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
Milan offers refined black and grey options (pictured).
Santorini offers white and luminous veined stones (pictured).
Drew McGukin, a trendspotter at leading quartz surface specialist Silestone, recently designed his studio kitchen with stone surfaces. Designed in collaboration with Cosentino, Kohler, and interior designer Benjamin Moore, the result is a streamlined and stylish contemporary kitchen.
The Pearl Jasmine from Silestone’s Eternal collection gives the space an understated and clean look. Drew chose this material for its pared-down and unpretentious appearance. “I focused on layers of warm whites and neutrals. I wanted to streamline the visual field as much as the function,” he shares.