Styling With Modern Countertop Finishes & Edges

Black Pearl Granite kitchen island close up

Finishes Available For Natural Stone


Polished Finish

The polished finish shine of granite is the first finish most people envision when talking about natural stone kitchen countertops. For years, the high-gloss polished finish has been the staple for stylish, elegant, and classic kitchen design. In fact, this finish has become the norm in contemporary kitchens and bathrooms. There are a few good reasons for this:

  • When a natural stone is polished the true character and the full richness of color is on display. Also, this type of finish adds a luxurious elegance to the décor through the highly reflective mirror-like surface, that also gives any kitchen or bathroom the appearance of being larger than it is.
  • When a natural stone is polished the true character and the full richness of color is on display. Also, this type of finish adds a luxurious elegance to the décor through the highly reflective mirror-like surface, that also gives any kitchen or bathroom the appearance of being larger than it is.
Black Pearl Granite kitchen island close up
Black Pearl Granite kitchen island close up

Since polished natural stone surfaces draw a lot of attention and will become the centerpiece of your space, you may want to choose a more subtle finish if you want to display another element of your décor.

Honed Finish

This finish is also known as “matte” finish. In the interior and kitchen design worlds it is one of the hottest trends on the market today. Honed surfaces are non-reflective and offer a soft and satin-like haptic. These matte surfaces reflect the ambient lighting with a much softer and intimate effect, adding much charm and coziness to a space.

Pro Tip: As honing can fade the natural color of any material but is much more noticeable on darker stones.

Fantasy Brown Marble bathroom vanity top with dual sinks
Fantasy Brown Marble bathroom vanity top with dual sinks

Polished finishes are a great and very popular choice for granites as it helps display the tight patterns and the clusters of tight crystalline veins, our honed finish is a great choice for marble as it does not take away from the large flowing veins found in many natural marble.

Leathered Finish

One of the more recently trending finishes is the Leathered finish. In the industry the leathered finish is also known as the “brushed” finish. When a material has this amazing finish applied to it you will see all of the natural characteristics of the stone. This distinctive rough look displays the mineral content of the stone while leaving behind a velvet like texture and haptic. A leathered finish will reflect very little light adding a rustic and natural feel to your space.

Black Pearl Granite Leathered Kitchen Island Countertop
Black Pearl Granite Leathered Kitchen Island Countertop

Another great perk of using a leathered or brushed finish is this surface easily conceals smudges and flaws. This makes cleaning this finish a breeze, all you need to use is a microfiber and suitable/recommended cleaning agent. Beauty and function wrapped in one awesome finish, who wouldn’t want that?


Available Custom Natural Stone Countertop Edges

Modern & Contemporary Edges

Eased Edge

  • Eased Edge - Countertop Edges
  • Eased Edge on Granite Countertops

The Eased Edge offers a clean look while providing a corner that is highly impact-resistant. This edge also provides a safer space as the sharp edges have been rounded over. All of the these amazing features combined with the sleek form allows the eased edge to be very popular for traditional and modern kitchens alike.

Beveled Edge

  • 1/4" Bevel Edge - Countertops Edges
  • 1/2" Bevel Edge - Countertop Edges
  • Quarter Inch Beveled Granite Countertop Edge

A Beveled Edge is a subtle way to bring a viewer’s attention to your countertops. The light reflects off the surface of the 45° angled edge which creates contrast like any well cut gemstone. With its clean angles, the bevel edge fits very well in a contemporary kitchen theme. There are two main bevels on the market, ¼” and ½”.

Chiseled Edge

  • Chiseled Edge - Countertop Edges
  • Cosmic Black Granite Kitchen Countertops With Chiseled Edge
  • Cosmic Black Granite Kitchen Island Chiseled Edge
  • Gran Paradiso Quartz kitchen countertop rough edged install

The chiseled edge or “raw edge” adds a very different look to your granite countertops compared to a bullnose, bevel, or other edges, giving your kitchen a more natural or rustic appearance. While the chiseled/raw edge may make granite countertops look like the slabs were just broken off, if that was what actually happened it would be much less aesthetically satisfying. So instead, the raw edge effect is created by chiseling the edges off the granite slab, with a tool or machine.This creates a ragged but also sufficiently uniform edge that looks natural but does not contain sharp spurs or other imperfections. 

Transitional Edges

Half Round / Bullnose Edge

The Half Round or Half Bullnose edge is the perfect mix of kitchen design and functionality. This countertop edge is very popular due the the soft rounded top edge creating beautiful and harmless lines that run the length of the kitchen surfaces, also, creating a drip path that does not lead back to the cabinetry below the surface. The functional design hidden within the edge ensures the spill will not run on the underside of the countertop.

Half Bullnose Edge - Countertop Edges
Half Bullnose Edge – Countertop Edges

Full Round / Bullnose Edge

A Full Round or Full Bullnose edge will take all angles and edges off the countertop creating a soft, semi-circular edge profile. It’s an edge that’s versatile enough to blend in any design. One drawback about this edge though is that any spills on the counter may trickle down along the curved edge into the cabinetry below. As long as you take care to wipe up all liquids immediately before they reach the edge, it’ll be fine.

Full Bullnose Edge - Countertop Edges
Full Bullnose Edge – Countertop Edges

Traditional Edges

Ogee Edge

The Ogee edge is a popular staple when it comes to natural stone countertop edges. The suave “S” shaped edge provides a classic look for the traditional kitchen. The Ogee will help highlight the beauty of your stone surfaces.

  • Ogee Edge - Countertop Edges
  • Ogee Granite Countertop Edge Profile

Roman Ogee Edge

Laminated Edges

  • Laminated Edge - Countertop Edges
  • Mitered Edge - Countertop Edges
  • Marbella White Quartz kitchen countertop
  • Carrara Venatino Quartz waterfall edge countertop

A Laminated edge provides the look of a robust surface without the actual weight and ramifications a slab that thick could create. This edge is created by glueing stone underneath the edge of the countertop material. It is most popular where any sub-straight material needs to hidden.

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