Have you ever had to paint a room in your home? You probably spent hours poring over design websites and paint chips only to discover that picking the color is only the first step. You had to pick a paint finish, too.

If this is a familiar scenario, you might remember all of the factors that contribute to the paint finish decision. If your space is a high-traffic area and you have young children who like to express their “artistic” side, you want to choose a high-gloss finish that is easy to clean. If the room is a low traffic area, you are safe to go with something that is matte or textured.

Well, the good news is this: If you do have experience choosing a paint finish, you are well on your way to choosing a finish for your stone countertop, because the decision process is very similar.

To choose the perfect countertop finish, you’ll need to consider four factors: the type of stone you have chosen, the countertop’s function, your style preference, and effort spent maintaining the finish.

Take a few moments to think about your space and the stone you have chosen. How do you plan to use the surface? Who will most often be using it? What look fits your personal style?

After some thought, write down your answers to the questions below. Putting energy into the planning phase will ensure that your finished product will be exactly what you want and need for your space.

Choosing a Countertop Finish in 4 Easy Steps

  1. What type of stone did you choose?

Each stone choice lends itself to certain finishes. Granite countertops work great with polished, honed, or brushed finishes. When choosing marble, you’ll probably want either honed or polished. Some finishes make the stone color more vibrant, while others tend to mute it.

  1. What is the function of the countertop?

Will your countertop be in the kitchen, bathroom, wet bar, laundry, or outside? How often will you use the surface? Is the countertop meant to be a visual showpiece in your space? Or will it endure some wear and tear?

  1. How do you want the stone to look?

What is the general design feel in your home? Do you love time-honored traditional pieces? Or do you choose items that are trendy and modern? Maybe you prefer to fill your home with all things elegant and ornate. Or, possibly you love the rugged elements of nature.

  1. How much time and money do you have to spend on maintenance?

Just like each type of stone, finishes have differing levels of required maintenance. A polished finish needs careful maintenance to keep its glossy sheen, while a brushed or leathered finish is more forgiving.

After answering these four questions, you should have a list of must-haves for your countertop finish. Familiarize yourself with it and bring it along when you meet with us. It will be helpful all around to know what you are picturing for your space. Using your list as a guide, we will help you choose the right finish for your space.

Are you ready to move forward in your countertop design process? Visit our Consultation page to learn more!