Using quartz surfaces in the kitchen


We've been busy getting our house ready to put on the market this week as we're planning to move in the new year. One of the things I'm most looking forward to in our new home is having a bigger kitchen. We designed our current kitchen really effectively when we originally installed it but we've always been short on space. Given the size constraints it actually works pretty well for us, but I rarely share it on Design Hunter because it's quite difficult to photograph.

Although we've yet to find our new home I'm already thinking about what our next kitchen might look like. Often with kitchen design it's the surface materials that add real wow factor, so in partnership with COMPAC, today's post focuses on quartz. Here are some of the reasons why I'm considering it for our next kitchen.


1. It's hard wearing and durable

COMPAC's technological quartz is made up of 95% natural quartz so it has the appearance and feel of natural quartz. Pigments and resins are added to this to create an 'engineered stone' that is both decorative and highly resistant to scratches and abrasions, ensuring that the surface will stand the test of time.


2. Quartz creates a luxurious decorative effect

It has a clean contemporary look that's perfect for creating a modern, luxe minimal feel.


3. It's low maintenance

Quartz is similar in appearance to marble, but much less upkeep is required to keep it looking good.


4. Quartz is hygienic

It's almost completely non-porous so dirt and moisture can't penetrate it, meaning surfaces stay germ free and are easy to clean. Just give them a wipe regularly with a neutral PH detergent, rinse with water and dry off with a cloth. This will ensure that they retain their natural appearance and brightness for years.


5. It's stain resistant

Because they are non porous COMPAC quartz surfaces are also resistant to stains from fats, oils and acids contained in food, so you don't need to worry about spilling red wine, curry or other foodstuffs on your kitchen surfaces.


6. It's available in a wide range of different design options

COMPAC quartz surfaces come in a range of different colours, design finishes and thicknesses.


COMPAC quartz samples | Design Hunter

The kitchen is an area where surfaces need to be practical and hard wearing so quartz is particularly suited to kitchen use as it won't mark as easily as marble. Its use isn't limited just to the kitchen though - you can use it on floors, walls and other interior surfaces too.

Of course with any surface the real test is seeing it up close for yourself, touching and examining it and trying it out against other colours and materials, so I've already started modboarding for our next project with some samples from COMPAC's new UNIQUE collection.

COMPAC quartz samples | Design Hunter

There are five different designs in the collection.

Unique Marquina is a beautiful black quartz with sinuous white veins. I'm often drawn to lighter surfaces and hadn't really considered black worktops but this has made me completely rethink the idea. Elegant and sophisticated it looks wonderful next to pale wood and would create a real impact.

COMPAC quartz samples

Unique Argento (shown below 2nd from the bottom in the pile of four samples) is a pale grey with darker flecks and white veins. Lighter finishes include Unique Venatino, a soft white with subtle pale grey veins, Unique Arabescato (similar but with slightly browner veins) and Unique Calacatta which is the purest white in the collection.

The quality is superb with a really premium look and feel - COMPAC quartz is beautiful but it's also durable, so it will stand the test of time.

If I had to sum up my design philosophy in a few words it would be 'keep things simple, focus on important details like surface finish and choose the best materials you can afford'. And this is the mantra I'll be keeping in mind when it comes to making decisions about our new kitchen.

This is a sponsored post in collaboration with COMPAC.