Finishes and Edges
While granite countertops have seemingly endless options for colors and patterns, they are mostly available in two main finish types, honed and polished (glossy). Honed finishes have a matte look that in some situations gives granite countertops the appearance of other materials like soapstone. Polished finishes on granite countertops are good for reflecting light which can make a small kitchen or bathroom feel much larger. Other finish types available for granite countertops include sandblasted, brushed, and flamed looks.
The edging of a countertop has a huge impact on its overall look and granite countertops have the most edge options available.
- Eased Edgeoned: The most simple edge option available.
- Bullnose and Beveled Edges: These edges are more rounded and detailed than eased edges and they are cut at an angle with a rounded, downward flow.
- Ogee, DuPont, and Triple Waterfall Edges: These edges are very detailed and are often used to create many high-end looks for more elaborate kitchens and bathrooms. These edge styles can complement any interior design but are also more expensive than other edge options.
- Curved Edging: This option features curved edges and corners as opposed to the naturally sharp edges and corners for a softer, more comfortable look.