Choosing kitchen countertops is an exciting prospect, but you do have quite a few decisions to make. Should you choose granite, marble, quartz, or another material? Once you choose one, you need to decide on the color, shape, pattern, edge profile, and so one. You also need to decide on accents, backsplashes, and other stuff.
As if that wasn’t enough to give you a headache, the next thing you need to think about is the finish of your kitchen countertops. If you chose stone, then that usually means either matte or glossy. Other finishes are available, but these are the most popular. If you are not sure which one will work for you, here is some information to help you choose wisely.
Dollar to doughnuts, most kitchen countertops you will see will have a glossy finish. This applies especially to granite and quartz countertops, while marble countertops can go either way.
One of the best things about a glossy finish for kitchen countertops is its high reflective property. It makes small and/or dark kitchens look larger and brighter. It also works with light-colored kitchens to a certain degree. Because glossy finishes tend to pick up strong colors in the room, altering the look of your kitchen countertops.
On the other hand, a high gloss finish in an all-white kitchen can be a bit too bright for comfort. A good way to avoid that is to specify a semi-gloss finish, which is about 50% less reflective than a high gloss one.
Another great thing about a glossy finish is that it does not hold on to fingerprints, dust, and dirt. In most cases, a quick swipe with a dry cloth will clean those right off. Greasy stains are also less noticeable, as the flossy finish hides it quite successfully. This is particularly useful when small children and careless teenagers are around, as it makes clean up so much easier.
Because it is so popular with homeowners, companies supplying and installing kitchen countertops offer the glossy finish option for most stone materials. This includes engineered stones such as quartz countertops. In fact, since this is a standard finish, most countertop specialist will not charge you extra for it.
Matte is also a popular finish with many homeowners, although not to the degree of a glossy finish. Homeowners that choose marble countertops are most likely to choose a matte finish as this more fully captures the subtle elegance of the stone. In fact, people that favor a more laid-back and toned-down look are more likely to choose a matte finish over a glossy finish.
That said, not all stone materials will work with a matte finish. While granite itself can stand up well to the sandblasting process that produces a matte surface, it makes some granite colors look uninteresting at best, and dirty at worst. Generally, dark colored granite looks better with a matte finish than lighter ones do. If you are not sure if the granite you choose will look well with a matte finish, ask your countertop specialist.
In most cases, you can request a matte finish from your fabricator if you choose a natural stone such as marble and granite. That is not the case for manmade stones, where finishing is part of the process. Manufacturers may offer some design lines in either a glossy or a matte finish, in which case you are in luck. Typically, however, standard quartz countertops do not come in a matte finish. If you request it from the manufacturer, you will probably have to pay extra for it.
Kitchen countertops with a matte finish have a subdued look. It has little or no reflective quality and tends to absorb light, so it is not a good choice if you have a dark kitchen. On the other hand, if your kitchen countertop gets lots of natural or artificial light, the matte finish can cut the glare that a glossy finish would produce. This is especially true if you have white or light-colored kitchen countertops. If you have marble or granite countertops with subtle veining and speckles, they are more noticeable with a matte finish.
While a matte finish might help you avoid a cookie cutter look to your kitchen, it does not always work for the best. Overall, a glossy finish looks and works better for most kitchen countertops. Of course, if your personal style leans more towards a matte finish, then you should certainly go for it. Keystone Granite & Tile can certainly help you get what you need for your kitchen countertops.
We service the areas of Columbus, Ohio, Delaware cities, Lancaster and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, with showrooms in Lancaster and Horsham, Pennsylvania as well as New Castle, Delaware. We can walk you through each slab and explain about the different finishes we can offer for each one.
Once you have chosen your slabs and finish, we provide free professional design consultation and quotes. So, you know exactly where you are before committing. We are experts at fabricating and installing granite counters, so you can be confident that you will get the very best in product and service quality.
If you prefer engineered stones, we also carry the top brands in the industry such as Cambria, Caesarstone, Silestone, and MSI, all with manufacturer warranties. We also have a quick turnaround, so you will get your products on time and on budget.
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