Even though we moved to a new home, and it has been seven years since I chose to buy Viatera’s Minuet white quartz for our fixer upper’s kitchen, I still field questions about this particular white quartz countertop almost every single day! Since we chose Minuet for this renovated kitchen after a thorough search, I’ll try to inform and enlighten you as best I can in 15 Smart Reasons to Choose Minuet Viatera Quartz.
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.
Seven years later, I still love Viatera Minuet quartz! In fact, Viatera Muse was recently installed at the new house, and while beautiful, Minuet still has my heart (what can I say, I wanted to try another pattern!). 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
See Our Kitchen In Person!
In this short video I made (ignore me, just watch for the countertop in our kitchen!) you’ll get a glimpse of Viatera Minuet.
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.
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.
Read more about the benefits of Viatera quartz here.
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.
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).
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.
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.
Since I crave natural light, I didn’t want dark expanses in the space, sucking up what light we do receive.
Viatera Minuet’s polished surface is graced with the right amount of sheen for my taste.
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!
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!)
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!
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.
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.
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!
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).
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!
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.
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!
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.
Ours is a real working kitchen, and since it’s not very large, every work surface with quartz is regularly used and abused.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Parts of the marble counter are discolored from age and use. Also, there are multiple scratches in the marble.
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!
No. 12: Gentle, Lyrical Veining Movement
With so many white quartz options on the market, you might find the process of choosing one dizzying.
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.
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.
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.
If you’re after an elegant, timeless, and tranquil mood in the kitchen, this countertop color may also be right for you.
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.
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.
While it was a wonderful quartz to live with, I prefer the elegance of Minuet, which imparts less of a beachy organic feel.
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.
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 too.
Jo still has nothing but love for this quartz, and since I’m a frequent visitor to this home, I can attest to its enduring good looks!
And like me, Jo loves to cook so this kitchen takes a lot of abuse.
It’s nice to see the same countertop with varying design elements, yes?
For example, Jo’s hardwood floors are stained a very dark brown.
There isn’t as much grey in her kitchen as ours.
Here you can see Minuet quartz surrounding an undermount stainless sink:
If you’re lucky enough to have space for a long buffet as she does…
Minuet looks lovely for this reduced depth entertainer’s dream buffet:
You can also see that the lighting is different in her kitchen than in mine.
That is why it is so important to bring a sample home to examine closely in your unique space.
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.
We went for a warmer, creamier look with Viatera Soprano…see that kitchen HERE.
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