What to Know About a Honed Finish

A honed countertop finish is super chic and modern! It doesn’t have a shine and creates a more flat appearance than a polished finish.

Putting a honed finish on a stone will almost always make it appear lighter in color. When a polished stone is honed, the depth, hues, and veins that were once very prevalent are often muted and more subtle. This can make a space feel really ethereal and calming.

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Why we love a honed finish

Because honed finishes are already matte, the dull marks from scratches and etches are more likely to be camouflaged and masked than on a polished finish surface. Many people worry about the wear and tear of natural stone countertops, so being able to mitigate the appearance of scratching and etching is a big advantage.

One thing to be aware of with this finish

The pores in a honed stone are more receptive to liquid and therefore a honed finish could stain a little bit more easily than a polished surface. It’s important to reseal natural countertops every few years to keep the moisture out, and especially stone with a honed finish.

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We can hone stone at Metropolitan Cabinets & Countertops

We have the machinery to add a honed finish to natural stone in our Norwood, Massachusetts stone fabrication shop. If a client finds a polished slab within our own stock inventory or at another stone vendor, we can then put the finish on in our fabrication facility.

Quartz comes in honed finishes

Some quartz brands offer colors with a matte finish, including one from one of our Massachusetts stone vendors, the Boston Granite Exchange. This look is contemporary and goes best with modern and transitional styles.

Want to see more countertop ideas?

Check out our stone slab gallery for inspiration!


Contact our stone team to learn more!