Cool, Calming Allure Quartzite
Cool, Calming Allure Quartzite
Known for strength, durability, and incredibly tranquil colors and patterns, quartzite makes an excellent addition to modern home interiors. Allure Quartzite, with its cool tones and subtle patterning, offers a great way to imbue any room with calming ambiance.
Quarried in Brazil, this enchanting natural stone is characterized by a soft gray color palette, ranging from pale to mid-tone, with variations in cream and even slightly blue hues, as well as delicate, white veining.
Like many quartzite varieties, Allure Quartzite tends to feature long, linear striations perfect for accentuating expansive island and perimeter countertop surfaces.
However, these slabs may also have subtle cross-graining sprinkled throughout, adding an extra layer of texture and visual interest. It will depend on the slab, which is why it’s so important to view and choose stone slabs in person.
The mild nature of this lovely stone makes it ideal for a range of applications. A soothing, spa-like bathroom could benefit from Allure Quartzite on countertops and flooring, or covering an entire shower enclosure, from floor to ceiling.
Quartzite is naturally strong and durable, ranking at 7 on the Mohs hardness scale. Even harder than granite, it’s ideal for use in areas that get a lot of wear and tear, like floors and counters.
It’s even resistant to staining, etching, scratching, and other typical damage — including UV fading — which means it’s well-suited to both interior and exterior use.
While it makes for beautiful flooring and stunning fireplace surrounds, the calming flow of Allure Quartzite is also perfect for kitchen and bathroom countertops. Its cool color palette works well with modern design trends, particularly in the use of white upper and dark lower cabinets, where the counters act as a transition. Continuing quartzite up to a full-height backsplash is a stunning way to add visual interest to a minimalist kitchen space.
With that being said, versatile Allure Quartzite can also be paired with colored cabinetry, especially the trendy gray-greens and blues that are currently dominating home design. If you like a warmer wood look, consider species that tend to have cool or gray undertones, such as ash, poplar, or pine. A neutral tone like walnut would work as well.
While you could accent with metallic hardware, with silver tones receding and gold adding a vibrant pop against this cool stone variety, one of the most beautiful and striking ways to complement Allure Quartzite is with black fixtures, especially if you have other dark tones in your design, such as with cabinetry or flooring.
Quartzite is relatively easy to clean and maintain. It is less porous than some other natural stone varieties, but you will have to reseal it periodically to prevent potential harm like staining. Using a natural stone cleaning product can not only help to preserve the seal, but it also makes cleaning easy, with simple spray-and-wipe appeal.
You can also clean surfaces with gentle dish soap and water — just remember to rinse thoroughly and dry with a microfiber cloth to prevent soapy film and water spots that can dull the shine.
If you’re looking for a natural stone variety that offers strength and serenity in equal measure, the friendly and knowledgeable team at Academy Marble & Granite is ready to help you pick the perfect slab of Allure Quartzite. Stop by one of our showrooms in Connecticut or New York today to get started.