Countertop Edges as a Design Element
As the saying goes, it’s all in the details. And when it comes to countertops, the edges are one of those all-important details that you should consider carefully as a design element.
There’s a lot to consider when you’re ready to choose edges for your countertops. Where do you even start?
Let’s explore the options.
First, your countertop supplier typically has what’s known as “standard edges.” These are edging options that are included in your countertop pricing at no additional charge.
The number of standard edges can vary from supplier to supplier, so be sure to understand which ones are included when you start.
Beyond the standard selection of edges, you can select from a series of other edge choices that are typically more decorative but cost more, depending on how labor-intensive it is to achieve.
For example, you can upgrade to a full bullnose, which is a contemporary design where the countertop edge is completely rounded. Or, try a roman ogee edge, a profile that adds a bit more traditional elegance to your countertops.
How to Select Countertop Edges
1. Visit your countertop supplier showroom
When visiting your countertop showroom, ask to see what’s available. The options should all be shown on display tops to give you a better understanding of the overall look and to see what attracts you.
2. Consider home design & cabinetry
Also, keep your home’s design and cabinet lines in mind when weighing edge options so that everything works cohesively.
The straighter looks are generally more modern and hold up to day-to-day wear better.
Your chosen edge will be an enhancement to the beauty of your new stone countertops that you are sure to enjoy for years to come.
The designs with flowing edges and curved lines are generally more traditional and may require more cleaning. They also may be an easier target for possible chipping.
Some customers choose two edge treatments for their kitchen: one simpler look on the perimeter and a more decorative finish on the island to help make it more of a focal point.
Master baths are another great spot in the home where people will upgrade their edge choice to something with more detail.
But most homeowners, especially those with busy households, do keep it simple and choose one with cleaner lines to keep the eye on the countertop stone itself. There is no right or wrong, just a personal preference and, of course, budget.
3. View ideas on countertop fabricator’s website
Check out your countertop fabricator’s website before visiting their showroom to get an idea of their selections. Eastern Surfaces even offers a 3D edge visualization tool to really give you a feel for what it would look like on your new countertops. You can also print out a PDF for either stone or solid surface countertops that show the various edge profiles to bring with you to your appointment or print out later for reference.
Whether you go with an eased, pencil, bevel, ogee, mitered with waterfall panels, or anything in between – just know that you can’t go wrong! Your chosen edge will be an enhancement to the beauty of your new stone countertops that you are sure to enjoy for years to come.
The professional sales staff at Eastern Surfaces is here to answer your questions and help guide you through this process. Get in touch!