Interior design trends come and go, but quite a few of them end up coming back with slight upgrades. For example, globe pendant lights were popular in the 1960s before briefly returning in the 1980s and then altogether disappearing for many decades. In 2019, these spherical pendant lamps are making a comeback, but they’re now likely to be fitted with multicolored LED bulbs that can be programmed from smartphones.
Another trend making a comeback is the black/white color scheme in the kitchen: cabinets are usually painted bright white while the countertops are dark, and this is when black quartz countertops are the best choice. Here are a few reasons to choose black quartz countertops for your home.
1. Create a High-Contrast Design
For homeowners who are too young to remember some of the highly stylized interior design trends of the 1980s, they’re similar to Art Deco but more angular and with a color scheme that favored the contrast of black and white. Many kitchens in the 1980s featured cabinetry covered in white laminate material. Since quartz wasn’t very popular at the time, many black countertops were made of solid surface material that doesn’t shine as much as quartz. The key to an elegant retro kitchen from the 80s is to present a stark contrast, and the best way to do so would be to choose bright laminate covering for cabinets and black quartz slabs with a polished surface finish.
2. Use as a Monolithic Kitchen Island
For the ultimate look in your kitchen or bathrooms, take a look at waterfall edging on countertops. In essence, the slab drops down the side all the way to the floor, thus creating a nice visual effect of continuity. Imagine a shiny black quartz kitchen island where the entire counter structure features waterfall edges, which would make it look like a monolith, and it will definitely be a strong focal point.
3. Go All Black in the Kitchen
Appliances are switching from the brushed metal look to all-black, and this presents a good opportunity to deck the entire kitchen in black as well. The cabinets don’t need to be shiny in this case. They’ll actually look better covered with matte black laminate materials, but the black quartz countertops will need to have a polished finish, and the same goes for backsplash details. The idea is to make the kitchen look as if it was part of the lounge area at an old-fashioned gentlemen’s club.
4. Maintain the Counters with Ease
Aside from the versatility and great looks of black quartz, there’s another reason this engineered stone is a smart choice. Unlike dark granite, black quartz doesn’t require sealing. With a combination quartz polish and cleaner such as Granite Gold Quartz Brite®, you’ll be able to keep your black quartz countertops clean and shiny, but you won’t have to worry about applying sealant.
Whether you have quartz or natural stone such as granite, marble, or travertine in your home, it’s important to maintain it properly. For tips on quartz and natural-stone care, reach out to Granite Gold® today at 1-800-475-STONE (7866).
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