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TAJ MAHAL: The Quartzite Countertop that’s ‘ROCK’ING Kitchen Design

Posted on March 15, 2024 by KylieMawdsley

The Most Popular Kitchen Countertop for 2024

While many homeowners are still lovin’ on white quartz, some are leaning into a more natural countertop – nope, not granite – quartzite. This stone countertop is absolutely ‘ROCK’ING the countertop world (pun intended). In fact, in my Online Color Consulting adventures, approx. 25% of my clients choose quartzite for their kitchen remodel over quartz, granite, marble, or laminate counters.

What is quartzite?

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Let’s do some comparisons…

GRANITE: 100% natural stone

QUARTZ: approximately 65% quartz and 35% resin (by VOLUME). Manufacturers tend to lean more on the ‘by weight’ which is around 90% quartz, 10% resin (as it sounds better). And it’s not BAD that there’s more resin than you might think, it’s just not as natural as some lead you to believe.

QUARTZITE: 100% natural stone, otherwise known as rock.

That’s right, Quartzite is au naturel, baby. And while it does need to be sealed (like granite), it’s DAMN HARDY – even hardier than granite.

dolce vita quartzite countertop in kitchen, warm beige, taupe rose colors and tones

Dolce Vita Quartzite, which shares some colors with Taj Mahal

Kitchen island quartzite, gray quartz brown veins, pendant lights, Sherwin Williams Pure White cabinets, brass hardware, wood island, stools. Kylie M Online color consultant (3)

Another STUNNING quartzite with Sherwin Williams Pure White cabinets

But why has quartzite become so popular?

There are a few reasons…

1. NOT EVERYONE WANTS A WHITE-ON-WHITE KITCHEN

White quartz counters (marble-look or otherwise) are still hugely popular. However, some homeowners want something different…

And they want something warmer.

One category that quartz countertop manufacturers need to improve on is the WARMTH of the finishes they provide. Sure, there are some quartz counters with warmish veining, but for those leaning into non-white kitchen trends, options are limited.

Kitchen, wood floor, MSI Miraggio Duo white quartz countertop, gold brass cabinet hardware, Benjamin Moore Chantilly Lace Kylie M Interiors, online paint color consulting, marble subway tile backsplash.

Check out my CURATED Kitchen Palettes including white quartz countertops! 

 

2. GRANITE DOESN’T HAVE MASS APPEAL (ALTHOUGH IT DOES HAVE A CULT-LIKE FOLLOWING)

Unlike granite countertops, which are still suffering the shame of their overuse in the early 2000s (Tuscan trend), quartzite feels new.

Now, don’t get me wrong, there are some beautiful granite counters; but beautiful doesn’t make them popular or timeless. Regardless of personal tastes, black granite (either shiny or honed) is the most versatile and timeless granite for a kitchen; many others are harder to update as trends shift…

Kitchen cabinets, shaker style doors painted Benjamin Moore Kitty Gray lightened, blue green gray backsplash tile, black countertops, stainless appliances. Kylie M INteriors Edesign, client photo (2)

However, whether they’re popular or not, thanks to the 2000s, we’ve all seen the saaaaame granite countertops. And unlike quartz (with its human-made/adjustable bits), there’s no opportunity for a ‘new granite’ to come on the scene.

Quartzite feels different and unique in a world where we see a lot of the same when it comes to kitchen design. 

Will there come a time when some of the quartzite and quartz countertops are seen as ‘outdated’ and indicative of 2020ish trends? You bet your booty there will be. But for now, they are the IT finishes in the kitchen world.

And while there are a range of stunning quartzite’s to choose from, there’s one that stands above the rest in popularity…

Taj Mahal 

Kitchen, painted cabinets, decor,Taj Mahal warm beige quartzite countertops, subway tile, greige, warm gray green cabinets and peninsula, pewter cabinet hardware, iron metal range hood, Kylie M Interiors

Aside from being wickedly durable regarding spills, etching, and heat, the thing that sells homeowners on Taj Mahal quartzite (and similar counters) is its warmth. And not only that, Taj Mahal covers a wide range of styles and can flex to its surroundings, including…

  • Organic, natural-looking kitchen styles
  • Transitional spaces
  • Bougie homes (fancy-schmancy)
  • Traditional kitchens

Taj Mahal quartzite countertops contain a range of warm tones. And while no slab is the same, there’s consistency in its approach, giving warmth without commitment.

Taj Mahal quartzite with cabinet colours and beige tile flooring

Don’t mind the paint samples

Not to be confused with Taj Royale, a quartz alternative from Caesarstone, Taj Mahal is a real stone countertop (being quartzite), registering a 7 on the MOH’s scale, which is pretty darn skookum. This means Taj Mahal, when properly sealed, is resistant to stains and heat. And while no countertop surface is bullet-proof (or Kylie-proof, as I am a bit of a legend in the kitchen), Taj Mahal is harder than granite, quartz, marble, and soapstone, making it SUPER resistant to scratches and etching.

When it comes to countertops, nothing is hardier than quartzite.

As you can see in all of these examples (I only use photos from my readers/Consulting clients), I’ve had many clients hire me to help them find the best color to go with Taj Mahal. This includes colors for cabinets, walls, and islands. However, I see that you’re doing your own research first – PERFECT, that’s exactly why I write these blog posts!

how to sample paint colors, Samplize peel and stick on dark cherry red kitchen island. beige tile floor. Kylie M. Taj Mahal quartzite counters

So, before you figure out the best paint color for your kitchen, you need to know what you’re working with…

 

WHAT COLORS ARE IN TAJ MAHAL QUARTZITE?

If you’ve picked Taj Mahal for your kitchen or bathroom countertops, you’re probably wondering which paint colors best suit it. Remember, it’s not about what you want.

Instead, you need to listen to your home and its finishes – they’ll tell you what they need via the colors they have in them!

While it’s not paint color related, this next photo does relate to listening to your home….

My client (below) chose Taj Mahal for her kitchen with its original (glorious) wood cabinets. She hired me to help her tweak her wall color and ‘potentially’ paint her cabinets (which I advised to leave wood as they’re wicked pretty). I posted this photo on my Instagram and many commented that they didn’t love the backsplash that she chose…

Wood cabinets, Taj Mahal quartzite, old world feel, zellige tile backsplash, wood floor. Kylie M

And that’s okay, they don’t need to love it – it’s her home and she’s the one that has to be happy! However, through this feedback, she understood how a warmer, more simple tile could’ve been more compatible to the surrounding finishes.

Why?

Because that’s what her countertop would like the best!

Zellige, Subway Tile, Herringbone – What’s Trendy for Backsplash Tiles?

Sherwin Williams Felted Wool painted greige kitchen cabinets, Taj Mahal quartzite countertops, new light pendants, gold hardware, peninsula, Natural Linen Sherwin Williams paint on walls. Kylie M, online paint color expert, kitchen update

As for the colors found in Taj Mahal, every slab is different. Taj Mahal has reasonable consistency, but the exact temperature and depth of each color in it can vary depending on the slab you choose. In general, you can expect to find…

  • soft, warm whites and off-whites (no stark or cool whites)
  • brownish amber tones (orange undertones)
  • some muted tan and beige tones in varying depths and intensities
  • taupe-greige with minimal undertones in varying depths

Benjamin Moore Mysterious, dark blue black painted lower cabinets, island upper cabinets stained dark wood, granite quartzite look countertops, beams, okay floor kitchen. Kylie M Edesign

Benjamin Moore Mysterious lower cabinets

Which leads to the most COMMON question I get hired to answer

 

WHAT TYPES OF PAINT COLORS GO WITH TAJ MAHAL QUARTZITE COUNTERS?

While I can’t give away ALL of my tricks (or I won’t have a job), here’s some great guidance…

 

THE BEST WALL COLORS FOR TAJ MAHAL QUARTZITE

Taj Mahal can be a bit fussy about the colors its partnered with and its important to hit the right depth and undertone for your particular slab. To get your paint party going…

Remember, I have reviews for MOST of the colors in these bundles so you can do your research (use my SEARCH function, it’s awesome-possum). 

I would be careful with cool and warm grays, as well as some lighter greiges and taupes. While your kitchen’s perfect color can vary depending on the slab you choose, as well as your flooring and backsplash, the mentioned color groups will get you going in the right direction.

The 14 Most Trendy Beige Paint Colors for 2024

Sherwin Williams Felted Wool, Natural LInen, Taj Mahal quartzite countertops. subway tile, zellige look, painted kitchen cabinets, red cherry exotic wood floor. Kylie M

 

THE BEST CABINET COLORS FOR TAJ MAHAL QUARTZITE

  • If you’re not into white cabinets, I would check out the previously mentioned warm off-whites and beiges. Would I dabble in the lighter greiges or taupes? Maybe, there are some taupes I would play with, for sure.
  • If you’re hoping for white cabinets, your best bet will be in the warm white world. (COLOR BUNDLE HERE). Again, it can depend on your other finishes as to which color is the best choice, however, Taj Mahal never suits true whites or cool whites.
  • As shown in this kitchen (above and below), you can also explore beautiful shades of greige (COLOR BUNDLE HERE & HERE).

The Best Warm White Paint Colors

I created these color bundles to save you time and get you sampling and COMPARING. Never sample only one color, it might not be the RIGHT ONE – compare it to others to see which is best! 

Painted kitchen cabinets, metal iron range hood, pewter cabinet hardware, warm graySherwin Williams Felted Wool, greige warm gray green cabinets, Taj Mahal quartzite. Kylie

Now, you’re probably hoping for exact color mentions, I get it. Please remember that Online Color Consulting is how I support my family. If I give it all away from free, I won’t be able to work OR blog! Instead, I’ve created my Color Bundles as tools to get you going in the right direction – and if that doesn’t work, you know who to call (wink wink).

 

THE BEST ISLAND & ACCENT COLORS FOR TAJ MAHAL

Taj Mahal isn’t as fussy as some quartz, granite, and quartzite countertops, but it does have its limits. Remember to mind your flooring, backsplash, appliance color, and any other surrounding finishes to make sure the color you choose makes sense!

Well, that’s all I’ve got for today! If you have a topic you’d love me to write about, please comment below!

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Comments

  1. Taj slabs vary alot. Mine happen to work great with my existing cherry cabinets, rustic oak plank flooring and satin nickel hardware. The paint color I chose for walls is Natural Linen. Trim is a slightly creamy off white custom matched to my ceiling.

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  2. Could you please share the name of the warm creamy backsplash tile in the kitchen with the greige cabinets? I think it’s perfect with that particular Taj. Thanks for this and all your great posts!

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