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Choosing Honed versus Polished Countertops

Choosing Honed versus Polished Countertops

Natural stone is a popular and high-impact design choice for countertops in both kitchens and bathrooms. Yet many people do not consider the type of polish effect they would like in those spaces, particularly because polished stone is the go-to look for most countertops. Many are discovering the look of a honed finish and find that it fits well into their design and their lifestyle. When it comes to home remodeling in San Diego, honed finishes are gaining in popularity and many are considering it for their kitchen and bathroom projects.


A polished countertop is a surface that has been buffed to a high shine. This look and method showcases the full color and character of natural stone countertops and allows the figure and sparkle found within the stone to stand out. For those interested in having the countertop be a focal point in their design, this is a great finish to achieve that in any space. With polished stone countertops, the surface is treated with a sealer to protect the finish from water and oil stains. From time to time, a polish countertop may need to be resealed. Nicks and scratches may stand out, but the countertop can be buffed and sealed back to its original shine.


The honed countertop undergoes a similar smoothing and buffing process, but does not have the final shine and polish applied to it. The end result is a smooth surface with a matte or satin look that is an understated design choice. A honed countertop often has a signature smooth or grayed out look to the surface, but the figure and character of the stone are still noticeable. Often, a design that embraces the natural imperfections and patina that stone develops over time is a perfect place for a honed, rather than a polished finish. Honed countertops are also more forgiving of water and oil marks, and any that linger will be removed during regular maintenance.  Many people use the honed look on granite, marble, limestone, and soapstone countertops. It is especially popular with marble, as it is a softer stone and more prone to a patina that develops similarly to the honed look. Many homeowners that install marble may be aiming for that aged look, and a honed surface is a great way to achieve that in a newly remodeled space.


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