Waterfall countertop edges have become increasingly popular over the last few years. When initially introduced to the design world, they typically characterized only an ultra-modern aesthetic, due to their sleek lines and minimal look. However; as kitchen design moves towards a more eclectic and inclusive sensibility, we are seeing waterfall edges not only in modern kitchens but also as a surprising element of a traditional kitchen or even a bohemian inspired space.
Waterfall countertop edges can be either a T-join, where the vertical piece fits in underneath a small overhang of the horizontal countertop, or installed with a mitered edge. Our company almost always installs our waterfall edges with a mitered seam (like above), because of the sleeker look and more invisible seam that a miter affords. Depending on the size of your countertop, a mitered edge can also offer a continuation of the veining on the horizontal aspect of the counter right down to the floor.
Waterfall countertops both help to hide appliances and to protect wood cabinetry. A waterfall edge can also be used to create a completely built-in bar stool area, without requiring a raised bar top or separate piece of material.
Another aspect of the waterfall countertop is that it allows you to enjoy the design of your countertop not only from a standing position in the kitchen, but also from across the room or while seated. It also looks incredible when paired with full height backsplash, as the two vertical planes emphasizes your design for maximum impact!