Granite or Quartz for Kitchen Worktops? 5 New Trends for 2021

Granite and quartz have been the most popular materials for kitchen worktops and countertops in the last decade, and they continue to be at the beginning of this one. Choosing between one or the other can be a tough decision because they are both great materials. They have some similarities, but also a few very different characteristics and in the end, it is just the question which one suits your needs the best. When it comes to trends in kitchen design for 2021, we expect to see some interesting changes.

1. Eco-friendly materials

Materials that can be recycled or reused are the future. Many homeowners are thinking more and more about the footprint they leave on the planet. Quartz is easier to recycle because it is already a manufactured stone. Studies are showing that granite can be also recycled, but it is not a common practice. Granite is more frequently resold and reused. Both materials are very long-lasting and you will not have to replace them for many years. However, quartz beats granite in this category because it can be recycled more easily.

2. Dark colours

Dark colours like dark grey or charcoal are continuing to be the most popular colour choices for kitchens. They are most frequently combined with light-toned furniture, hence creating a perfect balance between light and dark. Darker colours tend to look more luxurious and sophisticated. Both materials have a variety of dark colours, it is just the question which one you like the best. Browse our wide range of stone colours from top brands.

3. Simpler patterns

Rich patterns are a thing of past. Nowadays, simpler patterns like subtle veining or granulation are more trendy. Quartz, as a manufactured product, has a bigger variety of patterns. When it is produced, the pigments are added to make patterns or change colour. You will have better chances of finding simple patterns in its colour range. 

4. Green and blue

Navy blue and forest green are the most sought-after non-neutral colours. They are the best substitute for dark grey worktops if you still want a dark colour, but with a different tone. They pair well with beige or white cabinets. 

Blue and green colours are easier to find in granite’s range. In fact, blue and green granite is not so rare in nature. 

5. Monochromatic kitchens

This trend is in opposition to the second mentioned, but it is a great alternative for those of you who don’t like such high contrast. Kitchens that have similarly toned countertops and cabinets are looking sophisticated and finished. If you need just to replace the worktops, going monochrome is the safest choice.

Both materials can be great options for monochromatic kitchens as they have wide colour ranges.

In conclusion, both materials are continuing to be the most popular for kitchen worktops. Depending on the trend, you may want to go for one or the other, but you will not make a mistake by choosing either one of them.  Need more help choosing between quartz and granite for your kitchen worktops? Please feel free to contact us and we will be happy to help.


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