A Comparison of Glossy and Matte Finishes for Kitchen Countertops

Putting in new kitchen countertops usually means making many decisions, from the material to the edge treatment. Choosing the finish may not be on the top of your list of priorities. This might be a mistake, though, especially if you choose stone for your kitchen countertops.

The finish of your granite, marble, or quartz countertops can have a significant impact on the overall look of your countertops, and by extension, the look of your kitchen itself. You have many options to the finish of your kitchen countertops, but the top choices are either glossy or matte.

These two finishes are quite versatile, going well with any kitchen style, so choosing one can be a bit of a problem. Here are some points of comparison of glossy and matte finishes for kitchen countertops.

Glossy finish

glossy kitchen countertop

By far, the finish most people choose for their spiffy new granite countertops or other stone material is glossy, also known as polished. This is the standard finish for all types of natural stones and manmade solid surfaces.

The best thing about a glossy finish is its reflective quality. Its high degree of polish gives the stone a lot of shine, so it makes any kitchen look brighter and more cheerful. Glossy finishes come in several levels, with the shiniest being 100% reflective and almost mirror-like.  This works for many kitchens, although the glare from reflecting an all-white kitchen might be a bit much for most people.

In most other kitchens, however, a glossy finish looks fantastic. It also makes the kitchen more functional, because an ultra-smooth and shiny surface is easier to clean. It hides dust, grime and fingerprints until you have a chance to clean, and these just slide off when you do.

If you do decide to go with a glossy sheen, you will be able to get it because it is an option for all types of stone, including engineered quartz stone and solid surfaces. You can choose any kind of stone for your kitchen countertops and you will be able to get it in a glossy finish.


matte finish granite countertop

While a glossy finish looks great, some homeowners find it a little flashy. They prefer their kitchen countertops to be a bit more subtle, so they choose a more subdued finish. A matte finish has a very low reflective quality, so you could say it is a bit dull. However, it can work for some kitchens, especially white ones and those with many shiny accents and metal appliances. A matte finish can add depth and warm glow to the kitchen.  

The problem is not all stone materials look good in a matte finish. It works for granite and marble countertops, but not with soapstone and slate. Some quartz stone manufactures also do not offer this finish for some of their models.

Creating a matte finish requires sandblasting, and most stones are quite up to the challenge. However, some colors tend to turn into itself with a matte finish, making it look dull or even dirty. Fabricators create the finish on natural stones, so they are the best people to ask if the granite or marble slab you choose will look good in matte.

The lack of shine in kitchen countertops in a matte finish is not always a bad thing. While a glossy finish might make your kitchen look brighter, it might be too bright if you already get lots of natural light. In that case, the mellow glow of a matte finish is just the right touch. There is no glare with a matte finish, so that is a good thing.

On the other hand, dark and/or small kitchens will not work so well with matte finishes. You want a bit of bright in those cases. A matte finish also tends to show and hold on to fingerprints, dirt, and grease spots. If you have a busy schedule and/or have small children, this is not a good choice for your kitchen.  Lighter stones can help with that issue, but a matte finish looks best with dark stones.


Overall, a glossy finish is the most practical choice for kitchen countertops. It works with almost all types of kitchens, and it is readily available for all types of stones. However, if a matte finish is a better fit for your personality, then go for it.

If you need more help with choosing a finish for your new kitchen countertops, feel free to ask the experts. Silver Marble Granite is your best bet in the areas of Washington D.C., Alexandria, Arlington, Falls Church, Fairfax, Chantilly, Herndon, Centreville, among others. We are your ONE-STOP-SHOP for home improvement, and we specialize in the best kitchen countertops in Northern Virginia.

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