How to Choose Your New Countertop Edge

How to Choose Your New Countertop Edge

Choosing a new kitchen countertop involves a lot of factors.  You need to consider how it will blend with the overall aesthetic of the kitchen, how it will look with your cabinets, how durable you need it to be, and more.  But, what many people forget to consider is what the edge of the countertop will look like.  When you choose a countertop you need to also consider how you want the edge of it to look because it will impact the overall appearance of the finished product.  Believe it or not, there are edge details that are more ideal for certain design aesthetics than others and choosing the incorrect edge detail for your particular kitchen aesthetic may make the kitchen look disjointed or just not well-designed.  Below are a variety of kitchen countertop edge designs (though there are certainly more designs than are included on this list) and what type of aesthetic they best coordinate with.

Kitchen Countertop Edge Designs

Bullnose Edge

A bullnose edge is a rounded edge that is soft and smooth, giving the countertop a timeless and classic look.  This type of edge is typically used in more traditional kitchens.  Additionally, there is a half or demi-bullnose edge which is similar but is only rounded to the bottom and then stops.  The roundness of a demo-bullnose is also typically at a wider angle

Eased Edge

An eased edge is one of the most commonly used edges because it is simple in design and can coordinate with almost any design aesthetic.  This very clean look is popular in more modern or transitional kitchen designs.

Ogee Edge

An ogee edge is very traditional in nature.  It is classic and elegant which pairs well with a traditional or even rustic kitchen.  This type of edge requires extra time to achieve the look and  is considered a ‘fancy’ edge and thus tends to have a higher price point.

Chiseled or Rock Edge

This type of edge makes it look like the stone was pulled straight from a quarry and the edge was left unfinished (in a good way!).  It is a particularly natural design that is typically used in a rustic kitchen design but is also used in some contemporary kitchen designs.