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Countertop Finish Options

Posted on: May 23, 2014

Kitchen Countertops

When it comes to countertops, you have many different options. Updating your countertops can make a big impact and help enhance the overall design of your kitchen. Not only do you have different choices for countertop materials (granite, marble, etc.), but there are many different finishes as well.

Countertop Finishes

In general, some of the most popular countertop finishes include:

  • Polished (glossy)
  • Honed (smooth matte)
  • Rubbed (smooth, no sheen)
  • Sawn (textured)
  • Brushed (rough, with some ridges and bumps)

Polished and honed are two of the most popular.

Kitchen Countertop Finishes

Honed vs. Polished Countertops

Polished countertops can create a refined, elegant look for your kitchen—their beauty is what makes them so appealing. Honed countertops, or sandblasted countertops with a honed effect, have a different kind of beauty. They work well for those who want to create a more aged look, and they tend to be less vulnerable to staining. Also keep in mind that stains aren’t as visible in lighter colored countertops.

For families with children or those who cook and entertain a lot, honed quartz countertops may be ideal. In addition to the stain-resistant characteristics of honed surfaces, quartz is lighter in color and is more resistant than other materials to:

  • Staining
  • Scratching
  • Burning

Custom Kitchen Design in Maryland, DC & Virginia

In our showroom, you can see different countertop samplings—like marble, granite, quartz—in different types of finishes, including honed and polished. Our designers can help you select the best material and finish based on your:

  • Design preferences
  • Needs
  • Lifestyle
  • Budget

Kitchen Countertop Finish Options

We specialize in creating award-winning kitchens for homeowners throughout the Washington, DC metropolitan area, maximizing the functionality of their spaces and enhancing their beauty. We’ll make sure you can enjoy—and wisely use—every part of your kitchen, from the cabinets to the countertops.

Visit our showroom to see samples of different countertops or contact us to discuss your custom kitchen design project!

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