Marble is a material that not only stands out for its natural beauty but also for its ability to create attractive environments of any kind. This quality is largely due to the wide variety of types of marble, as well as its various finishes, including honed marble.

Honed marble is a type of finish that gives the natural stone a soft, smooth and matt appearance, i.e. without gloss. To achieve this appearance, the surface of the natural stone is subjected to various abrasion processes.

Depending on the type of marble finish desired, the surface of the marble will suffer more or less wear. In this case, in order for the marble to have a honed appearance, it will have been previously sawn and ground.

The honing imbues the marble with personality and character, making it even more attractive.


Honed marble

Honed Mares Amarillo marble


Uses of honed marble

The use that we can make of honing is very diverse, both indoors and outdoors. The following stand out.



For some time now, honing has burst into the world of marble countertops in both bathrooms and kitchens, especially for those homeowners who are looking for an option that is different from gloss and full of personality. Another differentiating factor with respect to the polished worktop is found in its smooth appearance and velvety touch.



Honed marble floors are a particularly attractive option for foyers, lounges and common areas, as well as in outdoor areas, as we can see in the following image. The matt finish of the material makes it less slippery than polished marble, making it a recommended option for floors.


Honed natural stone flooring

Honed natural stone flooring


Wall coverings

The exterior and interior wall cladding with honed finish adds a touch of sophistication and originality.



When making marble staircases, the honed finish not only gives them uniqueness and elegance, but also a better grip.


Staircase in ivory ivory cream marble with honed finish


Chimney linings

The honed fireplaces become impressive focal points in both living rooms and entertainment areas.


Difference between polishing and honing

The honed finish is the step prior to polishing, that is to say, its abrasion process is less and therefore it lacks shine. Therefore, this characteristic means that we have a natural stone with a more natural and less reflective appearance.

Below we can see an image of a honed (left) and polished (right) floor.


In short, honing gives the natural stone a matt and velvety appearance. On the other hand, as it lacks gloss, honing makes marble more resistant to scratches. As for its use, we recommend using it in high-traffic areas, such as the bathroom, hallway and living room, as well as on countertops.

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