Design and Culture: Cabinetry and Countertops Go Matte


One of the top trends in interior design for paint, tile, countertops, cabinets, furniture, and more is a finish that is referenced in many different ways, but “matte finish” is probably the most common name. When discussing natural stone countertops, it is a honed or leathered finish. Quartzite, a natural stone, is in high demand right now due to its beautiful characteristics, but many of the slabs available are polished. It is not well known that fabricators can have these slabs and any natural stone honed or leathered. The next time you are out shopping for your new countertops and find the perfect slab but it is polished, ask your local fabricator about having it honed or leathered. I have been asked if this changes the stone, but honing or leathering the slab does not change the stone’s characteristics such as durability or porousness. These processes have been around for years, honing most commonly done to Calacatta marble or Carrara marble due to their soft properties. We have recently honed White Oblivion Quartzite, White Santorini Quartzite, and Matarazzo Supreme Quartzite all of which are all stunning.

Granite Plus Kitchen 2023 AugIf you prefer quartz countertops and are interested in a matte finish, check out Cambria, Caesarstone, and Silestone quartz, all available at Granite Plus. If you plan on a matte quartz finish, I recommend planning ahead as many of these colors are special order which often means longer wait times. Cambria refers to this finish as a matte finish. All of their colors are available in a matte finish but may be special order depending on the color. You can visit to view their quartz colors. Caesarstone’s flat finish is referred to as a honed or concrete finish and not all of their colors are available in this finish. You can visit to find out more. Silestone’s matte finish is referred to as a suede finish and like Caesarstone, not all of the colors are available in this finish. You can visit to find out more.

If you are interested in matte finish cabinetry or countertops or want to view samples of any of these products, you can contact Granite Plus. Our showroom is located at 17801 Ashley Drive in Panama City Beach. You can also give us a call at (850) 236-6363.