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Did you know that Calacatta quartz countertops, known for their stunning marble-like appearance, are actually made from one of the hardest minerals on Earth? This blend of beauty and strength makes them a top choice for both kitchens and bathrooms.
Let’s take a look at our new countertops and how to choose the best countertop for your kitchen. I’ll take you through my visit to the counter store and which quartz styles were my favorites.
Shopping for a new countertop is definitely overwhelming!
I started my quest for a new countertop by visiting Discover Surfaces, a local stone surface fabrication company.
All of the quartz countertops I am sharing today were fabricated and installed by Discover! Keep reading, I’m going to hook you up with a link to their site and contact person towards the end of the post.
They have hundreds of stone slabs on-site which gave me the opportunity to view colors and textures.
Calacatta quartz is crafted by blending ground quartz with binders and pigments, forming it into slabs.
These manufactured slabs are then shaped and polished to achieve a sleek, refined finish, lending a luxurious feel to kitchens and bathrooms.
Calacatta quartz mimics the distinct look of Calacatta marble which is a natural stone, featuring a bright white hue with striking grey to gold veining.
When I compared Calacatta quartz with natural quartz options like Calacatta marble, the benefits became clear.
The non-porous surface of quartz means better stain resistance and easier maintenance, which is crucial for a busy kitchen.
Remember, while quartz is heat resistant, it can still be damaged by placing a hot pan directly on it.
Calacatta Quartz Colors
Choosing a style and color was a tough decision!
Picking a countertop color can be overwhelming but if you have a budget in mind, you can check your local store prices which will most likely narrow down your selection process.
When I visited Discover Surfaces, we narrowed down 4 quartz countertop color options.
Calacatta Marcella Quartz
Marcella is the quartz we chose for our kitchen and it’s the perfect neutral white with large grey veining.
One of the things I love about Cosmos Calacatta Marcella is that it’s affordable and has a similar look to Brittanicca Quartz by Cambria.
Brittanicca has a thick wavy veining and very pricey. Marcella is a great alternative if staying on budget is important.
Below is a picture of Callacatta Marcella countertop in our newly remodeled kitchen.
You will also notice we installed a full height quartz backsplash and custom farmer sink in the Maracella too.
If you like the look of a thick and thin combination of grey veining, take a look at Marcella!
Calacatta Sponda Quartz
Sponda is another Calacatta quartz by Cosmos that we have used in a few homes that Jim has renovated and has similar grey veining but not has thick as Marcella. It’s also a little more busy looking as well, if that makes sense!
We installed calacatta sponda at the split level house kitchen remodel and it came out great!
One thing to note when picking a stone countertop, every slab will look different. For example, the image below shows less veining than the slab above. This is because no stone is exactly the same!
Here is an up close image of the Sponda countertop below and it looks great with a white subway tile backsplash in a herringbone design.
The platinum grout ties in the grey veining perfectly on the countertop.
Calacatta Luna Quartz
Calacatta luna is a quartz countertop with a very faint veining with more of a solid white quartz look. If you are not a fan of heavy veins or a busy looking design, Luna by Cosmos may work for you!
The kitchen below is a recent custom build home Jim completed a few months ago and I love the simplicity of the countertop and backsplash.
I love the grey dainty veining and subtle grey textured look.
Calacatta Luna is a beautiful match for navy and white kitchen cabinets. You truly can’t go wrong with this design!
Calacatta Artemis Quartz
This quartz countertop by Cosmos originates from Italy and is the deepest color grey veining of the group I looked at. It was a close 2nd to the Marcella that I picked but ultimately decided for a less bold look.
Calacatta Sierra Quartz
Calacatta Seirra is a cool white tone with a thin light grey veining.
I loved this style as well but it looked like lighting bolts to me so I was not sure if it would be too much between the countertop and backsplash.
If you are local, head to Discover Surfaces and meet Ben – be sure to tell him I sent you!
He can show you the styles of calacatta quartz and explain the differences between stone countertops, natural marbles and most importantly, find you a counter in your budget.
Be sure to check out our full kitchen model and see before and after pictures by clicking through this post, grey kitchen cabinets with white quartz countertops and how to find a contractor for a kitchen remodel if you are about to embark on a kitchen renovation!
Is Calacatta Quartz More Expensive?
One of the first questions I asked was the price of Calacatta quartz.
Yes, it’s true that Calacatta quartz can be pricier than other quartz stones, but for a good reason.
Calacatta quartz has the beauty of marble but not the price tag.
Calacatta quartz is middle of the road as far as a price point goes with Cambria Brittanica quartz being on the high end.
For those of you wondering about the differences between marble and quartz, marble is a natural stone which requires more maintenance and is more susceptible to staining.
Typically you would find marbe on bathroom vanity tops, not kitchen countertops.
Quartz, on the other hand, offers the look of luxurious marble without the high maintenance. If you are looking for a maintenance-free quartz, check out one of the 4 I mentioned above!
Is Calacatta Quartz Good Quality?
Absolutely! My personal experience with Calacatta quartz countertops has been nothing short of amazing. So far it’s been easy maintenance!
They’re not only a good choice for their aesthetic appeal but also for their robustness. Whether it’s resisting scratches or dealing with daily wear and tear, the durability of quartz stands out.
Quartz Countertop Considerations
Calacatta quartz offers a luxurious feel with unique veining patterns in shades of gold or grey. If you are looking for clean whites and a marble look, then Calcatta quartz is for you!
Waterfall islands are special kitchen islands where the countertop goes over the top and down the sides, like a waterfall. This makes the kitchen look really fancy and unique.
Consider your kitchen’s overall design and lighting when choosing. The slab thickness and vein patterns can dramatically alter the look, so pick one that complements your space.
More Kitchen Cabinet Posts
I have lots of posts from our own kitchen renovation to help you get the perfect finish on your kitchen cabinets! Check out these resources to simplify your project & answer your burning questions.
- Grey kitchen cabinets with white quartz countertops (before and after)
- Best kitchen cabinet paint
- How to Paint Kitchen Cabinets Professionally
- Best DIY Paint Sprayer for Your Kitchen Remodel
- How many coats of paint should you do when painting kitchen cabinets
- Best grey kitchen cabinet paint colors
- How Much Does It Cost To Paint Kitchen Cabinets
- Updating A Kitchen Without Removing Cabinets
- How to choose kitchen cabinet hardware to match decor
- Mindful Gray Paint Cabinet Review
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