marble finish

Your Field Guide to Different Marble Finishes

Marble is a unique stone to work with. It can be used to create a classic, historical elegance while also being seen as chic and modern in newer home designs.

How do you want your marble to look when your project is complete, and how high-traffic is the area you are placing the stone in? The answers to these questions will determine what marble finish you should choose.

Thinking of using marble in your next project? Here is your field guide to different marble finishes and where to use them in your home.

Honed Marble Finish

Honed marble is another wonderful finish that brings out the gorgeous characteristics in this natural stone. This choice in finish looks velvety and satin with a smooth-to-the-touch feel. Honed marble is quite scratch resistant, making it a great choice for flooring. This works great in high-traffic areas as well, because any potential damage done to the marble will not be visible, since honed marble is not reflective.

Polished Marble Finish

A popular choice for marble-lovers, this choice creates a high-gloss finish that brings an air of luxury to any marble surface. This refined choice creates a smooth, reflective finish that brings out the character and subtlety of this beautiful stone.

Polished marble will not need to be re-sealed as many times as honed marble. It also stands up better against stains. Polished marble looks beautiful on a vanity, on walls, or as a backsplash. However, since it is more susceptible to scratches, it would be a poor choice for floors.

Brushed Marble

For those looking for a textured marble that stands up immaculately to wear, brushed may be the best option. As the name implies, brushed marble is a textured finish created by brushing the stone with hard nylon or steel. This finish is visually appealing and causes the marble to become resistant to scratches and marks.

Tumbled Marble Stone

The tumbled marble finish, sometimes referred to as “antiqued” involves the distressing the tile edges in a stone bath of grit or sand. This takes the “sharp” edges off the tile and creates a beautifully antique look. This distressed, aged appearance is perfect for those looking to create a boldly Roman or Grecian appearance in their stone floors or walls.

Basement Tile Ideas

There are so many different marble finishes to choose from. We have chosen four of the more popular options to describe. Looking to achieve a different type of marble finish, such as brush-hammered, flamed, or honed and pillow? Talk to Marmol and get the marble finish of your dreams.

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