Two years ago I invited two designer friends–both were kitchen designers–to a holiday party in my home. One of my good clients (who was about to renovate her kitchen) also attended with her husband and during the course of the evening, they individually asked each designer which countertop material each preferred.
The first one (who worked with clients in a high end residential neighborhood) said quartz was the most current material to use. The second designer (who lived 1/2 an hour away in a suburb of Vancouver) said Granite was the countertop of choice.
So which one is better (or sexier) for your home? Read on to find out:
1. What are your neighbors doing?
This is the one time where it’s okay to try to keep up with the ‘Jones’. If everyone is installing quartz countertops, then you should consider doing the same because it means potential buyers are looking for quartz as it is generally a higher end look because it’s cleaner looking – some people think clean is sexy.
2. Quartz will also give your kitchen or bath a more contemporary feel which is a look I prefer:
3. Do you like pattern and texture?
Some love the look of granite because they love the multi-coloured, textured look. While others think it just looks blotchy. In general a more countrified kitchen works with granite. I prefer quartz because I like a cleaner more consistent look and it’s easier to control that the colour works with everything else you’ve chosen for your kitchen.
4. Granite is also a good choice for wood stained cabinetry because you can pick up the colour of the wood by choosing a granite with similar warm tones like these images below:
For a great article on more countertop choices and an analysis of each one, click here.
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