Designer Snapshot: Rock Star

April 9, 2014

By Paula M. Bodah 

Granite and marble have long been popular counter materials, but Sarah Steinberg has a new favorite natural rock. “Quartzite is the up-and-coming thing,” says the Cumberland, Maine–based kitchen and bath designer. Quartzite, she explains, has the soft hues and swirly patterns common to marble, but it has a hardness that makes it far more durable—harder than granite, in fact. It not only makes a pretty countertop, it also wears like iron on the floor. Sarah, who shared her favorite products for the powder room in the March-April issue, has used quartzite in a number of recent projects.

Desert Gold quartzite is a good choice for almost any home, Sarah says. “Its earthy colors work with warm or cool palettes.” The three photos below show how the designer used the same stone with different effects.

mudroom stone tile floor

For this mudroom, Sarah used Desert Gold quartzite in a small format to create a French cobbled look for the floor. Photo by Kristina O’Brien Photography

mudroom stone tile floor

A hallway outfitted in larger pieces of Desert Gold quartzite
suits a more traditional entryway. Photo by Rob Karosis

stone tile backsplash white kitchen

Cut into mini squares, the same material makes a handsome backsplash. Photo by Kristina O’Brien Photography

white quartzite kitchen backsplash

A kitchen counter of white quartzite is a dead ringer for marble, but as Sarah notes, it’s a hardier material, making it more practical for the kitchen. Photo by Kristina O’Brien Photography