Create A Unique Look For Your Granite Countertops With A Leather Finish…



When most people think of granite countertops, they often picture a beautiful, natural stone with a high gloss finish. That’s because a polished finish is the most popular choice among consumers. With it’s glossy, mirror finish that is often reflective, many consumers love this look.  In fact, the majority of granite countertops that we sell contain a polished finish. There are however, a variety of other options available that some people prefer. One such finish that has been gaining popularity is the leathered finish.  A leather finish offers a smooth, matte look that includes a slight texture to the touch, which gives it a unique look that some consumers are attracted to.

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Smokey White Leathered Finish

A leather finish is similar to a honed finish, which offers a smooth, matte look, yet adds the interesting surface appeal to the touch.

Let’s take a look at a few leathered kitchens…

Traditional Kitchen by Columbus Design-Build Firms J.S. Brown & Co.
Traditional Kitchen by Princeton Architects & Building Designers Knight Architects LLC

Whether you are looking for a polished finish for your granite countertops, leather finish, or some other finish type, we can help answer your questions. Make sure you stop by our showroom today to look at our products and finish options.

Thanks for reading!

Barb

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Posted in Finish Options, Granite on March 28th, 2016 by Barb | | 0 Comments



Add A Subtle Look To Your Home With Some Premium Black Honed Granite…



In this blog, I wanted to share a few photos of a project we fabricated and installed in Premium Black Honed granite. Premium Black is one of the darkest black granite’s available. While it does have a pattern, it very tight and consistent throughout, which gives the material a very solid looking color. This project incorporated a honed finish, which is a matte finish that is smooth to the touch. A honed finish provides more of a subtle look than a polished finish, which provides a glossy look. When the color, Premium Black is honed, the material will appear lighter, or more gray than if it were polished. Some consumers prefer a honed finish to a polish finish, as it won’t show finger prints as easily, and gives a bit more of a rustic look.

Let’s take a look at the project…

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Premium Black Granite (Honed Finish)
Contractor: Full Circle Construction

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Premium Black Granite (Honed Finish)
Contractor: Full Circle Construction

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Premium Black Granite (Honed Finish)
Contractor: Full Circle Construction

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Premium Black Granite (Honed Finish)
Contractor: Full Circle Construction

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Premium Black Granite (Honed Finish)
Contractor: Full Circle Construction

If you have questions about a honed finish, make sure you stop by our showroom. We would love to answer them for you and help you out with your countertop project.

Thanks for reading!

Barb

 

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Posted in Finish Options, Granite on March 23rd, 2016 by Barb | | 0 Comments



Add Some Luxury To Your Home With Some Opalescence Granite…



In this blog, I wanted to share a few photos of a project we recently fabricated and installed in Opalescence granite. Opalescence is one of those colors that has been popular over the years. It’s dark, neutral tones make it a good option for decorating, and since it is one of Group A colors, it is an affordable choice for many consumers. While the overall look of this stone often looks black, it does have flecks of gold, brown and some green, which are more prominent under bright light. This kitchen features a honed finish, which is smooth to the touch, but has a matte, or more dull look to it. I don’t know about you, but I really like the open design of this kitchen. The dark stone also provides a nice contrast to the white cabinets.

Let’s take a look at the project…

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Opalescence Granite (Honed)
Contractor: Redstone Builders

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Opalescence Granite (Honed)
Contractor: Redstone Builders

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Opalescence Granite (Honed)
Contractor: Redstone Builders

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Opalescence Granite (Honed)
Contractor: Redstone Builders

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Opalescence Granite (Honed)
Contractor: Redstone Builders

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Barb

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Posted in Decorating, Design, Finish Options, Granite, Uncategorized on November 21st, 2014 by Barb | | 0 Comments



Granite Countertops—Polished Vs. Antique Finish What Is The Difference?



In our showroom, we get asked a lot of questions about finish options. In this blog, I wanted to take a look at the difference between a polished finish and an antique finish.

Let’s take a look at a picture of the same stone in 2 different finishes…

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Absolute Black Granite Sample (Left Side -Polished Finish, Right Side-Antique Finish)

The granite sample above shows an Absolute Black granite sample, with the left side polished and the right side with an antique finish. Both of the finishes provide a nice look, but definitely take on a different appearance. The polished finish, which is the most popular choice for countertops, has a glossy, mirror-type finish that has some reflectivity. The antique finish has a brush, slightly textured finished and has a much duller appearance. Some consumers use it for countertops, but it may be a better choice for fireplace surrounds, or flooring applications. Like a honed, or leather finish, an antique finish is also more susceptible to staining and scratching than one that is polished.

If you are looking for countertop material, we can help with color selections, as well as finish options. Make sure you stop by our showroom today.

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Barb

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Posted in Finish Options, Granite on February 6th, 2014 by Barb | | 0 Comments



Granite Countertops—Polished vs. Leather What Is The Difference?



In our showroom, we often get asked questions in regards to finish options, as there are a number of choices. In this blog, I wanted to take a look at the difference between a polished finish and a leather finish.

Let’s take a look at a picture of the same stone in 2 different finishes…

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Cosmos Granite Sample (Left Side -Polished Finish, Right Side-Leather Finish)

The granite sample above shows the color, Cosmos, with the left side polished and the right side in a leather finish. Both finishes are smooth, but definitely have a different look to them. The polished finish has a gloss, mirror finish and is more reflective. It is the most popular choice for granite countertops and best choice in regards to staining and scratching factors (very slim). The leather finish is smooth and soft and often appears slightly more polished than a honed finish, but offers a slight texture. It is a fairly popular choice for granite countertops, especially to those consumers who are interested in a granite, but prefer a unique look. Like a honed material, it is also more susceptible to staining and scratching than one that is polished.

Whether you are looking for a polished finish for your granite countertops, or a finish that offers a little different look, we can help with your questions. Stop by our showroom today for answers.

Thanks for reading!

Barb

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Posted in Finish Options, Granite on January 8th, 2014 by Barb | | 0 Comments



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