In the last two years this trend has really kicked off. You may see this trend flow throughout an entire home, or as an island with matching polished granite on the surrounding countertops. It can also be used as a full wall backsplash on top of matching polished stone to give a little contrast in texture. Another perk of this finish is that it hides dirt, fingerprints, and crumbs extremely well, the texture, and lack of polish, are a perfect camouflage for busy people, or if you just don’t have time to clean up after every smudge. Whichever way you decide to use it, we are hoping this trend is here to stay! It gives a beautiful, natural and rustic appeal to any space.
Leathered or Brushed Granite is something that has been around for several years. It’s created when stone fabricators use diamond brushes and machinery to aggressively rub off any soft/loose minerals from the slab. This creates a semi matte finish, as well as a soft texture to the material. The photo below shows a nice comparison between gloss and leathered surfaces.