Dramatic & Luxe: The Black Marble Collection

A bold statement is always an exciting choice. Whether it be colour, movement, size or shape, there are so many ways to make a striking impact in your home. Cambria’s Black Marble Collection showcases some of the most dramatic & elegant designs they offer - all with a dark edge which brings an energy all their own into a space. We’re sharing our favourite from this intriguing collection - so let’s get started.

Mersey

Mersey is a deep, glassy black daubed throughout with white streaks that flash like lightning against a starless night sky.

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Featured Design: Mersey link

Bentley

A white background is intersected with bold, translucent black and charcoal veins with muted light gray spatters and cross veins dispersed throughout.

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Featured Design: Bentley link

Featured Design: Bentley  link

Featured Design: Bentley link

Golden Dragon

Elegant midnight black and sparkling golden currents flow harmoniously across this tantalizing design, interspersed with white highlights cresting across the wave tops.

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Featured Design: Golden Dragon link





Soft & Bright: Classic White Designs

Regardless of season, white is always a popular choice for interiors. Simple, bright, airy & easy to layer or pair with other colours, white is a great choice for the fundamentals of any space. Using a soft & bright colour for any design aspect that is either expensive or difficult to change is an easy way to ensure you maximize your investment & enjoy your space season after season and year after year.

To showcase some great ways to include a white-toned Cambria surface in a space, we’re sharing 5 of the whitest & brightest designs here today. If you’re curious about white designs with more movement or deeper tones, be sure to check out the Design Palette to explore even more gorgeous designs!

White Cliff

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Featured Design: White Cliff link

Pure and unsullied is the essence of White Cliff. Named after the chalky White Cliffs of Dover, this whitest of whites makes a statement of grand proportions. 

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Featured Design: White Cliff link

White Hall

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Featured Design: Whitehall link

Named after what was once the main residence of English Monarchs, Whitehall is simple and elegant with tiny flecks of gray reminiscent of light filtered through a soft morning mist in old London town.

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Featured Design: Whitehall link

Dovedale

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Featured Design: Dovedale link

Influenced by the famous Stepping Stones of Dovedale in the Peak District of northern England, this milky neutral is underscored by swirls of toffee for a delicious subtleness. 

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Featured Design: Dovedale link

Newport

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Featured Design: Newport link

Reminiscent of the pristine sands along the shores of the Isle of Wight, Newport is an elegant study of quiet grace and sophistication. 

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Featured Design: Newport link

Torquay

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Featured Design: Torquay link

An instant classic, Torquay offers a beautiful marble-like appearance that’s both posh and continental, much like this English Riviera town itself.

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Featured Design: Torquay link

Seaside Chic: Modern Coastal Spaces

When we think coastal design, the soft blues, greens and whites of the sea come to mind. While some interpretations of beachy design are more literal than others, the crisp freshness of white & blue is a classic combination that is always a cheery sight. Today we’re sharing 3 spaces which utilize this classic colour palette to achieve a modern look.

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Featured Design: Whitehall link

Above, this beautiful bathroom is a modern bohemian dream! By keeping the lines of the space very clean & minimal, the design is able to handle not one but two statement accents! Bold patterned floor tile meets turquoise shower walls to smashing success. A neutral Cambria Whitehall design vanity & shower bench allow these design features to shine while providing maintenance free surfaces for years of enjoyment.

Featured Design: Whitehall

Featured Design: Whitehall

Named after what was once the main residence of English Monarchs, Whitehall is simple and elegant with tiny flecks of gray reminiscent of light filtered through a soft morning mist in old London town.

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Featured Design: Kelvingrove link

This open concept kitchen & living area would be stunning no matter what - just look at that view! However; we love the decision to bring the outdoors in with this celebration of sea-glass tones. Gorgeous blue cabinets pair with Cambria’s Kelvingrove design for the perfect mix of warm neutral & punchy colour.

Featured Design: Kelvingrove

Featured Design: Kelvingrove

Kelvingrove: Warm and nurturing Earth tones of taupe, white, and robin’s egg blue-green blend organically in striking variation and glistening streams that prove not all masterpieces hang on the wall.

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Featured Design: White Cliff link

Last but not least, this bathroom is so fun! By choosing an all white scheme for the vanity & tile, it allows this woodland themed & coastal coloured wallpaper to shine. A Cambria White Cliff vanity with oversized backsplash & wall-mounted faucet is the ultimate in understated sophistication. When the homeowners are ready for a refresh, simply swapping the wallpaper is an easy update to totally change the space.

Featured Design: White Cliff

Featured Design: White Cliff

Pure and unsullied is the essence of White Cliff. Named after the chalky White Cliffs of Dover, this whitest of whites makes a statement of grand proportions. 

Summer Style: Luxe Rustic Designs

Now that we’re heading in to June & the summer is kicking off in earnest, many of us will be turning our attention to cottages, lake homes & rustic retreats. These second homes are spaces where we as Canadians love to kick back & unwind, but also where we like to feel cozy, welcomed & at home. That’s why today we’re sharing 3 Cambria designs which integrate beautifully with rustic spaces - hopefully inspiring you to imagine the possibilities for your own personal retreat space.

Havergate

Freeform dabs and daubs of noble coppers, golds, tans, and pewter coalesce in Havergate™ to form an impressionistic masterpiece.

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Featured Design: Havergate link

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Helmsley

Rich and opulent, Helmsley™ recalls the past glory of feasts and pageants held in the unyielding medieval castle firmly rooted in the market town of its name in North Yorkshire.

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Featured Design: Helmsley link

Featured Design: Helmsley  link

Featured Design: Helmsley link

Langdon

A masterful study of contrasts, Langdon is an intriguing design that calls to mind the ancient beige abbey stones standing steadfast against white-capped storm-gray waters off the coast of Kent.

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Featured Design: Langdon link

Featured Design: Langdon  link

Featured Design: Langdon link


Small Kitchens With Big Style

Whether your space be large or small, there’s no limit on style. While we’ve become accustomed to grand expanses of full-slab islands and multiple prep areas through social media & magazines, we also see our fair share of more modestly sized kitchens. With proper planning & savvy design choices, small kitchens can be just as striking, functional and airy as their larger counterparts. Today we’re inspired by 3 modestly sized kitchens with style to spare.

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Featured Design: Rose Dale link

Featured Design: Rose Dale

Featured Design: Rose Dale

Above, this tiny kitchen plays with scale to create an airy feel. Using larger-scale ceiling height tiles with a bold pattern is a clever way to make a space feel bigger. It seems counterintuitive, but sometimes using a larger tile or texture is a great way to create an impact without feeling fussy. Paired with soothing monochrome Rosedale countertops & all-white appliances, this kitchen is bright, inviting & fresh.

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Featured Design: Weybourne Matte link

Featured Design: Weybourne Matte

Featured Design: Weybourne Matte

Above, this tiny kitchen is designed to have everything you need! An L-shaped cabinet design maximizes counterspace, while open shelves give an opportunity for both function and decor. Using Cambria’s Weybourne Matte design creates the pefect low-sheen soft grey tone to keep this space feeling serene.

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Featured Design: Carrick

Featured Design: Carrick

Lastly, this kitchen proves that small spaces don’t have to be afraid of colour! A gorgeous Carrick countertop brings the modern style of a concrete countertop but with the bonus of being maintenance free and food safe. Adding a pop of colour with a turquoise vintage-inspired fridge & classic subway tile backsplash means this space is a beautiful mix of old & new.

Big & Bold: Dramatic Movement Designs

Today we’re sharing some gorgeous designs with large scale veining. Only Cambria creates the stunning organic, natural movement that you see here. With several different design features - a vertical feature wall installation, waterfall countertops & more, we hope you find inspiration for your next home project.

As always, we’re here to help. If you are interested in purchasing Cambria, have questions or want to see these designs in person, please feel free to contact us so we can lend a hand. You can reach our office 8:30-5pm Mon-Fri, at 905-967-0949 or email us at sales@quartzcraft.ca . Enjoy!

Queen Anne

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A velvety gray-marbled background provides a calm canvas for elegant white streams that billow, creating stunning movement and depth like sails in the wind.

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Brittanicca Gold

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Featured Design: Brittanicca Gold link

Flowing, multi-hued streams of copper gold, fog, and translucent greige course through this grand design accompanied by wisps and ribbons of warm earth tones against a temperate white background.

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Skara Brae

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Featured Design: Skara Brae link

Set against a bone-white marbled backdrop, bold translucent olive green veins plunge in various directions with subtle white and black tributaries interspersed throughout.

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Bentley

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Featured Design: Bentley link

A white background is intersected with bold, translucent black and charcoal veins with muted light gray spatters and cross veins dispersed throughout.

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Sleek, Classic & Crisp: Grey Designs We Love

Whether your style is classic, sleek, modern or traditional, Cambria has a grey toned design to complement your space. Grey is one of the most versatile shades - and Cambria’s unmatched offering of shades, tones, finishes & movement makes them the natural choice for your project.

Today we’re sharing 3 grey designs with completely different looks. From Fieldstone’s solid & neutral tone to Bridgewater’s denim undertoned marbling & Clareanne’s elegant soft movement, these three designs are some of our favourites!

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Featured Design: Fieldstone link

Resembling the weather-beaten fieldstone walls that ramble through the English countryside, this striking shade of slate gray is an impactful neutral that is true and timeless.

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Featured Design: Bridgewater link

With a firm industrial gray-blue foundation that pays tribute to the town of the same name, Bridgewater™ is accented with brief interludes of white amidst splashes and capillaries of darker gray.

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Featured Design: Clareanne link

Elegant and flowing, this calming design features a soft-gray background with end-to-end linear white threads that weave a lasting tribute to the village from which it takes its name.

Marble-Look Love: 3 Marble Inspired Designs

The look of marble is easy to love - classic, soft & light. The beauty of Cambria is that it is now possible to enjoy the gorgeous look of marble without the maintenance & headache of living with such a soft, porous stone.

The Cambria Marble Collection is the largest collection of designs - with over 20 stunning marble-inspired designs in a vast array of colours, there’s no doubt in our minds that there is a design perfect for you.

Today we’re sharing our 3 favourite classic marble-inspired designs. These designs have everything that natural marble has - and now with Cambria’s Matte finish, they have the same soft-touch feel and low-sheen appearance, but continue to perform with Cambria’s signature durability.

Torquay

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Featured Design: Torquay link

An instant classic, Torquay offers a beautiful marble-like appearance that’s both posh and continental, much like this English Riviera town itself.

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Featured Design: Torquay link

Ella

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Featured Design: Ella link

Taking its cue from the linear configuration of buildings in the village of Ellastone, Ella features a lattice of lines and intersections embedded in a marbled dove-gray background.

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Featured Design: Ella link

Weybourne

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Featured Design: Weybourne link

Subtle and constant, this self-assured design calls to mind the enduring stone remains of an old Augustinian priory founded around 1200 AD in the ancient coastal village of Weybourne in North Norfolk. 

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Featured Design: Weybourne link


Design Trend: Warm & White

The classic white kitchen is always in style. White kitchens are excellent for resale and look gorgeous & fresh for years to come!

Of course, throughout the decades there are slight variations in the style of white kitchens. Depending on your locale & the age of your home you may find that traditional wood cabinets are most appropriate. If you are in a city, perhaps high-gloss or matte finish doors will lend a high-design edge to your space. Regardless of the style of the space you are designing, though, there are trends which will likely influence your design to help it feel current.

Today’s design trend is the prevalence of warm, natural tones & textures in kitchen design. Likely you’ve seen a shift toward desert hues & wood, jute or woven items in home decor. As always with a high-cost investment renovation like a kitchen, trends are slower to percolate & tend to me more subtle in their inclusion but we are definitely seeing these softer, warmer tones & textures emerge in many of today’s kitchens.

Let’s look at some spaces which really nail the warm & white trend!

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Featured Design: Ella link

This kitchen uses a rosy-warm wood tone to bring a welcoming & casual feel to the space. Integrating floating shevles in the same wood tone as the butcher block breakfast bar is a great way to make a space feel cohesive! A healthy dose of white through the classic subway tile backsplash & Cambria’s Ella design countertops lets this space still feel airy & light, with the perfect amount of warmth.

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Featured Design: Brittanicca Gold link

Incorporating a wooden top to a non-food preparation area is a great way to add texture & warmth without sacrificing performance. This kitchen features Brittanicca Gold tops on island & perimeter, paired with contrasting black & white cabinets for extra drama. Despite the healthy dose of black & wood tones, this space still reads as a white kitchen - a great reminder to be bold & playful with your design!

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Featured Design: Brittanicca Warm link

This custom workspace nook is the perfect place for homework, writing a grocery list or getting a little relaxing time while dinner simmers. This white-on-white look is perfect for the traditional style of the home, but is warmed up perfectly by the combination of Brittanicca Warm countertops & a French country inspired wooden chair. We love the idea of incorporating a space for work into a heavily used room like a kitchen. Adding full-height backsplash is a great way to tie this space in with the rest of the room & adding a luxurious touch.

Frequently Asked Questions - Answered!

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We know that not everyone is a countertop expert - that’s what we’re here for! From understanding your quote, to knowing what to expect & how to prepare for your new countertop, we want to make each step of the process easy for you. We’re sharing our top FAQ’s here today, to help address some questions we get a lot. If you have more questions, you can always check out our expansive FAQ page here or contact our office. One of our friendly & knowledgeable staff will be happy to help.

Without further ado:

What is the process of getting my countertop?

The process from start to finish is 4 simple steps:
1) Request a Quote
2) Fill in a Template Request & Order Form
3) Template
4) Install

How do I request a Quote?

It is easy to get a quote for your project. Simply print out the Quote Request Form and create a simple hand sketch of your countertop requirements. Then you can either scan & e-mail it to us at sales@quartzcraft.ca or fax it to our office at 905-967-0950. Quartz Craft Countertops will return the quote to you within 24 hours.

How do I order my countertops?

Once you have decided to go forward with your Cambria purchase, simply fill out our Template Request and Order Form. This form lets us know you’re ready to purchase your countertop! You can find our Template Request and Order Form here. Filling out this form will give us all the information we need in order to quickly & accurately get your order under way. You can send your order either by email at sales@quartzcraft.ca or by fax at 905-967-0950.

How long between template and install?

After your template, you can expect installation of your countertop to take place in approximately 2.5 weeks. Waiting for your countertop is the hardest part- but trust us, designs this beautiful are worth it.

Cambria Vs. Wood Countertops

Did you know you can find ind amazing movement and tonalities in Cambria’s durable wood-inspired designs? Read on to discover more.

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Featured Design: Oakmoor link

Cambria’s American craftsmanship and industry-leading innovation let you achieve the wood look you love for your kitchen countertops and other surfaces without sacrificing performance. Cambria designs like Clairidge™ and Oakmoor™ beautifully emulate natural wood and butcher block movement and tones while providing unbeatable durability and maintenance-free benefits.

DURABLE

Unlike wood or butcher block, Cambria offers optimal scratch and chip resistance that provides peace of mind for life.

NONABSORBENT

Wood countertops can be stained easily. Cambria is nonabsorbent, so spills don’t become stains and it won't draw in moisture that can harbor harmful bacteria.

MAINTENANCE FREE

Wood countertops require regular maintenance. Cambria doesn’t require sealing or polishing, and cleaning it is as simple as warm water and a soft cloth. Mild soap is optional.

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Featured Design: Clairidge link

Graceful striations of tan, walnut-brown, cream, black, and gray flow in parallel layers with dark veins that cut across the grain.

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Featured Design: Clairidge link

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Featured Design: Oakmoor link

Named for a small English village dating back to medieval times, Oakmoor aligns strands of caramel, tan, and cream to resemble the wood grain of stately oaks in the nearby countryside.

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Featured Design: Oakmoor link

Quality You Can Count On: Cambria's Warranty

As we all know, the countertop is one of the hardest working products in your home. Whether you’ve selected a surface for your kitchen, bathroom, laundry room or furniture, we know you expect it to perform for you & your lifestyle.

That is why we love offering Cambria as our exclusive product - not only does Cambria provide the most beautiful & innovative countertops available, they also back them with an unparalleled warranty. We thought we’d share some of the high points of the wonderful warranty included in the purchase of your Cambria countertop.

Peace of Mind for Life

Cambria surfaces are backed by a Full Lifetime Warranty to ensure you enjoy years and years of flawless service. To care for and protect your Cambria, a few precautions are recommended.

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Featured Design: Templeton link

Cambria® is handcrafted, using pure natural quartz, American ingenuity, and artistic innovation to make the world's finest countertops. This quality enables Cambria to proudly offer a Full Lifetime Warranty.

Cambria offers a Full Lifetime Warranty against manufacturing defects. Feel the confidence and freedom of living with your Cambria, knowing that they stand firmly behind every product they make and every customer we earn. In the rare case that your Cambria has been damaged, their Customer Care professionals will help make everything right.

To learn more about Cambria’s Lifetime Warranty, click here.

Design Trend: Monochrome Matte Surfaces

As much as last week’s blog post touted the benefits of using sophisticated colour in the kitchen, he have to be honest when we ask: Will the black and white kitchen ever go out of style?

Of course not! From now until eternity, black and white will be a chic choice for kitchens, partly because of the timeless nature of true neutrals but also because of their infinite flexibility.

While we think pretty much any interior design direction has merit (Pastels? Sure! Neon? Why not? etc.) as long as it reflects the lifestyle & tastes of the homeowners, today we’re sharing two very simple & minimal kitchens that share a monochromatic colour palette yet nevertheless result in totally different feeling spaces.

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Featured Design: Blackpool Matte link

First up, this stunning kitchen features a Blackpool Matte waterfall kitchen island & perimeter which oozes refined glamour. Paired with black appliances & plenty of brushed gold accents, this space has a definite Gatsby-inspired feel! The bones of this kitchen are truly timeless - white cabinets, black hardware & subway tile backsplash. The magic of this space is created almost entirely through accessories & styling - from the plants to the incredible leather bar stools. Of course, we cannot overlook the incredible custom island with gold inlay. If there’s one element of this kitchen that screams luxury - it’s this amazing piece.

Blackpool Matte:  Vast and commanding, this powerful design is darkest ebony with a stealthy silken Cambria Matte™ finish that absorbs light like a starless night over the Irish Sea.

Blackpool Matte: Vast and commanding, this powerful design is darkest ebony with a stealthy silken Cambria Matte™ finish that absorbs light like a starless night over the Irish Sea.

Blackpool Matte is a luxurious statement with a tactile feel which feels soft & comfortable. The matte finish offers a silky-smooth, low-sheen alternative to Cambria’s standard high gloss finish, with a modern & opulent look.

The next kitchen we’re sharing also features a gorgeous Matte finish countertop - this one in Cambria’s White Cliff Design.

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Featured Design: White Cliff Matte Kitchen Design: Emily Henderson link

This space has a completely different look & feel - rustic yet refined, minimal yet cozy. Scandinavian- inspired reclaimed wood cabinets & a contrasting black stained wood island dovetail perfectly with the smooth, white expanse of the White Cliff countertop. In a space where texture is so integral to the design, we love the choice of a Matte white countertop. Reflecting light or sunshine won’t be an issue thanks to the flat quality of the Matte finish. It also adds to the modernity of the design - it is both unexpected & understated.

White Cliff:  Pure and unsullied is the essence of White Cliff. Named after the chalky White Cliffs of Dover, this whitest of whites makes a statement of grand proportions.

White Cliff: Pure and unsullied is the essence of White Cliff. Named after the chalky White Cliffs of Dover, this whitest of whites makes a statement of grand proportions.

What do you think of these two completely different spaces? We love that both feature a monochrome Matte finish countertop, but achieve completely different aesthetics! Would you consider a monochrome countertop for your home?

New Neutrals: Olive Green

There is a definite shift in the interior design world away from true neutrals (black, white, beige & grey) and towards using colour in a sophisticated way to create the calm & intentional feel neutrals bring to a space but with added character & uniqueness.

Common colours that are subbed in for classic neutral tones are camel, tan, navy, and lately, olive green.

While many people may hear the word ‘olive’ and be turned off - we prefer to think of these refined hues as bronzey-green. While definitely still a green, this particular hue has a gorgeous & complex undertone that brings warmth to any space, while being subdued enough to have true design staying power. We’re going to share a few spaces that are using this beautiful shade in different ways!

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Featured Design: Skara Brae link

Featured Design: Skara Brae

Featured Design: Skara Brae

First up, of course we have to mention a space featuring one of our favourite Cambria designs! This space is mixing neutrals perfectly. There is plenty of layered textures & tones of wood to create interest & warmth, but simple modern shapes keep the space feeling fresh. Of course the reason we’re including this kitchen here is for the choice of countertops. Skara Brae is a dramatic & beautiful design which at first blush doesn’t strike you as olive green - which is perfect! The layered tones of warm green build on each other to create an incredibly natural looking vein set against a bone-white background. We think that using Skara Brae is an excellent way to incorporate a ‘new’ neutral into your design, without the commitment of a large splash of colour.

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Featured Design: Rose Bay link

Featured Design: Rose Bay  link

Featured Design: Rose Bay link

Featured Design: Rose Bay

Featured Design: Rose Bay

Above, this incredible bathroom has so many incredible design features! Pairing a gorgeous green vanity with Cambria’s Rose Bay design countertop is a lovely way to tie together the other black & white accents of this space. Using a fun pop of colour through the rug is a great way to add a bold shade like red, while being easy to switch out if it starts feeling tired. Especially eye-catching is the way the olive green vanity looks paired with the smoked glass shower doors - a stunning mix of modern boho & mid century features!

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Design: Jean Stoffer Design link

Suggested Design: Brittanicca

Suggested Design: Brittanicca

Above, this kitchen is absolutely stunning. A gorgeous mix of classic features is updated with the incredible green hue of the cabinets. We love that although green cabinets are definitely an unusual choice, in this space everything has been balanced so perfectly it is difficult to imagine it without them! The gorgeous countertops are a classic white & grey with bold veins - if you’re looking for a similar design but with the added durability & no-maintenance properties of Cambria we highly suggest our Brittanicca design for a similar look!

Kitchen Trend: No Upper Cabinets?

Today we’re sharing some inspiring kitchens. These spaces feature beautiful cabinetry, fabulous backsplash & delightful styling, but they also share one thing in common: the lack of upper cabinets.

This design feature has been gaining popularity over the last 5 year. First we saw the introduction of open shelving or glass fronted cabinets - sometimes including light features but always allowing a peek at treasured collections of glassware, cookware or serving ware. However; as this trend has gained popularity, it has dovetailed with the movement of the ‘unkitchen’ - a space which features less of the traditional cabinetry & layout we have grown accustomed to, and moves more towards integrated cooking & living spaces with distinct pieces of furniture intended to look collected, curated & reflect more closely the way these spaces are used & the people who live there. We’re excited to see where the ‘unkitchen’ trend goes - but for today we’re focusing on one feature which many ‘unkitchens’ utilize - open shelves instead of upper cabinets.

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link Suggested Design (island): New Quay Suggest Design (perimeter): Fieldstone

This kitchen uses floating shelves to display a minimalist collection of wooden bowls & the most often used kitchen items - glasses, plates, bowls & mugs. One consideration for open shelving is certainly whether they will require additional maintenance in terms of cleaning or dusting. The consensus seems to be that if you use your items frequently, dust is not an issue. This is a lovely way to incorporate utility into your kitchen - if your floating shelves feature most-reached-for items, you’ll have easier access to them!

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link Suggested Design: White Cliff

This kitchen has similar floating shelves flanking an oversize range hood - but it also shows a popular feature of a kitchen without uppers - a large pantry! While the floating shelves are often a way to create a serene & orderly visual for a kitchen, the fact remains that these spaces are the workhorses of our homes. That means food storage is an essential consideration. Many homeowners who opt for open shelving find a way to incorporate a large pantry into their kitchen design. The plus to having one large pantry instead of several cupboards containing food is that you can see at a glance what your kitchen has stocked & everything should be within arm’s reach.

link  Suggested Design: Delgatie

link Suggested Design: Delgatie

If you aren’t convinced of open shelving’s utility, or you simply prefer the look of cabinetry, this kitchen is a gorgeous example of how you can incorporate a small area of open shelving to display beautiful objects. We love these three shelves between more traditional cabinetry, it is a little bit of the best of both worlds! As always, while trends will come & go, the true barometer of style is what works for your family & lifestyle. Whether you like a lot of open shelves or none at all, the only design rule we adhere to is that you love the space you’ve created!

Design Focus: Warm Neutrals

Featured Design: Crowndale

Featured Design: Crowndale

The days are getting longer and spring is visible on the horizon, despite the piles of snow outside our doors. As the sun regains its strength we think most people are readying themselves for the upcoming season of increased activity. Whether you are in the planning stages for an upcoming home renovation, or are simply considering a smaller scale refresh (swapping a countertop is an easy & relatively non-invasive way to update a kitchen or bath!) we thought today would be an excellent chance to spotlight a few designs which bring to mind warmth, comfort & of course, the timeless beauty of Cambria.

While cool-toned neutrals have reined supreme for nearly a decade, we’re now seeing a shift in the market toward warmer tones. Everything from deep rust to lightest cream is fair game in home design, and we’re enjoying seeing how designers and homeowners work together to create spaces that feel unique, warm & welcoming.

Today we’re sharing 5 warm neutral toned designs we think stand out in a crowded marketplace of surface products. Each of these designs offers the singular beauty of Cambria. Due to Cambria’s incredible quality control & unparalleled access to the purest & most beautiful quartz, each of these designs has even more stunning depth & life in person. If you’d like to see any (or all!) of these designs in person, you are welcome to stop by our offices to take a peek. We’re open 8:30am-5pm, Mon-Fri & are located at 355 Harry Walker Pwky N, Newmarket ON.

Without further ado, here are 5 warm neutrals sure to inspire a warm & wonderful space for your home.

Beautmont

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Featured Design: Beaumont link

Soft swirls of warm cream and beige are accented with shimmering gold and crystal-white veining to create a gracious and welcoming effect.

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Featured Design: Beaumont link

Featured Design: Oakmoor  link

Featured Design: Oakmoor link

Named for a small English village dating back to medieval times, Oakmoor aligns strands of caramel, tan, and cream to resemble the wood grain of stately oaks in the nearby countryside.

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Featured Design: Oakmoor link

Berwyn

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Featured Design: Berwyn link

Dense and earthy, Berwyn is inspired by the peaks and ridges of the rugged mountain range in the northeast of Wales where heather blooms and raptors soar majestically overhead.

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Featured Design: Berwyn link

Crowndale

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Featured Design: Crowndale link

Crowndale™ is an intriguing combination of warm cream and beige splashes that meld with darker tans to articulate an intriguing design statement.

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Featured Design: Crowndale link

Pendle Hill

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Featured Design: Pendle Hill link

Warm cream and beige clusters meander throughout Pendle Hill™ to create a mesmerizing effect accentuated with darker specks to attract additional interest.

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Featured Design: Pendle Hill link

Quartz Craft Showroom: Small But Mighty

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Did you know that our office keeps samples of every Cambria Quartz design on hand? While we think that the Cambria Studio is a fantastic resource for those considering Cambria for their project to get large scale ideas and inspiration, we also know that sometimes it simply isn’t feasible for clients & kitchen/bath designers to make the journey to Toronto fit into their busy schedules. That’s where we come in. While our office showroom is tiny, we do keep samples of every design on hand for clients, designers and contractors to help the selection process. We have just enough space for you to bring your cabinet, paint and tile samples with you, so please feel free to bring your other design choices along to help narrow down your selection!

While we don’t use our showroom as a sales centre, we do employ highly knowledgeable staff who can help answer any questions you may have about Cambria & Quartz Craft, from the process of getting your countertops, to the properties & qualities that make Cambria such a special product. We welcome drop bys, so if you are in the Newmarket area, we’d love to have you!

Our address is 355 Harry Walker Pkwy, N, Newmarket ON. Our hours of operation are Mon-Fri, 8:30AM-5PM. If you or your designer/contractor have any questions, please do not hesitate to give us a call at 905-967-0949.

Classic Kitchen Design: Black & White Kitchens

Black and white kitchens are classic for a reason - they never get old! While we are all for the current trend towards colourful kitchens, we will never stop appreciating the simple glamour of a black & white kitchen. If you’re looking to renovate your home in a way that will look fresh for years to come, a small colour palette in neutral tones is a great option. The wonderful thing about a black and white kitchen is that while it is certainly neutral, it can be as dramatic or as subdued as suits your personal preference. Today we’re sharing three incredible spaces with a simple black & white colour scheme, but each with a completely different look & feel.

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Featured Design: Swanbridge link

Above, this incredible kitchen is the perfect modern traditional space. Design choices like Shaker cabinet doors & elegant woodworking keep this space feeling traditional and familiar. The herringbone backsplash is a classic material in a timeless patttern that helps the space feel cohesive. Gold accents are super on-trend at the moment, and lets this space feel fun and glamorous. However; 10, 15 or 20 years down the road these accents are relatively easy and inexpensive to swap out for a completely different feel, making this design an excellent long term investment. Of course, the Cambria countertops will still look as beautiful then as they do now,

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Featured Design: Blackpool Matte link

Above, this kitchen is a minimalist masterpiece. Cambria’s Blackpool Matte design is a serene & luxe look which elevates the simple wooden backsplash & neutral wood cabinets. Using both a black countertop & backsplash is a bold design choice - but in this space it has absolutely paid off! By including warmer tones in the cabinets and accessories, this space feels like a zen modern space - both minimal but also welcoming. When using black and white, accents feel magnified because of their relative uniqueness in the space, which means simple changes to accessories will have a big impact on the feel of your kitchen!

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Featured Designs: Brittanicca Matte & Cambria Black Matte link

Lastly, above, we have an ultra-modern monochrome kitchen. We love the futuristic & clean feel of this kitchen! This design is completely black and white, and features chrome faucets for a sleek look. Because the cabinets & backsplash are so simple, we love the gorgeous choice of a dramatic Brittanicca island to create directionality and organic movement in the space! Both the island and perimeter countertops are in Cambria’s Matte finish, which adds warmth and a soft-touch feel that softens the look of this contemporary design.

We hope you enjoyed seeing how a single colour palette can be taken in 3 different design directions!

Dark Magic: The Black Marble Collection

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Featured Design: Huntley link

There’s no doubt about it - natural stones like granite & marble are beautiful. We love the way natural stone combines the infinite shades of nature with a plethora of different degrees of movement & veining. What we don’t love, however; is the maintenance & porosity of all natural stone. We believe homes (especially high-traffic areas like kitchens and bathrooms) are for living - not for worrying about staining or chipping your countertops! Combining our love of durability & warranty with desire for the most innovative & extensive shade range available, is why we believe Cambria is the perfect choice for any project.

Responding to consumer demands is a forte of Cambria - its clear from their near 150 design choices and 2 different finish options that you’re likely to have more choice in design with a quartz surface than you would even at a stone shop. Regardless, one thing is abundantly clear - consumers love marble. The soft movement or dramatic veining, shades from soft white to deepest black, the Cambria Marble collection has something for everyone. With over 25 different designs to choose from, it is also both the most popular collection for homeowners, and the most well-rounded. In addition to the Marble collection, Cambria has also recently created a new collection, Black Marble.

In response to a growing shift in the design industry to deeper, moodier & more dramatic spaces, the Black Marble collection features marble-look designs with dramatic depth & movement. We hope sharing these designs today inspires & excites you as much as it does us!

Bentley

Featured Design: Bentley

Featured Design: Bentley

A white background is intersected with bold, translucent black and charcoal veins with muted light gray spatters and cross veins dispersed throughout.

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Featured Design: Bentley link

Featured Design: Bentley  link

Featured Design: Bentley link

Mayfair

Featured Design: Mayfair

Featured Design: Mayfair

A sedate white-cream background with intermixed splashes of pale blue, navy, and gray is accented with a smattering of tan and taupe throughout.

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Featured Design: Mayfair link

Featured Design: Mayfair  link

Featured Design: Mayfair link

Huntley

Featured Design: Huntley

Featured Design: Huntley

A white, creamy base etched with fine lines hosts scatterings of warm, walnut-brown accents and gradated gray splotches to create an abstract composition that invites closer inspection.

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Featured Design: Huntley link

Featured Design: Huntley  link

Featured Design: Huntley link

Islington

Featured Design: Islington

Featured Design: Islington

A dramatic sea of navy and shallow blue tones is bestrewn with pale floating bergs and dense gray islands and peninsulas.

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Featured Design: Islington link

Featured Design: Islington  link

Featured Design: Islington link

Marwell

Featured Design: Marwell

Featured Design: Marwell

Rich, warm walnut-brown, dark grays, and neutral creams swirl and coalesce into a dense medley of fascinating shapes and tones.

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Featured Design: Marwell link

Featured Design: Marwell  link

Featured Design: Marwell link

Golden Dragon

Featured Design: Golden Dragon

Featured Design: Golden Dragon

Elegant midnight black and sparkling golden currents flow harmoniously across this tantalizing design, interspersed with white highlights cresting across the wave tops.

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Why Cambria & Quartz Craft

A renovation is always an investment of both time an money. When deciding what you want to include in your project, considering who you want to work with is just as important as deciding what materials you want to use. Quartz Craft understands that your home is likely the space you will invest the most into, and we want you to be absolutely thrilled with the end result. That’s why we supply & install Cambria Surfaces - we believe in the product, as well as the warranty that accompanies it.

Why Quartz Craft?

There are many reasons to choose Quartz Craft to install your Cambria Surfaces, namely experience, customer service, and quality of workmanship. These principals are what have led us to be the top-rated Cambria provider in Ontario, based on customer feedback. If you’d like to learn more about what makes Quartz Craft different than other providers, click here.

Why Cambria?

Beauty

  • Cambria creates designs which capture the majestic beauty of quarry-cut stone to deliver to our customers. We think they do a pretty great job- with over 140+ breathtaking designs to choose from, there is no compromise on beauty for performance. You get the look and feel of granite, marble or soapstone but receive a stronger, safer and maintenance-free material

Strength & Durability

  • Cambria is 93% quartz, a natural stone. Quartz is the extremely hard mineral that gives Cambria its strength. Granite is only about 40% to 60% quartz, along with other softer minerals and impurities. Granite is a porous stone and needs to be sealed regularly with a chemical treatment. It can absorb liquids and food, risking potential staining and bacterial growth within the countertop. Cambria is durable and more resistant to surface damage than other stone.

Maintenance Free

  • Cambria quartz never needs to be sealed, reconditioned or polished. It is a surface that is truly everlasting, letting our customers enjoy the stunning beauty of natural stone without any of the headaches of quarry-cut countertops. No sealing, polishing or reconditioning is needed.  Simply wash with warm water.  It's that simple.  Plus Cambria will resist stains from common food items such as wine, coffee and tea.

Food Safe

  • Cambria has been certified by NSF International as safe for use as a food preparation surface.  Cambria is nonporous; therefore, food and moisture cannot penetrate the surface – the main source of growth for harmful bacteria. 

Seams

  • Cambria is a natural stone product that does require seams for any application longer than 121" or wider than 54.5".  These seams are generally visible, but often less noticeable than a typical granite seam.  Where there are seams the product pattern and shade can change. However; every attempt is made to match pattern and shade as closely as possible.

Everlasting Value

  • With its beauty and performance advantages, a Cambria kitchen countertop or bathroom vanity will add value to your home.

Guaranteed