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Breaking Down The Countertop Edges

Breaking Down The Countertop Edges

Many homeowners know that the material, color, and finish of a countertop are some of the big choices to make when remodeling or building a home. The edge of the countertop is a detail that can enhance or change the appearance of the design. Below are some of the most commonly used edges and the design styles that work well with them.


With a squared edge that has a small kerf (roundness to the corners), this is a streamlined and clean look for any kitchen. For homeowners in San Diego, this countertop edge has gained popularity in recent years due to its clean and unadorned look, and is often found in modern or transitional style homes. A similar style is an eased edge, where the kerf is more pronounced.


A bullnose countertop is rounded to create a softly curved edge; this is a traditional look that will fit into any design or decor. This edge is popular in both transitional and traditional kitchens. For a more ornate look, many homeowners choose a double bullnose where an additional bullnose trim piece is added to the underside edge of the countertop. This gives the illusion that the countertop is thicker than it actually is. Many homeowners are designing with an Italian or Mediterranean style for their kitchen countertops.


This style of edge incorporates almost an “S” curve profile to the edge. It is often considered a luxurious for a high-end kitchen. Many French Country and English Country styled homes utilize this edge. A similar edge type is the cove edge, where the corner of the edge is scooped out.

Rough Edge

A rough edge is where the top of the countertop is usually polished or honed, and the edge is the natural stone finish. This trend had gained popularity in recent years, and can be found in both modern and rustic kitchens. Many homeowners choose to use this as a feature on kitchen islands and might pair it with another complementary edge style that works with their design.


A beveled countertop has the 90-degree corner eliminated from the edge, creating an angled eased edge. This style is perfect for a modern or contemporary kitchen and is often used with quartz or solid surface countertops.

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