Kitchens and bathrooms in shades of grey are chic, stylish and on-trend. Grey and neutral palettes are far from boring, offering a surprising amount of versatility, flexibility and contemporary style. If you’re remodeling or updating your kitchen or bathroom countertops, consider a material that’s just as practical as it is gorgeous: grey quartz.
Concrete countertops are on-trend, but not easy to install. For a contemporary, industrial-inspired look, quartz countertops that look like concrete are a sleek choice. Designed to mimic real concrete, cement-look quartz like Metropolis Grey delivers the style you’re looking for with the low-maintenance durability quartz is known for. Go for a softer, “raw” aesthetic with Concrete Grey Honed quartz.
A modern “greige” or taupe toned quartz will complement warmer grey palettes which are becoming more popular in kitchens and bathrooms. Quartz varieties such as Crest, Hail Grey and Elegance Ash have beautifully warm grey tones and subtle, flecked patterns that make them very versatile.
Light grey quartz is a stylish addition to a white kitchen or bathroom design, and also provides contrast to darker grey cabinets. A very light and neutral grey quartz, Talia Grey is soft, subtle and sure to complement most palettes and styles. This quartz features occasional linear details across the slab for an organic appeal. Metropolis Pearl is another light grey option with a concrete-look pattern in shades of taupe.
Steel-N features a deep, cool grey background with flecks and grains of clear and mirrored detailing. This is a great choice for achieving a unique look without going too bold. For an understated and organic look, Pro Storm is another dark grey favorite.
When working with a grey design, it can be challenging to find a matching backsplash for your grey quartz countertops. Shades of grey are tricky because it’s important to ensure that both materials have the same color temperature. For instance, if you’ve chosen a warm grey quartz for your kitchen countertop, it will look best when paired with a backsplash tile that is also warm in tone, rather than a cool grey which may clash.
You can usually complement a grey quartz countertop with backsplash tile that is either several shades darker or lighter than the counter, accounting for color temperature. A white backsplash is typically a smart and stylish choice for grey counters, including timeless marble-look porcelain options like Cala.
As a rule of thumb, the easiest way to “match” your backsplash is to choose tile in a color that comes from your counter’s undertones or accent colors. As an example, Metropolis Dark quartz features a deep slate grey background with flecks of white and charcoal grey. So a safe bet for your backsplash would be a tile that is white or charcoal grey, drawing from those undertones. To ensure your backsplash tile doesn’t blend in too much, mix it up by choosing a unique shape like Paloma hex.