Matt Stone vs Polished Stone – Which One Is Right for You
When you choose new stone worktops for your home, you can choose between matt stone or polished worktops. Each of these options could give you the look that you want in your kitchen, but which one is right for you? KML worktops has both matt and polished worktops available in several materials, including granite, marble and quartz. To get the right look and the most practical worktops for your kitchen, you need to think about a few things that will influence your decision.
Matt vs Gloss: What’s the Difference?
The difference between matt stone and polished or gloss worktops isn’t too difficult to work out. The clue is in their names. Matt (or honed) worktops have a flat surface, with no polishing, so they don’t reflect light. A matt finish gives you a consistent colour and looks the same from any angle. Polished or gloss worktops have been polished to give them a smooth and shiny surface. Many people prefer the reflective quality of polished stone and the bright look it can lend to their kitchen. However, colour choice can be important if you’re looking for a high shine.
The appearance of both matt and polished stone worktops is going to play a big role in which one you think is right for your kitchen. As previously mentioned, a matt stone finish will give you a flat surface that doesn’t reflect light, while a polished surface will have a high shine. But it’s not just what these options look like in isolation that matter. You also need to think about the style of your kitchen as a whole, either as it currently is or as you want it to be. A matt finish worktop is a good choice if you’re looking for a more traditional look and you like a natural aesthetic, whereas polished worktops can give you a contemporary, sleek style.
Practicality is also important to consider when you’re choosing between matt stone and polished stone worktops. One of the benefits of a honed finish for your worktops is that they can make it easier to hide wear and tear. The natural surface won’t show scratches and other minor damage as easily as polished worktops can. At the same time, they are also more vulnerable to stains and scratches, making the ability to hide them necessary. Polished worktops won’t damage as easily, but when they are scratched or chipped, it can be very noticeable.
Matt and polished stone worktops require different levels of maintenance. Because stains can show up more easily on honed stone worktops, especially with paler colours, it’s important to be careful. You need to be careful to clean up spills quickly and make sure that you keep the surfaces as clean as possible. You can be a bit more lenient with polished stone because it repels moisture and is more resistant to damage.
Both matt stone and polished stone are great options for your kitchen worktops. KML has both, so you can choose the ones that work for you.