A step-by-step guide to choosing the perfect quartz worktop for your kitchen

Renovating your kitchen is a daunting task. Choosing the right work surface material is one of the most important decisions you’ll make. A quartz worktop is a first-class choice. 

However, even after you’ve chosen quartz, there are still other factors to consider and more decisions to be made. We’ve put together this step-by-step guide to make choosing the ideal quartz worktop as easy as possible. 

What are quartz worktops?

First things first, what is a quartz worktop? 

Natural quartz is a common mineral made from silicon dioxide. It’s formed in igneous rocks when magma cools down. When the silicon dioxide cools, it crystallises. This is how quartz crystals are formed. 

Quartz crystals are extremely tough and durable – mineral quartz is rated a seven on the Mohs hardness scale. This is why quartz is used to make engineered quartz work surfaces. Quartz stands up well to the wear and tear of high-traffic areas like kitchens or bathrooms. 

Quartz worktops are manufactured from engineered quartz slabs. The manufacturing process involves mixing ground natural quartz with resin and pigments. The mixture is compressed to create a dense and solid slab. This slab can then be cut to the size and specification the customer needs for their kitchen.

Most quartz countertops are manufactured from 90 – 95% quartz minerals and 5-10% resin and coloured pigments. Different pigments are used to create a huge range of quartz worktop colours and patterns.

Why choose quartz countertops for your kitchen?

Quartz is a popular choice for kitchens because of its durability and strength. The resin in the engineered stone makes them less likely to crack, chip, or scratch than natural stone work surfaces. This means that a quartz surface is an investment that’ll last for many years!

Another factor that makes quartz a great choice for kitchen worktops is that they’re non-porous. Liquids can’t penetrate the solid surface, making them fully waterproof. This means they don’t require regular sealing like many natural stone worktops, such as granite. 

Choosing a quartz worktop for your kitchen is also smart because of its heat-resistant properties. Quartz can withstand relatively high temperatures without getting damaged. However, using a trivet to protect your new countertop from hot pots and pans is still advised. Quartz worktops can be burnt if they’re exposed to extremely high temperatures.

Quartz is naturally stain-resistant and low maintenance. They’re also incredibly easy to clean. You only need mild soap, warm water and a soft cloth to keep the quartz looking stunning. The non-porous surface won’t harbour any harmful bacteria making it a hygienic choice for kitchen work surfaces.

5 steps to choose the perfect quartz worktop

If you want a beautiful quartz kitchen worktop, follow these steps. This will ensure you get the right countertop to transform your kitchen completely. 

 

1. Think about the space and layout of your kitchen 

The first step should be considering your kitchen’s size, shape, and layout. If you’re undertaking a kitchen renovation, it’s essential to know the layout of your kitchen work surfaces. Make sure you know if it’s changing during the renovation or staying the same.

It’s best to have at least a rough idea of your kitchen worktop dimensions before you start getting quotes. If your dimensions aren’t accurate, you won’t get an accurate quote for your quartz worktop. 

 

2. Check your budget 

Similarly, ensuring a clear kitchen renovation budget is a good idea before looking at countertops. Quartz worktops are often more affordable than natural stone worktops, like marble. However, they can still be expensive compared to cheaper materials, like laminate. 

It’s important to remember that a premium quartz worktop is an investment that will last for years and years. 

 

3. Know your kitchen’s design, colour scheme, and style 

Knowing your kitchen’s colour scheme and design style is also important. Think about how your worktop will pair with the colour of your kitchen cabinets and flooring choices. You should choose a quartz colour and pattern that compliments and enhances your kitchen’s overall design. 

 

4. Choose a colour and pattern for your quartz worktop 

You now understand the size, cost, and colour of the worktop you need. Now, it’s time to choose your quartz worktop’s exact colour and pattern. 

There are vibrant, glittery designs and softer, neutral hues. There is such a wide range of colours to choose from that it can feel overwhelming.

A white quartz worktop is a timeless and classic choice which pairs well with most kitchen styles. This is a good starting point if you are uncertain which colour to choose.

Another popular option is marble-inspired colours, such as Carrara quartz. Check out our guide to Carrara Quartz if you want more information. 

 

5. Decide on the finishing touches 

After choosing a quartz colour you’re happy with, you’ll need to decide on the finishing touches.

One aspect you’ll need to decide on is the thickness of the quartz slab. Usually, quartz slabs are available in 20mm or 30mm thicknesses. Generally, thicker slabs will cost more. 

You’ll also be able to choose the edge profile of your quartz countertop. From single bevel to bullnose edging, there are loads of different options to choose from. You can also choose the specific cutouts you require and additional extras, such as upstands, splashbacks, and recessed drainer grooves. 

How Mo’s StoneX can help

Choosing a quartz worktop can be daunting due to the vast number of options. It can be difficult to decide which one is best for you. Getting expert advice from a trusted quartz worktop supplier will help you make the right decision.

Mo’s StoneX has 10 years of experience supplying, templating, and installing high-quality luxury quartz worktops. We’re experts at helping customers choose the right quartz countertop to complete their kitchen transformation. 

We have a huge range of popular quartz colours and customisable finishes available. So it’s easy to find the perfect quartz worktop, whatever your kitchen’s colour scheme and design. From muted natural colours, including our popular marble-inspired Carrara range, to in-demand sparkly options, we have something for everyone!

Our professional and experienced team handles the entire process. We offer a free initial quote to help you get started! Fill out our online enquiry form for a free quote, and start your kitchen transformation today! Or contact our team today if you want some help choosing the right colour and finish for your quartz worktop.