What Finishes Work For Different Stones
When choosing countertops of granite or marble, you’ve probably come across terms like honed, polished, brushed and antiqued. To put away any confusions or misunderstandings you may have regarding these words and how they apply to your counter choices, we at Granite Brothers will give you a detailed overview of unpolished stones and which stones can work well with added finishing touches.
Finishing processes involve polishing surfaces like granite with a unique process that differed from the usual shining methods you see with most counters. Honing is considered a technique to give stones a matte finish, giving them a smooth subtle look that isn’t much different to one produced with polishing. Leathered stones have a bolder raised texture than honed stones. Brushing surfaces involves a polishing that still retains the stones natural texture without the added roughness. Antiqued stones having more varying textures, depending on the surfaces used.
Honing is preferred in the case of certain stones because of their unique minerals rather than polishing, and the great news is that since all these differently processed stones mostly require the same level of maintenance, you can ultimately choose whatever textures and designs of stone suit your taste. Stones that work best with texture changes are:
White Carrara Marble is honed to give marble variations which would not be achieved through polishing or leathering tools. Since its diverse and patterned stones cannot gain a smooth texture with a matte or honed finish, it is mostly feathered for a unique, natural touch.
Granite offers may stone varieties that work well with different processes. The honed Absolute Black and the luxuriously dark, brushed Premium Black granites are two very popular counter choices that have naturally solid charcoal colors which give your home a natural look with an unpolished finish. Costa Esmeralda is another granite stone of Persian descent that works best with an untraditional finish, giving you a brighter calmer design after being honed so your kitchen style remains perfectly subtle. Brown Antique Granite takes well to a leathered finish, which gives it greater texture and density, all while maintaining a softer stone look that works quite untraditionally well. Virginia Mist Granite can get a soft grey weathered look through honing or brushing, which makes it easy to pair with white granite and marble.
Quartzite is another stone that works well with different finishes. Fantasy Brown quartzite can offer a wide variety of textures and colors after honing or leathering, due to the tactile changes that the stone’s diagonal mineral lines undergo. This gives the stone a beautiful visual appearance that offers a lot of vibrancy to the home.
Regardless of processing, unpolished stones whether granite, marble or quartzite offers their own unique designs which can give many different textures that you can enjoy shopping for, so get to feeling these beauties at Granite Brothers to pick slabs that feel right to the touch for you!
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