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Granite 101: Everything You Need To Know About Granite Countertops

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silver creek granite new msi

When it comes to choosing granite countertops, there are plenty of options with many choices of color, veining, and patterns. The beauty of granite countertop comes from its natural appearance – it’s something that only the beauty of nature could create. Since there are no two slabs of granite that are exactly the same, your new countertop will provide your home with unique appeal. The classic elegance of granite countertops in your space, is matched with its outstanding durability. The granite countertops you select for your next project might be the last countertops your home will ever need.

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Where is Granite Quarried?

Ever wonder where your granite countertops come from? Formed as long as 300 million years ago, granite is formed by volcanic activity over 10 miles below the surface of the Earth. As magma cools and rises to the surface, it solidifies over one million years until it becomes granite. Granite can be found in many countries around the world, from Brazil to China to India. Granite is also found in several US states such as Texas, Massachusetts, Indiana, Wisconsin, Georgia, and North Carolina. These are the top producing states of granite in the U.S., accounting for 64 percent of the country’s production.

The largest open-face granite quarry on the planet is located in Mount Airy, North Carolina. Mount Airy is known locally as “The Granite City.” The North Carolina Granite Corporation was established in 1743, and has been quarrying granite there for more than 150 years.

What is Granite Made of?

Many minerals make up each slab and give it the unique colors we see in different types of granite. Granite is a combination of minerals and rocks, primarily Quartz, Potassium Feldspar, Mica, Amphiboles, and a trace of other minerals. Granite that is high in Potassium Feldspar will have rich red and pink highlights. Granite that contains Mica will produce brown or black veining. Below is a list of the minerals and what colors they usually produce in granite slabs.

  • Quartz – milky white, clear, translucent
  • Feldspar – white to gray
  • Potassium Feldspar – red to salmon pink
  • Biotite – black or dark brown color
  • Muscovite –  metallic gold or yellow color
  • Amphibole – black or dark green color

The combination of these minerals typically make up most of the colors we see in a granite. The variations throughout the granite are considered desirable since they give the slab character and make it different from others. It is important to select your slabs quarried from the same stone to make sure that the color and amount of veining are similar.

Which Granite Is Perfect For You?

Choose the right granite color for your kitchen or bathroom space and use it to make your home truly unique and timeless

Classic White Granite

White granite is a true classic. Its unique, timeless beauty will bring sophistication to your space and design. White granite can be incorporated into almost any style or design. There is no white granite that is perfectly white like man-made stones. White granite countertops are true gems and will include many different shades, veining, and flecks containing hues of different colors.

Bold Black Granite

Black granite is an excellent choice for anyone who likes solid colors and striking contrasts. Black granite can be a bold choice, perfect for a modern design. Black countertops can be combined with just about any color cabinet. It is all about your own personal style. Black granite is very versatile and has countless options in a kitchen remodel.

Neutral Brown and Gold Granite

Brown and Gold granite countertops provide wonderful earthy, natural options for your design, There is a wide variety of brown granite, from light tans to deep rich dark browns. These beautifully colored countertops have proven to be popular with homeowners and designers alike. Neutral design is on trend, while not as stark as a white kitchen, light beige or brown countertops bring warmth to your space. Brown countertops will look gorgeous with light wooden cabinets, or the ever popular white.

Elegant Gray Granite

Gray granite countertops can be beautifully understated and wonderfully elegant. Gray granites, like other granite choices, will have a variation of colors and veining. Many of these grays are simple and subdued, while others are can make a statement. Gray granites are very popular in contemporary and transitional kitchens. These granites are also used to today by designers as another neutral option similar to brown.

Exotic and Rare Granite

Exotic granite can drastically improve the appearance of your space. This type of granite will definitely become a focal point and create a statement in your home. Keep in mind that because exotic granite is rare, it will be priced higher than other types of materials. But it can be well worth it. Granite is not only durable but is also strikingly beautiful. The exotic granites shown here are Altair, Blue Bahia, and Van Gogh. These Exotic Granites are more than likely a special order product.

Popular Granite Finishes Available


A polished finish is the most popular choice for homeowners. This finish makes the granite countertop surface very shiny and glossy. The natural qualities of the stone are showcased beautifully with this finish making the colors and textures sparkle. The polished finish is the easiest surface to clean and maintain. This finish also helps to seal the surface helping to prevent moisture from seeping into the stone.


The honed granite finish, which can also be called be called matte, creates a very smooth surface without any gloss. There is no buffing done in this process, which leaves the stone with a flat finish. The disadvantage to the honed finish is that it makes the granite more susceptible to staining. Honed Granite will require resealing more frequently.


A leathered finish is a relatively new style that is an appealing trend to homeowners. This finish is created by taking an already honed surface and adding texture to it by running diamond-tipped brushes over it. Leathered finishes are more subtle and sophisticated. These type of countertops seem to retain the natural color of the stone more than a honed finish. A leathered finish because of its texture will hide spots, fingerprints, and other everyday occurrences.

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Cabinetry 101: Guide to Kitchen Cabinet Types and Styles

When you type “types of cabinet” into Google, you’ll get an array of words such as “styles,” “grades,” and “types” used to describe the same thing in some places and different in others. It can be exciting to choose cabinets for your kitchen, but with so many concepts and options where do you begin? While it is great to have choices, it can be overwhelming without an understanding of all the options available and how to use them to make the kitchen of your dreams. This guide will go over everything you need to know about cabinets and how to arrange your kitchen perfectly.

Cabinetry Terms

Being familiar with cabinetry terms will help you to sound like an expert when selecting your kitchen cabinets. The following are some terms to know:

  • Center Panel: The raised part in the middle of the cabinet door
  • Center Stile: The raised rail in the middle of the cabinet door enclosed by rails
  • Edge Profile: The shape of the edge of the cabinet door
  • Rail: A horizontal framing piece of the cabinet door
  • Reveal: The distance between the outside edge of the face and the outside edge of the door
  • Stile: The vertical framing piece of the cabinet door

Cabinet Quality Grades

There are four different grades of cabinets: ready to assemble (RTA), stock, semi-custom, and custom. You should decide on your budget for your cabinets upfront before you peruse the choices available. The prices range from $50 per foot to $500 per foot. Always remember to keep an open mind – well-built, cost-effective cabinets can be more appropriate to your situation versus a more expensive option.

Ready-to-Assemble (RTA)

These cabinets can be found in chain stores and are readily available and cost-effectively constructed. They have a limited selection of styles, sizes, and materials and require construction. If you enjoy DIY projects, you can save a great deal of money with RTA cabinets. Make sure you have some experience in constructing cabinets, which can be tricky even for experts.


Stock cabinets are a basic, economic option that are pre-sized by their manufacturer. They are mass-produced and available in fixed sizes that cannot be modified. These cabinets are constructed on-site. Their materials range from particleboard covered in laminates to solid wood. Stock cabinets offer an economic style without sacrificing quality.

Semi Custom

These cabinets mark the mid-range option in price point. They have a broader selection in both style and material and allow for some size adjustment. Semi-custom cabinets usually offer a range of styles, materials, finishes, and accessories. They are one of a kind with tailored sizes. While the design possibilities are infinite, these extravagant cabinets drain a budget. However, you will also get exactly what you want.


On the high end, custom cabinets are completely made to order and offer the widest range of styles, materials, finishes, and accessories. They are one of a kind with tailored sizes. While design options are limitless, these high-priced cabinets can drain a budget. However, you will also get exactly what you want.

Basic Types of Cabinets

When choosing cabinets, you’ll need to consider all the types you will need for your kitchen remodel. There are four different types of cabinets: Base, Wall, Tall, and Specialty Units.

Base Cabinet

Base cabinets are the heavy lifters of cabinetry. They provide most of the storage space and sit on the ground beneath countertops. These cabinets create new possibilities throughout the kitchen. Standard base cabinets are usually 24 inches deep and 36 inches tall. They are used as kitchen storage and islands, window seating, and bathroom vanities.

Wall Cabinet

Wall cabinets or the “upper” cabinets provide much-needed storage space above the countertops. Upper cabinetry is typically 12 inches deep. They are the most important for the remodeling process as they are the most visible and carry the looks. These cabinets have many uses beyond food storage. They can serve as entertainment centers, laundry room storage, and dish storage.

Tall Cabinet

Tall cabinets or pantry cabinets top many other cabinets in terms of height and storage. They start from the floor and extend to the ceiling and are available in sizes up to 96 inches in height. These cabinets are used for pantry and utility storage. They can give the kitchen a dramatically vertical look.

Specialty Cabinet

Specialty units are the most important for the kitchen’s functionality and design. They add square footage and organization. Specialty cabinets include corner cabinets, sink and cooktop fronts, bottle racks, and appliance garages. These cabinets add function and style.

Cabinet Styles

There are eight different types of cabinet styles: Shaker, Charleston, York, Tahoe, Sonoma, Flat-Paneled, Louvered, and Glass Front. The style of your cabinets can make a space look contemporary and chic or more traditional. Your cabinet style should always tie the look of your kitchen together.


Shaker is the most popular style of kitchen cabinets. They have a recessed center panel with clean lines and used in modern styles. The framing of the recessed panel with sleek lines of the full overlay door is a unique, chic design. The shaker line is available in the colors Antique White, Dove, Grey, and Espresso.


Charleston is an elaborate style that will add an air of sophistication to any kitchen. The traditional frame, raised center panels, and glazed finish creates a lavish look. This line is available in the colors Saddle and Antique White.


York is a combination of classic and contemporary details. It features a recessed center panel with a beveled frame that blends into any design seamlessly. This timeless style is available in Antique White and Chocolate.


Tahoe is a modern style that features a raised center panel. While this seems contradictory as a raised panel is associated with classic designs, the crisp lines and colors make this style the perfect combination of both worlds. This line is available in Bright White and Dove Grey.


Sonoma is a sleek, cost-effective choice that doesn’t sacrifice any of the quality. It features a recessed center panel and full overlay door creating a modern look. This line is available in Spice, Mocha, and Pure White.

Flat Paneled

Flat front or slab doors are solid with no center panels. It is a modern, minimalistic style made of a single piece of wood. It is very easy to clean and cost-effective. This style is typically available in wood tones and stains.


Louvered features full overlay doors with a recessed center panel with horizontal wooden slats and sleek framing. This style is ideal for storing items that require ventilation. Since it is a very unique design, it is typically on the pricier side. This line is typically available in wood tones and white.

Glass Front

Glass front is an open framed door with a glass insert. This style is perfect for displaying items and creating an open feel. They are used sparingly as wall cabinets with solid base cabinets.

Types of Cabinet Doors

There is a range of different cabinet doors. They set the entire tone of your kitchen. There are three different types of cabinet doors:

Full Overlay Cabinet

The doors and drawer fronts completely cover the cabinet box on full overlay cabinets. This door has a seamless, contemporary look. They tend to cost more because they use more material.

Partial Overlay Cabinet

Partial or standard overlay was the industry standard for many years. The door only partially covers the face of the cabinet – exposing 1 to 2 inches of the cabinet face frame. This type of cabinet is more traditional and cost-effective and is found in apartments.

Inset Cabinet

Inset cabinetry is dramatically different from an overlay. The door sits inside of the cabinet flush with the face frame. This cabinet requires different hinges and a doorstop. Inset cabinets are typically more expensive than overlay styles and have been around for centuries.

Cabinet Door Styles

The cabinet door style sets the character of the kitchen. It expresses your personal style. There are five different types of cabinet door styles.

Raised Center Panel

The center panel is raised flush to the frame of the door in this style. This door style is more traditional and has been very popular over the years.

Recessed Center Panel

The recessed or flat-panel style has a center panel that is lower than the rest of the door. This style provides a cleaner profile and is typically used in more modern designs.


The slab door style is one slab of wood that makes up the entire door. It is most often made of engineered wood and suited to more modern and contemporary designs.


The mullion door style consists of vertical and horizontal bars that divide a door frame into sections. It is used as an accent with a glass insert in kitchen, buffet, or bookshelf doors.

Open Frame

An open frame style with no center panel or mullion with a glass insert. It is often used in base or wall cabinets as an accent and to create a fresh, modern look.

If you have any questions, please consult our team of experts or another design professional. We have everything you need from countertops to cabinets. With over 10 years of experience, we’ve mastered multiple kitchen styles. When you’re ready to design the kitchen of your dreams, contact us for a free in-home estimate!

Calacatta Vagli Marble Countertops with Mosaic Tile Backsplash

How to Match Your Backsplash and Countertop

When it comes to designing your dream kitchen, there are two major decisions you will have to make – the type of backsplash and countertop. In order for your kitchen to look clean and cohesive, you need to make sure your backsplash and countertop complement one another. This guide will go over everything you need to know about how to ensure your kitchen is arranged perfectly.

Where to Start…

Where do you start such a project with so many choices, styles and colors out there? Similar colors aren’t always the key to a perfect match. You must also consider the amount of movement and finish of your countertop to create a look you will love. We recommend that you create a vision board that incorporates the colors, materials and style you are going for. This will help you visualize your new space.

It is common practice to select your countertop first because it is a more significant investment than your backsplash. From a practical standpoint, your countertop is also installed first. Once it is installed, you can then take home sample backsplash tiles to see how they look with the rest of your design.

Color and Movement

Blue Roma Quartzite Kitchen Countertops
Blue Roma Quartzite Kitchen Countertop and White Subway Tile Backsplash

The aesthetic of your countertop will play an important role in choosing your backsplash. Consider using a color wheel to decide which colors will complement your kitchen design. It is common practice to choose a backsplash that has a color matching the movement of your countertop or at the very least aligns with the color palette of your kitchen.

You also want to consider the amount of movement in your countertop. You don’t want your backsplash and countertop to compete with one another. For example, if you have a quartz countertop with uniform movement, you have the option of either choosing a minimalistic approach of a neutral backsplash or amp up your selection with a more intricate design.

Another popular option is to use the same material as your countertop for your backsplash. This creates a sleek, modern look that can also be a more cost-effective option if you have extra countertop material left over.

Maintenance of Your Backsplash

Emser Ombre Blue Tile Backsplash
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Your backsplash serves two purposes both to amplify the look and feel of your kitchen and function as a barrier against grease and stains. This is important to keep in mind when choosing your materials.

Make sure whatever material you want can be cleaned easily. Larger tiles have less grout, which means fewer joints and easy maintenance. It is important to note that some backsplashes require more maintenance than others. For example, natural stone will need to be cleaned and sealed repeatedly.

Calacatta Sponda Quartz Kitchen Countertop and Backsplash
Calacatta Sponda Quartz Kitchen Countertop and Backsplash

In summary, think of your backsplash as an extension of your countertop. They should complement one another. If you have any questions please consult our team of experts or another design professional.

We have everything you need from cabinets and countertops to backsplashes. With over 10 years of experience, we’ve mastered multiple kitchen styles. When you’re ready to design the kitchen of your dreams, contact us for a free in home estimate!

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Modern Farmhouse Kitchen Ideas

If there is one style that will have the greatest impact this year, it is the modern farmhouse kitchen. It brings all the best aspects of rustic living and blends it with contemporary style. A contemporary farmhouse kitchen conveys a sense of warmth and comfort while also remaining practical – the essence of what we need in our homes in 2021. Whether you’re simply renovating or designing your dream kitchen from the ground up, here are some tips on how to transform your space into the perfect farmhouse kitchen.

Keep the Color Palette Simple

Carrara Quartz Countertops with Shaker Cabinet Island Modern Farmhouse Kitchen
Featured: Carrara Quartz Countertop with Shaker Cabinet Island (Photo Cred: Country Living)

While there are no set colors for the modern farmhouse style, it is common practice to keep your palette simple with white, black and neutral tones. Accent colors such as navy blue and forest green are also popular if you would like to break away from the gray scale look while maintaining a calm color palette. For instance, this gorgeous kitchen features white and black quartz countertops, grey shaker cabinet island and reclaimed wood flooring.

Mix Shaker Cabinets and Open Shelving

White Lace Quartz Kitchen Countertops
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When it comes to cabinets and shelves, it is best to keep them traditional. Opt for the standard shaker cabinets and use open shelving to accentuate the “perfectly imperfect” look and display beautiful cookware or antiques. The ability to see through your storage is practical and makes everything is easy to find. 

Choose Countertops with Minimal Movement

Countertops can have the most impact on your kitchen design. To match the clean, contemporary aesthetic of a modern farmhouse kitchen, choose countertop materials with minimal movement or pattern. This includes white marble or grey, white or black quartz. After designing numerous kitchens, we have a few favorite materials that provide the perfect look to this style.

Mix Metals

Whitehall Quartz Countertops
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When it comes to the modern farmhouse style, a blend of metal fixtures and accents is popular and lends to the reclaimed look. For lighting, use pendant fixtures with an antique or industrial flair. As far as appliances, don’t be afraid to incorporate brushed nickel, copper or stainless steel.

We’re Here to Help Make Your Kitchen Remodel As Stress Free As Possible

We have everything you need from cabinets, countertops, plumbing fixtures, appliances, flooring and backsplashes. With over 10 years of experience, we’ve mastered multiple kitchen styles including modern farmhouse. When you’re ready to design the kitchen of your dreams, contact us for a free in home estimate!

Ironsbridge Quartz Countertops with White Shaker Cabinets and Reclaimed Wood Flooring

Top Five Kitchen Design Trends For 2021

After reviewing the kitchen design trends of 2020, it is apparant that we are spending most of our time at home nowadays. The kitchen is the heart of the home now more than ever. It is where people gather for meals and to spend time with each other. With this in mind, now is the perfect time to renovate your kitchen and start the new year with a refreshed space. Here are the most popular kitchen design trends for 2021.

Sustainable Kitchens

Rather than approaching renovation with the “out with the old and in with the new” standpoint, recent kitchen design trends focus on sustainable, eco-friendly options. This does not end at having a recycling bin or a compost pile in your backyard. It means incorporating low emissions products and repurposed materials. Bringing in vintage, antique, and family pieces into the decor is another great sustainable choice as well! An example of this could be using reclaimed wood flooring, a vintage lighting fixture, and antique rugs or accessories.

Carrara Quartz Countertop with Reclaimed Wood Island
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Ceramic Tile Backsplashes

In addition to using sustainable products, swapping smooth, unvaried backsplashes with colorful, handmade ceramic tiles is another popular kitchen design trend of 2021. Handmade ceramic tiling like the Blue Scallop tile adds some natural variation and character to your space. Backsplashes are no longer used to simply protect your walls but for decor as well. For example, you can use ceramic tiling to create a statement wall that adds a visual focal point and texture to your space.

Frost White Quartz Kitchen Countertop with Blue Scallop Ceramic Backsplash
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Quartz Countertops

Quartz has been trending for years. While marble is also popular, its upkeep and durability lend it to being less adequate as a countertop than its quartz counterpart. Instead, you can use quartz that has that white marble look, such as Calacatta Laza, Statuario Bianco, or Calacatta Classique. Quartz is perfect for kitchen countertops and entryways due to its durability and easy maintenance. This beautiful stone will give you a great return on your investment and add a touch of luxury and sophistication to your home.

Calacatta Laza Quartz Countertops
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Bright Colored Cabinets

The all white kitchen trend of the 2010’s is fading away. In its place natural woods and colored cabinets, particularly green have become popular. Dark green cabinetry is trending because it envokes a dramatic, luxurious feel and goes well with wood tones and the colors of the year. Ultimate Grey and Illuminating yellow, the Pantone colors of the year, convey a message of strength and hopefulness and are of course trending at the moment. They can be used on kitchen cabinets, backsplashes or accessories. For example, you could pair dark green shaker cabinets with a yellow and grey ceramic tile backsplash, gold accents, and Carrara Venatino quartz countertops for an old world, luxurious look.

HGTV Carrara Venatino Kitchen Countertop with Blue Cabinets and Ceramic Tile Backsplash
Featured: Carrara Venatino countertop with Blue Cabinets and Ceramic Tile Backsplash (Photo Cred: HGTV Canada)

Modern Farmhouse Style

If there is one style that will have the greatest impact this year, it is modern farmhouse. It brings all the best details of rustic living and blends it with contemporary style. A modern farmhouse kitchen conveys a sense of comfort and relaxation while also remaining practical – the essence of what we need in our homes in 2021. This style incorporates all of the above kitchen design trends and can lean towards a more modern or farmhouse look depending on your personal taste.

White Lace Quartz Countertops with Gray Cabinets
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At The End of The Day..

There are countless different ways you can update your kitchen. While renovating your space, trust your instincts and lean into whatever trend makes you happiest. Make your home a place you enjoy living in because that is all that matters. If you don’t know where to start or would like a free in-home estimate for your countertops, contact us today and our design specialist will help you design the kitchen of your dreams!

Frost White Quartz Kitchen Countertop with Blue Scallop Ceramic Backsplash

Blue Backsplashes in Your Kitchen

Though backsplashes have been used for decades as a functional barrier against grease and stains, they also play a crucial role in the look and feel of a space. The kitchen is the heart of a home and should feel welcoming and put-together. A cost-effective way to accomplish this is to give your backsplash an upgrade that reflects current trends, specifically Pantone’s color of the year, Classic Blue.

Pantone set the tone for the design trends of this year with their choice for the color of the year. They describe their selection as a timeless, elegant blue hue reminiscent of the sky at dusk – perfect for any kitchen.

A classic blue backsplash is the best, cost-effective way to add a pop of color and update your kitchen. Here are a few examples of blue backsplashes that would be perfect for your home.

Ombre Blue Subway Tile

Emser Ombre Blue Tile Backsplash
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If you’re looking to add a pop of color while maintaining a clean and simplistic look, Ombre Blue Subway Tile is the perfect option for you. This stunning blue tile captures the crisp, calming color of the ocean with a chic, timeless style that would complement any kitchen. You can add a splash of blue to your space without compromising your elegant style

Design Outline Porcelain Tile

Emser Blue Design Outline Porcelain Tile Backsplash
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Want to add a little contemporary flair to your kitchen? With the gorgeous Design Outline Porcelain Tile, you can transform your kitchen into a unique and modern space that your family will love. This geometric tile backsplash is perfect for anyone looking to go beyond a pop of color, and add some texture to their kitchen.

Blue Scallop Ceramic Tile

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Backsplash tiles don’t have to be boring — the right shape and color can bring the look of a space together. The Blue Scallop Ceramic Tile with its naturally elegant scale-like design can help create an unequaled look that will suit any space. If you want to bring the beauty of the ocean into your home, this tile is the perfect option for you.

Edge Navy Blue Mosaic Tile

Emser Edge Navy Blue Herringbone Mosaic Tile
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When it comes to backsplashes, shade range can help add a little dimension to your space. The Edge Navy Blue Mosaic Tile features several soothing deep shades of blue, in a herringbone pattern that’s reminiscent of icy cold water. This tile is ideal for complementing everything from a modern farmhouse kitchen to a contemporary cooking area.

Turn Your Kitchen Into An Oasis

Classic Blue is perfect for creating stylish and sophisticated looks. Whether you choose one of these blue backsplashes or something else from our large collection, you’re sure to have an inviting and calming space that you and your family will enjoy.

Ready to design your dream kitchen? We’re here to help! To get started creating your kitchen oasis, contact us today.

Charcoal Soapstone Quartz kitchen countertop island by Silestone

Suede Quartz: What is it?

Quartz is a popular choice for many homeowners due to its durability, beauty, and uniform movement. Since it is a manmade material created with resins and recycled materials, it is not only customizable but sealed from any bacteria or viruses. This along with its other advantages makes quartz the perfect choice for many.

Quartz is not only modern and beautiful but can be customized with a large variety of finishes. These finishes include polished, honed, concrete, rough, volcano, and suede. Suede or matte quartz is gaining popularity with design trends focusing on incorporating organic features and finishes. This guide will go over everything you need to know about suede quartz from its creation to care and maintenance.

What is Suede Quartz?

It is a finish for your quartz countertops that features a velvety soft, matte look and touch. It highlights the natural colors and features of the stone and is more resistant to stains and watermarks than any other finish.

How is Suede Quartz made?

Suede quartz is created by gently brushing the stone with a diamond-tipped brush until the imperfections and polish are completely removed. This treatment is relatively new and is manufactured by MSI, Cambria, Hanstone, and Silestone. Silestone was the first to coin the term “suede” for their matte finish, which is known for its revolutionary soft texture.

Advantages and Disadvantages

When contemplating which finish is right for your countertop, it is important to consider its pros and cons. While other finishes have been around longer, they may or may not be the right choice for you. The best option will greatly depend on the cost and care you want to put into your countertop.


There are a variety of advantages that the suede finish offers. These advantages include:

  1. Highlights the Natural Color: A key difference between polished and suede quartz is that suede will highlight the natural color of the quartz rather than add polish to it.
  2. Contemporary Style: Homeowners who prefer a more classic, contemporary aesthetic will love this finish. It is perfect for modern and Mediterranean style kitchens, and it pairs well with warm or neutral-colored, flat-paneled cabinets and subway tile backsplashes.
  3. Stain Resistant: Since quartz is created with resins and recycled materials, it is stain-resistant has a built in anti-microbial defense. It also conceals smudges and fingerprints.


There are also some disadvantages to suede quartz including:

  1. Difficult to Clean: One of the few downsides is that it is more difficult to clean than the other finishes. Because it has more texture than its counterparts, dust and debris can get trapped in its dimples.
  2. Not heat resistant: Because quartz is not as heat resistant as granite, you cannot place hot pots and pans directly on the countertop. The heat may cause damage or discoloration to the quartz.
  3. Bad for Small Spaces: The suede finish is best for open spaces because it looks better on darker colors and doesn’t reflect light as well, which can make small spaces feel smaller.

Care and Maintenance

Caring for your suede quartz is much less complicated than it would be for the honed or polished finish. Its superior resistance to stains and smudges lends to maintaining its pristine condition. Since its naturally non-porous, it does not need to be sealed, unlike its granite counterpart. The daily cleaning process is simple and hassle-free. All you have to do is wipe it down with mild soap and warm water. If you have any questions consult your manufacturer for proper cleaning and maintenance guidelines.

Suede quartz countertops have become prominent in contemporary homes. Its advantages and texture make it a revolutionary option. If you desire a countertop that brings a modern look and feel to your space, this is the best finish for you.