Marble Countertops – Polished vs Honed

By September 22, 2022 Blog
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Polished vs Honed Marble Countertops – What’s The Difference? 

Are you interested in installing marble countertops in your North Carolina home but don’t know what the difference between polished and honed is? When choosing natural stone such as marble for your countertops there is a lot of choices to make. From the color to edges and finishes. Something that seems simple, such as the finish, can drastically change the appearance of, not only the marble surface, but also the overall look of your space. We have had a lot of questions in regard to what finish to choose when adding marble to your home, so here is the low-down on polished vs honed marble!


Polished Marble Countertops


Polished marble has a coated finish, or layer, which acts as a protectant, making it less susceptible to stains. But due to the glossy finish, it is highly reflective which, at times, makes scratches more visible. Because polished marble countertops are a such a smooth surface, it can be a dangerous option for flooring in high traffic areas because it can potentially be very slippery when wet. It is, however, a classic choice for kitchen and bathroom countertops and could make your home design in Swansboro, NC stand out from the crowd!



  • Look: Glossy & Shiny
  • Feel: Smooth
  • Durability: Soft; Prone to scratching and etching
  • Maintenance: Regularly wipe down with water and mild soap & clean spills immediately.
  • Suggested Application: Kitchen and bathroom countertops, fireplace surrounds, and wall claddings.


Honed Marble Countertops


Honed marble countertops are characterized by having a matte finish with a velvet-like touch. A honed finish occurs by omitting the last step in fabricating a marble countertop – the process of applying polish and sealant on the surface. By skipping this step, you are left with an unpolished surface that looks natural and untouched for a more rigid appearance.

Because honed marble countertops have no protective layer, they are more resistant to scratches. However, scratches on honed marble are less noticeable because the scratch won’t be as easy to see when light reflects off it, unlike with a polished surface. Honed marble is also more susceptible to stains, so it important to clean up spills immediately and continuously wipe down the surface so no liquids or unwanted bacteria absorb into the pores of the stone. 




  • Looks: Matte
  • Feel: Velvet/Satin
  • Durability: Prone to stains and scratches 
  • Maintenance: Regularly wipe down with water and mild soap/ clean spills immediately/ reseal suggested over time.
  • Suggested Application: Kitchen or bathroom countertops 


For more content about kitchen design trends, countertops surfaces, and more visit our blog. At Onslow Stoneworks, we are proud to provide countertop fabrication and installation services to surrounding areas in North Carolina! Our countertop showrooms are located in Swansboro, New Bern, and Morehead City, but we also offer services to surrounding cities including Greenville, Jacksonville, Grantsboro, Aurora, Hakers Island, Wilmington and more!

Call us today to understand more about honed marble countertops or visit a showroom to browse these gorgeous stones in person!


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