Going into our new build, white quartz was on the top of our “must have” list! Quartz offered up a look that I just couldn’t find with granite or other countertop surfaces. We ended up using a mix of three kinds of white quartz: Cambria Brittanicca, Arctic White quartz, and LG Viatera Minuet.
Setting our hearts on pretty white quartz seemed like the obvious choice, especially considering we lived with orange and brown granite for the last 7 years! We’ve had our white quartz for 2.5 years now in our custom-built home, so I am spilling all the details!
This post should be helpful for those planning a renovation or a new build… or just dreaming about some dazzling white countertops.
White Quartz Countertops: Is It Too Good To Be True?
A quick google search of quartz makes the stone sound like an overblown exaggeration. We read it was virtually impossible to scratch, more durable than granite, and no sealing ever! (Although, does anyone actually seal their granite yearly?)
Quartz is also nonporous, so it doesn’t hold onto bacteria from raw meat.
And another pro of being nonporous: even a bright white quartz countertop could stay white! We live messy lives… wine, coffee, sticky red slime… those are what our countertops see daily. Could it be true? I was bound and determined to get my hands on some white quartz!
Cambria Brittanicca on our Kitchen Island
We chose Cambria Brittannicca for our island. Brittanicca is a stunning quartz design that adds the “wow” factor because of its striking look. I was blown away the first time I saw it used in a kitchen!
Cambria Brittanicca has a white base with a lot of contrast, thick large veining splashed across it, and bold movement. It says “look at me, I’m so pretty and extroverted!”, but at the same time it’s not tacky or ostentatious. Brittanicca is your statement piece for the room. The white part of the quartz has soft gray undertones, and the veining is light to medium gray tones.
Our island was the ideal spot for Cambria Brittanicca. Generously sized at 9.7 x 4.3, it is large and in charge and needs a quartz that can keep up! The Brittanicca was perfect, and we added a 3″ mitered edge.
A mitered edge means the edge is 3″ thick, instead of 1.25″ like the perimeter countertops (the standard thickness). Don’t be fooled – the whole slab is not 3″. The 3″ side pieces are laminated on! This extra detail cost us just under $1500. Although this ate up more of our budget, it is a detail I don’t regret. It really pops, similar to a waterfall island. Those are details you look over!
I recommend making sure you are able to get countertops without a seam. This isn’t always possible but it could be worth shopping around to see if it’s possible.
I visited our fabricator to pick out the exact slab we wanted. The slabs at the yard were almost the identical size of the island, which made it easy. But of course, that also meant there wouldn’t be enough left over to use anywhere else in the house!
Honestly, I thought I would find various kinds of looks and really have to think it over. But I liked all of the Brittanicca slabs in the yard, and they were all kind of similar.
Arctic White Quartz On Our Perimeter Countertops, Viatera Minuet In Bathroom
The Brittanicca we used on the island is considered premium quartz. We saved a little by using Arctic White quartz (a less expensive quartz) on the perimeter countertops. Arctic White looks just like the name – a pure, solid white countertop. No speckling or veins. Although most of our cabinetry is white, this could look great matched with darker, moodier cabinets too!
Arctic White In Our Kitchen:
We continued the Arcitc White all through the house, in all the bathrooms too.
I wanted something special in our master bathroom though. I still wanted to use white quartz, but I wanted something different than the other bathrooms.
Viatera Minuet quartz somewhat mimics marble. We were able to find this top from a remnant. What a score! After move-in day, this made me giddy for months every time I walked in here.
The Verdict After 2.5 Years With White Quartz
Jury is out. We are still just as in love as day 1. I would use them again and again! Especially as trends go in and out (from white kitchens to dark!) white quartz has staying power. They looked great in the heyday of all white everything, and they look super on trend and stark contrast against a moody vanity. As a bonus, they also keep darker rooms from feeling too dark.
Aside from daily wiping up, we do nothing.
I don’t use anything in particular to clean it. A warm soapy rag. A cleaning wipe. Or a Norwex cloth. Whatever you use normally is fine. What I wouldn’t use is abrasive cleaners with bleach or anything like that. It’s just not necessary.
You will not have to seal quartz, ever.
As far as staining, we have no stains. Typically everything wipes right off. If something very red is left overnight, there might be a pink mark that is harder to get out. That is not the norm, just something that happens on occasion.
Sometimes certain things dragged on the counter leave little gray marks that need a Magic Eraser. Also not something that is the norm. If I’m not too lazy I’ll eventually buff them out.
I know this isn’t natural but I’ve used my beloved Shout Out (the laundry cleaner) on stubborn spots and they wipe right away. It is like magic and I love that stuff! But probably a better idea is something more natural, like a baking soda and water paste.
There was an incident shortly after move-in day when a dream crushing child wrote with permanent marker on the white quartz. I may have shed tears, thinking it was forever. We gave it several 10 minute soaks with rubbing alcohol and were able to lift all the ink.
After 2.5 Years, What I Love About Our Countertops
Because quartz is almost impossible to scratch, they still look new! (They can scratch, it’s just hard to do). Take it from me, mom of 4 over here.
I don’t baby the countertops or think twice about putting items down on the counter. My boys have a toothpaste problem and can’t not leave toothpaste all over their bathroom countertop.
We use our island heavily, and for everything- mainly, piling up all our crap (isn’t that what they are for?) But also homework, kids crafts, even using hot glue. The glue that piles up flecks right off after it’s dried. We can cut on them in a pinch, although I usually reach for our big cutting board. They seem indestructible.
They still look like the day we got them!
When you use a clean, minimal, white countertop, your kitchen will feel SO bright and fresh.
3 Other Kinds of White Quartz To Consider
1. Cambria Ella
Cambria Ella is hands down gorgeous. It gave me pause even though my heart was set on Cambria Brittanicca. If you have concerns Brittanicca is too bold, Ella is the compromise you are looking for. The veins are thinner, more delicate. Ella looks more like marble with the veining. The white in the quartz is luxe.
2. Calacatta White quartz
Similar to Calacatta Marble, but without the price tag. I don’t believe you should expect this to be a total dupe for marble, as quartz often looks like quartz, but it is nevertheless stunningly beautiful.
3. Torquay Cambria Quartz
Small light veining on Torquay makes it a crowd pleaser. Super clean looking!
Although I love the way the white quartz contrasts against dark floors, I really love how they look against light wood flooring! Read about our light hardwoods here.
All and all, it’s pretty clear I have nothing bad to say about white quartz. If we were ever to build again, I would use them again.
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