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Black Quartz Countertops (Design Ideas)

Black quartz countertops are a sophisticated, timeless feature for your kitchen design.
Contemporary kitchen with black quartz countertop island, white quartz and white cabinets Your kitchen is the heart of the home, and finding a countertop solution that is durable, low maintenance, easy to clean and looks impressive can be a challenge. The black quartz countertop ticks all of the above, and more. Let’s take a look at what makes this design feature so desirable, and the range of unique finishes available.

Quartz is an engineered stone, which means that unlike its natural stone counterpart it comprises of a variety of different materials including natural stone, granite and marble. It is completely unique. It’s also one of the hardest natural materials out there. The stone is heat and moisture resistant, won’t scratch, is hard wearing and doesn’t need too much attention to keep it looking its best. A simple solution of soap and warm water is all that’s required for cleaning.

The sleek, contemporary lines of black quartz countertops give it a timeless feel. Not to mention it’s black. A modern, statement shade that will always look stunning. Now for the exciting bit as we delve into a few of the many finishes of the black quartz countertop.

Kitchen with white cabinets black and white quartz countertop waterfall island

Matte Black Quartz Countertops

Modern kitchen with matte black quartz countertops light brown cabinets and pendant lights Also referred to as ‘honed’ quartz, the matte finish on this style of countertop lacks the shine of its glossier equivalent. The quartz is ground down to create a smooth, consistent surface with minimal reflection. Perfect if you’re aiming to create a cool and comfortable space where the light doesn’t bounce off all surfaces.

To create the matte finish, the natural polish found on quartz is removed, resulting in the stone appearing lighter, yet still retaining its original look just without the extra shine! The matte finish is ideal for hiding any sneaky fingerprints and smudges.

Modern kitchen with matte black quartz countertop and white cabinets Modern kitchen with matte black quartz island

Glossy Quartz Countertops

Kitchen with glossy black quartz countertops white cabinets This ‘glossier’ option continues to be hugely popular, and it’s not hard to see why. The key feature of this choice of finish is its light reflecting properties, making the kitchen feel brighter and more spacious. If you’re already feeling concerned about the level of shine – fear not. The finish comes in several tiers of ‘glossy’ which range from 0-100%, with the options at the top of the scale resembling a mirrored feel. Worth knowing as you consider your choices. Like the matte option, this finish is also pretty good at hiding those inevitable kitchen smears.

Small l shaped kitchen with gloss black quartz countertops Small kitchen with gloss black quartz countertops

Black and White Quartz Countertops

J shaped kitchen with black and white quartz countertops and dark brown cabinets Black and white as a color combination will always be a classic. A hit for the kitchen interiors of the ‘80s, this color combo still remains a modern option today.

Whilst the use of quartz wasn’t as popular in the 80s, designers have cleverly incorporated this stone alongside the black and white color scheme into 21st century kitchens. And there’s a variety of options to choose from, depending on the ratio of each color featured. With a look similar to granite, a black and white quartz countertop can match a wide variety of design styles. Read more about quartz vs granite here.

Does your dream countertop consist of a speckled black and white effect, with both colors represented in equal measure?

Perhaps you’ve been inspired by a contemporary kitchen island – all black, with a lightning strike of white running through it, or a white island – with a hint of black running through it? The black and white quartz veined options would be worth looking into.

Kitchen with black and white quartz countertops This kitchen island looks dramatic with its black quartz with white stringers waterfall island

Black and Gold Quartz Countertops

Kitchen with black and gold quartz countertops and white cabinets If you want your kitchen to be bold, then this is the choice for you. Black and gold as a color combination is quite simply, cool. Similar to the black and white quartz countertop option, the ratio of black and gold is what will make the difference between a statement countertop, or a more subtle one. Regardless of how much gold you’re brave enough to feature, this option is an edgy, sophisticated finish that’s bound to be a conversation starter.

Black Sparkle Quartz Countertops

Kitchen with black sparkle quartz countertops With slight mirrored flecks or ‘sparkles’ featured in the design, the sparkled countertop is incredibly eye catching, and can look incredible. Some customers have referred to the flecks as small prisms which, when hit with the light reflect the colors of the rainbow. If the thought of sparkles makes you recoil, the sparkles themselves generally aren’t too big in size, and do help to add an extra dimension to the plain black finish.

Black Galaxy Quartz Countertops

Kitchen with black galaxy quartz countertops white cabinets If the sparkle quartz countertop isn’t for you, then the black galaxy quartz definitely won’t be. We’re no longer talking sparkles here but milky-way levels of twinkle!

For anyone who isn’t adverse to this kind of look, there’s something quite magical about this finish. Featuring a jet black background, layered with beautiful gold speckles, excuse the pun but this option will definitely take you to intergalactic space.

Black Leather Quartz Countertops

Modern kitchen with white cabinets and black leather finish quartz countertopsThe leather quartz countertop has become increasingly popular in recent years, and its rustic appearance has played a huge role in this. The leathered look, most commonly used on darker quartz highlights the unique textures and colors of the original stone.

This distinctive finish is resultant from an abrasive process which creates a velvet look of matte and shine, comparable to leather. Rather than the glossier finishes described earlier, the leather quartz is matte in appearance. Slightly higher maintenance than some of the other options, this finish will require daily cleaning with a micro-fiber cloth and cleaning agent.

If you’re thinking of installing a black quartz countertop, there’s certainly many different options to consider when it comes to the finish you’re looking for. It’s important to consider the kitchen design, the lighting and your preferences for a statement interior. Whatever you decide, quartz is an incredibly practical, and beautiful stone that works exceptionally well as a countertop.

Black Quartz Countertops Cost

Modern kitchen with black and gold quartz countertops, waterfall island and dark brown cabinets When sourcing quotes for your stunning new countertop, be sure to clarify what it is that’s included in the price. Some companies fail to mention the cost of: seam joining, fixture cutouts, sink cutouts etc. all of which should form part of the installation cost – but not always! Taking a ballpark figure, the price of quartz ranges from $50-$100 per square foot including installation.

If you’re thinking of installing a black quartz countertop, there’s certainly many different options to consider when it comes to the finish you’re looking for. It’s important to consider the kitchen design, the lighting and your preferences for a statement interior. Whatever you decide, quartz is an incredibly practical, and beautiful stone that works exceptionally well as a countertop.

For more ideas check out our gallery of types of kitchen countertops.

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