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What is a Waterfall Countertop?

Waterfall worktops have been a major kitchen trend over the last few years. Even if the terminology is not familiar to you, you have seen all kinds of different applications in kitchen showrooms and home. So, what is a ‘waterfall’ worktop?

A ‘waterfall’ design on a kitchen worktop simply means that the worktop carries on past the cabinet edge and flows vertically downwards all the way to the floor. You can have a waterfall edge one side of a run of base cabinets or a kitchen peninsula or wrap two sides of a kitchen island in the countertop material.

This style of worktop can be found in various kitchen designs and their impact is most striking when natural stone surfaces – marble, granite, quartz, concrete – are utilized.
Waterfall Countertop design

Contemporary luxury kitchen design

Initially used as a strong architectural design feature by modern kitchen designers to show what’s possible, waterfall countertops and kitchen islands have quickly become one of the hallmarks of contemporary kitchens. And if you take a close look at kitchen brochures and showrooms near you, not to mention aspirational residences everywhere, you’ll see that this is largely still the case.

The waterfall design lends itself beautifully to putting the kitchen center stage at the heart of the modern home. Use it to add a wow factor to your kitchen. From seamless background to dramatic contrast, the right choice of countertop in a waterfall style won’t fail to go unnoticed by your guests!

Best materials for waterfall countertops

Waterfall worktops embody a sleek, minimalist look with strong lines. Often, unusual and unapologetic luxurious natural materials such as marble, limestone, granite and quartz are preferred. For kitchen designs with a nod towards industrial stylish or ultramodern creations, the use of practical surfaces such as stainless steel or polished concrete has the power to elevate the space beyond its functional limitations.

That said, your selection of worktop material should be guided by both good looks and functionality. For contemporary kitchen designs, natural stone is hard to beat, plus there’s a near limitless choice of styles, colors and textures to fit in with any conceivable kitchen design.

Gorgeous natural stone countertops also have the advantage in terms of offering superior heat resistance, stain and scratch resistance but be careful to choose a product that doesn’t require period sealing to keep their properties.

Manmade or engineered worktop surfaces such as Corian or quartz, on the other hand, are non-porous and extremely hard wearing, making them totally impervious to burns, scratches or stains. These types of material are virtually maintenance free and come in an infinite choice of colors – you can even have the countertop material match dyed to complement the color palette of your kitchen scheme.
Kitchen design with waterfall countertop

Practically perfect in every way

In addition to the undeniable aesthetic wow effect that a waterfall countertop or island will generate in your kitchen, it’s also a very practical choice for the home. Give your kitchen cabinet end panels a modernized look while keeping bulky and unsightly kitchen clutter safely stored behind closed cabinet doors. It’s a clever way to maintain your kitchen’s neat and organized appearance.

Scuffing or marking the side of the base unit by unruly pets or children will be a thing of the past thanks to the hard-wearing property of the surface. What’s more, utilizing additional worktop material, whether at the end of a run of floor standing units, a peninsula or a freestanding kitchen island, will make it much easier to keep clean – a daily wipe over should do be all that’s needed. Whether you’ve gone with naturally occurring granite or delicately veined marble, these durable surfaces will more than stand the test of time.

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