What's Your Edge?

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Renovating a home involves many small but important decisions that will contribute to the final outcome of your design.  One of these many choices is selecting the right countertop edging for your taste, needs, and style.

1. Square with a waterfall edge. A modern, transitional look that we are installing in many of our homes right now is a square countertop with a waterfall edge. This makes your countertops a focal point in the kitchen because they are not just on top of the cabinetry, but also running vertically down the edge of an island or peninsula.

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A squared and mitered edge. A square and mitered countertop is extra-thick (2 cm or 3 cm) with a mitered edge around the sides, which makes the countertop stand out more because it is thicker. Most of the time when you see an extra-thick countertop, it's a mitered edge. Square and mitered edges can work in either a modern or traditional space, and put the visual emphasis on the countertops as a main feature of the space.

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An eased and mitered edge. This stone top is still mitered, but has softer edges and more rounded corners than a square and mitered edge.

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A bullnose edge. A bullnose countertop has a rounded edge detail and is a timeless classic, great for traditional kitchens.

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A marine edge. The marine edge has an outside edge that is raised higher than the inside edge and can often be seen used on stainless steel or marble countertops. The term “marine edge” might be describing how this raised edge keeps liquids and spills from running off the countertop. 

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An ogee edge. An ogee edge is the opposite of a marine edge, where the inside edge is raised higher than the outside edge of the countertop.  An ogee edge works well and is often used in traditional kitchens.

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Although these 6 basic edges are used most often, there are many more variations of countertop edging available to suit your space, material, and style. 

What is your favorite countertop edge?  Let us know in the comments below!