5 Techniques to Enhance the Natural Beauty of Quartz

Quartz Surfaces PMC1927

High polish finish

Quartz in high polish finish not only highlights the natural beauty of the stone but also ensures its durability and ease of maintenance. To produce this finish, an intensive polishing process is needed to remove all imperfections and increase the natural shine.

Use in modern kitchens

In a modern kitchen, polished quartz can be used as a visual centerpiece. A white quartz countertop can impressively offset dark cabinets and can reflect more light, making the kitchen appear larger and brighter.

Quartz Surfaces PMC1622
Quartz Surfaces PMC1622

Hygiene

Quartz with high polish finish is recommended for installation in kitchens and bathrooms due to its highly hygienic nature. In particular, polished quartz surfaces are virtually non-porous, offering stain resistance and ease of cleaning. According to a 2020 study, polished-finish quartz countertops harbor significantly fewer bacteria than wood and marble surfaces.

Use in luxurious bathrooms

Polished quartz is popular among decorators for use in luxurious bathrooms, as quartz can reflect light, thus creating a spacious and calm environment. In the master bathroom, the gray quartz countertop can go with the chrome fixtures next to the mirror.

Durability and maintenance

Quartz countertops with high polish finish are also notable for their high durability. They are designed to resist scratches and bumps, making them suitable for high-traffic areas. They are easy to maintain as they can be washed with water and a soft cloth.

Examples of commercial applications

In the hospitality sector, polished quartz countertops can be found in luxury hotels and gourmet restaurants. The hotel in New York has polished black quartz countertops in the lobby.

Polished for a matte appearance

Sandblasting quartz countertops offers a great look for those who desire a less reflective and more subtle architectural arrangement in keeping with modern style. The polished surface absorbs more light, providing a smooth and uniform look that looks excellent in minimalist designs. A dark gray quartz countertop can complement light wood cabinets and simple metal accessories creating a harmonious space free of unwanted.

A valuable property of matte quartz is its ability to handle stain and fingerprint problems better than contract countertops. In a 2021 comparison of matte and polished textured quartz countertops, matte countertops were 30 percent less visible and indicated suitable characteristics for high-use areas such as kitchens and public bathrooms.

Bathrooms with simple, clean décor feature a lot of matte-textured quartz countertops. The bathroom trend featuring a matte white quartz surface and black fixtures is an excellent example of how to create an elegant contrast for a bathroom that is both aesthetically pleasing and functional. Matte quartz looks very elegant.

When it comes to benefits, matte quartz is stain and fingerprint resistant. To polish it, simply clean the surface with water and detergent. No wax or special sealant is required for its best performance and it does not stain anyway.

Better movement in the commercial arena. Sand countertops are expressly suitable for those premises where appearance is everything. There is a boutique in Chicago. Its black sand countertops house displays and do not visually counterbalance the merchandise advertised there.

Quartz Surfaces PMC1607
Quartz Surfaces PMC1607

Creative lighting

Lighting plays a critical role in how quartz countertops are presented and perceived, detailing their natural beauty and unique characteristics. Using creative lighting can turn an ordinary space into an exceptional one as it helps highlight the rich textures and colors of quartz.

LED Under Cabinet Lights

An effective technique is to install LED under-cabinet lights that illuminate the countertop surface directly. This not only improves the functionality of the kitchen by providing additional lighting for cooking, but also creates a cozy feeling. A 2019 study found that 75% of homeowners consider undercabinet lighting essential to the aesthetics and functionality of a kitchen.

Centered Kitchen Island Lighting

Kitchen islands with quartz countertops can take great advantage of island lighting. Placing pendant lights or single track rails directly above the island will provide the lighting needed for cooking and socializing while accentuating the elegance of the countertop. This is especially true if the quartz is reflective.

Undercounter lighting in bathrooms

Given the critical impact of lighting in bathrooms, using LED strips around mirrors or under quartz countertops will reflect the luxury of the space. This technique will not only improve visibility but will also make colors and patterns stand out more, giving a clean and contemporary look.

Adjustable lights depending on the environment

The key is to install adjustable lighting systems that allow you to change the intensity and color of the lighting depending on the time of day or occasion. A quartz countertop in your living room that doubles as a bar can be as suitable for a family gathering as it is for a movie party. Commercial examples include cafes and restaurants that use lighting to make their quartz countertops more attractive and comfortable for customers.

Contrasting Grout Colors

Grout color selection can radically transform the appearance of quartz countertops, especially if contrasting colors are used to highlight the stone slabs and highlight the natural lines and shapes. Not only does it add visual depth but it also improves the overall design. Below are aspects to take into account and the situation in commercial establishments for this purpose.

Visual Effects in Modern Kitchens

A dark-colored grout on light quartz, or vice versa, makes a powerful visual impression in modern kitchen designs. For example, the combination of black grout on white quartz resonates with the clean lines and modern design of a well-conceived kitchen, providing not only a functional but very pleasant visual difference.

Durability and Color Maintenance

Grout color is not only a matter of style but also functionality. As read in a 2022 study, darker colors tend to hide dirt and stains better than lighter ones. The researchers also concluded that brighter grouts required cleaning more frequently, with dark grouts only needing 40% of the cleaning required based on lighter grouts.

Options for Stylish Bathrooms

For bathrooms, using contrasting colors of grout can not only highlight specific areas but can also give an attractive touch. Like a bathroom with beige colored quartz and dark brown colored grout that provides the warm and earthy feel of nature of the chosen stop for relaxation and decompression purposes.

Considerations When Selecting Colors

It is important to remember that not all aspects of kitchen lighting are the same and that changing the color of the grout alters the way they are perceived. An interior design study implemented in 2021 proposed that the buyer evaluate the grout samples in natural and artificial light to select one that matches the color of the quartz in any condition.

Edge Sculpture

Sculpting edges on quartz countertops is a technique that allows people to personalize and beautify them even further. Decoration can vary between a subtle angled style and an intricate wavy design. Customization can add aesthetic appeal, but it can also alter the functionality, safety of the countertop, and the perception of the kitchen's spaciousness. Some of the recommended styles are beveled, rounded or ogival.

By opting for a more rounded ogival edge instead of the standard 2028 quarter bevel, the negative effect of sharp corners and child protection is reduced. The light diffuser accentuated by the exterior curves gives the countertops and therefore the kitchen a larger appearance. The curved and smooth edges focus the light in a special way that creates this illusion.

Quartz Surfaces PMC1909
Quartz Surfaces PMC1909

Since curving quartz into an often intricate sua shape requires specialized tools and skills, one of the most common techniques for edge sculpting is CNC cutting. Such use of modern machinery ensures that cuts are as precise as possible and repeatable across multiple countertops. The process ensures that each product meets customer standards. Cleaning the edges tends to be a little more prone to residue, but it's as simple as wiping down non-sculpted materials with a soft cloth and nonabrasive cleaner.

Regular maintenance should not detract from the detail of the design. Beveled edges look great in residential kitchens and bathrooms as a safe and visually striking feature. A Las Vegas hotel boasts carefully sculpted quartz countertops in its massive lobby, delighting guests with the meticulous inlay done on the faucet.

About Panmin

PANMIN is an innovative manufacturer of artificial quartz slabs. PANMINQUARTZ® is man-made quartz surfaces from PANMIN, which can be applied in residential and commercial interior decoration including kitchen countertops, bathroom vanities and office table. 

Currently, we have three factories, two in China and one in Cambodia to provide sufficient services to our customers.

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