When it comes to the design of the kitchen, some things are timeless. Clean, functional and comfortable are up there in what most of us are looking for. With all that as a given, however, every year brings a new mix of interior design ideas to make your kitchen its most stylish.
When it comes to countertop materials, Marble countertops are beautiful and timeless, but that doesn’t mean they are perfect. Don’t get me wrong, I absolutely love marble, but it's not for every home equally.
Enter quartzite. Quartzite is a natural stone material, a sturdier alternative to marble that almost looks like your table’s covered in agate crystal. It is a quartz-rich sandstone that’s been recrystallized through a combo of heat, pressure and chemical reactions, making it scratch and heat-resistant. It’s bold, luxe and…definitely not for the faint of heart. But it is a way to really make a statement in your dining room, kitchen or bathroom.
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I've used quartzite for years, but I see a growing trend to this beautiful stone and I'm loving it. There are a few factors contributing to this rising trend. First, there’s the rise in interest in natural stone in general. It has all of the appeal of marble, yet it’s as low-maintenance as man-made quartz counters. Plus, some clients want the natural beauty of stone that they can't get with quartz.
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Second, people’s interest in a more durable—yet still chic—alternative to marble has led to a wider range of options available. And, as the white kitchen trend started to feel a little hum-drum and homeowners started (*gasp!*) dabbling with colorful cabinets, it was only a matter of time before they started rethinking their countertops too. Today, as we’re spending more time at home than ever before, the deep color and exciting presentation of these natural materials adds another dimension, enlivening our spaces and transporting us. So, basically, if cottage luxe isn’t your vibe, but you want your space to truly feel like a getaway from the chaos of the outside world, a bold quartzite paired with inky-hued cabinets—or a long slab transformed into a head-turning dining room table—may be the way to go.
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You can find quartzite in just about every color you can imagine, from ocean-inspired blues (like Azul Bochira) to Wizard-of-Oz-ian emeralds to Magic-Eye-esque combinations of orange, green and gray. And you don’t have to be limited to your kitchen or dining room. It could take the place of tile on your bathroom walls, or you could pull a Whitney Port and use a matching slab as your backsplash. You could even use it outside.
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If you’re going through the trouble of renovating your home, the last thing you want is an end result that looks…just like it did before. Maybe 2021 is the year you decide to go bold. Look to quartzite to help you get there!
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In addition to being a Philadelphia Multifamily Interior Designer, I also design boutique hotels, fitness centers, office spaces, residential development projects, other commercial spaces such as office and retail spaces, and the senior living community throughout the tri state area. We work here in Philadelphia, the main line, and even Nationally!
About the Interior Designer
Tina Delia, a native of Ocean County, NJ, current resident of Philadelphia, is the Founder and Principal Interior Designer of Delia Designs. For the past eleven years, Tina has been steadfast in her vision and continues to develop herself personally and professionally. She is dedicated to excellence and insistence on forward thinking design. At the forefront of her designs is the idea that our spaces have the ability to transform our lives. She is looking to move us, inspire us to see, think and create freely. After all, it's not only about creating beautiful spaces.