Looking at the difference between honed slate and riven slate.

The Differences with Natural & Glossy Slate

| Kristian Goodenough

When it comes to creating a slate sign online, it should be an easy and enjoyable experience. But sometimes the first hurdle on your sign making escapade can be the biggest, particularly if you don’t know the difference between your smooth and natural slate.


At The Bespoke Sign House, providing handcrafted quality slate signs is just what we do, regardless of whether it’s on our 'smooth' or 'natural' slate. But it’s at this crucial point where your decision on the type of slate can affect the aesthetic finish to match your style or taste, which can make all the difference when it comes to these two popular options.

So let’s take a look and see exactly what the differences are.


Natural (Riven) Slate Plates

For a more rustic look or character property, a Natural Slate sign would be a perfect choice. With a textured surface, this slate is full of character, with each cut naturally having differing textures, tones and features within the rough texture of the sign.

Natural slate is ideal for character properties, outhouses, barns, heritage buildings, shabby-chic displays and garden signage.


Glossy (Honed) Slate Plates

For a modern property, or for anyone looking for a slightly more sleek finish to their house sign, Glossy Slate will be the ideal solution. Unlike natural slate, smooth slate has a glass-like, reflective and flat surface meaning there is less texture and character to the face of the sign, but it displays a crisp and clean look.

Smooth slate is perfect for Modern homes, feature properties, commercial properties, restaurants and hotel signage.


You can see the difference between the two types of slate, below:

 The texture of The Bespoke Sign House's natural range of slate for house signs  The texture of The Bespoke Sign House's smooth range of slate for house signs


If you’re looking to make a stunning sign, we’ve got you covered. Create your sign using our online sign creator tool where you can choose from a huge amount of customisable options, including size, text, colours, fonts and borders.

So whether it’s natural slate, smooth slate, or any other of the styles and materials that The Bespoke Sign House have on offer, you can be assured that your new sign will be one to be proud of.