Choosing Great Edges for your New Kitchen Countertops

July 14, 2010

Choosing new kitchen countertops goes beyond the material you opt for and the color that appeals to you. You also have to think about the edges you want installed to finish them off and complete an elegant and attractive new look.

You can of course opt for simple, straight edges .With the straight edge, the entire countertop is squared with everything meeting at right angles.  Many countertops purchased for do-it-yourself projects feature a straight edge because it is easier for beginners to work with.  Most of the basic, inexpensive countertops will also feature a straight edge to keep prices low.

However, if you are going to go with a kitchen countertop option like granite or silestone you are obviously already very much interested in improving the aesthetic appeal of your kitchen, so choosing a different kind of countertop edge that puts an extra twist on the design makes a lot of sense. Here are some of the options that are available to you:

Quarter Round – For this style, the top edge of the countertop is carefully rounded off to create a considerably softer look than straight edges impart.  In a double quarter round, both the top and the bottom edges are rounded off. Both styles are popular with homeowners with children in house as those sharp straight countertop edges often give parents nightmares (especially when their points are right at the child’s eye level)

Bullnose – To create a demi bullnose style kitchen countertop edge the top edge is rounded off rather dramatically to create a more circular appearance while leaving the bottom edge straight. A full bullnose on the other hand rounds the edges into a perfect half circle.

Beveled Edges – Beveled edges are one of the most popular types of decorative kitchen countertop edging. To achieve a beveled look the edges of the countertop are carved into 30 to 45 degree angles all the way around the countertop depending upon the homeowners tastes.

Bevel edges look fantastic but only if they have been cut by someone who really knows what they are doing as it is very easy to get the angles wrong and end up with a mismatched look that can spoil the whole appearance of the new countertops.

Decorative  Edges – Styles like the Ogee, the Roman Ogee and the Sharks Mouth are some of the most intricate and impressive countertop edges you can find. The Ogee cut, looks very much like a slanted S curve while the Double Ogee cut has two slanted S curves.

The Roman Ogee is even more spectacular as it starts out as a regular Ogee cut but then on the second curve in the S turns into a Bullnose. And the Sharks Mouth edge? It pretty much looks exactly as the name suggests (minus the rows of gleaming sharp teeth)

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One Response to Choosing Great Edges for your New Kitchen Countertops

  1. Sam on April 12, 2011 at 9:51 am

    Thanks for sharing this great granite edges profiles for kitchen countertops. It’s important to choose the right granite edges that will complement the look of your kitchen countertop. The style and design of your countertop edge can have a great impact on the beauty of the countertop itself.

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