Kitchen design ideas: Using quartz countertops for a marble-inspired look

An engineered composite comprising up to 94 per cent crushed quartz, and bonded using polymer resin, this material is another popular choice for kitchen surfaces.

Unlike natural stones — including marble, which is porous — the resin in quartz fills the gaps on the surface to create a material that is non-porous, antimicrobial, and resistant to water, stains, heat, scratches and impacts. These properties ensure that the surface remains hygienic as bacteria and microorganisms cannot breed in cracks.

Australian label Smartstone, recently launched at Hafary stores in Singapore, carries 26 beautiful quartz surfaces designs across several collections — Toledo has warm, earthy and neutral-toned quartz