When it comes to selecting stone materials for your new home feature wall, or countertop, you probably have a very clear idea as to how you would want it to be like, be it smooth, shiny, neutral in colour, or patterned. In order to make this vision into reality, you need to pick the right materials that will best suit your practical needs and aesthetic preferences.
Besides getting the right look, there are other factors to consider as will, such as the finishing of the stone top which can proof to make or break the look you are envisioning. So, here are 4 most commonly used finishing in home interiors!
The most popular finish for most stone tops is polished of course. Polishing gives the stone a highly reflective shine that produces the least porous finished surface. Machine buffers used in conjunction with specially formulated buffing powders can accomplish the job for most granite and marble counter or dining tops. As for marble flooring, the most effective technique, however, is industrial diamond polishing. This precise, multistep process uses metal-bonded diamond discs to level the floor, followed by resinous diamond discs in conjunction with polishing compound to produce the shine. On the other hand, quartz which are man-made generally can hold its shine without any further buffering. However, as quartz contain bonding components such as resin, they usually do not shine as well as polished marble or granite.
The polished finish helps bring out the richness of the color as well as the true character of the stone and enhances its natural beauty, creating a highly reflective, mirror-like surface that makes the kitchen or bathroom appear more spacious. Most importantly, adding luxury and elegance to the interior outlook.
Usually, polished stone can retain its high-gloss look for years and even if the shine starts to fade, the countertop can be easily buffed and polished again. This finishing is also the least porous of the different countertop finishes, so it is great for preventing stains, can be easily cleaned, and does not need to be sealed as often as the other types of finishes. However, with all this benefits, this finishing also has its flaws: Marble being predominantly calcium carbonate, can react with acidic liquids relatively easy and this will cause etching which are blurred spots that can only be removed by machine buffing and polishing. So when it comes to counter top options do take into consideration for the maintenance!
Often referred to as a matte finish, the honed finish is smooth to the touch and creates a soft, satiny feel. Although not being as reflective as polished surfaces, they do accept and redistribute natural light with an incandescent effect and add a lot of charm and rustic beauty to the ambience.
The finishing process is similar to the one used for creating polished finishes, but it stops before the stone becomes shiny, leaving it with a satin or matte appearance.