Waterfall Kitchen Islands : Is It a Good Idea for Your Kitchen?


It’s 2020 and you do not need to be a trend slave to know that kitchen islands with waterfall edges are all the rage right now. Granted, waterfall edges on kitchen islands may be a fairly new concept for many. However, why not take the plunge into this amazing new trend that could completely change the look of your kitchen? 

So, why should you ditch the dated edges on your peninsula and go the waterfall kitchen island way?

Change is inevitable 

For starters, a few years ago nobody would have dreamt of a kitchen island but look how that turned out! Everybody has or wants a kitchen island now. 

Think practicality

If you have little ones running around your home then you have probably had a bad experience with sharp edges on kitchen counters but if you haven’t then you just might. Soon.

Don’t spend a single minute of this year running around after kids in a bid to prevent them of bumping those countertop corners when you can simply switch to something more child-friendly. 

Besides, it is so much easier to clean waterfall kitchen islands because of the seamless connection between the countertop and the wall. No hidden spots!

Waterfall edges on kitchen islands is a simple way to add aesthetic value

Your kitchen may not be a favorite part of your house now but it definitely will be after you get waterfall edges fixed on your kitchen island. If you do not have a kitchen island yet the change will even be more drastic. 

Waterfall Kitchen Island Ideas 

Now that you know about waterfall kitchen islands, you need to find the perfect one for you and experts from Caesarstone have just the right ideas for you!

Choose the right material 

Waterfall countertops are unique as they are stylish. You literally either go big or home and we recommend that you go big. Choosing the right material for your waterfall kitchen island can be difficult so feel free to check out this article from the experts from Caesarstone if you get overwhelmed. 

The idea is to choose a material that will allow you to achieve a seamless continuous look at the edges. Wood, granite, and marble are some of the worst materials to use for waterfall countertops; quartz is definitely more forgiving. 

Pattern it up!

Incorporate veins into your quartz waterfall countertops to add more style to your kitchen space.

And when it comes to patterns, the more intricate the better!

Mix and match 

Match your waterfall kitchen island to other surfaces in your kitchen for a more seamless look. For instance, you can use the same material as the backsplash shown below. 

Maintain a uniform thickness 

Waterfall countertops come in varied thicknesses. The sides are typically 2-3 inches thick while the edges can be 10.5-18 inches thick. You can work with any thickness as long as you keep it uniform. 

The simpler the better 

It is easy to get carried away when designing and installing your waterfall kitchen countertop. Resist the temptation to play around with the edge profiles and stick with a square edge instead. 

Why use quartz for your waterfall kitchen island design?

Unlike most countertop materials, quartz does not contain natural veining which will definitely ruin the cascading waterfall effect and result in an eyesore. 

The natural beauty of quartz can be combined pigments and resins to produce a versatile countertop material. With these resins and pigments, you can integrate natural-like veining into the design to come up with a beautiful cascading finish. 

Quartz countertops will definitely make a great addition to your kitchen not only because they are easy to incorporate into a waterfall design but also because they are more practical. Quartz is easy to maintain and therefore more sustainable due to its non-porous nature. 

Waterfall Kitchen Island Cost

If you are worried about the cost of getting a waterfall Kitchen Island fixed in your kitchen- don’t. Granted, you will need a little more material for a waterfall kitchen island than you would need for a conventional countertop.

However, the cost of the material you choose to use will remain relatively the same. 

For example, stones such as quartz typically cost between $40 and $100 per square foot with installation costs ranging around $100 per square foot. This cost is relatively similar to conventional countertops and waterfall countertops. You will need to part with an additional $2000 for fabrication in order to ensure that the slabs are cut to fit perfectly and cascade perfectly. 

If you choose to use granite, you will need to dig deeper into your pockets as it will cost you between $200 and $1200 to reseal the granite countertop twice a year. 

The upfront costs of installing quartz countertops may be a little on the higher end but they are definitely a worthwhile investment. 

To waterfall or not to waterfall?

Definitely waterfall!

We believe that every home can do with a waterfall kitchen island especially in this age of practicality and minimalism. Waterfall kitchen islands are a great way to add beauty to your kitchen and home without overdoing the design. Besides, you also get to spend money by avoiding regular maintenance. 

It is easy to get deterred by the upfront costs of installing one but thinks of the long run.

Your kitchen will be more child-friendly, your kitchen will be more inviting, you will save on maintenance costs, and you will not need to worry about your little ones bumping their heads on the countertop corners!

Take the plunge today and contact us for a consultation about your kitchen and we will be happy to hook you up with the best waterfall kitchen island in town!

 

Jeff Campbell

Jeff Campbell is a husband, father, martial artist, budget-master, Disney-addict, musician, and recovering foodie having spent over 2 decades as a leader for Whole Foods Market. Click to learn more about me

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