When choosing new countertops, consider the style of countertop edge that will complete the look. Certain edges work best with particular materials and styles, so before picking a countertop edge, consider these three elements:
- Countertop material
- Size and style of the kitchen (modern or traditional)
- Price range
With those in mind, here are four different types of countertop edges for the new countertops in your kitchen.
1. Eased Edges
Simple designs are classics because they never go out of style, and the popular eased countertop edge is proof of that. It features a clean and straightforward design that is uncomplicated and suits any kitchen’s style.
Eased edges are a lower price point design and will give your countertops an attractive style without breaking your budget, and the simple lines don’t hold dirt like more intricate grooved designs. Most eased edges will have slightly rounded corners for safety, which also helps to prevent chipping.
This countertop edge can be designed out of any material and is ideal for narrow walkways, small kitchens, and tight spaces.
Often grouped with eased edges, the square edge is another option for modern kitchens that want an even more streamlined look with straighter corners and tighter angles.
2. Bullnose Edges
Easily identifiable by the lack of sharp corners, this C-shaped edge curves on the bottom and top, creating an even and symmetrical design that looks fantastic in smooth granite.
The bullnose style is another popular type of countertop edge that looks great in any size or kind of kitchen, and it will fit with many different types of lifestyles. It’s flattering and solid, with a smooth and rounded edge that will help eliminate worries about sharp countertop corners potentially injuring children.
Because the edge doesn’t hold dirt, it’s easy to clean, although spills left to drip off the edge may follow the curve under the countertop and end up on top of the cabinets beneath. Clean your countertops regularly, and occasionally check the cabinets’ tops for any missed spills.
Laminate countertops usually can’t hold a bullnose edge, and it’s best suited for granite and natural stone. Instead, consider the crescent edge, which can be created in laminate and mimic the rounded look with a less drastic curve.
3. Beveled Edges
Like the eased edge, the beveled edge is also a relatively inexpensive edge available in all materials. It looks more expensive than other rounded styles. It is an elegant design offered in two different bevel sizes and applied to either the top edge, bottom edge, or both edges of the countertop in either 1/4 bevel or the 1/2 bevel.
The 1/4 bevel is classic, which is excellent for throwback and traditional kitchens. The 1/2 bevel highlights a more distinctive and sharp angle that can add style to a more modern or elegant kitchen without the cost of more detailed techniques.
No matter which type of bevel you choose, they pair well with any countertop. Both options, characterized by a crisp 45-degree angle, can be used as a border to frame the countertop without distracting from the countertop itself.
4. Ogee Edges
Also known as the S curve, ogee edges are one of the more expensive edges because they feature curves that can be difficult to create, and they can vary from subtle to dramatic.
It is ideal for countertops made of natural stone like marble because it seems to flow with the grain or high-quality laminate. These edges add flair to the countertop and are best suited for large kitchens because the extra depth can make the countertop seem larger than it is.
Because it has rounded curves, it’s suitable for a home with children, where rounded corners are essential for safety. However, there is slightly more upkeep for this style than eased edges because dust, dirt, and food particles can get stuck in the curves and corners.
For an extra cost, consider the double ogee edge alternative, which has an additional curve in the design, making the edge seem more architectural and dramatic.
The Bottom Line
There are countertop edges for every kitchen style that will fit into any budget; it’s just a matter of picking the style that suits you best and then hiring a competent and qualified contractor to finish the installation. Contact us today to discuss your options for new countertop edges to finish off your kitchen.