A ‘waterfall island’ refers to a kitchen island with a worktop edge that flows over the side of the island’s surface, continuing down towards the floor. A work surface wrapped island is another name for a waterfall island. It is given the name waterfall island because the worktop seemingly resembles the flowing cascades of a powerful waterfall.
Waterfall island edge worktops
The waterfall island edge can be implemented on one side of the island, which adds an extra layer of interest to your design. However, this is usually when implemented on a peninsula which is fixed at one end. More often for kitchen islands, it is incorporated on both sides. This creates a balanced look, with the worktop effectively forming the end panels for the sides of the island.
Why are waterfall islands so popular?
This simple technique creates a beautiful look for kitchen islands. The plethora of possible colour and finish combinations makes it relatively affordable, and also offers a great opportunity for personalising your design. For example, you may wish to match your waterfall island worktop tone with your island’s furniture. Alternatively, you might prefer a striking contrast of colour, texture and material. This ensures that your island grabs the attention of all your visitors! With careful planning this technique can work for traditional kitchens too. Whichever style you opt for, the resulting look tends to be elegant, clean and modern.
A Practical Nature…
…Another reason why the waterfall kitchen island is an increasingly popular choice is because of their practical and multi-purpose nature. For example, we can easily project the worktop outwards over the back of the island to create an overhang, which adds space to slide stools underneath.
By using this simple design technique; the kitchen island is easily transformed into a casual breakfast bar or dining area. This is particularly useful in modern designs where islands now form the social hub of many kitchens.
They are used not only for eating but for other activities too such as family gatherings, working or simply enjoying a glass of wine.
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