Choosing a Countertop Edge
The edge profile of your quartz, granite, porcelain or marble countertop is more than just a minor detail. It can enhance the overall appearance of your countertop and add to the beauty of the material you have selected.
While your choice of a countertop edge profile is primarily aesthetic, keep in mind that the edge you choose will also impact your daily use of the kitchen. Different edge styles can affect how easy your countertop is to clean, how sharp the edges are, as well as its durability.
Countertop Edge Options
Though there seem to be endless options for your stone or granite edge, choosing a countertop or tile edge for your stone kitchen countertop or bathroom counter doesn’t have to be difficult. Here, we’ll explore the most popular edge profiles so you can select the ideal edge for your new countertop.
One of the most popular granite edge styles, the bullnose edge offers a rounded finish that shows off the beauty and thickness of your stone countertop. If you are looking for a timeless and soft countertop edge, the bullnose style is the traditional choice. There are different types of bullnose edges, including the full and half bullnose.
Ogee edge profiles are a classic choice that ensures all eyes are on your beautiful countertop. This type of edge features an “S” curve, making it suited to traditional-style kitchens. The rounded nature of the ogee edge is suited for family kitchens where sharp edges may be a concern.
Waterfall edge profiles have increased in popularity for kitchen islands and the ends of cabinetry. Rather than ending an inch or so past the end of the cabinet, waterfall edges extend over the top and down the side of the cabinet to the floor, offering a seamless look that showcases the beauty of your chosen stone.
Chiseled edge countertops offer a rustic look and are ideal for natural stone countertops. Designed to look like a natural “broken” or rough edge of a rock, chiseled edges are a popular option for granite countertops.
Home owners and designers typically choose square edges for their sleek and modern look. Keep in mind that a square edge will not be completely square – the edges must be softened or rounded to prevent too-sharp corners.
Eased edge countertops are very similar to the square edge, but feature slightly more rounded corners. This increases the safety and durability of the corners, making them less prone to damage. Eased edges look great with nearly any style of kitchen, delivering a simple yet clean look.
Straight edge profiles are a great option if you want to show off the beauty of your stone countertop. Straight edges will not detract from the other features in your kitchen as a result of their simple, clean lines. While corners will be slightly rounded, you can usually choose just how rounded you would like them to be.
Pencil edge countertop profiles feature a slight rounded edge at the top of the stone (about the diameter of a pencil), and add an understated elegance to your countertop. This style is slightly more rounded than the eased edge style and offers a softer look.
The beveled edge style is another classic style that enhances the appearance of beautiful natural stone, granite and quartz countertops with its angular lines. Most beveled profiles include a 45-degree angle cut at the top edge of the countertop. There are many types and sizes of beveled edges, including double-beveled styles.
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