If you are looking for a different look on your countertops, try honed granite, the matte version of your favorite stone. Honed granite is a popular substitute for those who want the durability and heat resistance of granite, without the polished looked. This is ideal for casual homes or those with a more aged, rustic look.
However, one downside to honed granite is it needs to be sealed more frequently than polished granite (preferably 3 times a year). It is also more susceptible to fingerprints and marks as it is more absorbent. This is especially true in darker hues. It still has the heat resistance and generally strengths of polished granite, just with a little more care.