Your Ultimate Guide to Understanding Countertop Edges

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New countertops can completely change and update the look of your kitchen or bathroom, with a range of color options in granite and quartz available to compliment any design. A sometimes overlooked factor that plays a huge role in the overall look and feel of the finished design is the countertop edges. 

Consumers spend a great deal of time choosing colors and patterns for their new countertops without realizing the number of options available for this important finishing touch.

Granite is a home renovation classic, and quartz countertops are the new big thing, with Southern Living magazine calling them the hottest countertop trend in 2018.

So what is the best edge for quartz and granite countertops? It depends entirely on the aesthetic you’re looking for.

Types of Countertop Edges

It’s important to note that you’ll find edges called several different names, depending on the company you’re buying from. Further, each edge can have variations of the original, giving you further options.

There’s certainly a lot to consider when getting new countertops!

Eased

Eased countertop edges stop just short of being entirely square. The edges will be only slightly rounded, with the overall profile maintaining straight lines.

The overall feel will be modern, simple, and classy. This edge will let bold pattern choices shine with its understated elegance.

These countertops are best for small spaces with tight corners, and in designs that require minimalist, modern, or daring patterns and colors.

Round

Rounded edge countertops, also known as bullnose, are exactly as the name implies. They sport an even, round curve along top and bottom.

These edges are softer than eased edges, and almost universally flattering to any space. They’re easy to clean and maintain, and safer than sharper edged options.

Round edges are fantastic for spaces where a low profile is desired or kids will be running around. They’re also the best choice in spaces you’re unsure a sharper edge and more defined profile will fit in.

Ogee

Ogee edges use two soft curves to create an attractive, rounded “S” shape. The hardness of the curve can be varied from a subtle wave to a more dramatic profile.

They add a certain depth to both the countertop and cabinetry they’re applied to. These edges are used almost exclusively in granite and quartz countertops, so they come with an implied luxury.

Ogee edges shine in larger spaces, where their added depth doesn’t overwhelm the room. They also do well on stones with subtle patterns that let the beauty of the edge shine.

Half Bullnose

Half bullnose countertops feature a soft, gentle slope along the top with a flat bottom.

Like round edges, the half bullnose silhouette is flattering to almost any room and are super easy to clean, which makes them a chef’s best friend.

If you’re looking for a simple design with easy maintenance, or need an edge that won’t war with other elements in the room, the half bullnose should be your choice.

Cove

Coved edges are a slightly sharper version of an ogee, with a rounded indent that creates a grooved effect.

A coved edge looks slightly less formal and more modern than an ogee but will take up a similar amount of space. These countertops do come with a little extra maintenance cleaning wise, as the groove can catch spills.

A countertop with coved edges is perfect for a space that has room for its slightly larger profile or wants a touch of glamour. 

Bevel

Beveled countertops have a 45-degree slice from the top, creating an interesting line while maintaining a rounded effect.

Beveled edges look good in almost any space and are one of the most popular choices on the market. They have a low profile and are easy to clean, but have a more modern effect than a rounded edge.

A beveled countertop will compliment almost any space and any color of stone.

Pencil

Pencil edges are a slightly softer version of an eased edge, so named because of their resemblance to a pencil eraser.

This edge will have the same benefits and go with the same spaces as the eased; it’s simply a matter of preference in wanting to maintain a sharp profile or if you want to soften the actual line without going full round.

Stepped

Stepped edges are just that – a series of cuts made to resemble steps in the quartz or granite. These steps can have a sharper look or be rounded down to resemble something more like an ogee edge.

While harder to clean and maintain, the payoff is a modern look that will add depth to a room.

Stepped countertops are a bold design that needs to be carefully paired with a space that can handle their imposing profile.

Chiseled

A chiseled countertop edge also called a broken edge, features rough, uneven faces that create a raw and natural feel.

This is arguably your boldest choice. While it doesn’t have as large a profile as some of the cut edges, it draws the eye in by featuring the natural beauty of the stone.

Pair this edge with a quartz or granite countertop that has flecks of shimmer or pops of color where the raw stone can be the star. It also goes well with rustic or antique feeling decor or spaces that need a design pop.

How to Choose

With so many options, choosing the right countertop edges can seem daunting. You’ll need to consider the space of the room, the cabinetry it sits on, the overall design-feel you’re hoping to achieve, and the stone you’ve chosen. 

The best way to make sure your project turns out exactly the way you’re hoping is to see your options and compare and contrast the different quartz and granite countertop edges.

A professional countertop installer can help you look at these options and offer a helpful opinion.

You’ll see the pairings of edges and stone available through the eyes of their experience, and they’ll help you make an informed decision about more than just the aesthetic appeal. You’ll learn about maintenance and upkeep, and the pros and cons of each choice.

You want your home to reflect your personal style and taste. When you’re ready to upgrade your countertops and transform your space, contact us!