Taj Mahal Quartzite: Natural Stone for a Beautiful and Functional Kitchen Connecticut Stone had the opportunity to assist with an exciting kitchen project—providing the natural stone, backsplash, and flooring materials needed to achieve a gorgeous and one-of-a-kind design. The clients for this project needed materials that would be not just visually appealing, but durable and low maintenance as well. This kitchen is a very high-traffic area of the home, hosting large gatherings for family and friends. Check out the video and see for yourself just how well our Taj Mahal quartzite, Walker Zanger Duquesa backsplash, and porcelain tile works in this stunning kitchen! Taj Mahal Quartzite for Countertops The countertops in this kitchen are Taj Mahal quartzite, which is made from 100% natural quartzite that was quarried in Brazil. This particular material is ideal for use in kitchens and other high-traffic areas of the home because it is incredibly durable and will stand up to the test of time. If you look at the video, you’ll see that the color of this stone is a lovely off-white that is reminiscent of the famous Indian monument—hence its name! Walker Zanger Duquesa Backsplash The relatively subdued color and design of the kitchen’s Taj Mahal quartzite countertops pairs beautifully with the Walker Zanger Duquesa backsplash, which is a little bolder in its design. This backsplash was created by arranging 4″x4″ Mezzanotte Alba tiles, yielding a one-of-a-kind look that really becomes the focal point of this kitchen. The client also decided to pull the bright blue color from the backsplash tiles and paint their kitchen island cabinets to match; we think this was a lovely way to bring all the design elements together to create a cohesive and truly unique look. Porcelain Tile Flooring This kitchen also features porcelain tile floors that are made to look like Jerusalem limestone. These large-format tiles are ideal for a high-traffic area like a kitchen because they are extremely durable and don’t utilize a lot of grout that would need to be cleaned regularly. This makes them easier to maintain, saving the clients time and hassle. A Note on Sealed Countertops Stone countertops, including the quartzite slabs you see in this lovely kitchen, need to be sealed on occasion to protect them from staining, discoloration, and other imperfections. If you have stone countertops at home, ask yourself: When was the last time you checked to make sure they were sealed correctly? Checking the seal on a stone is easy; simply take a glass of water and slowly pour a small amount on top of the countertop. Then, run your fingers through the water to spread it across the surface. If the stone is properly sealed, the water will begin to bead on the stone. If the stone is in need of additional sealer, you may notice the water begin to spread out and absorb into the stone. While stone is generally low maintenance, keeping it sealed is one of the easiest and most effective steps you can take to protect this lifelong investment. If after this test you find that you need to seal your countertops, we recommend using BulletProof Stone Sealer from Stonetech for maximum protection. We hope you’ve enjoyed seeing this special kitchen as much as we enjoyed being part of its creation. To learn more about the products discussed here, or for assistance with your next project, we invite you to reach out to our knowledgeable team today!