hello lovely-white-Shaker-kitchen-Minuet-quartz-tranquil-timeless

Choosing the Best Color of Quartz for Countertops

5. Try to see expanses of your color choice.

My sister was designing her own kitchen and baths about the same time we were renovating, and since she chose Minuet, 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

One more little thing…regarding quartz for countertops vs. marble.

I have used quartz for counters in multiple kitchen designs, in no way attempting to fake the look of natural stone or granite…quartz is awesome for being quartz and ain’t foolin anybody as a marble poser.

image result for red wine poured into goblet. #redwine #winepour

Ye shall not stain thy countertops!

Quartz was chosen for its: stain resistance, uniformity, strength, non-porous surface, no-maintenance, antibacterial properties, and lovely live-ability. If potential red wine or coffee spills or lime slicing on naked kitchen counters is in your kitchen’s future, QUARTZ MAY BE YOUR NEW BEST FRIEND.

Pin this image to save this article for later!

How to Choose the Right White Quartz Color! Hello Lovely Studio

PIN ME to SAVE TIME later!

Have more questions about choosing the best color of quartz for your countertops? I’m happy to help!

See this story for my 12 favorite kitchen decor items and essentials.

Peace to you right where you are.

~michele

I’m a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for me to earn fees by linking to Amazon.com and affiliated sites. An easy way to support HELLO LOVELY? Start RIGHT HERE to SHOP for items on Amazon (anything at all – not just products mentioned in the post!) you already intended to buy…it won’t cost a penny extra yet may earn this blog a few pennies when my link is the first you click! To see my favorite gorgeous furniture picks, GO HERE.

You’ll also find a wealth of friendly priced furniture and decor for your home HERE.

Follow:

28 Comments

  1. Mary Louise Walter
    March 18, 2018 / 12:05 pm

    Love your blog and this post is SUPER helpful!!!! . I thank you!!!!!!!

    • michele
      Author
      March 18, 2018 / 3:21 pm

      So happy to hear. Thanks for reading! Happy Sunday. 🙂

  2. April 17, 2018 / 3:08 am

    Thanks for sharing this admirable blog with us all it will be very beneficial for the so many peoples who want to buy Kitchen Countertops.

    • michele
      Author
      April 17, 2018 / 8:06 am

      Thanks for reading. 🙂

  3. June 28, 2018 / 9:34 am

    Do you know the color of your cabinets by chance? Thanks!

    • michele
      Author
      June 28, 2018 / 10:08 am

      They were made by Schuler, and the painted finish is called “White Icing” which is similar (I think????) to Sherwin Williams North White. Hope this helps!

  4. Linda K.
    July 22, 2018 / 8:17 pm

    This article was very helpful, I do have a question where did you buy your countertops? I just checked home depot website and it says it has the LG Hausys viatera sample in Minuet would this be the same one you purchased??? this is the Link https://www.homedepot.com/p/LG-Hausys-Viatera-3-in-x-3-in-Quartz-Countertop-Sample-in-Minuet-LG-M001-VT/303183800 we need to make a purchase before next week, i’m really considering getting these countertops because we’re renovating our kitchen.

    • michele
      Author
      July 22, 2018 / 8:25 pm

      I’m so glad it helps. Yes. That is the exact product (Minuet) we used in our Chicagoland kitchen. We also chose LG Viatera for a second home – where we used Soprano. We have lived with the countertops almost 3 years, and it was the right choice for this kitchen. The Soprano is also beautiful – creamier and warmer, off-white. The Minuet is a bright alabaster. Let me know if you have any further questions as I am happy to help. 🙂

  5. Janet
    August 13, 2018 / 1:07 pm

    I know you posted a similar backsplash but could you share exact backsplash you used in your Chicago kitchen?

  6. Mark
    September 14, 2018 / 9:51 am

    Thank you for this posting! I was leaning toward Viatera Quartet to go with our dark brown/redish cabinets, but now I think I may go with the Minuet you suggest. The Quartet looks a little lighter with light veining, but I like the dark veining of the Minuet better. Did you by any chance see Quartet side by side with Minuet? Thanks again!

    • michele
      Author
      September 14, 2018 / 10:01 am

      Hi! I took a look at Quartet – and it looks like it has mainly grey undertones and is much more subtle than Minuet. So I think you will be going for a completely different look with Minuet, but I imagine Minuet would be stunning with dark cabinets. A crisp clean contrast with Minuet rather than perhaps a more modern look with Quartet. One of the benefits I didn’t expect with Minuet is how forgiving that veining is for daily living. I don’t want to see smudges, crumbs, and even (over time) little scratches in the surface. Forgiveness factor is even more important if there are kids using the kitchen or lots of cooks in there! Hope this helps. 🙂

      • Mark Kessler
        October 9, 2018 / 9:05 am

        Thank you for getting back to me so quickly and with such good info; I only wish I had noticed 🙂 “Forgiveness” is a top priority here too with kids and myself. I’ll just have to order a sample since I couldn’t see it at HD.

        • michele
          Author
          October 9, 2018 / 1:43 pm

          Sounds good. If you can, try to order the biggest possible sample since this has helped me better decide between colors.

          • Mark Kessler
            October 9, 2018 / 2:23 pm

            Will do. I have an idea that I give out freely in hopes that some company will hear it and decide to steal it: contact or wrapping paper that has an accurate image of a slab on it. This would allow you to try it out in your kitchen and they could charge for a roll. I think it would be better than a sample.

          • michele
            Author
            October 9, 2018 / 2:31 pm

            Oooooh – that would be so much more helpful and efficient! I’ll try to whisper your idea into a few ears…

  7. Diana
    October 1, 2018 / 7:45 pm

    How did you go about getting these countertops through Home Depot? I have tried to find out the price per square foot at two different locations and neither seems to be able to figure out how to find this one. Did you have to get it through their decorator services?

    • michele
      Author
      October 1, 2018 / 8:37 pm

      Home Depot didn’t offer Minuet so I bought it from an independent fabricator. I would contact Viatera to find a local supplier. 🙂

  8. Jill
    October 14, 2018 / 8:03 pm

    Hi! What do you think of alabaster white? I want a pure white with a little gray veins, but nothing busy. Found a slab I loved. We will have white cabinets as well.

    • michele
      Author
      October 14, 2018 / 10:03 pm

      Hi. I’m not familiar with it – can you provide a link to it or tell me who makes it?

  9. Mark Kessler
    October 15, 2018 / 10:44 am

    Thank you again Michele. I now have samples of Minuet and Muse. They are both great! I just need to decide 🙂

    • michele
      Author
      October 15, 2018 / 12:21 pm

      You’re on your way – great to hear. Muse looks like a great option too with its alabaster white. 🙂

  10. Diane
    October 15, 2018 / 7:23 pm

    Hi,
    My cabinets. Will be here in 2-3 weeks and I’m still not 100% on my countertop. The cabinets are not stark white but a soft white or an off-white. My floor is 16” tile that looks like stone, mostly a medium tan, a little grey and bone. I’m leaning to a Calcutta vein countertop but not sure if the background should be a creamy white or a touch grey background? Also the one I’m leaning to I’m not sure if the veining is too dark. Please help. I can send pictures.
    Thank you,
    Diane

    • michele
      Author
      October 15, 2018 / 8:32 pm

      Hi Diane. I emailed you – I am happy to help if you care to send pics. 🙂

  11. Mere
    November 5, 2018 / 7:52 am

    Hi,
    I am obsessed with the quartz that look like marble (large line that runs across) for my kitchen island, but I do not want white kitchen cabinets. What would you suggest for the cabinet and other counter tops. I hould say that I also like decorating with a splash of warm colors, such as orange as warm colors makes me happy. I definitely do not want granite or real marble. Can you give me some ideas?

    • michele
      Author
      November 5, 2018 / 10:25 am

      Sounds like the marble you are drawn to is calacatta – with its dramatic bold large veins. There are beautiful quartz lookalikes – and Calacatta Nuvo (caesarstone) is actually the choice I thought I would be going for until I brought home the sample and discovered it just wasn’t the right choice for my smallish, more simple and less luxurious, classic white kitchen. Search Pinterest for “calacatta quartz” for inspiration. If you are drawn to warm colors, I can imagine your island and kitchen cabinets in a warm grey stained finish for traditional style or even navy blue cabinets for a more coastal look (which would be incredible with orange accents in a rug/accessories, bar stools, etc.). Are you drawn to light wood or dark? This decision will help you move forward and both can pair beautifully with white quartz. Will the existing floor be staying? Sometimes that is a good starting point when choosing the cabinets. Hope this helps. 🙂

  12. Laura
    November 25, 2018 / 9:12 am

    What is the difference between Viatara Minuet and Rococo? I really like Rococo but am interested in getting a sample of minuet. I have a white shaker cabinets, and white shiplap on the walls. I also like Silestone’s Desert Silver, a pale whitish grey with veining. I need to pick my counter tops and am at a loss! I have med brownish grey hardwoods and light grey walls.

    • michele
      Author
      November 25, 2018 / 3:18 pm

      I personally preferred Minuet to Rococo because it has more subtle veining. Rococo seems to have a darker grey veining. Minuet is easy to live with, but I do think it’s important to determine how you will bring warmth into the kitchen when you pair white cabinets with white counters since it can become cold. After living with another quartz, Viatera Soprano (a very creamy and warm white with tan and light grey veining) which we put in our second home, I really loved the warmth that color brought to our kitchen with grey cabinets. So I’m not sure you can really make a mistake as long as you pull in warmth from other sources if you opt for those bright whites like Minuet or Rococo. Both have a very clean, alabaster, crisp look. Another point I discuss in the post is that I chose a bright white quartz because of limited natural light in our kitchen. I wanted something highly reflective and light. If we had more light in here, I may have opted for a less bright white. Hope this helps!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *