When choosing a new quartz countertop for your kitchen or bathroom, you probably have a very clear idea as to how you’d like it to look. In order to recreate your vision in reality and pick the countertop which will best fit your practical needs and aesthetic preferences, you need to review a wide variety of options and choose the right material, color, edge profile, and surface finish for your dream kitchen quartz countertop. When it comes to surface finish, the first type that comes to our mind is always polished finish. Actually, there are different types of finish besides polished finish.
It often refers to as a matte finish, the honed finish – one of the hottest countertop finishes in recent years – is smooth to touch and can create a soft, satiny feel. Honed surfaces are not reflective and shiny like polished ones, but they accept and redistribute natural light with an incandescent effect and add a lot of charm and rustic beauty to the ambience.
This is one of the newest countertop finishes. A leathered or brushed finish brings out the natural characteristics of the stone. The distinctive rough look of it is created with the help of an abrasive diamond brush, applied to a honed surface, which depends on the mineral content of the stone, several layers of shine and matte appear alternatively on the finished surface, resulting in a velvety, textured appearance that is reminiscent of leather. The brushed finish doesn’t reflect any light, giving the stone a more rustic and natural look.
A flamed finish is created by exposing the stone to intense heat. The extremely high temperature causes the individual grains in the stone to burst and change color. This results in a rough texture with a natural, faded appearance. The colors are muted like tan or charcoal
Caressed finish is created by adding some shine to a leathered finish. The raised areas of the stone are polished to achieve a beautiful sheen, which gives the countertop surface an elegant, yet rugged appearance. This process seals the pores of the stone (not as much as a polished finish but more than a leathered finish), making the caressed finish very suitable for granite quartz countertops.