15 Smart Reasons to Choose Minuet Viatera Quartz Now!

Since for years I have fielded questions about the particular white quartz countertop we chose for our renovated kitchen, I’ll try to inform and enlighten you as best I can in 15 Smart Reasons to Choose Minuet Viatera Quartz.

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Viatera Minuet Quartz countertop in our kitchen design is bright white and durable as well as easy to clean. 15 Smart Reasons to Choose Minuet Viatera Quartz for Counters in the Kitchen and Bath…in case you are trying to decide.

Choosing a material for kitchen counters can be a daunting one, and I personally spent a fair amount of time mulling over options even after deciding on bright white quartz.

Six years later, I still love Viatera Minuet quartz! This is not s sponsored post, by the way. Nope…I paid hard earned cash for these pretty quartz counters!

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15 Smart Reasons to Choose Minuet Viatera Quartz

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In this short video I made (ignore me, just watch for the countertop in our kitchen!) you’ll get a glimpse of Viatera Minuet.

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No. 1: Quartz Offers a Healthy Surface Free of Formaldehyde

Because quartz is not porous like natural marble, it won’t absorb nasty unhygienic substances left behind on the countertop.

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While a countertop material like laminate is also solid, it may contain formaldehyde which can be toxic. Since I’m allergic to formaldehyde, this solid surface keeps me breathing freely.

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Read more about the benefits of Viatera quartz here.

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Viatera Minuet Quartz photos of countertop in white Shaker kitchen…certainly elegant. Smart Reasons to Choose Minuet Viatera Quartz for Counters in the Kitchen and Bath…in case you are trying to decide. also SHOP MY HOUSE RIGHT HERE.
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Louis Style Counter Stools, Set of 2

No. 2: Minuet’s Veining: Not Too Subtle, Not Too Bold

I am often asked about Minuet’s veining, and I would have to rate it somewhere in the middle in terms of its boldness.

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Other samples of quartz I viewed at home were slightly more subtle. For example, Caesarstone London Grey, Viatera Cirrus. Additionally, there were plenty of samples with bolder veining (i.e. Silestone Pietra).

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SEE MORE OF MY KITCHEN HERE. Viatera Minuet Quartz countertop in our kitchen design is bright white and durable as well as easy to clean. Smart Reasons to Choose Minuet Viatera Quartz for Counters in the Kitchen…in case you are trying to decide.

But is it too busy? Not for my taste, although this is a subjective matter. Order or borrow samples from the showroom to see what pleases your eye.

LG Hausys Viatera Minuet Quartz…also see more color options of Viatera quartz

No. 3: Minuet is Reflective & Bounces Around the Light

The surface of Minuet was an important factor since our kitchen receives filtered Western light and shaded Northern exposure.

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Since I crave natural light, I didn’t want dark expanses in the space, sucking up what light we do receive.

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

Viatera Minuet’s polished surface is graced with the right amount of sheen for my taste.

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Viatera Minuet Quartz countertop in our kitchen design is bright white and durable as well as easy to clean. Smart Reasons to Choose Minuet Viatera Quartz for Counters in the Kitchen…in case you are trying to decide.

Additionally, we chose a polished marble for the backsplash wall. We even hung a mirror above the counter to bounce the maximum amount of light around!

Crate & Barrel clear glass cake pedestal with dome
Clear Glass Cake Pedestal…certainly a perfect countertop accessory.

The kitchen’s light changes throughout the day, and this ‘before’ pic gives an idea of how dim it can get. (All the cabinets, counters, appliances, flooring, etc. were replaced. In fact, the window seat is about all that stayed!)

Kitchen before demo and transformation...certainly forlorn!

No. 4: Lots of Lemons & Limes Sliced Here

I adore natural stone and white marble, but you don’t want to mix your citrus with those materials! There is plenty of proof in this story that lemons show up in our kitchen frequently!

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While lemon juice won’t stain marble, its acidic content can etch it. Do you spill coffee or red wine frequently on the kitchen counter? Quartz may become your best friend.

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Viatera Minuet Quartz countertop in our kitchen design is bright white and durable as well as easy to clean. Smart Reasons to Choose Minuet Viatera Quartz for Counters in the Kitchen…in case you are trying to decide.

No. 5: White Sinks Pair Beautifully With Minuet

Truth be told, I never gave a thought to how Viatera Minuet quartz would pair with the fireclay farmhouse sink chosen for our kitchen design.

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The sink was one of the first purchases for the kitchen and remained in the box until installation. What a triumph they harmonize so well together!

KOHLER K-6131-4-VS Parq Deck-Mount Kitchen Faucet with Spray, Vibrant Stainless
HERE and HERE (Vibrant Stainless)…certainly still loving it after five years!

No. 6: Sings With a Polished Marble Mosaic Backsplash

I am frequently asked about the marble subway mosaic tile chosen for the statement wall in the kitchen. With so many options for a tile backsplash, it was important to decide on the counters first.

Polished venatino mosaic subway tile (found on the shelf at Lowe’s is right here).

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Hello Lovely Studio’s Viatera Minuet Quartz countertop in a Shaker kitchen…certainly a serene design.
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Japanese Iron Teapot…in case you need a contrasting color for a white kitchen.
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No. 7: Scratches Happen But Don’t Jump Out

If you’re like me, you freak out when the first scratches on your perfect new quartz countertop occur!

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Our Minuet quartz was installed in 2015, and subtle scratches have yet to bug me enough to get them buffed. It is a forgiving surface that doesn’t easily etch or scratch.

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Photos of Viatera Minuet Quartz countertops in white kitchen as well as a review. Smart Reasons to Choose Minuet Viatera Quartz for Counters in the Kitchen…in case you are trying to decide.

No. 8: Feels Like a Dreamy French Pastry Worktop

Even if you’re not going for a French bakery look, you may appreciate Viatera Minuet quartz’s crisp clean look!

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No. 9: Minuet Accepts a Fair Amount of Abuse in This Kitchen

Occasionally I am asked whether I’m one of those bloggers who actually cooks and bakes. YEP. I’m not just styling pretty things to market.

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Ours is a real working kitchen, and since it’s not very large, every work surface with quartz is regularly used and abused.

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Photos of Viatera Minuet Quartz countertops in our white kitchen as well as a review. Smart Reasons to Choose Minuet Viatera Quartz for Counters in the Kitchen…in case you are trying to decide.

In addition, I’m kind of a kitchen klutz in terms of dropping pans, dishes, hot soup, you name it. Minuet looks awesome after years of abuse.

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No. 10: Ethereal Grey Veining is Forgiving

While I love the look of some calacatta-imitating quartz options, their large expanses of white give me pause.

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The amount of veining in Minuet brililiantly conceals everyday crumbs and the occasional scratch. If you have lived solid color countertops, you may understand what I’m getting at.

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Viatera Minuet Quartz countertop is bright white, serene, and elegant as well as durable and easy to clean.
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No. 11: Doesn’t Evolve Like My Carrara Marble in Bathroom

This point relates to the previous one about Minuet’s forgiving nature. Since natural carrara marble was chosen for our bathrooms, I can report evolving changes in the marble.

A mix of whites in my timelessly tranquil kitchen with European country decor, Viatera Minuet quartz, and Belgian linen - Hello Lovely Studio.
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Parts of the marble counter are discolored from age and use. Also, there are multiple scratches in the marble.

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Additionally, the porous marble vanity tops absorb liquids. Let’s face it, corrosive substances (whether from personal hygiene or cleaning products) can harm natural stone.

Carrara may have caused me headaches in the kitchen!

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Exact Tumblers, Set of 12…certainly a versatile set!

No. 12: Gentle, Lyrical Veining Movement

With so many white quartz options on the market, you might find the process of choosing one dizzying.

Minuet Viatera quartz countertop.

Some of the veining patterns themselves can be dizzying!

I like Minuet’s gentle pattern which (1) doesn’t feel overly faux, yet (2) is fairly uniform.

Shaker style white cabinets in simple serene kitchen with white oak floors and Viatera Minuet quartz countertops - Hello Lovely Studio.

In choosing quartz, I certainly wasn’t trying to ‘fake’ natural marble. That should never be the point. Rather, I simply wanted a hardworking surface to work harmoniously with the balance of design elements.

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Hello Lovely Studio’s Viatera Minuet Quartz countertop…in case you are trying to decide.

No. 13: Sets a Serene & Cloudlike Mood

Light grey veining in Minuet provides sufficient contrast with the quartz’s white background while also remaining subtle.

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If you’re after an elegant, timeless, and tranquil mood in the kitchen, this countertop color may also be right for you.

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Another Viatera quartz color I fell in love with was Soprano.

We put Soprano in our Arizona kitchen when we completely gave it a makeover without any demo…just upgrades. See it RIGHT HERE.

White kitchen with Viatera Minuet quartz countertops - Hello Lovely Studio.

No. 14: More Elegant, Formal, and French Inspired Than the Earthy Quartz in Our Last Kitchen

In our prior French country kitchen I designed, a warm sand-hued quartz worked well with creamy cabinets and travertine marble accents.

A mix of whites in my timelessly tranquil kitchen with European country decor, Viatera Minuet quartz, and Belgian linen - Hello Lovely Studio.
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While it was a wonderful quartz to live with, I prefer the elegance of Minuet, which imparts less of a beachy organic feel.

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No. 15: Imparts a Classic Look For a Variety of Kitchen Design Styles

How can I be confident Viatera Minuet quartz works well with other kitchen designs? Because my sister Jo chose it for her modern classic kitchen with its wraparound raised bar counter.

White kitchen with Viatera Minuet quartz countertops - Hello Lovely Studio.
Photos of Minuet by Viatera/LG quartz countertop in a Shaker kitchen has gentle veining and certainly sets a tranquil mood. Help for How to Choose a Bright White Quartz Countertop…just in case you are quartz shopping.
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Let’s peek at Jo’s kitchen.

Minuet Quartz in a More Modern Kitchen

She continued Viatera Minuet material in the baths throughout her newly built home and still has nothing but love for this quartz.

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White kitchen with Viatera Minuet quartz countertops - Hello Lovely Studio.
White kitchen with Viatera Minuet quartz countertops - Hello Lovely Studio.
White kitchen with Viatera Minuet quartz countertops - Hello Lovely Studio.
Photos of Minuet by Viatera/LG quartz countertop in a Shaker kitchen has gentle veining and certainly sets a tranquil mood. Help for How to Choose a Bright White Quartz Countertop…just in case you are quartz shopping.
White kitchen with Viatera Minuet quartz countertops - Hello Lovely Studio.
White kitchen with Viatera Minuet quartz countertops - Hello Lovely Studio.
White kitchen with Viatera Minuet quartz countertops - Hello Lovely Studio.
Photos of Minuet by Viatera/LG quartz countertop in a Shaker kitchen has gentle veining and certainly sets a tranquil mood. Help for How to Choose a Bright White Quartz Countertop…just in case you are quartz shopping.
White kitchen with Viatera Minuet quartz countertops - Hello Lovely Studio.
White kitchen with Viatera Minuet quartz countertops - Hello Lovely Studio.
Photos of Minuet by Viatera/LG quartz countertop in a Shaker kitchen has gentle veining and certainly sets a tranquil mood. Help for How to Choose a Bright White Quartz Countertop…just in case you are quartz shopping.

A few years back, we bought a vacation home in Arizona to fix up and completely made over the kitchen, choosing Viatera quartz for the counters.

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We went for a warmer, creamier look with Viatera Soprano…see that kitchen HERE.

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57 Comments

  1. Vicki
    October 14, 2019 / 7:25 pm

    I have minuet in my kitchen & absolutely love it. Remodeled kitchen & now I have to move!
    So, here we go again! I am going to have to paint cabinets white & reproduce my kitchen all over.
    My dilemma is flooring color. Yours in the pic looks really nice. Could you recommend a flooring color ?
    I was thinking about wood look porcelain tile, can’t find one I like. Have any suggestions?
    I didn’t want anything too dark.

    • Michele
      Author
      October 14, 2019 / 10:25 pm

      Hi Vicki. Our floors are white oak hardwood left natural with just poly on top. I love them and they are much more comfortable to stand on than tile. They are 5″ wide planks, and here’s a similar pre-finished product: https://rstyle.me/+nRKIeS4ArC_vhYdK8Iqe0g Here’s a blonde porcelain tile with a similar look: https://rstyle.me/+0AlTqJ-EHFDSOBZ-Lo3AEw but keep in mind most of the tile in this price range (around $2/sq.ft) are 24″ long while wood planks are considerably longer and random lengths. For a laminate option mimicking white oak or French oak, this is similar to ours: https://rstyle.me/+ONVXGtYEsfit_VHlNS81IA Hope this helps! Let me know how things progress.

  2. Lindsey R
    October 20, 2019 / 5:52 pm

    Hello! Do you remember the exact color that you have in your kitchen? It looks beautiful and I would like to do the same!

    • Michele
      Author
      October 20, 2019 / 10:26 pm

      Hi Lindsey. Yep – it’s Benjamin Moore White – the base white used to mix all their colors. You can have them mix it or just get the ultra white off the shelf – no undertones so it won’t be yellowish, tanish or greyish. But it is very white and bright. Let me know if you have other questions. 🙂

  3. Lauren B
    October 21, 2019 / 3:43 pm

    Hi! I love everything about your kitchen! We are about to remodel ours and I’m basically using all of your recommendations, the quartz, the background, painting the cabinets BM White etc. The only difference is that our floors are a very dark. I’m trying to picture it in my head and make sure it will all still tie in together – are there any changes or suggestions you would make if you were doing this with a dark wood floor?

    Thanks!!

    • Michele
      Author
      October 21, 2019 / 4:38 pm

      Hi Lauren. Dark floors will look great and maybe just a bit more formal. I’m not sure I have taken a picture of the vintage wood bread boards I placed behind the cooktop (against the marble tile backsplash) which brings in some rustic, natural warmth. But you could definitely bring in the tone of the floors with cutting boards or even a wood sign if you feel like it needs some repetition. Hope this helps! 🙂

  4. Mary Beth Seaha
    January 6, 2020 / 12:50 pm

    We had Minuet countertops installed 3 months ago and words can’t describe just how beautiful and serene and cloud-like soft looking they are. We painted the walls SW Light French Gray, have white cabinets with a fair amount of glass fronted cabinets, BM Oxford Gray island, and chose a marble backsplash from Elon Tile which is a kaleidoscope of honed pacific gray and pearl white. I would choose Minuet again in a heartbeat.

    • Michele
      Author
      January 6, 2020 / 3:12 pm

      The combination sounds amazing, Mary Beth – thanks so much for reading this and letting us know. 🙂

    • Jen
      June 29, 2021 / 9:42 am

      I’d love to see photos of your marble backsplash with minuet! Sounds lovely.

  5. Penny
    April 9, 2020 / 10:46 am

    What make and model cook top and double oven did you select for (perhaps photo #17 shows both quite well) you remodel? Thank you for sharing your wonderful taste and all the research that goes into your blog. You are the BEST!!!

    • Michele
      Author
      April 9, 2020 / 10:56 am

      Hi Penny. They are Bosch – the 800 series. We have the dishwasher (behind a Shaker panel) and French door frig from the series as well. Thanks so much for the kind words, and I hope you’ll visit often. It’s always great to hear from folks around the globe, and I appreciate your time. 🙂

  6. April 9, 2020 / 10:54 am

    Please only post Penny as the author in my last comment and not Penny … in your answer to my question. Thank you so much.

    • Michele
      Author
      April 9, 2020 / 10:59 am

      You got it! Made those edits. 🙂

  7. JJ Taylor
    May 12, 2020 / 9:08 am

    Hello Michelle!
    Your kitchen and whole house is – well – lovely!
    I noticed you used real marble on the backsplash, which is what I wanted to do if I chose a quartz. ( I HAVE to have some real marble somewhere !)
    Could you please share what type you used and did you have any problem coordinating it with the Minuet?
    Any help would be appreciated and thank you for your blog and many pictures. This process has been DAUNTING and stressful to say the least!
    Stay well!
    JJ Taylor

    • Michele
      Author
      May 12, 2020 / 2:57 pm

      Thank you so much for the kind words. I’m happy to share the info about the backsplash. The exact product is right here, and I hope you love it as much as we do! https://rstyle.me/+i4mci6-VcBbjqrdWhy9wqw Don’t be alarmed at how white the marble may appear in the photo. Since it’s a natural product, it has this wonderful variation, lots of grey and grey-blue veining, and the collective result is stunning. 🙂

  8. Erica Moone
    May 27, 2020 / 11:36 pm

    What col0r are cabinets? Love your kitchen. I’m refinishing cabinets and getting new counters. We have a off white/creme doors and baseboards and struggling with what color white To go in kitchen. Thought alabaster but didn’t know what counters would go.

    • Michele
      Author
      May 29, 2020 / 12:05 am

      My cabinets are maple and have a finish called “White Icing” from the maker (Schuler). I’ll try to color match it so I can be more helpful for folks who want a precise paint color to complement the Viatera Minuet quartz. I think the white paint color for your cabinets is going to depend on the age/look of the cabinets. If they are simple and Shaker style, a brighter pure white may be just fine for an updated, fresh contemporary look. If they are very traditional and heavy raised doors, I might recommend a white such as Benjamin Moore White Dove. It is a white I have used to paint many traditional furniture pieces and better suited for say, an oak door where the grain will be coming through. There are plenty of non-bright-white countertop choices that will look great with white cabinets. Silestone Lagoon reads very light grey to me and is a lovely neutral to use with a range of whites. No need to get matchy, but it is far wiser to start with your counter choice and then choose a paint color based on the sample which you view in your kitchen and not just in a showroom. Hope this helps, and let me know if you need further clarification.

  9. Michele
    June 9, 2020 / 8:33 am

    beautiful kitchen! Both your and your sister’s. Can you please tell me what type of subway backsplash is in your sister’s kitchen? We are updating out kitchen and were going to choose Calcutta Ultra but now that I have seen your pics I love your quartz choice. Do you have an opinion about Calcutta Ultra vs yours?

    • Michele
      Author
      June 9, 2020 / 4:46 pm

      Thanks so much for reading! My sister used a glossy white subway tile (https://rstyle.me/+BAzuoH7Km02gISL89ZLcGQ) with white grout for a more subtle effect. That Calacatta Ultra looks gorgeous, and it truly is a matter of do you like the look of very traditional carrara marble where there is more delicate soft veining (which Minuet mimics) or the look of calacatta marble which has more substantive, dramatic veining and is popular in many contemporary or modern designs. Carrara tends to be a little greyer than calacatta which often is bright white. However, Minuet is bright as I describe in the post. It also depends on the kitchen design. I love the look of calacatta or quartz that looks like calacatta on those big luxurious islands with a waterfall edge. It feels very modern. But in more humble spaces, calacatta may look out of place. Hope this helps. Let me know if you have any other questions as I am happy to help.

  10. Elisabeth
    June 29, 2020 / 10:39 am

    Hi! I LOVE your kitchen! We have been doing on & off upgrades to our kitchen over the past year. Nothing major but a rejuvenation. The countertop had been put on hold a few months prior to COVID and now am finally getting back to it. Unfortunately, I have had my heart set on minuet for the countertops and now it seems that Home Depot is not carrying it any longer. Any advice?? Please..

    • Michele
      Author
      June 29, 2020 / 3:01 pm

      There are plenty of vendors outside of Home Depot so look locally at places which stock granite and marble since they probably have quartz as well. My own Minuet came from a local company, not Home Depot. Also check Viatera/LG Hausys website to find stockists.

  11. June 29, 2020 / 11:46 am

    The kitchen is beautiful! I plan to update our kitchen using Minuet quartz as well. I’m not sure what “white” would look best to paint our cabinets in a north facing room and one that will work well with the Minuet. Help! Ideas anyone?!

    • Michele
      Author
      June 29, 2020 / 2:59 pm

      You definitely need to see my posts about choosing white paint (type ‘how to choose white paint’ in search box), and choose at least 3 samples after the quartz is installed. Watch how they change throughout the day.

    • Kelly Bott
      July 19, 2020 / 5:26 pm

      We just renovated a home and used Minuet in the kitchen and all the bathrooms. I used Simply White by Benjamin Moore and it really looks nice. I prefer a bit of a “warm white” as opposed to a bright white and was really happy with that combination.

  12. Terri
    July 13, 2020 / 2:13 pm

    I love your kitchen and was so impressed with your comparison of the various white quartz! I am remodeling my kitchen now and feel that so many choices have way too much gold for what I am looking for and others have too much ‘veining’ and or the veining is too dark against the white backdrop. I was 100% certain I was going to get simple white subway until I saw your polished marble against Minuet. Nice job. I do have a question, what hardware did you use on your cabinets?

    • Michele
      Author
      July 13, 2020 / 10:12 pm

      Thanks so much for the kind words and for reading. I do love our backsplash and never tire of the polished marble. Cabinet 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″ (a little confusing!) so here is the product: https://rstyle.me/+wl9b-8UTKzi2xpIlJW_EyA Let me know if you have any other questions – always happy to help.

  13. Sonya
    September 23, 2020 / 8:09 pm

    Your kitchen is beautiful! I also just had Minuet countertops installed and love them! I am struggling to choose a backsplash tile and cabinet color.. I tend to lean to warmer, creams and taupe/beige. Is there a paint color (for traditional, oak cabinets) you would recommend that is light but leans to the creamy side that would work well with Minuet? Thanks so much for this post!!

    • Michele
      Author
      September 24, 2020 / 1:42 pm

      Thank you! My first choice for oak cabinets with Minuet would be a bleached look (sometimes called cerused or limed or stripped). I have yet to master any sort of technique for achieving that look though and would rely on an artisan with experience. To get an idea of what warmer colors look like with Minuet – see my post from yesterday: https://www.hellolovelystudio.com/2020/09/perfect-putty-paint-colors-for-kitchens-beyond.html which will help you get an idea visually and also equip you with some paint color samples to try.

  14. Laurie
    October 22, 2020 / 3:37 am

    I love your kitchen and just had my Minuet countertops installed. I am using a marble tile backsplash being installed today similar to yours and I will be installing the handles you have as well which are in my house already and have a really nice weight to them. Additionally I am painting with the Benjamin Moore white you recommend. For my breakfast nook attached to my galley kitchen I will be placing a while tulip table with a banquette and 2 ghost chairs similar to the ones your sister used. A “slate” tile floor was installed. Several of my upper cabinets will have glass doors,

    Thank you ladies for your inspiration and my French bakery look! My kitchen remodel was way overdue!

    • Michele
      Author
      October 22, 2020 / 4:45 pm

      How wonderful, Laurie! I am so happy to hear how your design is unfolding, and of course it sounds perfect to me. I have had my eye on a Saarinen style round white dining table for a long time since it would be perfect for my breakfast area or dining room. You are reminding me how much I love those tulip tables! Stay in touch and send pics if you can!

  15. Abby
    November 22, 2020 / 10:06 pm

    Thank you for your post. Would you recommend Minuet for off white cabinets? I’m looking to update my kitchen by switching out the countertops but struggling to figuring out which quartz would best match my cabinets that are creamy (SW). Any suggestions would be much appreciated. Thank you!

    • Michele
      Author
      November 22, 2020 / 11:12 pm

      I love mixing whites and can imagine Minuet working with off white cabinets if there are other opportunities to bring pops of bright white and grey. You can also take a peek at Viatera Soprano which we used in our Arizona kitchen with grey cabinets.. It is a warm, creamy white which looks wonderful with Calacatta Gold marble, which we used on a statement wall. Hopefully you can get good sized samples of these to live with and compare before pulling the trigger. 🙂

  16. January 10, 2021 / 8:34 am

    I love your sisters subway tile. I am going with Minuet for counter and leaning toward the white subway. Do you think it would look good with wood cabinets. I do not have white cabinets. They are not honey but a warm color they are hickory

    • Michele
      Author
      January 10, 2021 / 1:41 pm

      I think it will look incredible! I love hickory cabinets and had them in the kitchen of our ranch home (before the French manor one). I think the warmth of the wood with the crisp white and grey will be gorgeous. Exciting!

      • Shannon Blakeman
        February 17, 2021 / 8:31 am

        Oh I just posted this same question but my hickory cabinets have some movement. Do you think this counter top has too much movement with that movement in my cabinets?

        • Michele
          Author
          February 17, 2021 / 3:57 pm

          Thanks so much for the further clarification. 🙂

  17. Julie
    February 6, 2021 / 1:13 am

    Is your Minuet surface honed or shiny? Thanks so much..

    • Michele
      Author
      February 6, 2021 / 9:49 am

      HI there. It’s shiny and polished – I don’t think it comes with a honed option. 🙂

  18. Shannon Blakeman
    February 17, 2021 / 8:30 am

    I’m considering this counter top but have natural hickory cabinets and can never find pictures that would be similar. Wanting opinions if this would be a good match.

    • Michele
      Author
      February 17, 2021 / 3:57 pm

      You raise a really smart question which probably applies to wood species beyond hickory. We had gorgeous hickory custom cabinets a few homes ago, and because they had very little character/movement, Minuet would have worked just fine and would be an unexpected choice for the more rugged, casual look. However, our floors were also hickory (natural and wild with a ton of knots and character) which I would not have liked with this quartz. So your floor may help you decide too. If it were me, I would play it safer and go with something like Soprano (we put this in a second home and you can type it into the search on my blog to find photos and info) which has some warm caramel veining with the grey. While Soprano isn’t a crisp white, there would be more harmony and lower contrast with the wood tone which I’m always after. Let me know if this makes sense.

  19. Diane
    February 23, 2021 / 11:20 am

    Hello, it’s so nice to see your beautiful kitchen. I am about to replace my kitchen counters and Minuet and Rococo are my current favorites. When I came to your site, I was specifically wondering if Minuet would look good with a light or mid toned wood (look) floor which mine will be, rather than a darker, more formal wood floor. It looks like your floor is light to mid toned and it looks lovely with Minuet so I guess that answers my question, so thank you for this inspirational post!

    • Michele
      Author
      February 24, 2021 / 9:38 am

      I think I would love Minuet with light or mid toned wood, and I’m dying to see this combo. The reason I think it would appeal to me? There is something simply magical that happens with a cool grey paired with warm amber tones (or gold). The look is very fresh yet timeless for me. Minuet has a formality about it for sure, but you’re right, if you like it with our white oak floors, you’ll probably like it with cabinets in that tone range. Email pics of whatever you do michele at hellolovelystudio dot com – it will help lots of folks! 🙂

  20. Sallye
    March 20, 2021 / 3:18 pm

    Recommendations for Sherwin Williams cabinet color for Minuet countertop?

    • Michele
      Author
      March 20, 2021 / 8:56 pm

      If you’re seeking a white paint color – SW Pure White is probably a safe choice. Let me know if you’re open to greys and other colors. 🙂

  21. Jess
    March 24, 2021 / 1:34 pm

    Your countertops are gorgeous! I have been leaning towards minuet and I am thankful to have found this post! Would you share what your floors are? They look like a nice mid-tone?.

    • Michele
      Author
      March 24, 2021 / 2:16 pm

      Thank you! They are white oak hardwoods – left natural without a stain and just a matte poly on top. Let me know if you have any other questions as I am always happy to help! 🙂

  22. CD
    March 24, 2021 / 9:55 pm

    I haven’t made it to see slabs yet but have an unusual situation. We have a U shaped kitchen with a tremendous peninsula. The issue I foresee is the need for a butt joint from the peninsula connecting to the counter as the length is 142″. Would the veining in your counter mesh in this manner or would it clash something fierce? Ie. Horizontal veining

    • Michele
      Author
      March 25, 2021 / 8:41 am

      I can see your concern, and if it were me, I would have to see a mockup with two pieces of whatever quartz you are considering to make the call. Joints are tricky business, and the only one we have here is mostly hidden under the cooktop.

  23. Susan Cummings
    April 11, 2021 / 6:33 am

    Beautiful kitchen! We are in the middle of a kitchen remodel and I am using he quartz similar in appearance. Although I have no hesitation replacing the granite with quartz I am concerned about finding an easy cleaning method for the quartz.I am definitely used to a “spray and go” kind of lifestyle and I was just wondering if there is something that you particularly use to keep your courts clean but not spend forever doing that 🙂

    • Michele
      Author
      April 11, 2021 / 11:30 am

      Quartz is so much more forgiving than granite and so much easier to live with since it is antibacterial and not porous like stone. I spray and wipe mine down with a capful of this diluted in water: https://rstyle.me/+YVwnAZO1nCxrKcprlAk6Eg – it’s a big bottle that lasts FOREVER.

  24. Plumbing Services
    April 12, 2021 / 5:16 am

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  25. Aanchal
    April 13, 2021 / 2:08 am

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  26. Jen
    June 29, 2021 / 9:52 am

    Hi, I keeping coming back to your blog and Minuet as my North Star Quartz and marble back splash, if I don’t go with Carrara marble. That said, has anyone paired minuet as a slab for the backsplash with the countertop? Or even used a larger piece framed by the marble tile around it above the stove? Few quartz’s aside from Minuet, May be worthy of placing as slab pieces. I’ve seen this with Rococco, but for my taste, might be a bit busy for my eyes. Would love your insight and vision. Where can I get a larger sample of Minuet, btw? Thanks.

    • Michele
      Author
      June 29, 2021 / 5:25 pm

      I love it when quartz is used for a backsplash and am confident I would love Minuet installed this way since I have experience with using Viatera Soprano in that way. It was so elegant and easy to live with in our second home (you can see it if you type Arizona fixer as keywords in the search on my home page). As for a large sample of Minuet, I would check your local businesses that carry Minuet and visit a warehouse to see a slab. You might contact Viatera.com about buying a large sample. While the big box stores don’t tend to have decent size samples, reputable kitchen designers and design firms often do so you could check your local businesses.

      • Lauren Davis
        July 17, 2021 / 8:49 pm

        Hi, Michele!

        We are in the process of making selections for our home build. Thanks to your incredible post, we have happily agreed on the Minuet quartz! We also love your backsplash. Thank you so much for providing all of this information.

        We are going with a darker flooring. We saw pictures of your sister’s kitchen. Do you happen to know what flooring she has? We were hoping to do a wood-look tile that would maybe be a bit more affordable as well as good for high traffic (kids and dogs) and wet areas. Do you have thoughts/opinions on wood vs wood-looking tile? It looks like your sister’s is actual wood, and we do really love how it looks in these pictures!

        Thank you in advance for any advice and information you can provide!

        • Michele
          Author
          July 17, 2021 / 10:43 pm

          I’m so happy to hear you’re moving forward with your design plans – so exciting! My sister’s floors are hardwood and handscraped so fairly expensive. They look just as incredible now as when they were installed maybe because of the distressed finish. Haven’t heard any complaints from her, and I know she much prefers the comfort of standing on wood rather than tile flooring. I find the dark stain with white counters/cabinets a more modern, formal, and high contrast look which is less consistent with the European country softer look I prefer. After 6 years of heavy use, our kitchen hardwoods need refinishing – daily dripping of water from dishwasher unloading is definitely beginning to show and scratches in high traffic areas are getting obvious. So I don’t blame you for considering alternatives – LVP might make sense for getting just the right color, living with pets, comfort, budget, and avoiding fumes and mess during installation. I’m not crazy about grout, but my favorite wood-look tile is when it is installed in a herringbone pattern. Best to you, and let me know if you have other questions.

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