Small details like countertop edges can make a huge difference in your kitchen

It’s no secret that planning and building a new kitchen is, to put it lightly, a process. The amount of thought that needs to go into this process is enough to make anybody’s head spin. Choosing cabinetry, deciding on a colour palette, selecting the right tiles for your kitchen floor. Yet, one element that is often overlooked when planning a kitchen renovation, is what countertop edge style to choose.

If you’re like most people deep in the throes of a kitchen renovation, you’ll spend a lot of time and energy in choosing the perfect countertops for your kitchen. What many novice renovators don’t realise though, is that there’s more to it than simply selecting the right material. You have to consider the edge as well. It might not seem so at first, but getting the edges right will make a world of difference to the look of your countertops and how they work in your space.

There are some that believe kitchen countertop edges don’t matter – that edges are merely a personal preference or a decision that carries little weight. What these people overlook, however, is how highly decorative edges can create an illusion of making the space look smaller. The eye is naturally drawn to these edges, creating a focal point that ignores the overall kitchen look. In a small kitchen, getting your countertop edges right is a crucial design consideration.

If you’re already familiar with the world kitchen countertop edges, you’ll know exactly how to select the perfect stone for your build. Having knowledge of the subject can open up a world of innovative ideas regarding pairing and combining the right edge with the right stone to create a good visual harmony.

Naturally, there are many things to consider when selecting an edge profile for your countertops. The most obvious first consideration is style. The edge you choose should match naturally with the rest of your project, or you run the risk of having a kitchen that’s visually unbalanced.

So what are the options when it comes to choosing the perfect kitchen countertop edge? Let’s explore your 3 main options:

Single Bevel

A single-bevelled countertop edge is a square edge cut along the top at approximately a 45-degree angle. This is a very popular edge because its sleek straight lines can add a touch of sophistication to a small kitchen without overwhelming the rest of the elements in the space. Countertop edges should complement the overall look, never dominate it. The single bevel edge often also looks like more expensive and exclusive than it actually is, depending on what countertop material you choose.


Bullnose is a slightly more refined countertop edge. It’s a smooth, rounded edge that is an understated option that suits most material choices. Generally, there are two types of bullnose edges: full and half bullnose. Both options give a soft touch to any countertop and are known as timeless choices that often surfaces in traditional kitchen design. A full bullnose edge makes the counter edge appear slimmer, and in some ways, more modern. These edges are also more child-friendly – as straight edges may cause injury.

Eased Edge

An eased edge style is characterised by a subtle softened square that soothes the hard, sharp edges that you’ll commonly find on laminate countertop options. The eased edge style is another great option for small kitchens. When used in combination with a complementary surface material, this style will create a sophisticated, modern look. It’s also an ideal edge choice for kitchens with oddly shaped counters and strange angles.

Choosing the perfect countertop edge should be more than just a passing thought. It’s one of those design decisions that seem insignificant but can have a big impact when not applied correctly.