New trends in stone surfaces
A few years ago, the typical natural stone surface was either polished, flamed or hammered. Polished is by far the most popular surface, but flamed or hammered is also quite normal, especially for facades and cladding.
Recently, the trend has moved towards surfaces with a lower gloss. Honed has become more and more popular, not only for cladding but also for flooring and even counter tops.
Now the fastest growing natural stone surface seems to be a brushed finish. Brushed finish is also known in the market as leather, silk or antiqued finish. There are several benefits of this finish. It is textured and it shows to a lesser extent wear and tear compared to polished or honed finish. This is a great advantage for counter tops or floors, especially with heavy and frequent use.
Still, despite its textured surface, it is easy to clean and does not show finger marks like a polished or honed finish. The brushed surface also gives a much smoother appearance and a softer touch, compared to a polished finish that can feel quite hard and robust for a granite.
It has to be mentioned that the brushed finish is also an economic surface. The manufacturing time and cost is similar or lower than polishing, and yet it can give a more luxurious appearance. All the technical parameters of a brushed surface of Lundhs Natural Stone are the same as the polished finish.
How to make a brushed surface?
As the name of the surface indicates, the brushed surface is a result of a polish with a tool that looks like a hairbrush. A polished or honed finish is achieved by following several steps of polishing with abrasives of various hardness. The abrasives are normally solid disks or pieces.
To make a brushed surface, the abrasives looks like a brush where the tips consist of industrial diamonds. Manufacturers of polishing Tools also supply these brushes with various hardness, to obtain different gloss levels. Like Tenax who supply tools for brushed surface with less gloss (Silk finish) or with higher gloss (Caress finish).
Designers choose a matte finish
You have probably seen it already. Matte jewellery, matte lack on floors, matte coloured lipsticks, matte decorative paint, and even matt lack on cars.
A matte finish is used to enhance a natural touch and look, and this trend has spread to the stone industry as well. Kitchen designers now choose a matte over a high gloss surface in order to get the more soft touch and a more subtle luxury look of the material.
“When you choose a matte silk finish on your Larvikite surface the crystals becomes softer and the touch of the surface is a little textured, so you will always be reminded that this is a natural material. This is the subtle luxury of a matte material”, says Marketing director of Lundhs, Hege Lundh.
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