Honed Vs Polished finish - What is the difference?

This article will give you a basic overview of these two finishes and hopefully help you choose the right look for your interior. 

In my previous blog (link) I explained how you can add marble pieces around your home. I also explained how marble has proven to never lose its style, whether you are a fan of the Calacatta Italian marble or the marble from Asia (that was used to clad the the greatest palace in the world, the Taj mahal). Marble is never going to lose its appeal. However, trends and types of stone will vary over time, as will the types of finish. This article will focus on two types of finishes- Honed and Polished.


‍How is it made? 

A Honed finish usually involves chafing of silicon carbide or diamond particles to get rid of any trace of scratches. The continuing of the chafing draws out and removes any deep-seated dirt and soil on the surface of the stone. This technique will leave the marble with a matte, less-glossy but softer and more natural effect. 

Since Honed is less shiny and flat, the scratches and etch marks are also less visible. This finish gives a velvety and smooth touch that creates a warm ambience and elegant touch of the any natural stone. In addition, despite the slight lack of sheer and radiance, most people choose Honed Marble because it creates a softer and more delicate look to their home accessories. 

Polished Finish, as the name suggests, involves a series of polishing by a stone polishing machine. This process transforms the marble from the rough abrasive pads to the fine diamond impregnated ones with mirror-like shininess and fascinating radiance. Equally, a  Polished Marble finish offers a richer and more luxurious appeal. This is a classic, shiny and sophisticated surface which easily blends into any interior design project. Polished marble brings a pleasant sparkle effect. The touch of the coziness can also add comfort and approachability that most interior designers and homeowners admire. A side of caution for those who are quite particular about keeping things shiny, unlike Honed finish, polished marble is more prone to scratches and dust because of its shiny surface.

honed finish marble
polished finish marble


Marble is, without a doubt, sturdy and durable. But to keep its beauty and to prolong its lifetime, it also requires careful maintenance. In fact, both honed and polished finished marble needs extra care to preserve the elegance of the stone.

Honed finish requires more re-sealing than a polished one. The polishing process closes the pores of the marble stone so polished finish has a lower rate of absorption and thus less need for sealing. Polished finish is more stain resistant than honed finished but more prone to scratches and etches. For general cleaning, it is recommended to use a non-abrasive pad and a natural, light cleaner. Use warm water and the clean cloth to gently clean dust or debris on your marble surface. In addition, since most marble is made of the same mineral, acidic substances like vinegar, alcoholic beverages, coffee, salad dressing or harsh cleaner can damage them and should be avoided.


So there you have it, a quick look at the two most popular finishes. Nartopa products all have a Honed finish, which is in keeping with the current contemporary trend. It also complements the artisanal process during production. Check out our product catalogue to learn more about our products. Also keep up to date with our projects via instragram and facebook.

Let us know what your favourite finish is and why in the comment section below.