Let’s face it: over the last twelve months we have all spent a lot more time at home than we would usually, if not more time at home than we’d like to, and the chances are that by this point you are getting a little tired of your kitchen. The kitchen is the beating heart of any home; it’s where we spend time together with our loved ones making the meals we share together and making the memories that carry us through a hard time.
As such, it should be comfortable, stylish and inspiring. If you are no longer getting that energy from it, then it is time for a facelift with new designs and new solutions.
When it comes to materials for kitchen worktops, natural quartzite is a beautiful choice. It’s a timeless favourite but often confused with granite or marble, or even composite man-made quartz, however it’s a very different stone. Natural quartzite works for everyone, from families to single professionals, it’s stylish, versatile, non-porous and more durable than marble but with a similar glossy, luxurious look. However, when you’re looking at all the different options available, it can be a little overwhelming to try and decide what the perfect fit for your kitchen is. Here are a few things to remember before you make the final decision on your quartzite worktops.
Think About Thickness Of Your Quartzite Worktops
One of the most important factors when choosing your new quartzite worktops is to think about the thickness. The big difference with the kitchen as opposed to other areas, such as the bathroom, is that the worktop will be subjected to a great deal more wear and tear. This is one reason why quartz is such an excellent choice for kitchen surfaces, as it is considerably more durable than marble and almost as durable as granite.
With that in mind, a greater thickness may not always be strictly necessary for your quartzite worktops. You can put a hot pan on it, you can chop on it without worrying about leaving marks, it can be made watertight, and in most cases, you can even chop beetroot directly onto the surface without worrying about leaving a stain! Quartzite countertops typically come in 2cm or 3cm, and the decision about whether or not to go for that extra centimetre may well come down to aesthetics. Your stone mason will be able to offer advice on this. Which brings us to…
Think About The Colours You’d Like For Your Quartzite Worktops
Quartzite is a dazzlingly beautiful material, with a gorgeously glossy, highly polished sheen. There is a wide variety of options when using this natural stone material, from the understated lines of Aurora Fantasy and Taj Mahal to the bold beauty of Verde Fusion and Patagonia, depending on what you are looking for in a quartz kitchen worktop. It is important to remember that a quartzite worktop will almost be a centrepiece in your kitchen, so you will want to make sure that you have thought about the rest of the room and how these worktops will fit in, or indeed stand out.
What colours would jar? Would a thicker worktop feel at odds with the rest of the room? What pattern would bring new life without dominating it completely? Do you want the heft of that 3cm quartzite, or do you have something sleeker and more elegant in mind? Remember that installing a quartzite worktop is both an aesthetic and practical decision. If you want a more uniform pattern, then maybe man-made composite quartz is the way to go. A good supplier will be able to talk you through the pros and cons of the options available and have a good relationship with their suppliers to get you exactly what you need.
Think About Practicality When It Comes To Quartzite Kitchen Worktops
It’s not all about colours, patterns and thickness. There are several practical considerations to take into account when you are installing your quartzite worktops. First of all: it is imperative to make sure that your various appliances are installed before you get started on your quartzite worktops so that the stone can be cut precisely according to the correct measurements. Trust us; it is much easier to do it that way around when you’re buying quartzite worktops! You will also want to think about the kinds of edges you want on your quartzite worktops. Do you want the standard, slightly rounded waterfall edge that is a little softer on the eye Or do you want something a little more dramatic, like a pencil edge, or a bullnose, or a curved edge?
The good news is that a quartz worktop is easy to maintain. Treat it gently by avoiding harsh chemicals and scouring pads, and look a stone polisher you can order from good suppliers. If you look after it properly, it will keep its beauty and durability for a long time to come.
Considering Getting A Quartzite Worktop?
If you’re interested in learning more about how quartzite worktops can transform your kitchen, Coulon Stone has been trading for over 30 years. As such, they are experts in quartz kitchen worktops, and there is always someone in the showroom or on the phone to talk you through the options available and give you excellent customer service. Whether it’s a kitchen or bathroom, stairs or floors, or a brand new fireplace, they are ready to bring new life to your home. Located in Buckinghamshire, they also work across London, Oxfordshire, Hertfordshire, Berkshire and beyond.
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