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Kitchen Trends: Waterfall Edge Counter Tops

When does a trend stop being just a “trend” and become a style with staying power? When it comes to countertop trends, we think the waterfall edge is here to stay. If you’re looking to go more modern and clean-lined in your kitchen, a waterfall counter or island makes a very sleek and clean statement. We’ve noticed that many, if not most applications of this trend feature marble or a whitish quartz, but we love to see a waterfall countertop in granite or even wood or butcher-block.

Read on for some of our favorite versions of this trend (including one of our own projects here in St. Louis) . . .

This trend isn’t just for super contemporary spaces. Neutral and serene, the waterfall edge on this island modernizes the more traditional shaker cabinets and white subway tile backsplash—taking this kitchen from traditional to transitional.

Waterfall Island in a Callier & Thompson Remodel Designed by Carolyn Beard

Waterfall Island in a Callier & Thompson Remodel
Designed by Carolyn Beard

 

We absolutely love seeing a waterfall edge in a butcher block or reclaimed wood. This particular edge has some raw and rustic flair.

Waterfall countertop Image via Dwell

Stunning wood detail on this waterfall edge island.
Image via Dwell

 

With a different finish than the rest of the kitchen counters, the waterfall edge on this breakfast bar makes it the focal point of the room. Ideal for entertaining.

Waterfall Kitchen Island  Image via Kitchen & Bath Artisans

Breakfast bar with double waterfall edge detail.
Image via Kitchen & Bath Artisans

 

Another example of this trend being utilized in a space that isn’t completely contemporary. The earthtones in the granite keep it grounded and warm. If they had chosen white quartz or marble, that would have taken this kitchen in a much more contemporary direction.

Waterfall Kitchen Island Image via Biglar Kinyan

Granite waterfall Island
Image via Biglar Kinyan Design

 

Eco-friendly and available in a wide variety of colors, terrazzo is the perfect material for a waterfall countertop. Seen here in the 2012 HGTV Green Home.

Waterfall Island HGTV Green Home Image via Kemp Hall Studio

Terrazzo Waterfall Island in an HGTV Green Home
Image via Kemp Hall Studio

 

Clean, pristine and gorgeous the quartz on this waterfall island reminds us of an iceberg. A waterfall edge is an excellent way to show off beautiful veining in a slab of marble, quartz or granite.

Quartz Waterfall Countertop Image source unknown

Quartz Waterfall Edge Countertop
Image source unknown

Waterfall Island St. Louis Kitchen