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Honed vs. Polished Marble for Your Remodel

So many factors come into play when you try to decide whether to choose honed or polished marble for your kitchen or bathroom remodel. To start with it you need to know some qualities and features of both.

Honed marble has the smooth finish but doesn’t have the gloss of the polished marble. That’s the biggest and most visible difference you will notice right away. Taking this into consideration when designing your room will help you to make the right choice. For more natural, relaxed look, but still with a high-end look in mind, you would go for a honed finish. The colors and veining are more diffused in the stone itself. That can play a part if you are using some bold accent colors or busy patterns for the rest of the finishes. In this example with Bedrosians Honed Mosaic Marble you can pick out hardware contrasting with the background of the marble tile. Brass and gold finishes are very popular and making a comeback as a warmer color palette.

If you aim for a high-end look with luster and high gloss that shines in the light and reflects a luxury atmosphere of your space, you most definitely will prefer polished marble. The natural stone vividly shows off the veining and natural intrusions of the rock. You can have a more defined bold look for your design. Here is a great example where the vanity is making a statement among the versatile Carrara White honed tile from Daltile, creating a spa feel for the whole bathroom.

For the areas of your house with high traffic, we would recommend the honed marble. It is more slip resistant and makes a great fit for kitchen, bathroom, and areas around the pool. Using a special sealant will protect your beautiful floor from liquid damage and staining. As well as scratches won’t be as noticeable on the honed marble. Proper care for your marble is still a great idea, make sure you only use the products that are fit for marble and use furniture pads to prevent scratching.

Due to its nature, marble is very porous and is not stain resistant. However, polished marble is a little bit easier to maintain if you wipe off the stains immediately, so liquids do not penetrate the surface. Honed marble will absorb liquids a little quicker than polished marble. Consider this when you make your decision. Regularly seal your marble surfaces and choose the non-acidic cleaners. The floors in your bathroom will sustain a lot of moisture, so it’s imperative to clean it with care regularly. What a beautiful and peaceful retreat this Honed Marble Mosaic 9 Tile in Oriental White by Bedrosians creates! You would want to preserve it for years to come.

With so many variations in color of the slabs, marble makes the perfect material to create a unique design for your kitchen. Combine large format marble tiles with the matching color marble mosaics and create a continuous luxury feel where cooking or just hanging out would be a pleasure. Latest trends for geometric mosaics highlight marble features even more vividly. We love this Calacatta Gris Honed Lotus Mesh Mosaic from Arizona Tile. With organic curves of the tile, you can play with design and bring more natural elements into your kitchen design.

Whether you prefer polished or honed marble mosaic tile, don’t just stop at the kitchen backsplash. These intricate designs look great on the floor, too. They look great on the bathroom floors, like this Bedrosians large bathroom that features honed marble mosaic from their Monet Collection.

Marble has been used in home building and design for centuries and it is still one of the most luxurious and versatile products out there. If you need help creating the bathroom or kitchen of your dreams, call our customer service staff and let us help you decide on the best product to fit your home style!