The Next Kitchen Trend to Watch—and Seriously Consider
Remember the '90s? When it seemed every other neighbour was showing off their newly-installed granite countertops (with cherry wood cabinets, gasp!)? Those days may be a decade away, but we find ourselves yet again in a countertop conundrum. A scroll through the endless pages of Pinterest or the Instagram feeds of those hashtagging their way through a kitchen renovation will reveal that we are, as a culture, obsessed with marble. Be it Carrara or statuary, honed or polished, kitchens and bathrooms everywhere from Tucson to Timbuktu are being clad in the veiny surface. So it's time we look at what's next.
Strolling through the booths at KBIS, the kitchen and bath industry’s latest trade show in Las Vegas, I was pleasantly surprised. Not by the robotic toilets or high-tech ovens, but by an ample supply of quartz countertops. Perhaps it’s due to renovators and builders doing their best to be more eco-friendly—quartz is the second most abundant mineral on earth—but the sturdy surface just may be the next big thing. A mix of ground quartz, resin, and pigment, the nonporous slabs are durable enough to resist dents, scratches, and abrasions, without the need for sealants. So, unlike with stain-prone marble, there’s no need to fret over lemon wedges or drippy wine glasses.
Should I get to the fun part? Shopping for quartz is not unlike selecting your favourite flavour at an ice cream social. From pure white to marble-y neutrals, there’s a quartz for every kitchen. At the trade show, I was particularly taken with the new collection at Wilsonart. The brand's first foray into quartz is indeed a successful one. You’ll have to wait until spring to see the full collection, but check out what they have in store already to see if there’s a countertop your kitchen is calling for.
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