(Also see Stone)
Honed and tumbled stone can be great choices for backsplashes where a relaxed, rustic decor is preferred. Honed and tumbled stones should be sealed before grouting to prevent grout pigment from staining the surface of the stone. Use a stone sealer appropriate for the type of stone.
Honed natural stone has a matte, dull finish as opposed to the slick, shiny, reflective finish of polished stone. Honed stone is sanded only until a smooth finish is achieved.
Tumbled natural stone has an aged, worn look. Tumbled stone goes through a mechanical process that weathers the stone until a distressed look is achieved.