When doing up your kitchen, the small, design details, that are so often ignored, can really lift the style quotient of your kitchen and set it apart. Countertop edges, for instance, are a good way in establishing the creative vision that you have in mind and can add character to the room. Today, with the advent of the last in technology and tools, the edges you can carve our out marble or granite are limitless. Here’s a look at the top favorite countertop edges.
When you are going for a minimalistic clean look, it is best to go with a square countertop edge. The square edge will give your kitchen a well-defined look with uncluttered lines. However, ensure that there is a little bit of softness to the edges so that you don’t end up with sharp edges that can hurt. Overly sharp edges are also more susceptible to breakage.
Also called a chamfer edge, the bevel edge is when one face of the countertop is placed at a softer angle and is not perpendicular to the other faces of the structure. The bevel edge ensures that even the most staid of countertops get a unique edge.
Take a classic square edge countertop and give it a rounded edge that is slick and smooth and you have the Bullnose. While the classic bullnose is a simple design, you can play around with the design to dress up your countertop. For example, if you go for a double bullnose, one side of the countertop will have two convex shaped curves that will give the countertop a premium touch.
Taking a cue from the European architecture, an ogee edge lends an air of gracefulness to your kitchen. An ogee countertop will have two swishing ‘S’ shaped arches. One of the arches will be convex and the other concave. Here too, you can play around with the designer to give you a fancier version.
Another one of the swankier designs, the cove will have a concave curve on of the edges of the countertop. A cove can be combined with an ogee, bullnose or even a dupont to give the countertop greater design detail.
While choosing the countertop edge for your kitchen, keep in mind the overall look and feel that you are aiming for. A mismatch in styles, for example if you pair a classic edge in a contemporary kitchen, can result in an unappealing hodge-podge. Also, ask your fabricator, on what style will suit the type of stone you have picked for your countertop.