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Quartz Splashback for the kitchen – Is it worth purchasing?

Kitchen Splashbacks – Why are they so important?

When we design our perfect kitchen, when we opt for the right cabinets, the worktops and flooring, we never forget to actually consider what should go on the walls. Indeed, most of the walls will be covered with paint, but what of the wall behind our sink/hob? These ought to always be covered with something other than a bare wall – something more durable. After all, we need to bear in mind that these segments will be constantly subject to liquid splashing. Whether it is grease or oil bouncing from your hot pan, or the water glancing off the dishes in your sink. What you need, in this situation, is a glass/acrylic or quartz splashback.

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The point is, the walls behind the sink/hob or cooker are continuously exposed to danger, and a wall covered with mere paint will not last long, and will need scraping/repainting within weeks. You need something stronger, something smooth and resistant that will withstand the scrubbing of your sponge, constant humidity or seething oil – in the end, you don’t want to be scraping the flaking paint off every time it comes to a clean.

That’s where the splashbacks come in – and as someone who owns one, I can guarantee that they are worth every penny. Not only will they save you cleaning time, they will also protect the wall, and most even embellish the kitchen! Their aesthetics can fantastically conform with the worktops or the cabinets!

Kitchen Splashbacks – What are the most popular choices available on the market? 

Glass Splashback 

These splashbacks have been commonly implemented into many households across the UK. They are reasonably priced, can come in various colours and are, of course, glossed. You can also purchase them in clear, therefore if you like the colour of your walls, now you can achieve just that. Many companies also offer them in vast thicknesses. The cool quality of these products, is that you can integrate virtually any image within them. A great example I found recently, is in one of my friends’ house – he purchased glass splashbacks but he had them done in an image of bricks. As a result, it looked as though his splashback wall was covered with nothing more but raw bricks. It was a fantastic effect, really cheating the eyes.

The only downfall to these products is that they can be easily damaged. It doesn’t occur very often, but if your pan slides out of your hand or you drop a mug and a ceramic shard hits the splashback, they can break – especially the thinner sizes.

Acrylic Splashback 

Acrylic Splashbacks are essentially products made out of plastic. They are durable and come in a wide palette of shades – therefore pairing them up with your cabinets or worktops is not a problem. Just like their glass equivalents, they are very hygenic, and all they require is a simple swipe with cloth to get off the dirt. They even leave behind less smudges than the glass products, so you don’t need special glass-cleaning detergents.

But above everything else, the production/fitting of these products is not laborious, compared to glass splashbacks, so not only you’ll be waiting less time for creation of custom-made acrylic splashbacks, but due to their light nature, you could have them fitted in an hour. This cannot be said for glass splashbacks, which require extensive man-power, carefulness and a lot of patience to install. From what I’ve read, the longest glass splashback installations for the bigger kitchens can last up to 3-4 hours.

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Another benefit of these products is that they can be amended at any point, if a need arises. So, if you suddenly decide that you’d like a cut-out for some plug sockets, it’s very much doable. Of course, you’d still have to ask for the service of specialist,  but it will take them very little time. A glass, in this circumstance would shatter. Once a glass splashback is in place, not much else can be done to ammend it.

In terms of price, they are much cheaper than glass splashbacks – but this depends entirely on the manufacturers and your bespoke demands.

Quartz Splashback 

Now, despite the above mentioned splashbacks having a lot of great qualities, there is one kind that we cannot recommend enough – a quartz splashback.

These products dominate on the present splashback market. I own one myself,  and after learning the benefits of these products I swapped my old acrylic for this one. But why are they so special? The reasons are many!

    1. A quartz splashback is more resistant and long lasting than glass or acrylics. Because of their quartz + resin blend, they are virtually indestructible. This isn’t just beneficial for accidental impact damage . . . no, these products will outlast glass or acrylic in terms of general longevity. When making research about the nature of quartz splashback, I reached out to a company called Polish Granite who sell these products on a weekly basis. They enlightened us that some of their earliest customers have purchased quartz splashbacks along with quartz worktops, and 14 years later they still remain in pristine condition. This cannot be said for glass or acrylic, which naturally degrade over time, de-colour, scratch or break.
    2. Contrary to belief, a quartz splashback does not fade in colour. Indeed! It’s properties are so well matched that the product will outlive your entire kitchen, and still retain its original hues or patterns.quartz splashback
    3. You can match a quartz splashback with your existing quartz worktop. That’s right, thanks to these products you can now create a seamless whole i.e. make it seem that your worktop essentially climbs up your wall! It’s often believed that because of its weight, a quartz splashback cannot breach a size of more than approx 80cm x 90cm – that’s absolute nonsense! The current trend is to cover the whole wall with the same product as your worktop. See the picture above of a full quartz splashback, which displays my point. Doesn’t it look great? You can finally get a product that’s made of exact same material as your main worktops. It looks seamless, it looks smooth and above all it’s fashionable. Many celebrities, architectures or interior designers opt for this solution in this day and age. It’s an unparalleled effect that cannot be gained with glass or acrylic – unless of course, you get worktops from that same products, which would be highly unpractical.
    4. They too can be amended at any point. So, if all of a sudden you require the whole piece cutting, or desire a socket put in place, that can easily be done. But once more, professionals will need to be involved who arrive at your property with special saws and grinding tools.
    5. Another positive point to mention is that they can be contrasted with your worktops. There are vast quartz varieties out there, so you can mix and match whatever you like. For example, you can choose the Calacatta White marble-lookalike worktops, but then opt for Nero Marquina splashbacks (it’s essentially calacatta veiny design, but in black) which will create a fantastic contrast.

Now, the only minor issues to these products are the following:

A quartz splashback is quite heavy, and it’s installation will require some time + at least 2-3 men. But worry not, I ordered mine along with the new quartz worktops, and the fitters installed everything in a matter of hours. So as long as you choose a reliable company, you don’t need to worry about time spent on fitting.

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Another minor drawback is that they can be more expensive than the glass or acrylic counterparts. But hey, if you’re going to pay £100 more for a product that will outlive glass/acrylic by two decades, then surely it’s money well spent? Think of it as an investment.

So, that’s all we have for today in terms of splashbacks. It may seem that I’m a little biased towards quartz, but I owned 2/3 of these splashback solutions. I also delt with glass ones when renting a flat during university, and did a lot of research to prepare for this topic. Trust me when I say this, nothing can equate to the great qualities of quartz splashbacks.

If you think that none of these suit your agenda, you can always opt for tiles! They have the same function as splashbacks, but are very time consuming to implement, and may cost even as much as a quartz splashback – depending on the type and theme you choose. Nonetheless, in case you want to indulge more in this subject, I’m attaching a link to an article we posted a while back on practical tips related to tiling: Tiles Practical Tips

I hope this guideline has been helpful! Please comment down below which splashback variety is your favourite. Likewise, if you have any questions regarding each type, don’t hesitate to ask.

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How Much Do Ceramic Worktops Cost?

Have you ever wondered whether price for ceramic worktops exceeds that of granit and quartz?

Although all furniture in the kitchen must be made of high quality materials, a worktop should have the highest resistance. After all, we work on them almost every day, preparing meals, coffee, pouring drinks etc. Currently, various materials are used in the production of kitchen worktops, but ceramics deserve special attention. But how much do these sophisticated ceramic worktops cost?

Ceramic worktops for kitchens

Among all the materials used in the production of laboratory worktops, ceramics is considered the best. Ceramic worktops are suitable for the most extreme conditions, with excellent resistance to chemical cleaning products and very high temperatures.

The lack of sensitivity to chemicals makes it possible not only to work freely in the kitchen, but also to maintain a high level of hygiene in the worktop. Ceramics is a non-absorbent material, therefore it is easy to remove any dirt and discolouration from its surface. What is important, even prolonged contact with cleaning agents does not change the structure of the worktop surface.

Ceramic worktops cost – can the great functionality and interior fit excuse the price?

The kitchen worktop made of ceramic tiles offers many possibilities of colour and pattern combinations. A wide range of colours allows you to create a variety of design effects, such as harmonious adjustment to the rest of the kitchen equipment or the combination of individual elements on the basis of contrast. Depending on our preferences, we can also opt for a matt or glossy finish. However, high aesthetic values are not the only advantages of ceramic worktops. They are easy to clean and care for and resistant to scratches that occur during everyday use of the equipment.ceramic worktops cost

Appropriate dimensions will make the worktop functional and the preparation of meals on it – comfortable. Its width should be about 60 cm and its length should be 80 cm. You can also adjust the ceramic worktop to your height, determining its height 15 cm below the crook of the elbow.

So, how much do ceramic worktops cost?

In order to receive a near exact price for ceramic worktops cost, you would have to contact specialists. I highly recommend Polish Granite LTD. I’ve corresponded with them before regarding many stone worktops and they’ve been very helpful, but most of all, informative. Their knowledge is great and they are the true experts when it comes to price. I would say it all depends entirely on the type and size of your kitchen, the material you choose and your specific demands.

Ceramic materials are industrially manufactured, but unlike quartz, ceramic worktops are 100% natural. The production process of ceramic worktops is more complex and time-consuming, resulting in higher prices. As a result, the ceramic worktops cost can be really steep. The following page is a blog that Polish Granite released of late. It is a step-by-step guide to their Online Quote calculator which in a matter of 5 minutes can generate your ceramic worktops price. I think having a go at this will be able to define your question, because like I mentioned above, it all depends on the material you choose and the size of your individual kitchen.ceramic worktops cost

As a general rule of thumb though, ceramic worktops usually start at 350 pounds per square meter, so they are about 20% more expensive than granite or quartz worktops. Please note, however, that the prices of materials are subject to constant fluctuations, so it is advisable either to contact the kitchen worktop manufacturer or suppliers directly, and enquire about the correct prices.

Choosing the right kitchen worktop has a huge impact on the comfort of daily use of this space, but also on the aesthetic reception of the interior. Ceramic worktops, which are characterised by high resistance to scratches, stains and high temperatures, are becoming more and more popular. Their final price and properties depend, however, on the selected tiles, the quality of workmanship and the finish of the entire worktop.

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Granite worktops online quote

Granite worktops online quote – the most important benefits

Have you renovated your kitchen and decided to replace your old worktop with a new one made of natural stone? It’s a great idea! However, before the moment of its installation, you must first place an order for its execution. In order to do this, you should contact the stone company and present the details of the project so that it can evaluate the implementation of the order. A great solution is also granite worktops online quote. This is an excellent option, which will give you an idea of the estimated costs of the product, but not only. Why is it still worth to use it? You will find the answer in the further part of the text.

Granite worktops online quote – the best advantages of the solution:

  • Convenience – in order to know the approximate price of worktops you don’t have to leave the house. Just sit in front of the computer and go through the next steps of the valuation. The wizard is very intuitive. All you have to do is to indicate the product parameters by selecting them from the given information. Easily, quickly and comfortably.
  • Saving time – sending a dozen or several dozen inquiries with a request for valuation of the project may take a lot of time. Therefore, if you want to save it, use the granite worktops online quote. You will find all the information in one place. In addition, you will be able to compare the prices of products made of different materials, and this will give you more choice and make it easier to make the final decision, especially if you have a limited budget.
  • Variety of colours – in the application for table tops pricing there are photos of particular materials, so you do not have to choose them blindly or search the photo database on the Internet to find out what shade of stone is hidden under a given name. This is a great help, especially if you don’t have much knowledge of the subject. Photos will also make it easier for you to match the shade to your interior design, because you have to remember that worktops are an integral part of the whole composition, so they have to harmonize with the style of the room and the color of walls, floor and furniture.
  • You will know the costs – using a valuation tool will allow you to determine the estimated cost of making worktops from different varieties of granite. You will be able to compare the amounts obtained and on their basis decide which products meet your requirements and fall within the price range you have set.
  • Huge knowledge base – using the granite worktops online quote you will learn what information and technical parameters should be given when placing an order. Thanks to this you will not forget about anything and gain knowledge, which may prove useful in the future (e.g. when placing another order or advising friends on the selection of work surfaces in the kitchen).

As you can see, the benefits of granite worktops online quote is quite a lot, so it is worth using this solution. However, bear in mind that the results obtained through the application are only approximate. Therefore, in order to get to know more precise costs of order execution and possible assembly, it is necessary to contact an employee of the company, who will take into account all aspects and on the basis of their analysis will prepare an estimate of the cost of the service.

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Grey quartz worktops – your choice matters

Grey quartz worktops – choose yourself

The market offering kitchen products, like worktops or cabinets is full to the brim. There are so many offers, so many possible choices that sometimes you can simply feel too overwhelmed and exhausted. So you give up and leave the choice to others. You hire architects, house interior designers, design specialists or sometimes you leave the choice with given products suppliers. You just enter, let’s say, granite supplier and let them decide what suits best your kitchen or bathroom. It’s a wasted opportunity for you to stand up for yourself. After all, it’s your house that needs to be furnished, no one else’s. The fact of making choices yourself is extremely important when it comes to kitchen worktops. Kitchen worktops are basically the essence of your kitchen and therefore, they need to be chosen properly and with great care. You don’t want your kitchen worktop to stand out and look awkward like out of place. This can happen when you let others decide what’s best for you. Even the highest quality top of the shelf worktop won’t do if it’s out of place and doesn’t fit in with the general kitchen atmosphere.

Grey quartz worktops – think ahead

Let’s consider the above on the specific example. Let’s say you choose grey quartz worktop. You choose it because you like, and not because somebody has recommended it to you. But these aren’t the only reasons. You choose it really carefully and with great caution. You are prepared. You know what are quartz qualities. Quartz is known for its very high durability and resistance to variety of kitchen specific harmful factors like heat, humidity, impacts etc. Since, you know so much, it’s no surprise that you’re also aware  that quartz is an engineered stone and as such comes in every imaginable color. You choose grey quartz worktop not only because you like grey color, but also because you can imagine grey worktop sitting in the middle of your white washed modern day kitchen. You are deeply convinced and know that this worktop will work fine with your modern stainless cabinets and appliances. You decide to have it highly polished with clean edges – they will work well with smooth lines of your kitchen. Can you see it? Can you imagine someone else making this choice for you? Do they know your kitchen as you do, can they feel its mood? Of course, they can visit and have a look at your kitchen, they can give good advice, but they will never be able to convince you that it’s a good choice unless you let them. The final decision must always be yours.

Quartz starlight

Quartz starlight – have the sky come to you

Quartz starlight colors

Quartz starlight colors are stunning. The term basically refers to type of quartz colors with sparkles. The effect is created by careful engineering. Quartz color is enhanced with shiny elements. So called starlight versions are available in wide range of colors. Nothing is the limit here. Any quartz color can be successfully enhanced with shine particles. Just imagine a deep black slab with shiny particles. It reminds of night sky with stars shining above. Similarly with deep blue sparkly slab, which brings to mind image of an ocean at sunny midday. Now, it all depends on you what color suits you best.

Quartz starlight – have the sky come to you

Interesting idea is to furnish your kitchen with deep blue starlight quartz worktop. Choose a very intense shade with many sparkles. Don’t be afraid. Just imagine the following. The kitchen is not very big, but it’s not very small either. In the middle there is a kitchen island. The worktop is made of starlight blue quartz. It’s carefully polished and full of clean cut lines. There’s only little space for tap, sink and little work surface. There are no chairs around, no extra spaces to accommodate any other business thAn washing and preparing food. The worktop is set in wood. The island is surrounded by wooden cabinets. All the appliances are hidden. There are two windows. The kitchen is bright with natural light. The worktop’s sparkles come instantly to life when sun beams touch them. In of the corners there are a few intensely green plants. The leaves are pretty huge and beckoning. Can you imagine a kitchen like that? It’s just one of the examples how to make the sky come to your house. Starlight blues can make it happen.

The possibilities here are endless. Quartz is an attractive material to choose when furnishing your house. Although, it’s not 100% natural it can really set off your house. Starlight colors are not the only choice here. Just think of quartz slabs with many irregular grains visible beneath and a line of golden veining circling around.

Quartz oasis

Quartz oasis – where to find it

Colors of quartz

Quartz colors are amazing. The spectrum varies from deepest black to pure pearly white. They can shine and have a very high gloss or they can be completely mat without any sparkles, They can also be more or less uniform or varied with irregular patches of crystals or unusual veining. Interestingly, very often their beauty results not form pure nature but careful engineering and processing. Remember, however, that engineered does not mean that colors are taken out of the blue and totally changed. They are only a little manipulated and enhanced. Colors of quartz depend also on the methods of polishing. This is not only the issue of gloss or mat, but the case of colors’ intensity and quartz structure.

Quartz oasis – where can it take us

Term quartz oasis may sound pretty strange. First associations are connected with oasis, a peaceful haven somewhere on a ruthless desert filled with life giving water. Imagine the sand all around you, sun is mercilessly beating down and everything seems lost. Then suddenly, somewhere in the middle of this cruel place there is an oasis, still surrounded and abundant in sand but with a little spring underneath the greenest palm tree you’ve ever seen. And to be completely peaceful, just look up at the blue as the midday ocean sky. Uniform and unmoving. Sounds too picturesque or fake? It may be but it doesn’t matter. That’s the basic picture that  comes to people’s minds when they hear the word oasis. Of course only to those who have never seen real desert. That’s explained but what about quartz, how does it fit here?

First of all, quartz is present in the grains of sand. The phrase quartz oasis is, therefore a real thing. It’s quartz’s kingdom. But quartz oasis is simultaneously something else. It’s simply one of the names of quartz colors. The name is rich and intense. It brings a lot of meaning. Quartz oasis in a way encompasses all the above described oasis with it stunning beauty and the sound of sand crunching beneath your feet. It’s the color of sand with its irregular grains, something between white and gold. Full of gloss and sparkles. The color is perfect for fitting traditional as well as contemporary interiors.

Quartz uses

Quartz uses – curious facts

Quartz – what is it

Quartz is a mineral composed of oxygen and silicon. After feldspar quartz is the second most commonly found mineral in the world. There is variety of quartz types, there are even some precious gemstones. It’s name derives from the German word and stands for hard. Quartz is known for its high durability and resistance to many harmful factors. Because of that quartz has found multiple applications in building and construction. Today quartz uses are for example: bathroom and kitchen worktops (to learn more see www,) walls and flooring, jewellery and sculpture.

Quartz uses – what many people heard of but hardly know

Firstly, let’s have a look at technological quartz uses. Quartz contains silicon and is therefore used to make many computer parts. It’s widely used in modern computer technology. Mostly it can be found in computer chips. Quartz is also found in clocks. Quartz is used there to create a signal with very precise frequency to regulate the electronic oscillator. Basically, instead of pendulum or moving balance wheel it’s the quartz crystal that regulates the gear inside. In other words the quartz is there to keep time. Another, too many surprising, use is in the window glass, since it is transparent and durable it is often used in industrial buildings window panes.

Then, there are also more intangible applications connected with the mineral’s energy. Quartz is believed to have a few magical powers. It’s inner energy can boost the growth in your garden. If you are experiencing trouble in your plants growth simply bury the quartz crystal in the appropriate place in the ground and wait for the results. Quartz can also help you in your spiritual growth, just get yourself a piece of crystal or jewellery with this stone and keep it close.

Quartz – what about the future

Since quartz is a mineral naturally formed underground and currently abundant it’s rather unlikely that someday we will run out of its sources. With fast advancing technology and the progress in science it is always possible to find new deposits. Therefore, there is little to worry about. What is important however, is not whether we will run out of the quartz any time soon but rather what can quartz uses in the coming future be?
Computers and technology is definitely an area where quartz will always have its place. With the fast dynamics of information technology and unique quartz qualities there certainly will be many application for quartz. Another promising area is building and construction industry. Engineered quartz surface are already gaining momentum. One thing is certain, with so many interesting features quartz will definitely find its use.

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Refresh your kitchen with quartz countertops

Are going to update your kitchen design? Would you like to change something what will improve the general look of your kitchen? If the answers are “yes”, then you should definitely consider the installation of new countertops. Of course it depends on condition of the countertops you already have, but this would be a big and useful change.

Countertops are not only decorative part of your cabinetry, but in the first place, they should be practical. In this way, we recommend choosing some durable and beautiful material as quartz. Why should you go for it? There are presented several simple and justifiable reasons why we should form a friendship with quartz countertops. We can also assure you that this will be long-lasting friendship which will stand a lot of hardships. First of all, Quartz is even more durable than the most commonly used natural stones like granite, marble or soap stone.

According to Mohs hardness mineral scale, quartz takes the forth place in the list of ten 10 the hardest materials. Only, diamonds, sapphire and topaz are harder than quartz. In addition, unlike granite or marble, quartz requires no sealing or polishing. It is even resistant to staining from wine, coffee or oil. If something spills, you will clean easily just with a mild dish-soap diluted in warm water.Rinse it with water and dry with a soft cloth. Thanks to its resistance and durability, it is always smooth and glossy.

Moreover, quartz is available in various colours, so undoubtedly, you will find something the most suitable for your cabinetry and the style of your kitchen. It is also non-porous, so there are no conditions for bacteria to grow. However, to be virtually bacteria-free, quartz countertop should be cleaned on a regular basis.Once you have decided upon a colour, then you should also decide on the edge profile of your quartz countertops, for instance, the bevel edge, the straight east edge, the ogee edge, and the round bullnose edge.  Furthermore, there is also possible to use quartz in backsplash or even to cover the walls. They will be really practical, as you can clean from such surfaces absolutely anything with the great ease.

Although quartz is very hard and durable, we recommend not using abrasive or harsh scouring powders on it. In addition, avoid leavinghot potsdirectly on the surface. It is much better to use a trivet or just a simple pad. Theoretically, you can cut something on the quartz surface, but it will dull your knife. Nevertheless, quartz is very a beautiful and expensive material, so do not use it as a cutting board. We would like to pay your attention to the relation between color and dust: the more dark the surface is, the more visible all dust and stain are on it. Because of this reason, light and multi-colours countertops are more practical. Beautiful and functional – quartz is undoubtedly on of the best options for any kitchen. If you try it, you will love it.

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Quartz worktops and their greatest advantages

Quartz worktops and their greatest advantages

It may seem that when you are searching for a high quality kitchen worktop, a natural stone is the only option for you. On the contrary! Stonemasons and workshop manufacturers also offer splendid quartz worktops which are as good as granite ones. How are they made and what are they best features? Read on to know more.

Quartz worktops – what are they made of

To create a conglomerate (another name for quartz) worktops a crushed granite, marble, resin with hues added are mixed. The whole process requires high temperatures which harden the whole structure. What is worth mentioning is the fact that quartz worktops can be made with polished or matte finishing. The structure of such worktop can be smooth or have a unique pattern – it all depends on the specific order and the type of interior you want to fit the whole thing in.

Advantages of conglomerate worktops

Now you know what a quartz worktop is, but why are they so great? First of all, their weight is one of the biggest pros. They are about 20% lighter than those made of natural stone. Thus, the transport and installation process is easier and cheaper. One of the biggest advantages is the price – quartz worktops are much less expensive than granite ones, yet they are as durable, resistant and beautiful as their natural counterparts. Due to the fact that the surface of such worktop is smooth, any stains and dirt cannot penetrate the structure, which makes a quartz worktop very easy to clean. You jsut need a damp cloth and polish the whole surface with soft one till it dries.

In addition, the conglomerate is resistant to high temperatures. Not as granite, unfortunately, but nevertheless, you don’t have to worry about it too much. Just don’t put extra hot pots on it. It can also be scratched or dented of course, but such damage is easy to remove – usually you just have to polish it. Moreover, quartz worktops do not absorb any smell and are much warmer than granite ones, as they are able to cumulate heat from their surroundings. They are not flammable and very resistant to chemicals. Additionally, the structure is slightly bendable and elastic, so it won’t break so easily. Furthermore, the conglomerate worktops can be connected without welding, so you can create many interesting shapes without damaging the surface and you can even repair it without much hassle. Thus, quartz worktops can last for years and stay beautiful for a lifetime.

In the end it is also worth adding that quartz worktops look as exclusive and elite as natural stoner worktops. They will look good in any interior and thanks to the huge variety of available colors they can be matched with any design. As such, a choice of a quartz worktop is simply a good idea.