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Throughout the past year there has been an increased interest in “rough” or “raw” surfaces in the world of quartz. What is the difference between these surface treatments in comparison to the standard polished and honed? Polished is the most standard quartz surface: easy maintenance, glossy finish and the ability to help open up a small space, make this the most common surface treatment. Above we see the reflection of a polished “Organic White” sample by Caesarstone. It’s easy to see the reflection from the light above due to it’s surface finish. Honed, matte or suede is also another finish that has worked it’s way up to a standard beside polished. The complete opposite of the finish spectrum with minimal shine. With a matte, suede or honed finish, there is a little bit more daily upkeep-especially if it’s installed in a kitchen where a lot of oils are used. Above is a suede finish sample by Silestone in the color “Charcoal Soapstone”. Most recently, and the trendiest surface finish is the “rough” or “raw” quartz surface. This style has become popular as of late not only because of the finish itself, but also the colors that are available among countertop brands. Above you see a rough finish from Caesarstone; showcasing their new color “Primordia”. And here you see one of Silestone’s newer colors in the raw finish-“Brooklyn”. In both of the above rough and raw textures, even when placed directly under a light fixture, the reflection is minimal. Similar to honed, matte or suede but with a much more pronounced texture. These textures and colors have been introduced following the growing trend of industrial style designs. The point of a raw or rough texture is to embrace imperfections of the selected surface along with appreciating the timelessness of a neutral color palette; all while maintaining the feel of an industrialized look in the space. Surfaces with this trendy texture are invaluable; without having to sacrifice the rest of a spaces style, one can simply replace countertops in order to help keep up with the ever changing popular look. Whether it’s a traditional space with naturally stained cabinetry or the timeless white shaker style; these surfaces come in a variety of neutral colors to appease any homeowner.

There’s always something new to learn about what surface is appropriate for a dream space but hopefully this blog post has covered some of the basics and perhaps even inspired your next design decision!  To view additional pictures of these projects, please visit our remodel project gallery by clicking here. Written by: Marnie Knouse, AKB Chicago Project Coordinator