Inspiration and DIY Stone Countertops: Choosing a Decorative Edge

Photo features Fashion Accents in 100 White Travertine Tumbled Stone Listello with Semi-gloss in 6 x 6 100 White field tile. Counter features Crema Marfil Marble slab with Ogee rounded edgework.

Photo features Fashion Accents in 100 White Travertine Tumbled Stone Listello with Semi-gloss in 6 x 6 100 White field tile. Counter features Crema Marfil Marble slab with Ogee rounded edgework.

 
 

Stone Countertops: Choosing a Decorative Edge

Natural stone countertops are popular because of the beauty they convey and the versatility they provide designers and homeowners. In addition to the finish you choose, one of the most dynamic aspects of a natural stone countertop is its edge. Countertop edges can be fabricated to achieve a desired design. From beveled to bullnose, and plenty of other options in between, a unique edge can give your countertop the diversity and elegance you're looking to achieve.

Building a room's presence around your stone countertops is easy. You can find elaborate design pieces that accentuate the countertops, such as bowl sinks in the bathroom or uniquely shaped fruit dishes atop the kitchen countertop. Then choose backsplash tiles of varying colors and textures to amplify the countertops' edges even further. Here's what you should know when it comes time to choose an edge for your countertops.

Photo features Fashion Accents in 100 White Travertine Tumbled Stone Listello with Semi-gloss in 6 x 6 100 White field tile. Counter features Crema Marfil Marble slab with Ogee rounded edgework.

Popular Edges

The most basic countertop features a straight edge with an almost unnoticeable bevel to take away the sharpness of the stone. Other common edge options include:

  • O'gee: This edge is the second most popular when it comes to traditional designs. Beautiful and elegant, O'gee has two rounded edges that make it the perfect option for adding a classic look to your kitchen island.
  • Bullnose: This variation results in a dramatically rounded top edge that appears similar to a semicircle.
  • Beveled edges: A slight bevel or groove can be cut into the edge of your countertop on either the top or bottom edges, or both if that's what you prefer.

There are also more elaborate edge treatments that you can work into your countertop design. These options include edges that feature sweeping arches, straight edges dropping to a curve, curved undercut edge lips, and cascading arches.

Choosing and Designing around Your Edge
When deciding how elaborate to be with the edges of your natural stone countertops, there are some important questions to ask yourself: Which edge do you prefer? Which style works best with your room's design? And have you researched all the options on the market?

Once you're ready to make an informed decision, it's time to choose the right edge for your home's design and decor. Cascading waterfall edges are the perfect addition to a country-modern home that features light colors and simple design features. The bullnose or beveled edge are great for punctuating modern, elegant spaces.

Consult with a designer if you're concerned about overstating your room's design with an elaborate edge. He or she will walk you through the potential pros and cons for your specific space, taking into consideration your overall floor plan, room size, and design preferences. Then head to your local Daltile stone showroom or slab yard to see and feel examples.