It’s All In The Details: Choosing Kitchen Countertop Edges

After you have selected the countertop material, color, and pattern, you might think that the job is over. Now is the time to choose your countertop edges. Like colors and patterns, you don’t want to overlook those little details, such as the edges. There are various edge options for your counters. Here are a few options that can complement the style of your kitchen.

Standard Edges

The standard edge is one of the most common options for countertops. You will find several choices for this style, including a curved or straight design. A standard edge is a great look for any kitchen style. If you have a modern, clean design, then the straight edge will help to outline that profile. Straight edges blend into the kitchen space, making it possible for an appliance or tile to stand out. You might think that straight edges are sharp, but that is not the case. The corners are rounded to protect the counters from sustaining damage. You can customize the amount of rounding to fit your kitchen’s style.


With a beveled edge, your counters will have a subtle, angular edge. Standard bevel edges have a 45-degree angle. However, these edges can also be customized to various degrees. That customization allows you to have flexibility with your design. If you have a contemporary design, bevel edges will look fantastic in your home or business.

Flat Polish

Consider the flat polish if you want a clean, simple, and classic look. These edges work best with contemporary designs. A flat polish is a great way to add elegance to your kitchen spaces.


Bullnose edges are available as either a full or half bullnose. These options have a rounded edge, which helps soften up the counters’ look. A bullnose edge is considered a classic design, and you will want to add them to rooms that have a more traditional appearance.

With a full bullnose, the edges of the countertops have a thin appearance. On the other hand, a half bullnose also has a round edge, but it looks thicker than the full option. The half bullnose is another one that will pair nicely with any traditional design elements.


For a sleek look, you should think about the quarter-round edge. With this edge, the top edge has a slight radius, measuring the diameter of a pencil. Like most edges, this option is a fantastic choice for a traditional kitchen design.

Specialty Edges

All of the above options are your standard selections. However, you can also choose from a wide variety of specialty edges.

Double Quarter-Round

A double quarter-round has a pencil-sized round edge on the top and bottom of the material. With this edge, the counter offers a thinner look compared to a flat polish or half bullnose edge. Don’t be fooled by the appearance. That slender look is only for cosmetic purposes, and it doesn’t compromise the durability of the material. You can also pair this edge with a traditional kitchen.

Double Bevel

Like the standard bevel edge, you can customize a double bevel edge with various widths and angles. Double bevels will catch the light on both sides of the edges, making a significant impact in your kitchen. Use this option for both a contemporary and traditional design.

Chiseled Edge

Another style to consider is the chiseled edge. The raw stone is exposed with this edge, giving your countertop a rustic or natural appearance. While you might be concerned about these edges being sharp, the chiseled option is safe enough for every kitchen.


Another classic edge is the ogee. These edges give you an elegant look that makes a fantastic choice for a traditional kitchen. The ogee features a concave radius, creating a flowing design of arches. These edges might seem similar to bullnose edges. However, those options have a rounded appearance. You can cut these ogee edges into natural stones like marble, granite, and concrete.

If you love the look of an ogee edge, consider the double ogee. These edges also have two concave radii, but they are more shallow than the standard ogee. The double ogee is another excellent selection for a traditional kitchen.

Triple Pencil Edge

The Italians created this type of edge. You can choose a pencil edge with a quarter-inch radius, but the triple pencil edge offers a 3 to 6mm radius for those edges. The three-quarter rounds are placed on top of each other.

Choosing a Custom Edge

While the standard and especially edges are nice, they might not be the perfect choice for your kitchen design. You can always select a customized option for your kitchen.

Remember that exotic materials do require more time for fabrication. It can take longer to receive the counters when adding a customized edge. Some edges are not suited for certain materials. Remember that intricate specialty edges cannot be fabricated in every type of stone.

When choosing a custom edge, you might worry about the stability of the countertops. All of these edges are durable, and they will hold up to a demanding kitchen environment.

Select the Best Option for Your Kitchen

There are many edge options on the market. If you still can’t decide the right one for your kitchen, start evaluating your kitchen style and home’s needs. Make sure to check out the profiles of your cabinets and appliances. With that, you can see what will look great in your home. You want the countertop to coordinate with your existing design.

For those who still cannot make a decision, reach out to an experienced design team. Many natural stone fabricators have a team of professionals who can help you choose the right edge for your new or existing space.

Let Us Help With Your Countertop Edges

At Marble Concepts, we have over 30 years of experience in the business. Our company has a wide variety of stones, with plenty of options for edges. When you need to find granite companies nearby, reach out to us. You can schedule a consultation by calling 215-396-7393.