5 Design Trends Utilizing Quartz Countertops In 2024

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Increasing Popularity Of Monochrome Styles

Monochrome color schemes have attracted public interest, especially as a part of minimalist, modern kitchen design. According to a 2024 NKBA survey, about 35% of designers are pleased with monochrome themes as they allow creating an everlasting design and are the easiest to match with modern appliances, buildings, and fixtures. Interviewees say that they most commonly use gray and black tones of quartz. Currently, the most popular materials are quartz countertops that can create a uniform design in the kitchen.

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Practical Use

In an urban loft, designers often employ monochrome quartz countertops together with stainless steelappliances and matte black cabinetry to create and enhance the look of industrialism. To provide a practical example, the case of a remodel of a loft in New York City could be described. As the case study indicates, there was a 20% increase in the real estate value of the remodeled loft. This example also proves that monochrome design is beneficial in economic terms.

Design Flexibility

Designers use the possibilities of monochrome quartz not only in kitchen remodeling but also in the design of bathrooms and commercial spaces. In San Francisco, at the offices of one of the technology startups, an entrance hall was designed using black quartz together with interactive LED lighting. The design is cost-efficient and modern as well as aligns with the company’s image.

Consumer Demand for Simple Solutions

The increase in sales of monochrome quartz products can be explained by consumers’ demand for simple and concise solutions. Current market research indicates that sales have increased by 40% over the past three years. People prefer simple, easy-toclean, elegant designs.

Layered Textures In Design

The use of textured layers in design has become increasingly popular, mainly due to the application of quartz countertops as a strategic layer for added depth and a unique style. 45% of designers incorporate different textures in their designs to achieve varied space dynamics. Most used materials are a combination of contrasting materials that work alongside or against each other.

Modern Farmhouse Kitchen

In 2024, a renovation of a modern farmhouse kitchen was done. During this renovation, designers paired a rough-hewn wood island and a smooth, white quartz countertop. In this case, the contrasting materials not only enhanced the depth and visual appeal of the project, but also added functionality to the kitchen. Such combinations demonstrate the power of both tactile and visual senses and can produce harmonious effects between materials.

Quartz and Natural Stone

Another study describes the use of quartz counters with slate or marble backsplashes. In this case, the combination of materials is applied to create a spa retreat, albeit a higher-end one. The polished quartz contrasts the rugged texture of the natural stone while also being practical for maintenance. The balance between the two materials is reflected in the overall aesthetic appeal and elegance of the spa, while the practical data makes it washable and easy to maintain.

Commercial Application

In a boutique hotel lobby, a mashup was created using sand-blasted quartz counters with smooth, leather seating. This created a layered effect with added depth and new texture. As a result, the lobby not only was more appealing to visitors, but led to a 50% increase in online reviews, specifically mentioning the interior in favorable terms.

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Integration With Smart Home Technology

Quartz countertops are becoming increasingly associated with smart home technologies that improve kitchen design and user experience. According to an industry report for 2024, almost 30% of new kitchens are equipped with technology-enhanced surfaces. Innovative homes have already introduced quartz countertops with built-in charging stations, as well as wireless units for easy cooking and living. A house in Silicon Valley has a kitchen island made with quartz sensors that can read the recipe from the phone and project it onto the workbench.

The Internet of Things

The Internet of Things has already turned many household objects into smart devices, making kitchen surfaces interactive. Smart quartz was recently installed in a Chicago house, adjusting lighting, and playing music. If you already have a smart oven, you will allow it to talk to your countertop and synchronize appliances for better cooking. Besides the technical advantages, such a feature of the countertop adds elegance to the kitchen space.

Health Issues

Numerous household advances are made for the benefit of convenience or health consciousness. The more complicated home improvement becomes, the smarter it gets. For homeowners, new equipment is more than an element of home aesthetics. A health-conscious family has recently installed a new kitchen countertop that allows you to weigh food products in order to determine how much of a daily portion was consumed during a meal. With this option, you can determine the weight of food by placing it on the load zone. The quartz surface will also calculate and project the necessary nutrients onto the counter, recommending Smart Cookings course based on your diet.

Eco-Friendly Manufacturing Processes

The quartz countertop industry has seen an intensification of the trend towards more sustainable manufacturing, as global industries report a 50% increase in environmentally friendly production in the last five years. Not only do manufacturers now commonly use recycled materials, but they have also been quick to explore solutions to the problem of waste in addition to focusing on reducing the environmental footprint by cutting down on resource use and water and energy consumption.

Using Recycled Materials

Large quantities of recycled glass and quartz remnants account for up to 75% of the pre-consumer materials used in countertops in this quartz factory in Vermont. According to Neenah, another provider, their recycled paper absorption and durasynth material countertops also absorb resin remnants. By using manufacturing remnants and other waste products to create durable, durable, and high-quality materials, stone providers reduce costs, waste, and demand for resources.

Reducing Water and Energy Consumption

At its manufacturing facility in Oregon, quartz manufacturer Cosentino uses a closed-loop system that recycles 95% of the water used to manufacture its quartz fast service products. Most of this water is processed as part of a closed loop system, which reduces the energy required to heat and treat fresh water supplies. The company’s effort to design an ecological version of the quartz surface creates fewer waste and pollution hazards and requires fewer overall resources.

Zero Waste

As early as August 2021, quartz plant in North Carolina replaces any other form of waste, including all by-products. This includes keeping products from reaching landfills through recycling, reuse, or energy conversion methods, as well as providing alternative energy sources for communities.

Custom Edge Profiles

When it comes to kitchen design, custom edge profile on quartz countertops are becoming more and more popular, and with good reason. According to a 2024 design report, roughly 60% of custom kitchen projects now specify a unique edge design. This trend is not only driven by the desire to meet a variety of aesthetic goals but also by the need to customize certain functional parameters of the counters.

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Innovation in profiles

Changes in the profile options can be traced to the advancement in the CNC technology, enabling people and companies to use the benefits of a variety of sophisticated cuts. A good example of such a custom profile is an edge used in my high-end residential project in Miami. In this case, the client selected a waterfall edge, which extends from the edge of the countertop across the face and descends to the floor. This choice allows better fluidity of the place and collapses the perception of multiple countertops, which can be extremely helpful in open-space kitchens.

Most popular profiles

In the meantime, classic profiles such as Ogee and Biltmore Ogee appeared to be the most popular countrywide. Kitchen designers reported that these custom options were used in over 40% of projects, and the pros of these profiles included their classic look that satisfies both traditional and modern kitchens. The main reason behind these choices was reported to be safety, facilitated by smooth and sharpless edges, which are particularly convenient for homes with young children or the spots of high traffic. I used a custom jagged edge profile for the countertops of one of my commercial projects, a small coffee shop chain. The cut was designed to resemble the profile of the brand’s logo. Not only does this design look modern and appealing, but it also serves a branding goal by “hiding” the logo in the profile cut.

About Panmin

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