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

The Decorologist

 

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 March 14-16. The course is already half-full, so reserve your spot and change your future forever!

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Elizabeth Scruggs
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Stunning as usual my dear friend:) So proud of all you do!

Laura P.
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Laura P.

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?

Sylvia
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Sylvia

Beautiful!!!! Love it!!!!!!!

Kathy
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Kathy

Beautiful! What color is the island?

Dominique
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Dominique

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.

Joanne
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Joanne

Absolutely beautiful! ps: Happy Mother’s Day ?

LW
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LW

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?

Jessie
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Jessie

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?

Beth L
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Beth L

That first countertop is horrible! Thank goodness you saved her!

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Elena Espy
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Elena Espy

love the countertops and the whole design! hope you had a great mother’s day, kristie!

Melanie G.
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Melanie G.

When you’re right, you’re right! Thank you!

Melanie
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Melanie

Where did you find the dark metal hardware please

Raeann
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Raeann

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.

Jean Molesworth Kee
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Very nice (as always), Kristie!

Sheena
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Sheena

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

Karen
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Karen

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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Maureen
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I am using the britticana quartz for my kitchen do over!! I am struggling with what to use as a backsplash. I had planned a traditional white subway with a gray grout or a gray glass subway with white grout. Which way would you lean? Please advise!! Thank you.

dee lambert
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dee lambert

Receiving conflicting info re thickness quartz countertops. Who to trust? 2 cm v. 3 cm? Want sleek, modern look, not chunky, but need to ensure safety & durability. What do U recommend? Using light color, shade of white. Thanks.

Rachel
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Rachel

I’m thinking of using the Cambria Britannica on grey kitchen island and another color on main counter tops – a light quartz with less movement…can you suggest a good pairing to the Britannica? I will have white upper and lower cabinets on perimeter with the grey island. I’m trying to decide if I should do a shaker cabinet or one with a little more detail but not heavy detail – we have a 1932 Colonial. And can you suggest a back splash to go with that combo? Thanks!!!

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Carolyn Larkin
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I’m thinking of having the brittannica quartz in my new kitchen redo with chocolate cabinets and white subway tiles set in a herringbone design. What are your thoughts on that?

Naila hemraj
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Naila hemraj

Hi
We are getting our kitchen done and are so confused Thinking of cabinets in White Dove and Cambria countertop Summerhill. The island only in a dark brow/grey colour with the same countertop. Will Summerhill look cold with the cabinets. Can you suggest a pattern from Cambria that would work well? I like to have beige and gray in my counter. Thank you so much

Amira
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Amira

Hi

Considering Cambria Berwyn for the island (5′ 3″) with Torquay for the perimeter. Please let me know what you think of the combination. Thank you so much

Amira
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Amira

Looking forward to your response

Gail Collins
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Gail Collins

How was the seam when you used Brittanica in the kitchen? With such a large pattern of movement, I would think the 90 degree on the perimeter would be noticeable?

Gail Collins
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Gail Collins

How was the seam when you used Brittanica in the kitchen?

Cyn
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Cyn

How do you feel about Quarter sewn red oak finished in cashew stain. It’s a beigey grey color. I had my heart set in Danby Imperial countertops but my wallet is crying. Do you know of a comparable option?

Joanna
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Joanna

I’m also curious to see how the seam in the corner looks. My biggest fear in my kitchen with using something like Britannica would be how the two corners in my kitchen would look.

Kat
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Kat

So…..if I already have the white/cream cabinets with the antique glaze (probably a trendy mistake), how do you recommend I decorate the kitchen to keep it less trendy and more timeless? The floors are 60 year old light oak hardwood and the countertop is white macaubus quartzite. I am currently looking for subway tile and statement lighting to finish the kitchen. My instincts tell me I should go with a cream (lightly crackled) 3X4 subway tile. What a great article! I only wish I had discovered it prior to making my kitchen cabinet decisions! I’ve thought about having them painted,… Read more »

Jacki Block
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Beautiful design! Can I use White Dove for my Cabinets if my crown moulding is also White Dove? I was looking at doing China White because a painter said I shouldn’t do the same color, but when I tested it, it looked a little too white next to the Cambria Brittanica counters (which I just had installed and LOVE)! White Dove seems like a nice warm white, as you mention. So can I just have cabinets and moulding/trim all Dove White? Thanks!

Leslie Morris
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Leslie Morris

I love the blue subway tiles on the backsplash. Can you tell me what kind they are and how to get them? We’re putting in Cambria Swanbridge, and painting the cabinets white. Hard to figure out what to do for the backsplash.

Katie W
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Can u tell me what brand and color you used for the Subway tile with your Brittannica Quartz countertops?? I am updating my kitchen and that backsplash looks like it would match perfectly!

Traci LaMance
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Traci LaMance

We are currently building a house and I’m curious what your thought is on using the Torquay on the perimeter countertops with Britannica on the island. The cabinets are white, but the island is painted light gray. Thanks for any advice!