When renovating your kitchens, people often think first about the overall layout and colour scheme, followed by the appliances and storage space. However, if you think that is all the elements you need to consider, think again.
You still need to think about and decide on many small key elements: storage organisers, plumbing, gas, and electric lines, not to mention an often-overlooked element: what type of edge you want for your kitchen benchtops, or more commonly known as countertops.
With so many choices, choosing the right edge for your benchtop seems like a daunting task. You also have to consider factors such as the size of the room, the cabinetry it will sit on, the overall look you want to achieve, and the material of the countertop you have chosen.
Some believe that countertop edges don’t matter and are merely a matter of personal preference. This is far from reality because the type of edge can make a space look bigger or smaller. If you are working with a small kitchen, getting the right countertop edge is an important consideration.
The type of edge you choose should also match your kitchen’s other elements so that it won’t look visually unbalanced. Below are actually some of the more common edge options for your countertops.
Flat Polished Edge
Flat polished countertop edges almost look entirely square except for the slightly rounded edges. The overall feel of this type of edge is modern, simple, and classy, and will be a perfect pair to bold patterns in your stone. In addition, it has an understated elegance that will be perfect for a modern, minimalist kitchen design.
Bullnose is a slightly more refined edge with a smooth, rounded edge. This type of edge gives a soft touch that suits most material choices and universally flattering to any kitchen design. In addition, these edges make the counter edges appear slimmer. It is also actually the top choice of most families with young children as it has no sharp edges that can cause injuries.
A bevelled countertop edge is a square edge with a 45-degree slice from the top, creating an interesting straight line while maintaining a rounded look. Bevelled edges are very popular because its streamlined design gives an understated sophistication without overwhelming the other elements of the space or design.
The ogee edge has a rounded “S” shape, and the hardness of the shape can vary from a soft, curved edge to a hard “S” profile. It is mostly used for stone kitchen benchtops materials such as granite and quartz, giving it a luxury feel. In addition, ogee edges are perfect for large spaces because the shape does not overwhelm the room.
A chiselled edge is also known as a broken edge because it has rough, uneven faces that create a raw and natural feel. It draws the eye by focusing on the raw beauty of the stone and is often considered a bold edge design choice. It is perfect for rustic or industrial design concepts and stands out when used on a granite or quartz countertop material.
Choosing the perfect countertop edge is harder than it seems. However, having the right knowledge can open up a world of ideas. Pairing the right edge with the right stone to create a visually balanced design will definitely upgrade your kitchen.