Keep it in Neutral: Great Looks for Rooms Using Neutral Colors

Quartz is always a great choice for countertops in kitchens, bathrooms and elsewhere, but many people focus on creative patterns, color mixes and other stylish ways to show off their countertops, even though neutral colors can provide an equally impressive visual for any room.

There are many reasons why quartz, a man-made material engineered in factories, is so popular for countertops. For example, it’s incredibly resilient to stains, scratches, and other marks. That makes it ideal in the bathroom or kitchen where spills of liquids and other substances are frequent. The toughness also helps in rooms that see a lot of traffic and potential for damage. It’s also easy to clean quartz with soap and water, meaning the maintenance requirements are minimal. And it’s also price-competitive to other materials such as granite or marble.


The fact that it’s produced in factories also means that it can be made in a variety of styles, everything from stand-out vivid single colors like red or purple to more elaborate designs such as white backgrounds with gray and black veins and flecks that mimic the look of marble.

Interior designers who have decided to use quartz countertops should, however, also consider the use of quartz produced in single, subtle neutral colors as another viable option. A major benefit of neutral colors is that — by their very definition — they don’t clash. This means that grays and other similar neutral hues will pair well with all types of kitchen and other units and fittings.

For example, use light gray quartz countertops that feature very subtle flecks of black and darker gray as a perfect complement to a kitchen that focuses heavily on shades of white. The gray of the countertops will blend in with the overall color scheme for a bright, inviting room.

Another option for making the kitchen look homely and inviting is to use a quartz countertop with random small speckles of white, gray, and brown. This looks like natural stone but without some of the headaches of using that material. And it also combines nicely with a wide range of materials for the other parts of the room, although it works particularly well with light brown wood.

Or maybe the room requires a darker neutral color, and here’s where a brown quartz countertop can look great, distinguished with some light dots of darker brown. It can match with light color cabinets or with darker materials like wood, making it a completely versatile option.

While neutral color quartz countertops can help the overall look of a room gel together, sometimes they can also work to provide contrast if needed. One way to achieve this appearance is to pair a soft white quartz countertop with subtle darker color veins with an interesting mix of colors from other features in the room, such as a dark slate floor and white colored cabinets.

Similarly, a beige countertop can provide a look that contrasts with — but does not clash with – darker colored appliances, offset by painting the walls of the room in a lighter white shade.

Listed above are just five ways that neutral color quartz countertops can create beautiful kitchens, but there are many other styles available. So homeowners shouldn’t shy away from keeping it in neutral when planning the color scheme for a room, because it can work visual wonders.

However, many homeowners think that the best approach is the classic approach, and here’s where a simple mosaic of flat hexagonal tiles edged with gray and white in the center. The color scheme works with all-white fittings in the bathroom, and also pairs with stainless-steel kitchen units.

Alternatively, the herringbone pattern – small rectangles aligned to resemble fish bones – is popular among many homeowners. Using tiles produced in shades of white and gray creates an understated yet classy look that would work well either in the bathroom or the kitchen.

Consider mixing things up by using marble tiles of various patterns with alternating colors, such as different shades of gray and brown. This can create an exciting image that catches the eye of anyone in the room, but is also versatile enough to match with many fixtures and fittings.

These five style options are just some of the many ways that marble can be used to enhance the look of a bathroom or kitchen, and to achieve a unique feature that stays within many designers’ budgets.