Make sure your countertop completes your kitchen or bathroom design by having the edge finished to match. Slab counters can be crafted with a number of different decorative edges that are perfect for a variety of different settings.
The eased edge is the most popular and frequently used edge type. This square edge has a slight rounding at the top that helps ease it around the corner, rather than making a sharp 90-degree turn. Eased edges work well in contemporary settings, as well as in rooms that already have a lot of detail going on.
Bullnose edges are rounded, curved edges that add a little more to the countertop’s design. A bullnose edge has a soft, subtle appearance that helps it blend in well with transitional designs.
Ogee edges are one of the most decorative types of countertop styles. An ogee has a delicate stepping or molding to the edge of the counter, giving it a more formal appearance that works well in traditional settings.
Chiseled edges are popular for more rustic and spa-setting designs. A chiseled edge has a rough, fractured appearance that enhances the effect that the counter is made of stone and reveals some of the stone’s natural crystalline structure.
When the slab used on a countertop is thin – roughly 3/4-inch in thickness – the edge of the counter can be built up to give it a more substantial appearance. Built edges have a second piece of stone epoxied to the bottom of the counter’s natural edge, then the entire piece is carved into the finished edge.
Built edges can also be used for thicker counters to give a truly beefy look to the finished product. A built edge can be carved into any edge treatment from ogee to chiseled, so this method can be used in a variety of different settings.
No matter what type of stone counter you get for your kitchen or bath, make sure the edge matches the rest of your surroundings to complete its look.