Granite kitchen countertops are commonly used as they are very durable and resistant to heat. They also do not require much maintenance. There are several varieties of granites to choose from like brown, green, blue, cream and of course black. Choosing the right granite countertop for your kitchen depends a lot on picking the most suitable finish because different types of finishes have different textures and appearances which can dramatically change the style and atmosphere of the kitchen. Generally, granite is available in three different types of finishes—polished, honed and flamed. In this article, we will explain the advantages and disadvantages of the three types of finishes that granite countertops can have so that you can make a well-informed decision which you won't regret later on.
The most popular type of finish for granite countertops is polished granite as it has a mirror-like quality which is reflective and helps to make small kitchens seem larger and more spacious. Furthermore, polished granite is shiny, glossy and tends to enhance the crystals and grains of the stone as well as the colour. Compared to raw granite stone, a polished granite finish will make the colour of the kitchen countertop look much darker and richer. This type of finish requires the granite to be properly polished.
One of the advantages of a polished granite finish is that it accentuates the shiny new look, which can make the kitchen look brighter. Other than that, this type of finish is also very low-maintenance and does not stain easily. On the other hand, polished granite can get damaged relatively easily if strong house cleaners are used. Scratches and chips also tend to be more obvious since it has a shiny surface. The best way to maintain a polished granite countertop is to clean it with soap and water, then wipe it dry. If it loses its shine after a few years, it can be renewed by polishing it again. Please also refer to our article titled make your kitchen sparkle and shine for more ideas.
The opposite of a glossy finish is basically a honed finish, which is basically non-reflective and matte. This type of granite countertops are not polished as much as the former. For a more elegant look, we recommend combining the honed granite countertop with kitchen cabinets that have a shiny surface. For more ideas, here are 14 awesome kitchen cabinets for your Indian kitchen.
Although honed granite countertops have a smooth surface like polished granite, they do not show scratches and flaws easily. However unlike polished granite, honed granite countertops can stain relatively easily. Instead of enhancing the texture and colour of the stone, this type of finish can actually make the colour of the stone fade. For more inspiration, here are 8 kitchen countertop ideas for Indian homes.
For a more natural feel, a flamed granite kitchen countertop is the way to go. The rough texture of this type of finish makes it look more like natural stone. The faded look suits rustic kitchens and matches well with wood. We highly recommend a flamed granite finish for outdoor kitchens as well. For more inspiration, here are 10 elegant countertop ideas for your kitchen.
The main benefit of a flamed granite countertop is its rich and natural texture. However it is very important to select a high-quality sealant in order to prevent fungus and stains. Also make sure the sealant is not toxic and is appropriate for kitchens. One of the disadvantages of flamed granite countertops is that they are not as easy to clean as polished granite or honed granite. The best way to clean this type of granite is with a bit of alcohol, water and detergent. Finally, it should be wiped dry.
We hope this article will help you choose the most suitable finish for your granite kitchen countertop. For more ideas like this, please also read our article titled 6 contemporary kitchen designs.