Countertops are such an important part of your overall kitchen design. Along with cabinetry, it’s probably one of the first things you’re thinking about when choosing your interior finishes. Of course, I was thinking about my kitchen design even before we started building.
I would imagine I’m not alone as most people dream about a beautiful kitchen? It is probably one of my favorite rooms in a home because it’s where we spend most of our time.
We chose to do a waterfall countertop on our kitchen island, and I have to say, we are in love with it! There are things you regret doing in a build and things you would for sure do again. Even two years down the road, we would do this again.
What is a Waterfall Countertop?
So, you ask: what exactly is a waterfall countertop? It is a countertop that drops vertically down the sides. It does not stop until each end reaches the flooring. It is created with two slabs together at 45 degree-angle cuts This creates one continuous flow of countertop material.
It is a very seamless look that creates an eye-catching centerpiece for the kitchen. Basically, your countertop flows over the ends of your island. Hence the name “waterfall”.
Showcases and Enhances Beauty
We love the look of a waterfall countertop for many reasons, but on top of the list is just how aesthetically pleasing it is. We worked with Caeserstone to find the most amazing piece of quartz called Statuario Maximus.
Statuario Maximus is a marble inspired quartz featuring warm grey veins sweeping across a soft white base color. Here is a close up so you can see the gorgeous detail.
As you can see, this particular quartz by Caesarstone is something we wanted to showcase in our kitchen. Having the waterfall countertop allowed us to be more creative with the front of the island, but didn’t have to worry about customizing the sides.
We ended up pairing Statuario Maximus with a custom red oak front stained in driftwood. I think it’s a wonderful blend of rustic and modern that just works!
Creates a Focal Point
If designed and implemented the correct way, an island with a waterfall countertop can be a focal point of a kitchen. The combination of a custom front as we mentioned before and the sleek countertop design can scream “look at me” in a good way.
But it’s so important to choose a material that will be showcase worthy! For example, I wouldn’t choose a solid white material unless I was going ultra-modern with the design. I think the ends of a waterfall island need interest. This is why we chose Statuario Maximus and all of its beautiful veining.
Easier to Clean and No More Scuffs
Not only do waterfall countertops look great, but there are also some functional benefits of having them. With having children or pets, you will love this one. The continuous flow down to the floor allows you to not worry about wood end panels or custom wood ends. Wood panels can be easily scratched and scuffed. Having a waterfall countertop made of quartz, with its durability, will make your island ends virtually indestructible.
Not to mention, they are much easier to clean than a wood surface!