Limestone is a sedimentary rock and is very common in architecture for its smooth grain surface.
Polishing is the process of creating a smooth and shiny surface by rubbing it or using fine abrasives. A polished finish gives the surface a high luster and strong reflection of incident light, almost mirror-like.
A honing/matt process is similar to polishing, it provides a smooth, satin-like nonreflective surface.
A sandblasted / shot-blasted surface provides an irregular pitted surface by impacting sand or metal particles at high velocity against a stone surface.
A bush hammer is a masonry tool used to texturize the stone. It exists in many forms from simple hand-held hammers to large electric machines. A bush-hammered finish, similar to a hounds tooth pattern, creates a rough, but uniformly patterned surface with impact tools varying in coarseness.
To create a brushed finish (sometimes is referred to as a leathered finish), manufacturers gently brush the stone surface until it becomes textured and appears worn-in. The brushing process closes the stone pores which helps it to become more stain resistant. A brushed finish also hides fingerprints and water spots better than a polished surface. Like a honed finish, a brushed finish dilutes the color of the stone itself.
Classic Black limestone wall striped tile with white caulking, honed finish.
A kitchen wall which is decorated with Perlino Bianco limestone brick tiles.
The floor tiles in this picture are Classic Gold limestone mixed with mini bar tiles and random shape tiles, an exquisite design.
Classic Gold limestone tile with a bush hammered finish in Vesailles Patterns for swimming pool paving.
Classic Gold limestone exterior paving with antique brushed finish.
In this project, the pool surround tiles and coping stones are all done in Classic Gold limestone with shoot-blasted finish.
In this fountain project, the walling stone, the monument and the coping stones of the pool are all made in Classic Gold limestone.
In this picture, Classic Black limestone pattern tiles (honed finish) are laid as indoor flooring.
A glimpse of a Chinese-style courtyard for which the wall and the paving are decorated with Classic Black and Beige limestone.
A well-designed project using Classic Gold limestone at the building wall, the deck and the pool.