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Waterfall countertops, or counters that extend beyond its traditional horizontal application, first arrived in the design scene about six years ago, according to Houzz contributor and San Francisco-based designer Barbra Bright. Initially, designers thought the idea of continuing the countertop material to the sides would be an ephemeral trend, but it has since become quite popular, particularly with stone. See how Bright has applied waterfall edging to her projects below.

With a waterfall edge, the veining in natural stone or quartz is visible on the horizontal plane, then spills over the edge in a vertical drop to the floor. This vertical view of the counter highlights and dramatizes the beauty of the stone’s veining, creating a focal point in the kitchen. Often, this focal point is also visible from other rooms, as shown in this photo.

Though stone remains a top choice for waterfall counters, recently materials like wood and concrete have also been gaining popularity.

Waterfall countertops are most often found in contemporary kitchens due to their linear nature and clean lines, which are hallmarks of more contemporary style. The first three images in this story show contemporary kitchens with waterfall countertops.

Check out the photos and more on waterfall counters at Houzz.

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