Why Brittannica Quartz Countertops are the Talk of the Town

The kitchen of the lodge style house would be the most important space in the new build. The homeowner wanted it to be SPECIAL. Unique. A modern farmhouse kitchen – bright and cheery, but sophisticated as well.

brittannica quartz in a modern farmhouse kitchen

 

My homeowner knew she wanted painted shaker style cabinetry, but she was concerned about ending up with a BORING kitchen. So, she began talking about an antiqued glazed finish for the cabinets and a quartz countertop she thought would make it more interesting:

glazed cabinets

 

seagrove

 

Two problems here:

  1. Antiqued or glazed cabinetry is too trendy and will soon look dated. It would also read yellow with the white trim planned for the rest of the home.
  2. Small samples of countertop material can be deceiving, and because I had seen this particular countertop installed, I knew it would be WAYYYYY too busy.

 

THIS is what this quartz countertop looks like installed:

seagrove quartz

too busy!!!

I explained to my client that unless she wanted dirty-looking cabinets and black snakes slithering all over her work surface, I would go another direction that would make the kitchen SPECIAL in the best of ways.

She agreed that white shaker style cabinets would give her a lodge/farmhouse feel while keeping things clean and bright. I don’t think she was initially convinced about the quartz countertop I suggested. It’s one of my favorites in the Cambria line:

britannica quartz sample

Brittannica quartz

 

The biggest problem? It’s hard to spell. But seriously, my client did warm to the idea, although she still feared it would be too boring. Here’s the slab right after it was installed:

britannica slab

beautiful veining in Cambria’s Brittannica quartz countertops

Just gorgeous. We chose a classic subway tile in a beautiful dark blue, and it’s not even close to boring!!! And here is the dark metal bars we decided upon for the cabinet hardware:

kitchen cabinetry hardware

 

And the resulting kitchen in this modern farmhouse is the talk of the town! I’ll explain in a minute – first let’s take a look at the finished kitchen.

britannica in a modern farmhouse kitchen

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britannica quartz by the decorologist

Brittannica quartz countertops

 

lodge style kitchen

 

modern farmhouse kitchen

 

cambria brittannica quartz

 

modern farmhouse

 

A week after the homeowners moved in, News Channel 5’s Talk of the Town came over to tape some segments where I shared design tips for viewers. Here I am with the lovely host, Meryll Rose, as we discuss how I developed the color palette throughout this space.

meryll rose and the decorologist

 

modern farmhouse design

Make sure to tune into WTVF’s Talk of the Town at 11:00 on Monday and Tuesday to hear my advice for choosing light fixtures in an open concept floorplan, and for establishing an interesting color palette to create a cohesive flow in your own space. You’ll get to see more of this beautiful home!

And if you can’t get enough of design, maybe it’s time to consider launching a career in the field. I can help you with that! My next Expert Psychological Staging certification course takes place June 16-18. The course is already half-full, so reserve your spot and change your future forever!

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31 thoughts on “Why Brittannica Quartz Countertops are the Talk of the Town

  1. Laura P. says:

    The quartz countertop is lovely! What a great tip regarding the size of a small sample vs a full slab, and how busy a pattern can be! Love the white cabinets; is the paint color your favorite Benjamin Moore Dove White?

  2. Dominique says:

    Kristie, I really enjoyed reading this article. You always do such amazing work! Your way of helping clients choose timeless finishes to put together a great space is remarkable.

  3. LW says:

    Kristie this is beautiful!! I love Brittannica. I’m currently considering using Cambria Torquay for a remodel – Brittannica’s scale won’t work in this space. I’m wondering if you’ve used Torquay. I love it but I’m worried it will read solid white. Thoughts?

  4. Jessie says:

    I am currently adding a new kitchen to my home. I had my heart set on antiqued glazed cabinetry, now I’m second guessing my decision. 🙁 Do you really think they will look out dated in a couple years? Also will the white not show finger prints and dirt worse?

    • Kristie Barnett says:

      Jessie,
      I typically advise against the antique glazing now. It’s been a trend for quite awhile now, so you’d be on the backside of the trend. That being said, if you have your heart set on it and you don’t intend on moving in the next 10 years, then you should go for it! However, if you may need to put it on the market to sell before then, it isn’t the wisest choice because it won’t appeal to a wide range of buyers (especially a few years from now). As for the white showing dirt – I think that if my cabinets were truly dirty I would want to know, it’s easy enough to wipe them down and much more hygienic than choosing a finish that actually hides grime. That can actually be the problem with antiqued cabinets – that they can end up looking kinda dirty when they aren’t!

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  6. Raeann says:

    Beautiful Kitchen! Thanks for all your inspiration. My husband and I are getting ready to rehab and country home and I have been debating putting my cooktop in the island. In the past I have had the stove placed as it is in the kitchen above. The downside is anytime there is a lot of steam the cabinets get very wet and overtime it does damage, even with the best hood ventilation. What are you thought on this topic? Thank you.

    • Kristie Barnett says:

      Raeann,
      I’m not sure I have an opinion here – I’m certainly no chef, but I haven’t ever had that issue. I don’t think your cabinets should be getting so wet – and if they are, a quick wipedown with a kitchen towel would prevent any damage I would think. Maybe it’s more a ventilation issue??

  7. Sheena says:

    Love this Kristie. Just purchased your paint tool kit. Looking forward to using it in my Real Estate/Home Staging business.

  8. Karen says:

    Hi, Kristie – followed a Pinterest link to this page. LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the light fixtures, over the island and the sink. Could you please share mfg and style?

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