How to Choose the Right White Quartz for Kitchen Countertops

When last I wrote about my journey to find the best white quartz for our kitchen countertops, I never anticipated how much interest there is on the topic. Every single week, I hear from someone who is shopping for white quartz and feeling overwhelmed at the color options. How to Choose the Right White Quartz for Kitchen Countertops offers help for everyone agonizing over or considering white quartz for their kitchen design.

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How to Choose the Right White Quartz

This will be an update about our experience with the Viatera Minuet quartz countertops in our Chicagoland kitchen. (Still no stains, and still very happy in spite of a few scratches that don’t bother me enough to have them buffed out.)

Minuet Viatera quartz countertop in our classic white kitchen with Shaker cabinets and stainless appliances. #hellolovelystudio #whitequartz #countertops #kitchendesign #minuet #viateraquartz #lgviatera

If you’ll be in the market for white quartz in the future, do pin the images below of some favorite options from various brands…this is not a sponsored post.

My simple white Shaker kitchen with white oak floors, marble subway backsplash, Viatera quartz "Minuet" counters, and a window seat. #hellolovelystudio #whiteshakerkitchen #kitchendesign #kitchendecor #classickitchen #viateraquartz #minuet

There Are LOTS of White Options

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 simple serene white kitchen with Minuet Viatera quartz countertops, farm sink, and marble subway backsplash - 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 complementpure white cabinets and lighten the mood.

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

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:

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My Experience Choosing Quartz

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.

Caesarstone Calacatta Nuvo - a white quartz countertop for kitchens and baths. #caesarstone #calacattanuvo #whitequartz #kitchendesign #countertops
Caesarstone Calacatta Nuvo

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 quartz (photo: Bonniecee Photography).


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

The Struggle is Real

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.

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*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

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.

Keep Narrowing Down Quartz Options

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 star Sarah Richardson chose for her cottage-style kitchen because…Sarah’s endorsement of 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

Narrow Down Quartz Options to 2 or 3

Butter my biscuit!

LG Viatera Cirrus white quartz countertop. #countertops #whitequartz #viatera #cirrus #kitchendesign

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…

..until 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
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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
Hello Lovely Studio. Viatera Minuet Quartz Countertop. 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.

Here are recent photos (taken 4 years after installation) of our quartz countertops with Viatera Minuet (backsplash is polished venatino marble mosaic by Allen+Roth).

Minuet Viatera quartz countertop in our classic white kitchen with Shaker cabinets and stainless appliances. #hellolovelystudio #whitequartz #countertops #kitchendesign #minuet #viateraquartz #lgviatera
Minuet Viatera quartz countertop in our classic white kitchen with Shaker cabinets and stainless appliances. #hellolovelystudio #whitequartz #countertops #kitchendesign #minuet #viateraquartz #lgviatera
Minuet Viatera quartz countertop in our classic white kitchen with Shaker cabinets and stainless appliances. #hellolovelystudio #whitequartz #countertops #kitchendesign #minuet #viateraquartz #lgviatera
Minuet Viatera quartz countertop in our classic white kitchen with Shaker cabinets and stainless appliances. #hellolovelystudio #whitequartz #countertops #kitchendesign #minuet #viateraquartz #lgviatera
Minuet Viatera quartz countertop in our classic white kitchen with Shaker cabinets and stainless appliances. #hellolovelystudio #whitequartz #countertops #kitchendesign #minuet #viateraquartz #lgviatera
Minuet Viatera quartz countertop in our classic white kitchen with Shaker cabinets and stainless appliances. #hellolovelystudio #whitequartz #countertops #kitchendesign #minuet #viateraquartz #lgviatera
Minuet Viatera quartz countertop in our classic white kitchen with Shaker cabinets and stainless appliances. #hellolovelystudio #whitequartz #countertops #kitchendesign #minuet #viateraquartz #lgviatera
Loving my LG Viatera Minuet quartz countertops and Bosch appliances. #viatera #quartz #Minuet #blackandwhite #kitchendesign
Hello Lovely Studio. 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.

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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.

White roses in an oversized terracotta urn planter with handles on my kitchen counter - Hello Lovely Studio. #viateraquartz #minuet #kitchencountertop

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.)

Minuet Viatera quartz countertop in our classic white kitchen with Shaker cabinets and stainless appliances. #hellolovelystudio #whitequartz #countertops #kitchendesign #minuet #viateraquartz #lgviatera

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.

Minuet Viatera quartz countertop in our classic white kitchen with Shaker cabinets and stainless appliances. #hellolovelystudio #whitequartz #countertops #kitchendesign #minuet #viateraquartz #lgviatera

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. 

Minuet Viatera quartz countertop in our classic white kitchen with Shaker cabinets and stainless appliances. #hellolovelystudio #whitequartz #countertops #kitchendesign #minuet #viateraquartz #lgviatera

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: 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.

My serene white kitchen with Viatera Minuet quartz countertop and Shaker cabinets - Hello Lovely Studio.
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:

Viatera Minuet quartz countertop in a Chicagoland kitchen with black and white. #viatera #minuet #whitequartz #quartzcountertop
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 Hello Lovely Studio.) Viatera Minuet Quartz Countertop – 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
Hello Lovely Studio – 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
White kitchen with Viatera Minuet quartz countertop.
LG Viatera Minuet quartz countertop on vanity in bathroom. #minuet #quartzcountertop
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

Quartz Vs. Marble

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

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.

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.

How to Choose the Right White Quartz Color! Hello Lovely Studio
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If potential red wine or coffee spills or lime slicing on naked kitchen counters are in your kitchen’s future, QUARTZ MAY BE YOUR NEW BEST FRIEND.

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

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

    • michele
      March 18, 2018 / 3:21 pm

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

      • October 20, 2019 / 10:51 am

        Would the Minuet Quartz work with a softer white cabinet? I wanted a softer look for my kitchen and I thought a marble look with soft greige, and brownish veins would be a good choice. Thank you for any help!

        • Michele
          October 20, 2019 / 10:33 pm

          I think you could definitely go softer on the cabinet color – for instance, Benjamin Moore White Dove is a much softer color than what I have on mine and would be lovely. A very subtle light grey cabinet (Benjamin Moore Classic Gray) would be incredible. But if you’re after a quartz with some caramel warm veining, Minuet is probably not it – since it has crisp greys and no browns. I used Viatera Soprano which is gorgeous and creamy with light brown and grey veining. A totally different effect. If you search ‘arizona fixer’ you can see Soprano in our Arizona kitchen. Let me know if you have more questions.

  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
      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
      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 we need to make a purchase before next week, i’m really considering getting these countertops because we’re renovating our kitchen.

    • michele
      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. 🙂

    • Mary Ann
      December 28, 2019 / 9:11 pm

      My cabinets are pure white by Sherwin-Williams. It’s the whitest I could find and now I’m looking for a countertop that won’t look yellow or gray and has a very soft Gray veining. What do you suggest, please help. FYI the Home Depot link above is no longer available. Thank you.

      • Michele
        December 29, 2019 / 10:38 pm

        Hi Mary Ann. Thanks for the heads up about the link – I updated it since HD seems not to offer the sample of Minuet. Not sure if you read through this post which summarizes the process I went through to arrive at the very pure white Minuet – it’s obvi my choice with pure white cabinets, and this isn’t a sponsored post. Is the veining of Minuet too dark for you and so you are wondering about a pure white with a more subdued grey veining? Minuet’s veining is not dark to me, but Viatera Muse might appeal to you.

  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
      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
          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
            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
      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
      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?

      • Donna
        July 10, 2020 / 2:56 pm

        Hey Michelle,
        I was thinking of going with Alabaster for our cabinets as well. What would you recommend for Quartz? I was hoping Alabaster would be a softer white and wanted the quartz to work with it. Thoughts?

        • Michele
          July 11, 2020 / 12:00 am

          Hi there! Let me get a sample of alabaster tomorrow and do some research to get you some promising options. I’ll circle back here asap. 🙂

  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
      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. 🙂

    • Kim
      August 12, 2019 / 3:31 pm

      I found empira white quartz to be very white to match my white cabinets and navy blue island. It is fairly new.

      • Michele
        August 12, 2019 / 10:46 pm

        Thanks so much for the introduction to it – I’ll check it out. 🙂

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

    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,

    • michele
      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

    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
      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
      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!

  13. Amy Lemmer
    January 7, 2019 / 8:57 pm

    Looking for a white paint that matches well with minute, any suggestions?

    • michele
      January 8, 2019 / 7:49 am

      With Minuet’s crisp, alabaster, bright white, I would stick with whites that have minimal undertones. We chose Benjamin Moore “White” which is the base their whites are made from. You could also check some other paint brands’ white – the ones right on the shelf before tinting. Of course, Benjamin Moore’s White Dove seems to work with everything even though it’s a warmer tone – so don’t rule it out either!

      • Amy
        January 24, 2019 / 3:10 pm

        Thanks so much for your help, Michele. I ended up with Benjamin Moore “Decorators White” and love it!! I have lots of natural light and the touch of coolness in it looks great. I am also doing the “Tuxedo” kitchen with dark gray bottom cabinets……
        I’m new to your site and loving it!!!

        • michele
          January 24, 2019 / 4:22 pm

          Woohoo! Great to hear from you!

      • Sally
        August 17, 2019 / 7:43 pm

        I am going through the same thing now. Looking to paint my cabinets either white dove or decorators white.. my walls are light gray and my flooring in luxury vinyl Shaw wye oak. It is a gray flooring. My concern is I do not want my cabinets to look yellow. I know SW Alabaster is a popular paint for cabinets. . My concern is like yours, I will need my quartz to be cool white to go with decorators white or a more cream to go with white dove.
        Your thoughts

        • Michele
          August 17, 2019 / 10:35 pm

          I think it’s a great position you’re in as long as you make your choices in the proper order. I like all three of the white paints you named. But start with the quartz choice – Minuet is going to give you a brighter, cooler look and if you’re after a warm white quartz, you may like Viatera’s Soprano (we used it in our Arizona kitchen which you can see on the blog if you type in Soprano in the search box I think). Anyway, after that critical choice is made, you’ll be able to choose the best white for the cabinets. Alabaster will have some brown/yellow undertones. White Dove is wonderful with minimal undertones. I think it would work well with both quartz colors I have used (Minuet and Soprano). And it may be you’ll choose a different white paint which is just fine since there is a whole world of white paints, and without a doubt you’ll be able to find the best hue to complement the quartz.

      • Jodi B.
        December 5, 2019 / 12:58 pm

        Chiming in on this months’ old comment, because we are getting Starmark kitchen cabinetry in Dove (which is basically BM’s White Dove, they tell me), with a navy buffet built-in in the dining room. Trying to find a quartz that works for both. And, I think I like Minuet as I hold my cabinet and quartz samples together, but it’s hard to figure out how it will look on a larger scale. Minuet didn’t look bright white to me. It looked softer, like the Dove color, like they mesh. But I’m far from a designer, and really struggling to make this decision since this may be our only remodel. On a larger scale, do you think Minuet could make soft-white cabinets look dingy? Or would they go together?

        • Michele
          December 5, 2019 / 7:58 pm

          Great question, and I think your best bet is making the call with those swatches in your space with your unique light and exposure. Hopefully you can get your hands on a decent size sample of the quartz to make that comparison with the Dove color. Looking at product in showrooms under showroom lighting is different than examining the mix at home. For sure, the Minuet will be stunning with the navy…ooh la la!

  14. January 25, 2019 / 5:14 am

    Thank you so much! Your advice confirmed everything that I was struggling with regarding bright white versus creamy white. I am not going to let anyone influence my discussion just because they might have a designer backround.

    • michele
      January 25, 2019 / 9:07 am

      I’m so glad. I took a lot of time to write about the whole process while it was still fresh in my mind, and I’m delighted to hear it resonates. Hope your project goes smoothly!

  15. Lynne Tsobanakis
    April 10, 2019 / 8:39 pm

    Does the Viatera Minuet Quartz have any warm tones in it? My floors are tropical teak (so a slight bit reddish/brown) and I have warm and cool tones in my adjoining family room. I want some gray but also want to make sure there are some warm tones in the quartz as well. I haven’t picked the white yet for my cabinets as I was thinking I could pick the white after I pick the quartz. Appreciate your input.

    • Michele
      April 10, 2019 / 9:35 pm

      That’s a great plan to start with the quartz and choose your paint color from it! No, Minuet has no warm tones in it. It is very crisp and cool in temperature. If you’re open to a more creamy quartz – I love what we put in our Arizona kitchen – Viatera Soprano. It’s so warm and has this gorgeous caramel in the veining. Definitely check out a sample. Hope this helps!

  16. Cheryl
    May 22, 2019 / 7:41 am

    Love your kitchen! In fact I used some of your “ lovely” ideas for my own kitchen remodel which I am presently undertaking. Decided to go with quartz countertop as well and wondering what style of edge do you have. I love the feel your kitchen exudes, serene, modern and fresh!

    • Michele
      May 22, 2019 / 7:56 pm

      Hi! That’s so great. It is the standard edge – just a straight line, plain and simple. 🙂

  17. John
    May 27, 2019 / 8:02 pm

    Great article. This is exactly the problem I’ve been grappling with. Except when I looked at the two winners: in my case the Cirrus fit better (due to a bit cooler things going on in my room)

    • Michele
      May 27, 2019 / 10:55 pm

      I do love Cirrus! Great choice. 🙂

  18. Beth
    June 9, 2019 / 9:48 am

    I am doing a new build and have looked at several granite slabs. I have not found a single one that I love. They are either too yellow for my white cabinets and appear dirty or I don’t like some of the black spots or purple spots in them them or they are too wild for my taste. My walls are agreeable gray and the floor is a medium brown hickory. I am using black fixtures and slate appliances. I like the minuet you used. Do you think this would work in my kitchen? I really love an open airy feeling and I really love the look of the quartz you chose. I need to choose something quickly and I am getting frustrated. Thank You.

    • Michele
      June 9, 2019 / 10:36 am

      Hi Beth. I’d like to hear more about the shade of white your cabinets are and how much character/knotty the hickory floors will be. Since Minuet is very bright, alabaster white, you’ll need to be sure you are ready for that much contrast with the grey walls, black fixtures and slate in the kitchen. For less contrast (and again, depending upon what shade of white your cabinetry is), you may like Viatera’s Soprano – a warmer, creamier white with caramel veining which might compliment the hickory floors. We used it in our Arizona kitchen here: nOne of the reasons my kitchen feels so calm with Minuet is because of the white walls and marble backsplash – there isn’t much contrast so it’s a very tone on tone tranquil effect.

      • July 3, 2019 / 1:53 am

        The kitchen cabinets and island are a bright white. They are a shaker style cabinet. The floors do have varying colored boards and some knots and character and are a brushed 5″ plank. They were first quality (if that helps). I don’t want that much contrast. I tend to gear toward clean and simple-classic. I have looked at Pietra Silestone and the colors from the sample in person are spot on with the colors in my room but I felt it might be too busy and creamy dirty once I get all of the island in and all around the “L” shape of the kitchen cabinets on the back wall. I also have looked at Italian Wave and it looked the whitest but the veining to me appears blue and sometimes gray. I am now looking at Misterio quartz. I just don’t want my kitchen to look too sterile but I am feeling as if my countertop needs to be more subtle. I had the dark gray slate appliances delivered yesterday and they look good but now I feel they are sort of the focal point so I need to be more subtle on the countertop. Should I make sure I am matching the paint color? I did look at Colonial White/Salinas granite but in the end decided against it. I really didn’t want any burgundy/purple in my countertop . I don’t feel I need any additional colors than I already have. However, that is how I picked my paint color (to warm up the space) with the Salinas granite. I have not bought the hardware for the cabinet doors yet so I could change that if you feel I need to. My lights are black. My kitchen is open to the breakfast area and living room. Here is the light I am using over my table. Palencia 6-Light Artisan Pardo Wash Interior Incandescent Island Pendant from Home Depot. It is beautiful and looks good with the white interior doors and white trim with the black hardware. I thought choosing white cabinets would make things so easy but I think I did everything backwards. We bought things we liked for the house during Black Friday sales because the prices were good. I now lost what I was trying to accomplish. I just don’t want to make a mistake with my countertop. Should I do my island in something different than the back wall? I will see if I can take a picture and send you so you can get a better idea. I appreciate any help you can offer-Thank You!

        • Michele
          July 3, 2019 / 10:35 am

          Your choices for the kitchen sound amazing, and I am going to devote time to my response and either circle back here or email you! I am happy to offer an opinion, friend.

  19. Charma Malanoski
    July 24, 2019 / 5:43 am

    Love your ideas and advice! I am doing a kitchen restoration, my kitchen is very small with one window so limited natural light. I am considering Ben Moore Decorator’s White cabinets, Viatera Minuet for the counters, Ben Moore TC Pompeii for the island and a light Coretec Compago Oak flooring, single basin stainless sink. Just not sure what color faucet, hardware, appliances or wall color to use, was thinking of SW light French gray or even if my choices all go together. Really need you opinion and help.

    • Michele
      July 24, 2019 / 4:02 pm

      Thanks so much for reading, Charma. Your choices sound wonderful – really! I really like our kitchen faucet’s finish – it’s stainless steel, but you can’t go wrong with a satin nickel or even chrome. I would just take time to find the style of faucet. Since I knew I wanted a bridge style, that narrowed down the choices. I also knew I wanted very high quality after having to replace inferior kitchen faucets in the past! What a headache that was. Mine is here: If you are thinking of brass hardware, see this gorgeous example: We chose stainless, simple, bar pull cabinet hardware here: SW Light French Gray looks gorgeous and reminds me of BM Stonington Gray. My sister has used BM San Antonio Gray at 40% (did you know you can tweak the saturation?) in her home with limited natural light, and it looks amazing. You can email me michele at hellolovleystudio dot com if you like to continue the discussion. 🙂

  20. Meredith
    July 26, 2019 / 8:11 am

    This article was incredibly helpful to me! We are considering Minuet for our new counters and i love how you have it paired with the marble backsplash (I am headed to get my hands on it now to bring home!)

    I’m considering all white cabinets, but am toying with the idea of a grey on our island to warm it up a bit. Do you have any color thoughts that might be good? I don’t want to get too dark on the island- which is why I lean back to all white 🙂

    • Michele
      July 26, 2019 / 10:53 am

      I love the idea of grey on the island, and if you want to see an interior designer’s own beautiful white kitchen with a grey painted island (Benjamin Moore Pashmina) as well as vanities painted SW Tinsmith, see this: It might give you courage to go for it. I don’t think there has to be a huge contrast with the white cabinets…sometimes subtle is just better. Keep the questions coming if you have any as I’m happy to help.

      • Meredith
        August 13, 2019 / 5:55 pm

        Your reply was so helpful! I am waiting on my sample of Minuet to arrive and I did look at your tile that you used! I noticed that some sheets of the tile are a gray-er look while some of them have a creamier look. Your backsplash in picture appears more gray. Did you just gather up all the sheets with more gray? Or did it just all work out when the tile was mixed up and put down 😬😬

        • Michele
          August 13, 2019 / 9:24 pm

          I’m so glad that helped! My approach was to lay out all the sheets on the floor (in the long hallway you may have seen in photos)so I could get a sense of how the wall would look before adhering them. There is variation, and it’s important not to panic before you grout! I think it was worth the time, and mixing the more grey sheets with the more white sheets randomly worked well. Excited for you!

  21. Sarah
    September 10, 2019 / 11:12 am

    Does anyone have any advice I what type of quartz I should be looking at for my kitchen counters?

    • Michele
      September 10, 2019 / 12:03 pm

      You’ll find a wealth of info in this post and can also use the search box to type in “quartz” for more resources. 🙂

  22. Laura
    October 5, 2019 / 11:08 am

    Hi! This has been so helpful in our search for kitchen counters! We are deciding between the Minuet and the Silestone Calacatta Gold, and currently have Benjamin Moore Swiss Coffee cabinets and bright white subway tile. I am wondering if you think the Minuet is too grey and will clash with our wall colors, which are Behr classic taupe. If so, is there another wall color you suggest that would work with the Minuet and warmer/cream tones (also have a dark brown couch)? Appreciate any suggestions you have!!

    • Michele
      October 5, 2019 / 11:24 pm

      Hi Laura. If you decide to go with Minuet, I don’t think you’ll love Behr classic taupe for the walls. Fortunately there are some beautiful greys that will work well. Look at Sherwin Williams Repose Gray. As you may know, you can have them mix this color in any brand of paint. A lot of designers have used it in their own homes on cabinets and walls, and I think it will give you that hint of taupe and look gorgeous with the veining in Minuet.

  23. Kathy
    October 17, 2019 / 11:06 am

    I’m am in love with the Caesarstone Calacatta Nuvo! My walls are BM Natural Cream. I’m looking at doing my island in either BM Chelsey gray or Kendall Charcoal and I’m still trying to choose an off White for the uppers. Any suggestions that would work with the Calacatta Nuvo? So far I have BM Simply White, Cotton Balls, Cloud White and Mountain Peak… Help!

    • Michele
      October 17, 2019 / 10:54 pm

      That quartz is a beautiful choice! I personally like BM Cotton Balls because it seems to have grey undertones but I totally see those other options as possibilities since the wall color has those warm undertones. Samples are a smart idea to know for sure! Hope this helps, and feel free to add more questions and discussion. 🙂

  24. Diane Brown
    October 29, 2019 / 9:38 pm

    I am stuck on what color white to paint my cabinets. I recently changed my flooring to a med LVP brown. My counters and island are uba tuba granite( very dk green, looks blk) but I plan to change the island counter to a quartz( would love some sort of white to lighten things up a bit). I also would love to paint the island Chelsea gray. Any recommendations on the quartz and paint color for the cabinets? My kitchen is more interior with a side facing west window. It over looks my great room which is south facing. I feel like it is a darker kitchen. Will chantilly lace by Bm be too stark white? Suggestions?

    • Michele
      October 30, 2019 / 5:04 pm

      Chantilly Lace is gorgeous and a popular choice with designers for their own homes – it’s not too white for me, but I personally am always about capturing as much light as possible. I highly recommend choosing your quartz first and letting that choice guide your secondary decisions such as paint color for cabinets. Chelsea Gray is a fabulous gray that would look wonderful with Minuet if you’re after a crisp, high contrast look. For a more subdued and warmer effect, Soprano has a creamy Calacatta Gold marble look with bits of caramel veining with grey. I hasten to suggest any paint color for cabinets until you’ve fallen in love and decided on a quartz. Minuet has a very bright white alabaster ground so certain whites may look dingy and dirty with it. Our cabinets are a gallery, bright white with minimal undertones (finished in factory so I don’t have the equivalent paint color – but I should do that!!!). I’ll circle back with paint colors for Minuet, and feel free to fire away more questions. 🙂

  25. Samantha Hobson
    November 10, 2019 / 9:15 am

    Your post was the first (and very helpful) when I started researching quartz countertops. I think I’m going with Spectrum Pristine (white with grey veining). Existing Cabinets and all trim (and 3 doors) in BM Simply White. Walls same color but in matte. Question is: Do you think cabinets should be semi gloss or satin? It’s north and west facing , not particularly bright. House c1900. The feature will be this lovely concrete look tile floor.

    Love your site and advice!

    • Michele
      November 11, 2019 / 10:50 am

      Love that tile you have chosen. There isn’t a right or wrong answer. A few things come to mind. Semigloss is going to be less forgiving aesthetically in terms of showing imperfections, brush strokes (unless the paint will be sprayed), or flaws. But I think it would be the conservative and more European approach. It depends too on the cabinets. Sometimes semigloss can have a too glossy effect and make the wood look plastic or ultra modern. Another factor is the wood grain – is it something you want to accentuate or downplay? Semigloss is going to highlight the grain. If I were you, I would experiment A LOT with one door. You could do a combination or say 20% semigloss for less gloss. Another option is to use satin with a poly finish on top for durability. Start with one door to get it right and be able to proceed with confidence. Let me know what you think.

      • Samantha
        June 10, 2020 / 2:31 pm

        Thankyou for your advice and posts. I’m following up as my kitchen renovation is finished and I’m very pleased with how it’s come together. I chose Spectrum Striking quartz counters, the existing cupboards were painted in BM Simply White Satin, walls in Simply White Matte, and the trim and doors BM white. And of course the Palazzo Deco floor tiles. The satin finish has such a nice subtle sheen. It’s a NorthWest facing room, not tons of light. The Simply White looks slightly creamy.

        • Michele
          June 10, 2020 / 6:43 pm

          What a great job! I followed the link to see the quartz – beautiful! 🙂

  26. Granite Countertops Perrysburg
    December 18, 2019 / 10:44 am

    Well explained!! Thanks for sharing such an informative post. Two years back I have installed Quartz countertop in my outdoor kitchen. From the past 3-4 months, I am noticing a few stains on the countertop and I want them to disappear completely. Can you please suggest me something. Thanks!!

    • Michele
      December 18, 2019 / 3:17 pm

      Sorry this post is about interior applications not exteriors. Outdoor kitchens are not within my sphere of expertise.:)

  27. Stacy
    December 30, 2019 / 9:35 am

    Hey Michele!

    Our kitchen cabinets are essentially stark white (not the actual paint color – just how I’m describing them) and anything remotely warm makes them look blue! I’m considering this same countertop for our new kitchen now. Do you think it’d work? I live in Chicago – can you please give me the name of your supplier/fabricator so I can go see a slab?

    Also is this the backsplash you used? It’s so hard to match up stone with stone but I love this look of this kitchen and it’s exactly what I’m going for!!


    • Michele
      December 30, 2019 / 10:09 am

      Hi Stacy. You can email me photos if you like. Michele {at} Is it out of the question to paint the cabinets a white you’re happier with? If so, it is so much easier to BEGIN with the countertop color choice and go from there. If you’re sold on the cabinet color and are sensitive to the whites harmonizing, maybe veer toward the light greys – Silestone Lagoon is beautiful and light grey and a favorite of the exquisite bespoke kitchen firm deVOL. Minuet may appear a little dingy in the photo from Viatera’s site, and it isn’t at all in our kitchen. It’s bright white and cool. We used Lonny’s in Rockford, IL, and I can’t say enough good things about the experience. When the gentleman came to do the measure, he was chatting with me and did the job so fast that I was very nervous about how he could possibly get a precise measure (special considerations with an in-set cabinet, farm sink,… But when it arrived and was installed…perfect, and you can’t see the seam (only one!) which hides (centered) under the cooktop.

      • Stacy
        December 30, 2019 / 11:34 am

        Thank you!! Email sent!

        • Michele
          December 30, 2019 / 11:36 am

          so happy to help!

  28. Sarala
    January 25, 2020 / 8:56 pm

    Hi Michele,

    I’m doing my kitchen for the second time which I hope will be the last ! I’m thinking of frost white cabinet and Leon quartz countertops. Any suggestions?

    • Michele
      January 25, 2020 / 10:03 pm

      Hi Sarala. How exciting to be designing something new! Classic white kitchens are still going strong. Leon quartz is such a beautiful choice – I love those calacatta-look options that come with none of the maintenance of marble. I saw a gorgeous kitchen today with simply stacked square tumbled white tiles for the backsplash (as opposed to installing in a running bond pattern like everybody else installing subway style tile). I don’t think they were zellige tiles, but they had that same timeless look where you can really see any grout. Something like this: Best to you, and let me know if you have any specific questions.

  29. Debbie
    March 16, 2020 / 1:00 am

    I was so excited to find this post! I like both Viatera Cirrus and Minuet, but have not been able to see them in larger samples except for images online. My cabinets will be a Pure White by Mid Continent cabinetry and I initially leaned toward a counter with more tan/greige to match both the walls in adjoining rooms, which I will pick up on in some shade, and the white cabinets. But the counter samples in those shades looked dingy in my kitchen, which has only a small east side window, with a slightly larger window in the adjoining nook.

    I ran across Cirrus and Minuet and liked them. I don’t want anything super busy with too much movement, and want to be able to carry out a Farmhouse type of theme, and be able to blend in lots of other colors as well. Is there another similar color I should look at as well, or are these good choices? Which of the colors is the softest/most white? Knowing I will most likely paint the walls in the kitchen and nook a soft tan or greige color, would either of these counters be better? I’ll have medium wood floors.

    I understand that sometimes white counters are problematic with pure white cabinets? How do I know if that is the case when I am just looking at small samples? I clearly am struggling with the decision—have never done a full kitchen remodel before, which probably is obvious;) I appreciate your advice! Thanks.

    • Michele
      March 16, 2020 / 1:52 am

      Hi Debbie. Minuet is actually busy but in the best possible way as far as I am concerned. Rather than being a distraction to my eye – the veining provides a lot of forgiveness so crumbs, smudges, and even little scratches from 5 years of heavy use don’t jump out. If you are after a mostly white ground, there are other options such as Viatera Snow Storm. Minuet was more bright and true white than Cirrus. But Cirrus has a slightly softer, more abstract and painterly quality to the veining. Greige would look lovely with Minuet, but I wouldn’t rush the paint color choice. Since the investment of the quartz is much steeper, let that paint color choice come after it is installed. Much easier to get it right that way. The important part about matching cabinets to counters when you have just samples available is to look at those samples together IN THE SPACE WHERE THEY WILL LIVE. It really is only a problem when you’re making decisions in a showroom or box store with completely different lighting. And of course, you’ll want to examine samples in natural light and at night. I was able to get a good sized sample of quartz so that eased my mind. It also helped me to see a full slab of Minuet before I placed the order. Let me know if you have more questions – I’m happy to help, Debbie.

  30. Marsha Moseley
    May 5, 2020 / 7:07 pm

    Hi Michele,
    I was thrilled to find your blog on white quartz countertops! I’ve taken this COVID19 “stay at home“ time to search for my white counter tops. And as you well know, it’s easier said than done!

    Some specifics regarding my kitchen are: My cabinets are painted a Ben Moore special mix to match a Ralph Lauren paint, “Sneaker White” which was discontinued several years ago. It’s a crisp white white and I love it. Since it is used as the trim throughout my house, I do not wish to change the trim and cabinet color. The tile I’ve picked out is a handmade 3×6 subway which also is a crisp white and has a wavy effect. I have been looking for a crisp white countertop with soft veining. I found the countertop background color which works perfectly- in Hanstone’s Tranquility. However the veining in Tranquility is a digitized vein which isn’t soft and solid, but a speckled vein….which was explained to me is that way because it’s digitized! I’ve looked everywhere for options. The backgrounds are all too grey or the veining isn’t soft and natural looking.
    Do you have any suggestions to help me narrow my search?
    Thank you!

    • Michele
      May 5, 2020 / 7:22 pm

      Hi Marsha. Is Minuet too busy with its veining for you? It has the crisp white you may be after and the veining is not speckled, but perhaps there is more grey going on than what you are after? Once I discovered Minuet, I knew it was the one so it’s my top pick (still) and I haven’t explored its competition yet. I am not sure Minuet’s veining will meet your expectation in terms of being ‘natural’ enough. For me personally, I wasn’t trying to fool anyone about whether the product was carrera or quartz. I value the non-porous, antibacterial properties of quartz so I’m good with the more uniform veining which to me is calming. So you may want to be sure that marble isn’t a better fit for you since that natural look seems of utmost importance.

  31. Ellen
    May 10, 2020 / 1:02 am

    Hello! Did you use a 2cm or a 3cm slab of Minuet? It’s hard to tell in the pictures. It’s gorgeous!

    • Michele
      May 10, 2020 / 12:04 pm

      3 cm – when we renovated our kitchen in Arizona and used Viatera quartz (Soprano), the fabricators used the 2 cm product and then built up the edge. It seems to be a regional fabrication preference thing so there really isn’t a wrong way to do it. 🙂

      • Lanie M
        May 17, 2020 / 9:23 pm

        I’m deciding between a bright white cabinet or very faint grey. Looking at quartz- calacatta Vincenza or Carrara marmi… but the marmi veining is very speckled. The kitchen has a massive island with lots of cabinetry so I’m wondering if the white Cabinets and big white quartz island will get lost. Thoughts?

        • Michele
          May 18, 2020 / 9:54 pm

          I hear you about trying to envision all that white and whether you need more contrast. A couple of things come to mind. You could do the light grey on the island only with white cabinets everywhere else. Not sure if you saw this house tour which has a white kitchen with faint grey island: Another thought is that you can bring in grey or other hues with the backsplash. As far as ‘getting lost’ I love a very tonal look since it feels ethereal and even modern so as long as there are different textures and sheens going on, it doesn’t scare me to layer whites. Of course it is a subjective matter – others may feel bored with monochromatic schemes.

  32. Patt Decker
    May 31, 2020 / 9:20 am

    Oh Happy Day to find your blog today! You are spot on with how this process is going for me and your sense of humor and authenticity told me I’m not alone! You are a very talented lady. My new cabinets arriving in about 3 weeks are very similar to yours in style & color. The new kitchen will have a more modern feel as opposed to the current traditional glazed maple cabinets. Definitely my preference here in southwest Florida. This change is a total refresh for me as a widow who enjoys friends, family and entertaining.

    The 20×20 porcelain tile will remain. It runs throughout the 1800 sq ft villa (fancy word for a one story home with a 2 car garage in a gated community) The tile is a neutral beige with subtle off white & gray marbling. What I like is how well it is laid with grout lines consistent from room to room and out to the lanai. It gives an expansive look & feel. The walls are a neutral light greige and all trim is bright white. For the new back splash I like the Blanco Orion Polished 4″x 12″ marble tiles in a subway pattern found at Floor Decor and More. My contractor recommends steering clear of a marble back splash. My current back splash is tumbled marble squares that were sealed and have not been a problem. In Florida, Pompeii quartz seems to have a large following. A new pattern, Lincoln, looks great with the new cabinet sample. The white is brighter than most. I’m concerned about the veining pattern. The lines are thin and seem to crisscross. I like that it picks up both the beige tone and gray tones in the veins which coordinates with all the other areas of my home. It’s hard to visualize it in online photos. It may not be enough pattern for my long galley kitchen with a peninsula. The sink & coffee/wine bar wall is 24′ long and would be marble with quartz counters. The opposite wall with refrigerator slide in stove, no microwave above, would be quartz counter & quartz back splash to accent recirculating . New appliances are stainless, Bosch without handles and a Koehler catering sink. Your opinion would be much appreciated!

    • Michele
      May 31, 2020 / 9:15 pm

      I’m so happy you found me! You are delightful, and I’m ready to move into that wonderful villa…get this beachy land locked blogger to the ocean! I think I understand just what you mean about Lincoln for the quartz. I tend to favor that type of veining (like that which you see in natural calacatta) for big kitchen islands or great big peninsulas and not so much on peripheral counters. It’s a very subjective matter and one of the things I don’t discuss in the post (and need to someday) is how one might first explore their favorite natural marble. There are so many beautiful white stone varieties, so if you can establish what your heart is drawn to, it may whittle down the list. What about Pomepei’s Misterio? It appears to have both brown and grey veining and seems like a fairly safe choice. I think I mention in the post that one of the qualities I appreciate about the veining in Minuet is how forgiving it is. For crumbs and for the little scratches that happen over time with use. I am fairly sure such scratches on big expanses of white would be more visible. Best to you and feel free to keep the discussion going. 🙂

  33. Aimee
    July 5, 2020 / 3:50 pm

    Love your GIFY’s.. perfect choices. And thanks for posting pictures that give a true idea of what these quartz’s look like!

    • Michele
      July 5, 2020 / 7:43 pm

      You bet! Thanks for playing along – it’s great to have you here.

  34. carla
    July 24, 2020 / 7:03 am

    I love your kitchen! I am so happy that I found your site and could really use your help. I have honey oak kitchen cabinets that unfortunately have to stay. I have been looking for a quartz counter to hopefully make my kitchen Look better even though I have oak cabinets and I keep going back to minuet. I have pine wood floors and all of the trim is stained. Do you think minuet would look alright with oak? I would really appreciate your opinion So much.

    • Michele
      July 26, 2020 / 7:34 pm

      Thank you for the kind words. Minuet is quite cool so there would a lot of contrast with the honey oak. Minuet may work, but I wonder if Soprano might be a better choice since it has some caramel and warmth. I used Soprano in our vacation home and loved it. It is possible Soprano could make you love your oak cabinets. Try to get a good sized sample of quartz. Alternatively, you could take one of the cabinet doors off and head to a showroom/countertop fabricator where you can hold it up to a slab.

  35. Laurie
    August 13, 2020 / 4:35 am

    I came across your blog while looking for Quartz countertops. When I saw your kitchen I knew this was the feeling I wanted. I have a galley kitchen with a breakfast nook so I wanted the look to be bright and reflective as the space is small and felt this would help open it up. I too love the Minuet Quartz counter top and I have ordered it for my kitchen remodel. The tile for the back splash works so well with the Minuet. I will be going to Lowes to look at it. The other tile I am considering is a white subway tile with a crackle glaze. I have purchased white Shaker cabinets for my remodel. I purchased the handles you used (sold out on Lowes) but was able to get them on Amazon. Any suggestions for a tile floor as I have parquet flooring throughout the apartment and it can’t be matched. Also any ideas on ceiling lights? I love the French bakery feel.

  36. G.M.S. Werks
    August 17, 2020 / 6:35 am

    These are some great things upon choosing quartz, that you have discussed here. I really loved it and thank you very much for sharing this with us. You have a great visualization and you have really presented this content in a really good manner.

    • Michele
      August 17, 2020 / 11:44 am

      Thanks for the kind words.

  37. Cari
    August 24, 2020 / 10:37 pm

    Hi Michelle,
    What a fun article to read and just as much fun to read all the messages/questions and your responses. I am going to be remodeling a condo in a few months and I know I am doing white cabinets, counters and back splash. The kitchen will be open to the family space with a wide cased door way to the dining room as well both of which will be blue. You shared that Minuet has cooler tones which I think that would be good with the blues. Thanks for your recommendations for both Minuet and your polished marble back splash.

    • Michele
      August 25, 2020 / 10:14 am

      Thanks so much for reading. How exciting to begin this remodel! I think you will love it with blue. In fact, I used a cool blue/grey just around the corner in our laundry room on the walls along with more of that same polished marble subway tile, and it blends beautifully. I also have blue/grey mugs I use daily that look stunning with Minuet. Keep in touch so we can hear (or see if you care to email iamges) about the progress!

  38. Janet Robertson
    September 1, 2020 / 1:22 am

    Michele would love your advise on what quartz countertop would look best with shaker style cabinets painted BM Intense White and BM Hale Navy island. The flooring is natural red oak. The plan is to do all the walls in the house Intense White. There’s lots of natural light and the kitchen opens to the dining and living room. I was hoping to use a marble backsplash with some bluey gray to tie the island and cabinets together. I’m hoping to find a complimentary quartz countertop. After reading your posts, I’m thinking I may need to start all over with the selection of the countertop first, then choose the cabinet, island and wall colors. Any suggestions will be greatly appreciated and thank you for all the content provided above.

    • Michele
      September 1, 2020 / 11:09 pm

      Hi there – how exciting to be embarking on this design journey! So happy to have you here. Your choices sound beautiful, and I think it will be fairly simple to choose a quartz to harmonize with them. Intense White reminds me of our own white which I love with Minuet. But even the grey-ed white quartz options will be lovely with bright white walls. I think you’re going to love the contrast with the navy! Minuet’s veining is definitely blue-grey, and so is our venatino polished marble backsplas (you can find link for it if you click “shop” above. Bear in mind, I picked out each 12″ mosaic tile to find the most pleasing combo and those crisp white and blue-grey cool stone tiles. It could also be beautiful to extend the quartz as the backsplash as we did in our Arizona home with Viatera Soprano (a much creamier, warm and Calacatta gold-like quartz).

  39. Susan
    September 13, 2020 / 1:59 pm

    Hi, I love your remodel and have selected many similar choices. One area has me stumped. I will also have Minuet quartz on white perimeter cabinets and black island. The sink is in the island. I can’t decide on a color for the Blanco sink. I don’t want dark/dark because it would be come the focal point. Between metallic gray and cement gray, which do you think would look better with the quartz? Thanks!

    • Michele
      September 13, 2020 / 2:46 pm

      How exciting! The design plan sounds amazing – I would choose cement gray or or which ever option looks the best with the faucet choice. 🙂

      • Susan
        September 13, 2020 / 7:49 pm

        Thank you for taking time to respond to my question. Faucet is the next choice!
        Keep up the good work, so helpful!

        • Michele
          September 13, 2020 / 9:03 pm

          You bet. Thanks for following. 🙂

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