Current Obsessions: Marble Look Quartz Countertops

July 13, 2016

If you love the upscale look of natural marble but are worried about the maintenance it requires, you’re not alone. Choosing between natural marble and look-alike quartz countertops is a decision that plagues many remodelers.

In fact, many homeowners start their countertop search seemingly married to gorgeous marble, only to waver when they realize that marble can stain, chip and wear if not properly maintained. Add young kids or frequent entertaining to the mix, and many homeowners start looking for alternatives. 

One of these options is marble-look quartz countertops, which have performance benefits that are hard to beat. Quartz is nonporous, so it resists staining much better than granite, marble or concrete. Crack- and chip- resistant, quartz is one of the most durable materials available. In addition, many marble-look quartz designs are so sophisticated, it’s hard to tell the difference between quartz and stone countertops.

Featured: Calacatta Classique Quartz 

Marble-look quartz countertops have naysayers too—some claim the man-made veining can look less authentic than natural marble veining (it’s difficult to outperform Mother Nature, after all!) But while manufactured countertops can never exactly replicate the look and feel of natural marble slabs, current technology allows quartz to get pretty close. Our Q Natural Quartz, for example, artfully mimics the veining and polish of marble. Another recent quartz advancement is the replication of dramatic veining, like those bold, beautiful lines most often seen in Calacatta Marble. 

With so many quartz colors and styles available, you can choose the veining style and coloring that’s right for your design. To get you started, here are five quartz countertops that prove it’s not necessary to choose between form and function:

1. Carrara Grigio Quartz

Featured: Carrara Grigio Quartz

Its veining and coloring reminiscent of Carrara Marble—the world’s most popular marble—soft and classy polished Carrara Grigio Quartz is a favorite among true marble lovers. Can you tell the difference? Neither will your guests!

2. Montclair White Quartz 

Featured: Montclair White Quartz 

If drama and depth are two critical ingredients in your marble decision, then Montclair White polished quartz countertops might be for you. The dramatic, layered swirls of subtle white and gray tones are sure to make your countertops the centerpiece of your kitchen.

3. Calacutta Vicenza Quartz

Featured: Calacatta Vicenza Quartz

Looking for a marble pattern that’s elegant and subtle? Calacatta Vicenza is a Venetian white polished quartz with quiet contrast for a peaceful space.

4. Cashmere Carrara Quartz

Featured: Cashmere Carrara Quartz

Another serene marble lookalike, Cashmere Carrara Quartz features subtle grey veins on an ivory and alabaster background. Classy and clean, this polished material is loved by those with a traditional design inclination.

5. Calacatta Classique Quartz

Featured: Calacatta Classique Quartz 

Exquisite and unique, Calacatta Classique Quartz mimics beautiful Calacatta Marble. Its clean whites and striking through-body veining is a showstopper that offers the look of luxurious marble in a durable, maintenance-free material.

Bottom line? If you are still wavering between natural marble and lookalike quartz countertops, consider the level of care you can realistically provide for your kitchen countertops. If your life demands a “set-it-and-forget-it” approach, then consider quartz countertops as an alternative to marble. These marble look-alikes prove that you have both style and function, without compromise!

For even more ideas, check out our Inspirations page at MSI. We have galleries, design tools, and a blog to help you create your dream kitchen!