9 Tips for Picking a White Quartz + Minuet Viatera Info

Apparently the struggle to choose the best white quartz for a kitchen remodel or bathroom makeover is REAL so I’m happy to try to demystify it with Tips for Picking a White Quartz + Minuet Viatera Info. I mean, there are a host of white quartz counter options in the marketplace, and it’s not always easy to visualize them in your space.

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9 Tips for Picking a White Quartz as well as Minuet Viatera Info.

How I Chose a White Quartz Kitchen Countertop: Minuet Viatera

This discussion will help answer a bunch of questions about choosing a white quartz as well as explain what I love about Viatera Minuet.

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This post features photos I snapped today at different times of day so you can see it change with the light.

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It has been more than five years since our Viatera Minuet quartz countertops were fabricated and installed by Lonnie’s Stonecrafters (Rockford, IL) for our kitchen renovation.

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Does the Minuet White Quartz Stain?

There are no stains to report after 5 years. After smacking an edge of the quartz with a cast iron pot, it did chip, and it was an easy DIY fix with joint compound (bet you can’t detect it in the photo below).

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Are There Scratches on Quartz From Use?

There are subtle scratches to the surface from five years of daily use, and they aren’t bothering us enough to have them buffed away.

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Why Quartz and Not Marble?

I love the look of polished or honed marble. However, quartz has amazing properties I have come to appreciate.

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Quartz was chosen for the countertops in several other kitchen designs by me and not in an attempt to emulate the look of marble or granite.

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I simply appreciate quartz for what it is: a product manufactured from approximately 90% of a ground up mineral mixed with 10% of pigment, resins and polymers.

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Does Viatera Minuet Quartz Look Like Marble?

I don’t think you need a designer’s eye to recognize the obvious difference between any given quartz and natural marble.

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Minuet has beautiful light and medium grey veining, and in person, it looks like a gorgeously smooth and serene quartz surface.

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Is Quartz Easier to Live With?

Marble is natural, luxurious, and gorgeous, and I have lived with marble counters daily for years in the bathrooms of several homes.

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I can report that since marble is natural and porous, it changes as you use it.

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White marble: stains, can be damaged by acidic product, and withstands time and abuse but doesn’t continue to look as pristine as the day it was installed.

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Natural stone and marble takes on an aged patina over time.

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9 Tips for Picking a White Quartz + Minuet Viatera Info…in case you love white kitchens.

Quartz makes more sense for our kitchen because of its stain resistance, non-porous surface, uniformity, antibacterial properties, and HELLO?

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So far, no maintenance! Can I hear an AMEN?

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What’s the Fuss About Quartz Being Non-Porous?

If messy cooks, potential coffee spills, red wine disasters, or citrus slicing is destined to happen on your naked kitchen countertops, QUARTZ MAY JUST BECOME A BESTIE.

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9 Tips for Picking a White Quartz + Minuet Viatera Info…in case you need help with quartz.

Is this Post Sponsored?

Nope. In case you are wondering, I had never heard of LG Viatera before we DIYed this kitchen in 2015.

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Since I loved the durability and antibacterial properties of quartz in our prior kitchen, the decision to use quartz was a given, and I shopped around.

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How to Choose from So Many White Quartz Options?

Lord have mercy, I had no clue it would be so challenging to choose from the many white quartz options! Can you relate?

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Even when you have narrowed it down to white quartz with grey veining, there are a ton of choices. Here are some tips to help you decide on the best quartz choice for your project.

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9 Tips for Picking a White Quartz Kitchen Countertop

1. Visit Showrooms to See Slabs

If you’re like me, you’ll want to check out local design showrooms or fabricators offering quartz to view slabs in order to explore the look you like.

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2. Decide on the Shade of White

There are bright whites, off whites, warm whites, creamy whites, and greyed whites when it comes to quartz options. You’ll have to take into account: personal preference, cabinet color, and kitchen design.

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3. Think About Veining

Veining refers to those lovely, natural, curvacious, meandering, zig-zaggy lines in natural stone which are the sheets of mineral crystallization in the rock. The veining in both marble and quartz can be: subtle, dramatic, busy, painterly, and variable with regard to scale. Veins in quartz can present as long lines that occur lengthwise (mimicking vein-cut stone) or swirly and lyrical (mimicking cross-cut stone).

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Viewing a range of white quartz options in person or on Pinterest may help you decide what quality of veining your eye is drawn to.

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4. Consider Your Budget

You may be surprised by the range in prices for quartz so do educate yourself straight away about pricing so you don’t get attached to one particular color or brand only to discover it won’t fit with your kitchen design’s overall budget.

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5. Begin With 3-5 Quartz Samples

It is far easier to narrow down your choices with a handful rather than dozens of possibilities so bring home the largest samples you can of three to five white quartz contenders that will work within your budget. If none of them work, you can keep going by choosing another handful.

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9 Tips for Picking a White Quartz + Minuet Viatera Info…hello lovely indeed.

6. Notice the Relationship to Cabinetry

Don’t panic or overthink whether a particular quartz color “matches” your cabinet stain or paint color because ultimately, there is no ONE PERFECT MATCH. Different options will create a different mood and overall look. You’re looking for a quartz color that pleases YOUR eye and enhances the look of your kitchen and cabinetry. I know it’s scary because of the investment.

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What you are after is design HARMONY and INTEREST rather than some sort of black and white, objective, key fitting into a lock. Design is subjective, yet fortunately there’s plenty of wiggle room and no rules!

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7. View Cabinets & Quartz in YOUR Kitchen

Lighting changes everything. A white quartz you view in a kitchen design showroom or warehouse may look dramatically different in your space. A lot of folks will bring a cabinet door with them to shop for quartz. However, keep in mind the lighting in a store or showroom will likely cause your cabinet door and quartz to present differently. Make sure to base your decision on seeing design elements together at home where the product is to be installed.

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Hello Lovely Studio…in case you need help with quartz countertops.

8. Don’t Over-Rely on Photos

It’s so convenient to use our phones these days to collect images of options, but trust your naked eye (or get a designer or design savvy friends to help) rather than photos. Remember, an iPhone photo can make a bright white cabinet door look cool blue or dingy yellow depending upon the light source or time of day when it is snapped. I can’t over-emphasize this point: make your decision for quartz based upon how the sample looks in your space at different times of the day.

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Hello Lovely Studio…in case you are narrowing down a white quartz.

9. Learn From My Struggles

At the beginning of my kitchen reno, I was certain I had found the perfect white quartz when I fell in love with a Caesarstone quartz mimicking calacatta marble I viewed at the design center. However, when I brought a sample home, even though it harmonized with the cabinet color, the strong yellow natural light we get here caused it to look creamy and more antique white than alabaster.

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Hello Lovely Studio…Minuet quartz info as well as tips for countertops.

Then I was sure a very cool, greyed white Silestone quartz was the right choice to counter that yellowy light. But when I viewed that sample at home in my kitchen, it completely fell flat and depressed my mood.

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Hello Lovely Studio…in case you love a crisp alabaster quartz.

Thank goodness there are so many white quartz options…you WILL find the right one for you and feel like high fiving a million angels.

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Why I Love Our Minuet Quartz

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Photos of Minuet Kitchen Countertop

I am including multiple photos of our kitchen with Minuet white quartz counters from Viatera so you can appreciate how it looks at different times of day and in different seasons.

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Minuet is Cool, Serene, Chic, and Feels French

Minuet looks bright, clean, and pure white in our kitchen which has windows facing west and north. I also loved Viatera’s Cirrus which had a slightly more subdued and painterly-like veining. But I chose Minuet for its chic Parisian bakery-esque vibe and cool grey veining (The grey veining for Cirrus looked slightly green in our space maybe due to such yellow light streamin gin).

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Hello Lovely Studio…help with choosing a white kitchen countertop as well as quartz facts.

If you need your quartz counters to bring warmth, Minuet probably won’t appeal to you.

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Hello Lovely Studio…white quartz countertop help and also answers to questions about Minuet.
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This White Quartz is Bright & Reflective

My goal was to bring as much light and airy-ness as possible to the space so I wanted the countertops to be reflective and the marble backsplash to be polished. The light bounches off of both of these surfaces beautifully.

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Our polished marble subway backsplash is this polished venatino marble mosaic by Allen+Roth.

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LG Viatera Quartz Had a Friendly Price Tag

Price per square foot was not as important to me as a quality product in the right color, but it was a bonus that Minuet came with an awesome price point.

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Minuet’s Veining Imparts Movement & Is Forgiving

Did you read the section above about veining? You can find a white quartz with minimal veining or none at all if you’re after a more modern look.

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I knew I wanted lots of movement for interest as well as forgiveness factor. Since this is a working kitchen, it truly helps to have a forgiving pattern. It minimizes: crumbs, scratches, schmears, smudges, and sins that may be obvious on a uniformly white ground.

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Soft Billowy Clouds Make Me Happy

There’s a billowy, calm effect in Minuet’s veining that I appreciate. As I type this, it’s a sunny winter day, and light is dancing on the reflective countertop like music.

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A Bright Countertop Lifts My Spirits

A picture is worth a thousand words, and before demo, our space looked like this with dark navy blue laminate countertops, vinyl cabinets, and a mess from renovating other parts of the home.

BEFORE
BEFORE
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AFTER

So much better!

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Keep reading to learn about more of the design elements in this kitchen we created from scratch DIY style.

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And do let me know if you have any questions or need resources.

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I hope this helps you on your journey to discover the perfect white quartz for your kitchen.

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76 Comments

  1. Liz Carlson
    January 2, 2020 / 8:19 am

    Also a quick FYI: not all quartz are the same…there are varying degrees of quality; with some having more strength, scratch and stain resistance than others.

    • Michele
      Author
      January 2, 2020 / 9:23 am

      Let me know if you have objective data for quality comparison across brands since I haven’t seen any. Quartz quality is beyond the scope of this post which aims to focus on color selection and report on one particular product used in a real hardworking kitchen with multiple users over the course of 4 years. Oh that it were as simple as more expensive = higher quality. Viatera was not expensive, and the stuff is strong and doesn’t stain. I also know the demand for a certain quartz color drives up cost, independent of quality. Cost for importing quartz is variable as well and affects price independent of quality. Would love to hear more about quality analysis though to become more educated.

    • Jim
      April 21, 2021 / 9:55 am

      Very informative article. Thanks.
      Any brand recommendation on quartz countertops .

  2. Carol S.
    January 2, 2020 / 2:46 pm

    Love your quartz and love it installed in our new home, inspired by you. I’m also inspired by your cabinet pulls…I see them different places, some are 3″ and some are 4″, some stainless, others brushed nickel…can you share your source? thank you!

    • Michele
      Author
      January 2, 2020 / 3:33 pm

      Thanks so much, Carol. The pulls are brushed steel, and do note the measurement is 3 3/4″ between screws rather than the length of the actual pull which is a little more than 5″ (talk about confusing for shoppers!) so here is the product: https://rstyle.me/+wl9b-8UTKzi2xpIlJW_EyA

      • Carol Stewart
        January 3, 2020 / 1:45 pm

        Gosh, thank you so much. There are knobs everywhere…now I can order with confidence and I do love the look of your kitchen.

        • Michele
          Author
          January 3, 2020 / 8:16 pm

          You bet, Carol – feel free to ask any questions as I’m happy to help.

  3. Tyler Johnson
    January 3, 2020 / 2:37 pm

    That’s a good idea to see the countertop in person. I would want to see exactly what it would look like without ant lighting or camera issues messing with the image. I’ll have to ask to see a sample of the material if I decide to install a quartz countertop when I renovate the kitchen.

    • Michele
      Author
      January 3, 2020 / 8:15 pm

      A lot of folks don’t know they can request/buy large samples of quartz which is far more helpful in choosing a color than those little squares they hand out.

  4. January 4, 2020 / 11:42 am

    Michele,
    Happy New Year and I hope you have joy, love and blessings in the new year. It should be another exciting new year. Thanks for the notes on picking quartz countertops. I need new ones in my bathroom and I am thinking of quartz in there. I like the look of veined marble but no in the bathroom.
    Have a lovely weekend.
    Hugs,
    Bev

    • Michele
      Author
      January 4, 2020 / 12:34 pm

      Happy New Year, Bev – best to you as you makeover your space. So grateful to have you here adding to the beauty. xox

  5. January 15, 2020 / 7:29 pm

    Thank you for sharing at #ThursdayFavoriteThings. Pinned and shared. Have a lovely week. I hope to see you at next week’s party too!

    • Michele
      Author
      January 15, 2020 / 9:55 pm

      Thanks so much, Marilyn. See you at TFT.

  6. Universal Stone
    January 21, 2020 / 11:51 pm

    Really liked your kitchen! Anyways thanks for sharing such surprising tips on picking the white quartz for kitchen or bathroom makeover!

    • Michele
      Author
      January 22, 2020 / 2:10 pm

      Thanks for taking the post for a spin and for the kind words – Minuet continues to be a surface I love living with so it’s a pleasure to share it with others to help. 🙂

    • Tyla Martin
      May 26, 2021 / 8:00 pm

      What white did you use on your cabinets?

      • Michele
        Author
        May 27, 2021 / 10:49 pm

        They were made by Schuler, and it’s a custom finish called White Icing which is similar to Benjamin Moore White Dove.

  7. Merefair
    February 25, 2020 / 8:03 pm

    Love your kitchen! What color are your cabinets?

    • Michele
      Author
      February 25, 2020 / 11:35 pm

      The finish is called White Icing – they are maple cabinets by Schuler cabinetry. Hope this helps, and let me know if you have any other questions.

  8. B Olive
    February 28, 2020 / 5:35 pm

    Hi, I’m in the process of updating my kitchen. I have picked a similar quartz for my countertops and am curious to know what color your cabinets and walls are painted? My walls are Alabaster. Thank you!

    • Michele
      Author
      February 29, 2020 / 2:17 am

      Hi there. The cabinets are from Schuler and the paint finish they applied over maple is called White Icing. The walls are Benjamin Moore ‘white’ which is just plain, pure white, used to mix all their whites. Hope this helps.

  9. April 7, 2020 / 8:04 pm

    I just had my countertops quartz put in the surface seems to have a foggy like residue top is that normal or should they be clear and shine ? When I picked out I don’t remember the surface being that way ?

    • Michele
      Author
      April 7, 2020 / 10:02 pm

      I haven’t heard of this happening, and as far as I know, quartz doesn’t require a sealer so I wouldn’t expect it to be that. Definitely call your supplier.

  10. Susana Ramirez
    April 30, 2020 / 11:01 am

    I am having a new kitchen installed and am leaning towards Minuet for the counters and backsplash with light gray cabinets (Benjamin Moore Smoke Embers). The backsplash area is quite small. What are your thoughts on this combination? Is there another gray color you might recommend with Minuet?

    • Michele
      Author
      April 30, 2020 / 8:50 pm

      I think Smoke Embers will look great – it is a similar grey to one of my all time favorites which is a little lighter: Stonington Gray. I would love to see photos when it is complete as I have not seen Minuet as a backsplash, and I’m sure it will look stunning. 🙂

      • Susana
        May 6, 2020 / 4:41 pm

        Thank you so much for your reply. I will send photos when my kitchen is completed. I was also looking at Smoke Embers with Soprano quartz countertop and backsplash and saw that you did the same in another kitchen remodel. Our kitchen can be dark especially when it is dark and gloomy outside so we want to make sure to brighten it up which I think light gray and light countertops will do the job.

        • Michele
          Author
          May 6, 2020 / 8:08 pm

          Sounds great. The brightness and reflective quality of the quartz has definitely helped our rather dim kitchen. Soprano is soooooo beautiful, and I adore it with calacatta gold marble accents and grey. It is also gorgeous with wood toned cabinets since it has this yummy caramel running through it.

    • Cris
      November 18, 2020 / 10:59 am

      Hi Susana, how you finish your kitchen remodel? Did you go with minuet backsplash too? I’m also contemplating this idea and wondered how it turned out in your space.

  11. July 21, 2020 / 8:26 pm

    Does this color go well with off-white cabinets? yours are really white. tsk

    • Michele
      Author
      July 22, 2020 / 7:47 pm

      I think an off white with grey undertones cabinet would look wonderful with Minuet – but it really depends on the type of natural light that is coming into the space.

  12. Erica m
    July 21, 2020 / 11:06 pm

    I just got my cabinets refinished with SW alabaster. Would the tone of minuet look good with that color cabinet

    • Michele
      Author
      July 22, 2020 / 7:41 pm

      I think that will depend on how you feel about mixing whites. I personally love wearing cream and white together. Since I don’t know the lighting/exposure in your kitchen, I can’t say for sure how much contrast there will be. Your best bet is to get the largest sample you can and see it with the cabinets at different times of day.

      • Erica manne
        July 22, 2020 / 11:39 pm

        Is minuet more white tone background than slightly off white ? I personally don’t love when the counter is whiter than cabinet

        • Michele
          Author
          July 23, 2020 / 3:42 pm

          Yes – a bright cool white in the same spirit as a statuary marble or venatino marble.

      • Erica
        July 23, 2020 / 12:05 am

        Any recommendations of quartz counters that pair well with sw alabaster cabinets ?

        • Michele
          Author
          July 23, 2020 / 3:40 pm

          I love Viatera Soprano which is creamy with some caramel veining along with grey. Not at all cold. Alabaster is one of those versatile whites like BM White Dove and is going to play nice with off-whites and even light grey quartz.

  13. Lori
    August 3, 2020 / 8:48 am

    I am in love with your kitchen!!!
    I am in the process of choosing materials for my first ever kitchen makeover. I narrowed down my favorite countertops to Minuet & Zodiaq London Sky. I can’t find either of these for purchase locally. I am on the east coast Ocean City, Maryland. Can you recommend some similar quartz color/pattern options that are currently trending/available? I love your design. Thanks!

      • Lori
        August 22, 2020 / 11:07 am

        Thank you! Great suggestion. I am so excited to complete this project. I have very little natural light in my kitchen so this is going to be a drastic transformation. Love your design! Thanks for the inspiration ❤️

  14. August 11, 2020 / 11:53 am

    What finished did you get on your counter tops polished or or brushed I’m getting them in my kitchen ?

    • Michele
      Author
      August 11, 2020 / 4:02 pm

      When I ordered them, there wasn’t a choice so I think ours are polished since they are so reflective. I bet I would like the brushed as well though! Thanks so much for reading.

  15. Diana LaCasse
    September 17, 2020 / 1:49 pm

    I love your kitchen so much! Thanks for sharing! Where can I find these countertops? Also, my current kitchen has off white cabinets which I would like to paint bright white to match the LG Minuet counters…do you have any suggestions for a bright white paint color to match? Thank you!!!

  16. Linda
    September 29, 2020 / 8:32 pm

    Your kitchen remodel has inspired me! I am replacing my kitchen countertops from a dark Corian top with a 3 inch splash to a white Cambria Quartz in Smithfield. I have a white subway tile backsplash that goes to the 3 inch Corian splash. Should I make it simple and just add a 3 inch Quartz splash or spend the extra money and replace the existing backsplash? I like the backsplash, but is the 3 inch splash dated?

    • Michele
      Author
      September 30, 2020 / 3:14 pm

      I hear you. We are renovating our son’s condo which came with an attached backsplash. I think it is a dated design element. However, maybe it will look extra interesting to have three tone on tone elements together! I think I would probably take it step by step. Since you don’t need to know before the countertop is installed, give yourself the luxury of living with it and then decide whether a new backsplash (or an extended subway tiled one) is necessary.

  17. outdoor kitchen countertops
    December 21, 2020 / 1:40 am

    I am so happy when I found your blog and I absolutely love your information on how to pick the white quartz countertops. I liked and it is wonderful to know about so many things that are useful for all of us! Thanks a lot for this amazing blog, please keep updated us with such information!!

    • Michele
      Author
      December 21, 2020 / 12:42 pm

      Thanks for visiting and the kind words.

    • Jen
      January 17, 2021 / 8:24 pm

      Hi Michele, great space! Looking at similar quartz countertop, Ashen Gray, with brown cabinets (no red nor yellow tones). What backsplash would you suggest? The Ashen Gray countertop has cream backgeound with charcoal accents and less frequent brown. What would be good backsplashes to check into?

      • Michele
        Author
        January 18, 2021 / 7:58 am

        Definitely look into calacatta gold marble – here’s what I used in our Arizona kitchen with creamy (Soprano) quartz: https://rstyle.me/+BhhKkYYNylIjY_zdMuE6BQ You can also search my blog for “arizona kitchen” to see photos of how the tones work together. It could be beautiful with brown cabinets because of the caramel tones in the marble, and for me this stone is timeless.

        • Jen
          January 19, 2021 / 11:49 am

          Thank you Michele!

          • Michele
            Author
            January 19, 2021 / 2:05 pm

            🙂

  18. Sarah Smith
    December 28, 2020 / 5:01 pm

    Thanks for the tips on how to choose countertops. My little sister would like to remodel her kitchen. She would like something durable and easy to clean.

    • Michele
      Author
      December 29, 2020 / 9:10 pm

      Quartz is extremely durable and easy to clean since it offers an antibacterial surface. I recommend a polished surface since they are more forgiving than honed or matte.

  19. Mary Kay
    December 30, 2020 / 10:38 am

    I found this post very helpful and love the quartz you choose for this remodel as well as the quartz in the Arizona kitchen update. I will be using quartz in my kitchen update. I’m having our builder grade kitchen cabinets painted, adding pulls (love the pulls you used) and will be updating the lighting. My kitchen is dark! I have a large covered deck that runs the length of the back of our house which is where our kitchen is located as well as our family living space. So…I have to go with light colors similar to what you have chosen! Thanks for these posts! I have found them very helpful!

    One questions tho….I don’t see any light fixtures. Do you mostly have recessed lighting? I envy the natural light you have in your space.

    • Michele
      Author
      December 30, 2020 / 4:40 pm

      I’m so happy to hear these posts about quartz and paint colors are helpful! Recessed lighting and abundant southern light in the Arizona kitchen. Here in Illinois, there is recessed lighting, a flush ceiling light (one of those inexpensive, nautical, cage type round exterior sconces we use indoors as well), and an antique silver crystal chandelier in the breakfast area. I rarely show the chandelier as it is centered in the room but not with the dining table! So it looks “off” in photos even though we have just learned to live with its quirky placement. I also have a floorlamp in the corner which adds this soft glow and is left on all day. Most folks don’t think about a floor lamp in a kitchen, but when that space is your living space, it makes perfect sense. Hope this helps, and thanks so much for adding beauty and footprints here. 🙂

  20. Debbie
    January 23, 2021 / 6:52 pm

    Your posts on selecting white quartz are just what I’ve needed in my long journey to remodel my kitchen. Thanks so much! I’ll have pure white Shaker cabinets and medium tone wood floors. The walls in the adjacent rooms are all a soft tan color by Sherwin Williams called Natural Tan. In those area the crisp white windows and trim pair nicely with the soft tan.

    Do you think the Minuet would blend with that wall color or is Cirrus a better bet for me? I know the Cirrus appears to have some light taupe/tan flecks as well as the greys. Would those colors be a better match with the walls? A poster on Houz said he felt like Cirrus with white Shaker cabinets would look too dirty or off white. Your thoughts?

    My style isn’t quite as elegant or formal as yours, bit I love so much about your kitchen! Would the Minuet fit a more eclectic, somewhat “busier” style? My space also gets north and east light and is dimmer for much of the day so I really want counters that brighten it up. Originally I was sure I didn’t want lots of veining, but something about the Minuet has charmed me.

    The counters are such a huge purchase and I almost feel paralyzed at times. Are there other colors you might suggest, knowing I like both the Minuet and the Cirrus? My final day to make a choice is fast approaching! Any advice you can send my way would be hugely appreciated!

    • Michele
      Author
      January 24, 2021 / 10:29 am

      Here’s how I feel about selecting a quartz: it is much more important than an existing paint color on walls. Allow yourself to fall in love with a particular color/pattern and then tweak other design elements to support that choice. A warm tan paint color paired with Minuet is likely similar to my warm white oak hardwoods with it – I find the contrast pleasing. Cirrus and Minuet are very similar so you will probably be happy with either option. However, Cirrus has a more painterly, abstract and soft veining pattern than Minuet with its crispness. Minuet made sense for me because I gravitate toward cool tones and have cool lighting in the kitchen (my favorite colors are cool not warm). So maybe just knowing your favorite color will guide you.

      • Debbie
        January 26, 2021 / 9:44 pm

        What wonderful advice, Michelle! I pulled out a couple of fabric pieces with colors I like, and have in most of the rooms in my house. I don’t lean toward super cool colors, or super warm ones either. I tend to like muted pastels that often appear in florals. I put the fabric pieces over the cupboards with the quartz samples of Minuet and Cirrus. Two things jumped out at me: First, that since I tend to use busier fabrics and less elegant decor than you have, the fabrics looked better with the Cirrus, which has less obvious veining and movement. I still am a bit worried as I have read comments about Cirrus pulling yellow, and also having a “granite-like” appearance rather than quartz. I picked the pure white cabinets to avoid the yellow tones in many cream colored cabinets. I picked quartz to avoid granite which tends to be dark, irregular, and much to busy for my taste. And yet when I look at the 6×9 cirrus quartz sample, it doesn’t strike me yellow, or like true granite. Am I correct in feeling like Cirrus might conflict less with other items, like florals and patterns that I would be decorating with? I appreciate your advice so much!

        • Michele
          Author
          January 27, 2021 / 10:24 pm

          Cirrus seems like a better fit for you. As far as yellow tones – that is not how Cirrus seemed to me – but I would say it presented as more warm than Minuet. And I personally loved the warmth of the quartz I used in AZ (Soprano) even in the harsh Southern yellow-y sunlight because of how it played well with the cool grey cabinets. Similarly, I like wearing white with cream, but I know folks who don’t ever pair those hues. So happy that you did a thorough exploration of your wardrobe with the quartz – those simple gestures help!

          • Debbie
            January 29, 2021 / 4:30 am

            Thanks so very much for taking the time to offer me feedback! Not only is your decorating “lovely” but you are as well! 💕

          • Michele
            Author
            January 29, 2021 / 1:47 pm

            I’m always here for you and love the process! xox

  21. Stacey
    January 25, 2021 / 12:24 pm

    I’m not sure what it’s like where you live, but I am on the central coast of California and had a heck of a time getting the quartz showrooms to give a proper quote showing the cost of material seperately from the install. As in they refused to tell me what the slab cost! I finally found a place that priced the slabs seperately and had their own install team too. Quartz was a significant investment for us and I wasn’t happy about handing my money over without understanding the costs or knowing the installers. I would be interested to hear about the experience of others. I made sure to leave an effusive Yelp review that mentioned the transparent pricing of the company we chose.

    • Michele
      Author
      January 25, 2021 / 9:31 pm

      I recall just getting the blanket quote with install rolled into it so I’m not sure about whether it’s a regional thing. I do know that the market could be considerably different now that it was in 2015 since trade relations with China often come into play with quartz and prices can fluctuate as a result.

  22. Jen
    January 25, 2021 / 4:27 pm

    Hi Michele,

    Can you tell me what grout color you used? It is a white, but not the vibrant/brilliant white? I see one at a local store, it comes in Snow White, or Cool White, but while the unsanded grout is available in Cool White but not the caulk (Needed at bottom level just above countertop) Thanks!

    • Michele
      Author
      January 25, 2021 / 9:36 pm

      Hi there. I don’t have the exact brand/color (sorry!) but I know we used the brightest and whitest white available for grout and caulk.

  23. Marilin
    February 21, 2021 / 8:43 pm

    Hi where is the backsplash from? Currently renovating my kitchen with the exact design and think this that backsplash is the perfect fit.

  24. Debbie
    April 14, 2021 / 6:09 pm

    Michelle—I just wanted to touch base with you again to thank you for your thoughtful responses to my questions about white quartz countertops, and the decision I was trying to make between Minuet and Cirrus back in January. Your advice about looking at other colors and patterns that I liked, (and would be using in the area as a result) pointed me right toward the Cirrus. It was the perfect choice for me, and I love it! I so appreciate your approachability and willingness to help others out! ❤️

    • Michele
      Author
      April 14, 2021 / 8:55 pm

      So fabulous to hear from you! Congratulations on your successful project and being so thoughtful and sensitive to those design choices that are big ticket items – I know it can be anxiety provoking! I do love Cirrus and can see why you are so happy with it. I’m always here and happy to connect and help with all things home, friend.

  25. Julie Gurnsey
    April 16, 2021 / 10:40 am

    Hello!

    We are also looking at the Minuet for our new counters but we have learned that there are two version of this – the polished and the brushed – which do look quite different from each other. Which is featured in your photos?

    Thank you!
    Julie

    • Michele
      Author
      April 16, 2021 / 5:35 pm

      Hi there. When I purchased Minuet, there was only one choice and wasn’t called polished so I think it may be in between, though it is reflective and not matte. It is not as polished as say, our natural marble vanity tops if that helps. In my experience, brushed and matte counters are less forgiving and won’t bounce the light around as much as polished.

  26. Karlie Smith
    June 6, 2021 / 8:54 pm

    Hi, Michelle! I really love what you’ve done with your kitchen. your countertop and backsplash complement each other, and at the same time, give the whole place the light and brightness that’s shown in the pictures. I’d like to ask: did you consider making the backsplash the same as your countertop material? How’d you go about it? Also, is your island stationary or does it have wheels? I was thinking of having a cascading island countertop as seen here but our island is kind of like yours but stationary. Looking forward to hearing from you!

    • Michele
      Author
      June 6, 2021 / 10:27 pm

      Thanks, Karlie. This kitchen really needed a contrast for the backsplash, but our Arizona kitchen was the perfect one to simply continue the quartz up the wall for an integrated chic look. We have the work cart which has wheels, but the peninsula is stationary.

  27. Judy
    August 30, 2021 / 10:19 am

    Hello – We are redoing our kitchen with the Italian Waves quartz countertop. Can you tell me the name and make of the tile you used?

    Thank you!!

    • Michele
      Author
      August 30, 2021 / 5:37 pm

      It is polished venatino marble subway mosaic by Allen + Roth at Lowe’s. Best to you on the renovation. Stay in touch and let us all know how it comes together!

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