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.
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.)