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All-white kitchens have had their moment. Now, as color trends skew from eggshell and millennial pink to darker, moodier shades, it seems our countertops are following suit. Enter colored quartzite, a sturdier alternative to marble that almost looks like your table’s covered in agate crystal. It’s bold, luxe and…definitely not for the faint of heart. But it is a way to really make a statement in your dining room, kitchen or bathroom.

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There are a few factors contributing to this rising trend. First, there’s the rise in interest in quartzite in general. It has all of the appeal of natural stone, yet it’s as low-maintenance as man-made quartz counters, says Nancy Epstein, founder and president of Artistic Tile. (Quartzite is a quartz-rich sandstone that’s been recrystallized through a combo of heat, pressure and chemical reactions, making it scratch and heat-resistant.)

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Second, people’s interest in a more durable—yet still chic—alternative to marble has led to a wider range of options available. And, as the white kitchen trend started to feel a little hum-drum and homeowners started (*gasp!*) dabbling with colorful cabinets, it was only a matter of time before they started rethinking their countertops too.

“Today, as we’re spending more time at home than ever before, the deep color and exciting presentation of these natural materials adds another dimension, enlivening our spaces and transporting us,” Epstein says. So, basically, if cottagecore isn’t your vibe, but you want your space to truly feel like a getaway from the chaos of the outside world, a bold quartzite paired with inky-hued cabinets—or a long slab transformed into a head-turning dining room table—may be the way to go.

You can find quartzite in just about every color you can imagine, from ocean-inspired blues (like Azul Bochira) to Wizard-of-Oz-ian emeralds to Magic-Eye-esque combinations of orange, green and gray. And you don’t have to be limited to your kitchen or dining room. It could take the place of tile on your bathroom walls, or you could pull a Whitney Port and use a matching slab as your backsplash. You could even use it outside—Epstein has quartzite floors in her pergola.

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Courtesy of Artistic Tile

“The performance of the materials has been flawless—even outdoors, the material looks as pristine as the day it was installed,” she says. “It’s a perfect material for adding color to high-use areas.”

If you’re going through the trouble of renovating your home, the last thing you want is an end result that looks…just like it did before. Maybe 2021 is the year you decide to go bold.

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