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Sevenoaks A21 / M25 junction 4
Sevenoaks A21 / M25 J4

What is a waterfall edge?

A waterfall edge is a design aesthetic where the countertop continues at a 90-degree angle and flows to the floor, giving the impression of seamless continuation of the chosen surface.

Waterfall edges are also known as a “mitred end” or “slab end”.

Why choose a waterfall edge?

The waterfall edge can complement a variety of design styles.

It can be used to effectively link ‘zones’ in larger and open-plan spaces, creating symmetry and a natural flow through the space.

Alternatively, it can be used as a standalone design statement to create drama.

Keeping it simple

For minimalist styles where there is a limited colour palette, the waterfall edge is a sleek, stylish way to link the floor with the cabinets and countertops. It can enhance the impression of space and calm.

Making a statement

The sculptural aspect of the waterfall edge is a wonderful way to create a focal point.

This can be achieved by choosing one key aspect of the kitchen to showcase this aesthetic, such as the breakfast bar or island. A contrasting countertop material can increase the impact.

Material choice

There is a range of materials that are now suitable for a waterfall edge, so it’s a fantastic way to create a truly unique kitchen space. Marble, granite, quartz and travertine are available in a variety of beautiful hues. Concrete and wood are also stylish alternatives.

Practical and versatile

If there are little children enjoying the space, waterfall edges are much safer than protruding countertops.

It’s also possible to project the countertop outwards to create an overhang as is shown here.

For this client in Hayes Land, Bromley, we created space to slide stools underneath. This simple technique could instantly transform an island into a breakfast bar or casual dining area.

Jack Hone

Chief kitchen designer (and chef in a previous life), who loves creating perfect spaces for people to make memories in.