Texture is rapidly becoming one of the watch words in the kitchen industry right now, with lots of natural and man-made materials taking on new texture throughout the space. This includes the countertop, where natural stone is still reigning, but with different finishes than the traditional polish.
While many people still like polished and honed counters for their simplicity and easy cleaning, more homeowners are also beginning to turn to finishes such as flamed and leather granite to get more depth out of their counters.
Flaming is the process of heating up the surface of the granite so that the weakest particles are brushed away. It leaves behind a very rough textured surfaces that glitters with quartz and silica particles. This also has the effect of muting the colors of the granite, so for example Absolute Black becomes more of a deep steel gray.
Leather finished granite has a smoother texture than flamed granite, but with a contoured movement across the surface of the stone. Meant to mimic the appearance of crocodile leather, this texture has a low sheen that still brings out the color of the stone, while adding depth and interest to the surface at the same time.
Not all granites can be textured, and not all granites tend to look their best with these finishes as well. It’s always best to have a sample done first to see how the stone will react before ordering the finish on the entire countertop. Darker stones, such as gabbros, tend to work best, and stones that handle honed finishes well also tend to work well with a textured finish.
As etching, pattern, and texture continues to become a trend in the kitchen, look for more natural stone counters that have a more tactile surface as well. Whether you opt for a very rough or a more natural texture, the results are sure to