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Finish In Style

August 7, 2017 2:20:40 PM EDT

Marble of the World has such a vast selection of unique natural stones that it may be overwhelming to select just one. Choosing your stone is only the first part of your selection process, because you must also decide which stone finish is best suited for your project. Each finish gives the stone a one-of-a-kind quality with unique character and flavor.  It is important to know the differences between them. Take a look below to learn more about just some of the stone finishes we offer.

POLISHED

Polished Finish

Stone with a polished finish features a reflective and glossy appearance with a smooth texture. This type of finish is most popular for kitchen and bathroom vanity countertops, with granite, marble, and quartzite being popular choices. With proper care and the correct cleaning products, polished stones are fairly easy to clean and maintain. 

HONED

Honed Finish

Honed stone finish is a softer and velvet-like version of the polished finish. In this finishing process, stone is buffed to a satin-like finish. Honed stone presents a matte finish compared to the shiny or glossy appearance of a polish finish. The surface is smooth to the touch, but has more of a dull texture. 

HYDRO

hydro finish

Hydro finish is the process where stone is finished with a high pressure water jet. This allows the stone to have varying degrees of roughness while maintaining its natural color. The hydro finish can be used on a variety of thickness, allowing for versatility in design and application.

MOON

Moon Finish

Newly introduced into our slab inventory, moon finish is a variation of hydro finish that is deeply textured, almost like craters on the moon. This unique finish features landscape surfacing and is popular for stones installed outside, such as the area around a pool.

LEATHERED

leathered finish

Leathered finish is a process where the slab is treated with a range of brushes on the surface. This is a way to texturize the stone, achieving a smooth, leather-like texture, which is ideal for those projects that require a softer aesthetic. Trending over the last few years, this “HOT” finish continues to be a popular choice among homeowners and design professionals.  

ACID WASHED

acid washed

Acid washed stone is treated producing soft and textured markings that give the stone a unique definition. Because of the one-of-a-kind texture, this finish gives off a rustic appearance. 

BRUSHED

Brushed Finish

Brushed stone is the process in which the surface of a slab is brushed in order to achieve a worn, aged look. This finish is similar to leathered in its process, but it results in a rough surface rather than a soft one

LINEN

lined finish

Linen stone is treated with a manufacturing process which produces a linen-like style or a rougher, raked look, depending on the intensity. 

See all these finishes and more at our three conveniently locationed showrooms in Fort Lauderdale, Miami and Palm City/Stuart.

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Achieving High Design With Contrast.

March 29, 2017 4:40:18 PM EDT

There are many design tools and techniques to help you achieve a high end look.   Once you have your project goals identified and a clear understanding of what you want to highlight or what you want to hide, designing with contrast is a very effective tool.

When we think of contrast we often think of color, but designing with contrast encompasses a whole range of options that goes far beyond just color.  There is contrast of hard and soft textures, shiny and matte reflective surfaces, large and small scale, and contrast of shapes.  But don’t just stop there, think outside the box; the pairing of elegant and everyday objects, modern and traditional pieces, repetition and patterns.  These are all pairings of contrast and when done right can elevate your interior and exterior spaces into high design.

Here is an example of contrast of color, patterns and reflective surfaces.  The Touch line has a unique collection of Italian porcelain tiles that perfectly brings together simplicity in shapes and elegance in color.  

Designing With Contrast - Touch Italian Porcelain

 

Contrast in shape and texture opens up a lot of possibilities.  Here is an example of contrast in color, shape and texture.  The curving lines of the furniture and the contrasting colors really focus the design but the Ital Bar-On feature wall is a show stopper; The polished concrete formed to resemble soft draping fabric is just stunning.

Designing with concrete -  Ital Bar On

 

And finally an example of both contrast in color and scale.  The polished Corsica Cream Marble floors provide the perfect backdrop to this stunning interior space.

Designing with Contrast - Color and Scale

 

Contact Marble of the World to learn more about our full line of natural stone and exotic surfaces.  Our experienced staff are here to assist you in all aspects from product selection to purchase.

 

Posted in Trends Slab Tile Porcelain By Magento Admin

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