Many people considering a quartz countertop are aware of the many light and white-colored options available, but quartz comes in a full range of shades including many dark colors as well. Dark countertops have a depth and richness that can bring out the best in many styles.
Many people considering a quartz countertop are aware of the many light and white-colored options available, but quartz comes in a full range of shades including many dark colors as well.
Dark countertops have a depth and richness that can bring out the best in many styles. Whether you’re looking to add contrast to a kitchen, or you want to create a tone-on-tone bathroom, a dark quartz countertop may be the perfect fit.
When using the term “dark” the word has different meanings to different people. Not all dark quartz countertops are alike. Some are a solid color while others may have secondary color flecks or veins within the surface.
When considering whether to use a dark countertop in your kitchen or bath, you’ll first need to determine the color range.
Dark countertops can be used in a few different ways. You can choose a solid color to add stark contrast to an otherwise white or light space. A good option for that would be a countertop like Grigio.
This dark, tone-on-tone quartz has no secondary colors to introduce into the room. This is what provides contrast while also providing depth.
If a flatter contrast is desired with more subtle results, a solid, mid-tone countertop like Tiffany Grey can often do the job well.
This solid color can actually create a tone-on-tone look with other shades of gray in the room, or be used for a soft contrast with a white cabinet for a slightly more subtle look.
Black Coral is another option as it contain flecks of white to pick up lighter colored cabinets and soften the contrast.
This countertop has a lot of depth on its own allowing it to fit in well with a variety of settings and styles.
Dark Quartz Countertop Design Ideas
The best way to get a feel for how a dark quartz countertop will look is to combine it with other materials and settings. These 12 design ideas will help you get a glimpse of what might be possible to introduce into your own home.
1. Soft Contrast
This kitchen has a lot of light and warm tones throughout the space. The light wood floor, white cabinetry, and warm-toned backsplash tile need something to break it up in order to create depth and interest. That’s where this dark grey countertop works so well. It’s got a slightly warm undertone that plays up the warmth already in the room, but it’s darker than the other shades providing contrast and depth.
2. Updated Contemporary Design
Contemporary kitchens are all about smooth, sleek surfaces and clean lines. For many spaces that also means some contrast between lights and darks to help highlight these angles. This dark quartz countertop is an excellent contrast to the light wood cabinetry, but has some interest and movement of its own. This prevents the kitchen from looking sterile and gives it some additional interest and design.
3. Lights and Darks
It’s common in transitional and traditional kitchens to combine a lot of light and dark tones together to create depth. In this case, the island is the darkest color in the room creating a focal point. The quartz countertop serves as a bridge between the darkest tones of the island the lighter colors of the perimeter cabinets. This creates a cohesive look that helps tie everything together.
4. Matching Surfaces
This light and dark kitchen uses light-colored cabinets on top of the space and dark cabinets below. The color of the quartz countertop matches the color of the lower cabinetry creating a unique look. Only the surface texture differs letting the light hit the counter differently than the cabinets. This can help make a smaller space appear larger than it is by changing surface planes but keeping the colors the same.
5. Dark Focus
Traditional and transitional designs can still make great use of contrast within a space to create depth and interest. This kitchen does so by making dark colors the focal points within the design. Dark woodwork and cabinetry and paired with rich, dark quartz countertops on the island, perimeter counters, and seating area. The light tones become accents in the space and help keep the room from becoming overly dark.
6. Sleek Bathroom Style
Most of this contemporary bathroom design is done in light colors and tones. The sink area is dark in order to create some impact within the design. Using a dark quartz countertop beneath the white vessel sinks makes a bigger statement than simply following through with the wood or using a lighter color top. The mid-tones of the wood help bridge the gap between the light and dark colors keeping the room from becoming too stark.
7. Sleek Edges
This kitchen uses a lot of smooth, clean lines to create its style. Quartz countertops assist in that goal with the sides of the island and cabinets being covered in a “waterfall” edge. The dark color of the quartz used on the center island of the room creates a focal point that matches up well with the other tones in the room helping to cement the style.
8. Tone-on-Tone Design
Grey is an incredibly popular color for kitchens. It’s neutral but has more personality than beige. For that reason, many people are creating unique tone-on-tone grey kitchens such as the one pictured above which features a dark grey quartz countertop. The dark quartz helps anchor the room letting the lighter colors open up the space.
9. Cool Dark Tones
This contemporary space also makes good use of contrasting lights and darks. The two-tones of the wood are what creates the focal point in the room, but it’s the cool tones of the quartz countertop that help complete the style. Too much contrast within a space can make it look unapproachable. That’s why mid-tones help to bring balance to the space. The cool grey color of the quartz accomplishes this while also contrasting the lower color of the cabinets.
10. Surface Contrast
Color is one way to create contrast and interest within a space. Another way to accomplish that is with the surface texture of the materials. In this space, the cabinetry has a lot of movement going on. A different countertop would compete with its lines, creating visual confusion. Instead, a matte grey quartz countertop adds contrast without competition. This creates a quiet center in the middle of the design.
11. Shades of Grey
This contemporary bathroom uses multiple shades and textures of grey to create movement and interest. By using multiple shades of one color, it softens the design and makes it feel more approachable while visually enlarging the space.
The dark grey quartz countertop has just enough color and movement to it that it’s able to hold its own against the more textured backsplash.
12. Transitional Design
Transitional kitchens blend contemporary and traditional features into one, unique style. This space features slab cabinets and a modern bridge faucet. The dark countertop pairs well with the cabinets, but has a marble look to it that softens the effect and makes for a more traditional looking space.
Highlight Your Style with Dark Quartz Countertops
Dark quartz countertops are highly versatile as well as durable and attractive. They fit in well with many spaces, styles, and designs. If you’re looking for a unique way to bring your kitchen or bathroom design to completion, consider adding a dark quartz countertop to the room.