Countertop edge profiles range from simple to sophisticated, with lots of options in between. Trends come and go where certain edges are more popular than others, depending greatly on whether you’re looking for a modern design or a more traditional style for your kitchen remodel.

One popular edge profile of recent years has been the waterfall edge. Let’s find out more about this and whether it is right for your kitchen.

What is a waterfall edge?

A waterfall edge is one that runs continuously from the countertop surface down to the ground, like water flowing down from a waterfall. This is typically designed as a right angle, so the vertical edge is perpendicular to the countertop, although the edge can be rounded for a slightly different aesthetic. This edge style can be used on various pieces of furniture, such as tables, but in the kitchen is generally seen on breakfast bars and kitchen islands.

A classic style for modern kitchens

The waterfall edge is not a new style. In fact, it was popular in Art Deco design in the 1930s and ’40s. However, the relatively simplistic design and clean lines of this edge profile ensure that it fits right at home in a modern-style kitchen. So, it may not fit in as well if you’re looking for a more traditional kitchen with a rustic feel.

The best materials for waterfall edge countertops

Both wood and natural stone countertops are suited to a waterfall edge, as well as manmade countertops like quartz. A kitchen island with a waterfall edge is likely to be the focal point of the room, so a high-quality and aesthetically striking material is recommended.

One consideration when choosing the material for your waterfall countertop is how seamlessly the counter will blend with the vertical edge. The dream aesthetic is for the entire unit to look like one continuous piece of material, so the veining in natural stone, for example, should match up reasonably well. The great degree of variation between one slab of natural stone and the next can make this difficult, but it can be easier to achieve with a manmade stone like quartz.

The cost of waterfall edge countertops

Because more material is involved in a waterfall edge than other edge profiles, this does tend to be a more expensive option. The side of the counter may also need reinforcing for extra strength and support, which also adds to the cost. Of course, the overall costs will depend on what material you choose, but the fabrication and installation costs are also likely to be higher than those of a regular countertop.

If a waterfall edge is right for your kitchen, contact Amanzi Granite for design and installation services to complete your kitchen remodel. We serve areas across North Carolina, including Kernersville, Winston Salem, Greensboro, and High Point.