If quartz for one reason or the other doesn’t work for you, there are a few alternatives that might work. The most popular ones, and probably the best, are granite, marble and porcelain. They are all different materials, but they also have some characteristics similar to quartz. They all have their pros and cons, and it is best for you to vague them according to your preferences.
Granite is a natural stone that is known for its durability and sturdiness. It is one of the toughest stones found in nature that will not get scratched easily. You can even cut directly on it without any consequences. It will also handle the high impact of force with ease.
Granite also performs excellently when exposed to high temperatures; it will not break nor melt.
Granite is porous material and you will have to seal it 2-4 times a year. The sealant will form a waterproof surface that will make it more resistant to staining.
Granite is very dense and it can be for that reason very heavy. Some cabinets may require additional structural support before the installation.
Marble is considered as the most beautiful stone. It is recognizable by the veining it has. There are several marble types, such as Cararra, Calacatta or Statuario. Each marble type is different from the other by the thickness of its veining and the background colour.
Marble is a great heat conductor and always feels cool to the touch. Because of that, it is excellent for busy kitchens.
Marble will be easy to clean with just soap and water. It also requires sealing several times a year.
Marble is soft and porous. It can get scratched relatively easily and stained as well. Sealing it regularly will prevent spills from staining.
Porcelain is less popular than marble and granite, but it has some excellent qualities that can make you choose it.
Firstly, porcelain is highly resistant to staining. It has a non-porous surface that no liquids can break.
Porcelain is also resistant to high temperatures; it is produced on 1400 Celsius, so temperatures produced in the kitchen will not be the problem.
When compared to granite, for example, porcelain is less resistant to scratching. Porcelain will not get scratches as easy as marble, but it will also not be as scratch-proof as granite. It is also easier to chip and break.
Porcelain doesn’t need sealing and it will be very easy to clean due to its sleek and smooth surface.
All three materials will be great alternatives to quartz stone worktops. Each of the material is well-known for a certain characteristic; marble is known for its beauty but it requires more attention than the remaining two. Granite is a very durable material that is perfect for kitchens. Porcelain is resistant to staining the most out of the three, but it is not as durable.
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Quartz is nowadays one of the most popular materials for kitchen and bathroom worktops. Its benefits, such as the resistance to staining, wide colour palette and durability have proven to add to the quality of the kitchen or bathroom. You will not have to think about the replacement for years, because quartz is very longlasting.
Starlight quartz is one of the most elegant and timeless colour choices. White starlight quartz is always in fashion and with it you will never have to think about the current trends. Also, it will pair nicely with any colour of the cabinets. It is an excellent choice for small-sized kitchens, as it will make them look bigger.
Quartz worktops are made of 93% natural quartz and 7% resins. Resins act as a natural sealant and form a non-porous surface. That means that liquids and spills will just sit on the surface, without absorbing. They are the reason why quartz is so highly resistant to staining.
3. Easy to clean and maintain
Quartz has a sleek surface which is very easy to clean; just make the soapsuds and wipe the worktops. Rinse the soapsuds using a clean, damped cloth.
Quartz requires little to no maintenance at all; it doesn’t need sealing, unlike other stones. You can get your quartz worktops installed and forget about them, as they require so little maintenance.
Quartz is one of the hardest stones found in nature, ranking number 7 out of 10 on the scale of hardest stones. Quartz will not get scratched even if you cut directly on it; on the contrary, it can dull your knives.
Quartz is also highly resistant to all mechanical loads; it will not break or crack when exposed to the high impact of force. For all of these reasons, quartz will last you for decades to come.
White starlight quartz is more affordable than similar colours from other stones. Although quartz is not the cheapest material for worktops, it is not the most expensive either. It falls somewhere in the middle, but where it stands out, is that it offers the best quality-price ratio.
The prices for quartz are varying from colour to colour. Some colours are rarer and therefore more expensive. You can get always a free quote with us; all you need to do is to provide us with the dimensions of your kitchen.
If you have always wanted white worktops, but you thought they will get stained easily, now there’s a solution for you. Quartz is so highly resistant to staining, that even the most persistent liquids will not get stained your white surfaces. In addition to that, it has other benefits that will make your everyday life easier.
For more information about the prices of white starlight quartz worktops, please feel free to contact us.
Granite worktops are still one of the most popular materials for kitchen worktops, but there are also other materials that you might find interesting. There are both manufactured and natural stones, so you will be able to choose from a range of materials that each has its characteristics. Continue reading and find out the best alternatives to granite kitchen worktops.
Quartz is a manufactured product, made of natural quartz and resins. This combination has proven to be game-changing when it comes to resistance to staining. Resins form a waterproof surface that no liquids can stain. Quartz gives the worktops sturdiness and durability. Quartz has some of the most impressive colour palettes, with almost any colour you imagine available.
Marble is another stone that has been popular for decades now. It is a natural stone that is known for its beauty. It represents luxury, which is why it is often used in hotels, banks…When it comes to using in the kitchen, marble is very durable and easy to clean. It is also less resistant to staining, so you should seal it several times a year.
Limestone is a material that has a similar appearance to marble, and it is often used as a replacement for it. It is a natural stone that looks particularly good paired with wooden, non-dyed cabinets. It is also less resistant to staining, which is why you should seal it regularly. It is almost as hard as granite and will not break or crack under pressure. Limestone can withstand well different temperatures without any damages- it won’t break when you put a hot pan on it.
Quartzite is another natural stone that is even harder than granite. It is a good option for particularly busy kitchens because even if you have often dropped a heavy object on your worktops, it will not break. Like any other natural stone, it should be sealed. The number of times per year is depending on the colour you have; darker colours tend to be denser than lighter and you will probably be able to get away with sealing them just once a year.
Out of the all-natural stones, slate is the one that is the least porous. That means that it will be more resistant to staining than the others, and will be easy to clean for that reason as well. The cleaning is handled with just soap and water and a soft cloth. It also needs less frequent sealing, approximately once a year.
Numerous options can be a good alternative to granite and it is best for you to inform about the pros and cons of each material. Several factors can determine your material choice, such as the colour you opt for, the budget, your manners of use…
For more information about each material and their prices, please feel free to contact us.
Searching for the right material for your new countertops can be a very time-consuming task. There are numerous things to consider before deciding, such as the budget, the colour and the overall reliability of the product. In this article, we will help you out decide which natural stone is the one for you, granite or marble.
1. Inform about the materials
Although both materials are natural, they have differences that might put you on one side or the other. For example, granite is more resistant to staining, while marble is excellent at conducting heat. On the blog section of our website, you can read all about the pros and cons of both.
2. Visit the showroom
Once you have informed yourself about the materials, it is time to visit the showroom. You don’t have to cross out one material just yet; you might find a colour that you find beautiful and let that be the main factor of your decision.
3. Consider the colour
If you can’t decide between one or the other and you find both materials high quality, the colour can be the main factor in your decision.
4. If you have decided about the material…
…but you haven’t decided about the colour, then look for the colour that appears the most in your home décor. Such colour will be very easy to combine with what you already have.
5. Think about your budget
Granite and marble are similarly priced, but there is price differentiation between the colours. Some colours are very rare and therefore, will be more expensive.
6. Ask for a free quote
You can always get a free quote, all you need to do is tell as the colour you opt for and provide us with the dimensions of your kitchen or bathroom.
7. Consider the style
Some colours are more suitable for modern style kitchens for example. If you have a vision of a modern looking home, look for a colour that has fewer details. On the other hand, if you have a vision of traditional décor, then look for the colour that has more details.
8. Consider the size of your kitchen or bathroom
If your kitchen or bathroom is small-sized, you can make them look bigger with white, beige or other lightly coloured countertops. On the other hand, if your space is big enough and you want to make it look less spacious, then choose darker, deeper colours.
9. Ask for a free sample
Visit our showroom and ask for free samples; they will help you visualize colour in your kitchen or bathroom.
10. Mix and match
You don’t have to choose just one thing; for example, you can choose two colours and use one for the kitchen countertops and other for the kitchen island. The same applies to the materials.
11. Consider special treatments
We offer special treatments of the countertops that will make them even more resistant to mechanical loads. This step isn’t necessary but will affect the longevity of your countertops.
12. Take your time
You want to make sure that you are choosing the right material and colour; natural stone countertops are very long-lasting and you will not need to replace them for decades. So don’t rush and take your time to make sure of your decision.
Having more questions about natural stone countertops? Please, contact us, and we will be happy to advise you.
Whether you are looking for new work surfaces for your kitchen or bathroom, CRL has one of the most beautiful colour ranges. CRL colour palette is full of classics that will easily fit in any given kitchen or bathroom style. Not only that CRL work surfaces are beautiful, but they are also very high quality. They are resistant to staining and scratching, will be easy to clean and are durable. Continue reading to find out our top picks from CRL quartz colour palette that can be used for kitchens or bathrooms.
1. White Water
This colour has a white field and very fine grey veining. It is one of the most classic choices that will be easy to combine with any colour of the cabinets.
2. Windsor Grey
A dark grey is a great option for modern style kitchens. This colour doesn’t have too many details- it only has a very subtle granulation, which is why it is perfect for modern day kitchens.
One of the most famous types, Calacatta has a white field with very pronounced grey veining. It will be a great accent on the kitchen island, mixed with White Water for the other cabinets.
4. Gold Noir
The standard black colour is one of the safest colour choices- it combines well with any colour of the cabinets. It is a great option if you are looking to replace just the work surface because it will easily fit in any given style.
Savannah is beige with fine grey veins and brown splashes of colour on the surface. Monochromatic compositions will make your kitchen or bathroom look bigger than it is.
6. Concrete Gris
Mid-toned grey is one of the most common, but still classy colour options. This one has black dots scattered on the surface here and there. Combinations with dark toned cabinets will give serious, but very dynamic compositions.
Chalk is white with a yellow undertone. This colour can be used in combination with a colour that has more details. For example, you can use Chalk as the main colour and Calacatta as an accent.
Forest is a unique colour that is a mix of brown, yellow and green that blend perfectly into each other. Combinations with beige cabinets will give stunning results.
Regardless of the colour you choose, it is sure that CRL quartz will be a great improvement to your home. Their work surfaces are highly resistant to heat; they are resistant to staining and are easy to clean. CRL also offers a 25-year warranty on all its products, so you can be sure that your work surfaces will last for decades. A great colour palette is another advantage of this brand, with some of the most beautiful and unique colours available.
Have you already chosen your colour? If so, contact us and we will template, supply and fit CRL quartz work surfaces in just 7 days!
Quartz is one of the most popular choices for kitchen worktops in recent years. It has great mechanical qualities and a great range of colours. When you add to that a price that is often more affordable than for other stones, you get a perfect balance between the quality and the price.
Have you already decided to go with quartz for your new kitchen worktops, but still haven’t chosen the colour? If so, continue reading to find out some of the most popular quartz colours for kitchen worktops.
1. Grigio Scurino
This colour is a mix of blue and dark grey, with black dots scattered on its surface. A colour like this will be easy to combine with almost any colour of the cabinets.
2. Tuscan Dawn
Tuscan Dawn is beige with subtle white veining. If you were looking for a colour that has just a few details, but it is still not a completely solid one, this might be the one for you.
3. Topus Concrete
This pale pink colour will make your kitchen look cosy and charming. It will be a great choice for small-sized kitchens, as it is unobtrusive.
4. Queen Anne
Queen Anne is a mid-toned grey with thin white veining. If you were looking just to replace the kitchen worktops and not the whole kitchen, a colour like this will easily fit in any kitchen style.
5. Statuario Milan
Statuario Milan has a white field and fine blue-grey veining. It is a timeless option that never goes out of fashion. It can be used for the kitchen island as well.
Serengeti is a very unique colour that is a mix of blue and grey. It has black splashes of colour that make a unique picture on the dark canvas.
Botticino is a very pale beige that looks like a watercolour. Another colour that will be great for small sized kitchens, as it will make them look bigger.
8. Eternal Marquina
Eternal Marquina is black with thin white veining. You will never have to think about whether it is in or not because it is a timeless option.
A simple mid-toned brown colour is one of the safest and most elegant choices. The combinations with beige cabinets will make your countertops stand out even more.
10. Aleutian White
This colour has a white field and darker white rocks scattered all over the surface. The colour of the rocks doesn’t differ too much from the background colour, in fact, they blend seamlessly into each other.
No matter which colour you choose, quartz will make a great addition to your kitchen. This material is very durable and long-lasting, so you don’t have to think about replacing it for decades. It is also very easy to clean and will be free of stains.
Have you already decided which quartz colour is yours? If so, contact us and we will template, supply and fit quartz kitchen worktops in just 7 days!
Quartzite is a perfect affordable choice for the kitchen because it is very durable and strong. It will make everyday life easier because it is very easy to clean and maintain. In its range, you can find some of the most beautiful colours that will make your kitchen extraordinary. Continue reading to find out our picks for the 8 beautiful quartzite colours that can be used for kitchen worktops.
1. Taj Mahal
Taj Mahal is white with a yellow undertone and subtle gold veining. It is an excellent choice for small-sized kitchens, as it will make them look more spacious.
2. Roma Imperiale
This colour has a very unique pattern that looks like cashmere. It is a mix of white and gold colour. It will make your kitchen very luxurious and sophisticated. The combinations with darker toned wooden cabinets will give interesting compositions.
3. Macabus White
Macabus has a cool-toned white field and silver veining. It is one of the most classic colour options you just can’t go wrong with. For that reason, it can be used as the only colour, for both kitchen island and the rest of the cabinets.
This colour has a white field with warm undertone and thin black veining. The veining is not thick but it is dense, making this colour perfect for the kitchen island.
5. Bianco Rongo
Bianco Rongo is a mix of white and light grey that blend perfectly into each other. Combining it with similarly toned cabinets will give well-balanced monochromatic compositions.
6. Bianca Eclipsia
This colour has a grey surface with large white rocks on it. It will be easy to combine with both light and dark toned cabinets. It is the perfect choice for ones that like details.
7. Bianca Eclipsia G Satinato
This is light grey with a blue undertone, a very elegant colour choice. If you were looking just to replace the worktops, and not to renovate the whole kitchen, a colour like this would be an ideal choice, because it is very easy to combine with.
8. Bianca G
This colour is similar to Bianca Eclipsia, only this one has a lot of smaller rocks. In this one, the background colour is dominating, versus at the original Bianca Eclipsia the rocks are dominating.
No matter which quartzite colour you choose, it will make a great improvement to your kitchen. This material has some of the most essential characteristics for use in the kitchen, such as durability, ease of maintenance and scratch resistance. When you get your quartzite kitchen worktops installed, you can forget about having to replace them for decades, as they are very long lasting.
Having more questions about quartzite colour range? Please, contact us, and we will be happy to help you.
Nowadays, there are so many options available for kitchen worktops, one can get lost. There are numerous materials, colours and finishes, which are making the process very time-consuming. There are many things to consider, such as your budget, your style, what you already have…We will make it a bit easier on you with this brief guide on how to choose the right kitchen worktop.
1. Inform about the materials
There are numerous materials you can use for kitchen worktops, but we recommend the most durable ones, and those are the stones. Stones have a higher price point at the start, but they are very durable and will last you for decades. In our range, we offer both manufactured and natural stones. All stones have their pros and cons, and it is best to choose the one that will fit your manner of use. In the blog section of our website, you can find all about the materials you can find in our range.
2. Consider using two options
You don’t have to choose just one material for your kitchen; you can choose one for the kitchen island and the other for the rest of the cabinets. For example, you can choose marble for the kitchen island, because it is the most beautiful one and granite for the rest of the cabinets because it is the most durable one.
3. Visit the showroom
After you have explored all the material options, it is time to visit the showroom. Beforehand, you can see the colours on our website and make a shortlist. But it is still the best to see the colours in person and feel the texture of the material. Maybe you’ll find a colour that you even haven’t noticed when looking online swatches.
4. Consider the budget
Generally speaking, marble and granite are more expensive than quartz. The unwritten rule is that the rarer the colour is, the more expensive it will be, no matter what material it is. You can always get a free quote with us; all you need to do is to provide us with the dimensions of your kitchen and the colour you opt for. We advise saving 10% more of the quote because that is not the final price.
5. Consider the style
Do you like traditional or contemporary style kitchens? The answer to this question can determine a lot the colour and the material. Traditional style kitchens usually have colours with rich details, while contemporary ones have just a few details or no details at all. Some colour choices will work with both traditional and contemporary style kitchens, like Carrara or Statuario marble.
Have you already chosen the material for your new kitchen worktops? If so, contact us, and we will template, supply and fit high-quality stone worktops in just 7 days!
Granite is still one of the first choices of many homeowners looking to renovate the kitchen or bathroom. But there are many colour choices, one can get lost. We will make your life a bit easier and present to you the 10 beautiful granite colours for worktops, both kitchen and bathroom.
1. Colonial White
Colonial is white with a hint of rose in it. It has fine dots scattered on the surface. This colour is excellent if you are looking just to replace the worktops because it will be easy to combine with any cabinetry colour.
2. Via Lattea
This is black with fine white veining. The combinations with white worktops for the main cabinetry and this one for the kitchen island will give interesting compositions.
3. Astoria Ivory Light
Astoria is a cream colour with rose veining and fine black dots. It is an excellent choice for small-sized kitchens or bathrooms because it will make them look bigger and brighter.
4. Brown Silk
This is mid-toned brown, with lighter beige lines scattered here and there on the surface. This colour, in particular, is an interesting choice for shaker style kitchens.
Vizag is a mix of few different colours- black, dark grey and blue. The colours blend perfectly into each other without harsh lines. A colour like this will be perfect for contemporary style kitchens.
If you want a colour with just a few details, Bohus is the one to go for. It has a grey field with just a tone darker granulation that is almost unnoticeable until you get close to it.
If you were looking for something more unusual then standard blacks, whites and beiges, consider Madura. Madura is gold with white and copper splashes of colour. It is very striking, for which reason it is best used as an accent.
8. Verde Savana
Verde Savana is a forest green which will stand out the most when combined with beige cabinets. This colour is very rich in detail so it is best to choose simple plane cabinets.
9. Iron Red
When choosing a colour like this, we advise thinking twice about it because it is not an everyday choice. It is a mix of red and blue lines. It is also best combined with simple plane cabinets.
10. Thunder White
This colour has a white field with thick grey veining. To make it even more interesting, it has grey dots sprinkled on the surface. It is a classic choice you can’t go wrong with.
No matter which granite colour you choose, one is certain; granite worktops are very high quality and will last you for decades. Not only that they will last for a long time, but their beauty will not fade over it.
For more information about our granite colour range and prices, please feel free to contact us.
Lunastone is a brand that is often overlooked when it comes to quartz surfaces, but it is very high quality. Lunastone has a very classic colour palette, with greys, whites and beiges dominating. There are colours that look like famous marble types, but also like famous granite types.
Venezia is a pale grey with a tone darker splashes of colour. This colour can be used as the only for the whole kitchen, even for bigger sized ones. It is very elegant and will pair easily with any colour of the cabinets.
This is beige with a cool undertone that will be best combined with similarly toned cabinets for a monochromatic look. It is an excellent option for small-sized kitchens because it will make them look bigger.
3. Bianco Calcutta
This colour has a bright white field with thick grey veining. It will be a great accent on the kitchen island.
4. Nocturno Ice
Nocturno Ice is black coloured with visible granulation and white dots scattered irregularly on the surface. It is an excellent option for contemporary style kitchens, as it has just a few details.
This colour is created to resemble the famous Italian type marble Statuario. It has a white surface and grey veining that ranges from very thick to thin.
This is brown with a yellow undertone that will be an excellent choice for shaker style kitchens. The combinations with oak wood cabinets will give excellent results.
7. Bianco Carrara
Another colour that has been created to resamble the famous Italian marble- Carrara. It has a white field with cool undertone and light grey splashes of colour on the surface.
8. Grey Stone
Grey Stone is mid-toned grey with very fine granulation. If you are looking just to replace the work surfaces and not to remodel the whole kitchen, this is the colour to go for. A colour like this will easily adapt in an already set up style.
9. Calcutta Latino
This colour has a white field with warm undertone and very thin, sophisticated veining. A colour like this will make your kitchen look very elegant and luxurious.
10. Concreto Medium
This grey has a green undertone, which makes it one of a kind. If you are looking for a grey colour, but want to add something special to it, this is the colour to go for.
At Y&S Marble, we offer Lunastone kitchen work surfaces at competitive prices. These are just some of the colours that Lunastone has to offer that will be, in our opinion, a great addition to your kitchen. No matter which colour you choose, one is certain- Lunastone work surfaces are high quality and will last you for a significant amount of time.
Need more information about Lunastone prices and range? Feel free to contact us and we will tell you all you need to know.