Countertops for your kitchen need to be planned and chosen very carefully, especially if you are someone who regularly cooks at home and spends a lot of time in the kitchen, has kids around, throws parties often or are particular about a certain look and feel for your kitchen. Choosing an edge for your kitchen counter is as important as the countertop itself. It can completely change the look, feel and function of the countertop with the smallest of changes to the edges.
Choose the right edge of your countertop
With the almost countless choices in countertop edges, it can be quite confusing and intimidating to choose one that is right for you. Here, we try to demystify the process for you by telling you about the basics of edges and how you should go about choosing one for your kitchen.
Different countertop edge styles:
- Traditional edges – elite, ogee, roman elite, demi bullnose.
- Contemporary edges – top and bottom rounded, bevel, eased, roman round.
- Transitional edges – full bullnose, half round, miter, square, bevel.
- Custom edges – rock or chiseled, marine, French cove, DuPont.
How to choose the perfect style for your kitchen countertop:
- If you have kids in the house, it makes sense to go for more rounded edges on your countertops. This will minimize the damage if they happen to collide with the countertop.
- If you are looking at a fusion of styles, look at transitional or custom styles. You can also use traditional styles in a contemporary looking kitchen, or the other way around to create an interesting effect.
- If you are looking for minimalism, go for contemporary or simple transitional styles. A centerpiece, on the other hand, should be more traditional. You can also use transitional edges like the square and make it a waterfall countertop in a striking color of stone for added effect.
- If you have a smaller space, go for designs that give the illusion of space. Lighter colors and rounded edges can add a feeling of space to a smaller kitchen. Darker colors and sharper edges will give a cozier feel, best left for big spacious kitchens.
Hopefully, this simple explanation will help you in carefully choosing your next kitchen countertop edge and making an informed decision. Your final decision should depend on your usage, priorities, size of kitchen and the specific effect you are looking for. It will also depend on the color, size and thickness of the stone you intend to use for your kitchen countertop.