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12 Types of Countertop Profiles

You may not have given it much thought, but believe it or not, countertops have the ability to be shaped at the corners and the edges of each of the four sides, and that is what profiling is all about. Be sure that when you are selecting a profile for your new countertop, that the countertop material used is compatible with the profile that you want. Also factor in whether your countertop is compatible with a smooth, or more sharply-angled surface, as each type of profile has a different level of appeal that is dependent on the countertop’s colors and overall physical appearance. You should factor in your overall kitchen design when choosing one specific type of profile.

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  1. Eased

A common type of profile that is squared off, and does not slant or smooth out. The majority of countertops are installed with this profile, as this is the community standard.

  1. Bevel

An elegant profile that gives the countertop a more refined edge, due to the lip being more of a slightly-angled one. This edge seems fancy, but it is not fancy in an over-the-top manner.

  1. Double Bevel

A more eclectic profile that merely has a small piece of the lip of the countertop angled inward, then a flat surface down to the countertop’s bottom.

  1. Bullnose

A very rounded profile that would be an excellent choice for anyone with children, as there are no angled edges on the lip, therefore this edge can be counted as the safest choice.

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  1. Half Bullnose

A smooth edge that straightens off at the bottom in an angled manner. The top of the lip has no squared edges, so it not only makes the profile look visually appealing, but it also makes the lip comfortable on the hands.

  1. Step Half Bullnose

A mixture of angle and smoothness, this profile makes the countertop ‘pop’ in a very three-dimensional way.

  1. Bevel Bullnose

A unique profile that gives the impression of the corner edges of a picture frame, with its gradual slope and levelling off.

  1. Dupont Bullnose

A special profile that can only be described as ‘smooth jaggedness’, and the top of the edge really highlights the rest of the countertop.

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  1. Double Radius

A vaguely ‘industrial’ edge to a countertop profile, this edge goes down smoothly, then ends abruptly at the lip’s bottom.

  1. Classic Ogee

A rather classy profile that bulges out in the lip slightly, before smoothly curving back into the countertop. The lip also juts out ever so slightly, so as to provide a level of taste.

  1. Double Ogee

A very sharp (in appearance) and professional profile, the edge has smoothness, but also has very squared layers. This profile is very contemporary in its feeling, and certainly complements almost any countertop.

  1. Triple Pencil

A stunning and eye-catching edge that looks as if the countertop is actually 3 countertops laying on top of each other. This profile has a highly ‘modern’ feel to it, so if your countertop is modern in appearance, this profile will complement it.

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Counter Culture – New Accessories for Your Granite Countertops

In recent years there has been a dramatic increase in the selection of granite countertops for kitchens. At the same time there have been many new innovations in lighting and increasing use of natural stone, wood and ceramic tile to enhance both the beauty and function of your kitchen. Here are just a few of the latest products and features available to help your new granite kitchen countertops look and perform their best.

 LED Accent Lighting To Match Your Granite Countertops

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Kitchen LED Lighting

There are a variety of new kitchen lighting options available that can help highlight the beauty of your Clearwater granite kitchen countertops as well as maximize their benefits. For a dramatically lit eat-in kitchen island consider a series of LED pendant lights above the island and strip lights running under the lip of the counter. Strip lighting under your cabinets also adds a dramatic look to your countertops and allows you to us your kitchen without having to turn all the lights on. Having your lights wired for different zones and using dimmer switches allows you to save energy by providing just the right amount of light where and when you need it.

Mosaic Tile Backsplashes

 

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Mosaic tile backsplash above a range top.

Creating mosaic tile designs was once a tedious process that required the work of a skilled craftsman to plan, cut and set the tiles. Many eye-catching pre mounted tile mosaics are now available that can give your kitchen an old world charm or a modern look. Pre mounted patterns using a mix of ceramic and glass or natural stone can add an earthy natural look or a sleek modern feel to your kitchen decor. A tile mosaic or pattern that includes tiles that match your granite is a perfect way to make your countertops’ color really pop.

 

Commercial Grade Cutting Boards and Draining Racks

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Sink with integrated cutting boards and strainer from Kohler. Image credit: Kohler

 

Integrated cutting boards, strainers, prep sinks and pull-out spray faucets are just some of the professional kitchen accessories finding their way into new kitchen designs. Many contemporary kitchens are featuring simple bold lines along with rugged looking professional grade appliances and accessories.

 

Mixing Countertop Materials

 

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Mixed wood and granite kitchen island countertop.

Mixing different countertop materials is a reflection of a wider trend in contemporary design to combine very simple unadorned lines with a variety of materials. Using surfaces made from natural stone, manufactured quartz, wood and glass in combination makes a visually stimulating yet simple design. You can add to the beauty of your natural stone countertops by contrasting them with a raised mahogany bar or cutting block.