Different Finishes and Styles of Marble

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Marble is one of the world's most popular and luxurious natural stones used for many things in architecture. Whether it is used for structures, flooring, countertops or any other use, it’s a top choice compared to other natural stones. However, when choosing a mable for a project, there are still more decisions to be made. Marble comes in a variety of colors and finishes, and it’s important to choose the right style for your space!

Firenze International is one of the leading stone wholesalers in the American Midwest. With our extensive inventory of quality natural stone slabs, we can provide you with whatever you are looking for! We have a team that can help you better understand the different types of natural stone! Below, we dive into the characteristics of the different marble finishes! 

Honed Marble

A honed marble finish is a common choice when it comes to countertops. Honed marble has a matte and velvet-like texture that will make your countertops look very natural and subtle. The surface will be soft to the touch and have a dull texture!

Polished Marble

A polished marble finish features a reflective and glossy appearance with a smooth texture. This type of finish is one of the most popular for kitchen and bathroom countertops. It’s also popular with granite, marble and quartzite.

Leathered Marble

Leathered finish is a process where the slab is treated with a range of brushes on the surface. This is a way to achieve a smooth leather-like texture, which is ideal for those projects that require a softer aesthetic. Over the last couple of years, this finish has grown in popularity among homeowners and design professionals.

Brushed Marble

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

Tumbled Marble

Tumbled marble is the process of tumbling rocks, sand and other abrasive materials in a drum. This creates small holes and chips on the surface of your marble. A tumbled marble finish will feel smooth yet appears as if it’s worn, adding warmth to your space. This finish is most commonly used for marble floors, especially in home bathrooms. 

Acid Washed Marble

Acid washed stone is treated by producing soft and textured markings that give the stone a unique definition. Due to its one of a kind nature this finish gives a lovely rustic appearance. This type of finish is also known as an antique marble finish!

When shopping for marble, it’s important that you ask your stone wholesaler questions to know exactly what you are getting. Be sure to use this guide to ensure you are choosing the right marble finish for your space!


At Firenze International, we are your go to stone wholesaler. With such a large selection of stone slabs to choose from, we are here to help you with your next project! Give us a call to learn what natural stone slabs we currently have in stock!

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