The kitchen is the heart of the home, and the kitchen island is the heart of the kitchen. It’s no surprise, then, that so many of us are looking for a way to make a splash with our islands. Yes, we want them to have key benefits like additional cabinetry and seating, but we also want them to leave a lasting impression. You can use bright colors or trending materials to make your island pop, but those might go out of style. That’s where waterfall countertops come in. As a high-end architectural feature, a waterfall countertop has staying power while still being very on-trend.
So, without further ado, let’s look at 18 wow-worthy waterfall countertops. Whether you need inspiration for an upcoming kitchen remodel or just want to look at something pretty, these will deliver.
Stone waterfall countertops
Stone countertops have long been a fixture in high-end homes. A waterfall coutnertop continues that stone over the edge and only adds to the drama.
The clean edge of the waterfall island helps your kitchen look interesting and tidy at the same time. Image: Hikesterson/Getty Images
Your kitchen’s stone waterfall countertop can mirror other elements in the room, tying it all together. Image: ImageFlow/Shutterstock
An open marble countertop invites guests to gather around, sample the food and join the conversation. Image: Jodie Johnson/Shutterstock
White waterfall countertops
Love a clean aesthetic in the kitchen? These clean, bright waterfall countertops are for you.
A mostly white kitchen is anchored by the dark island inset that mirrors the flooring and accent wall. Image: Sarah Murray/Getty Images
If you want to expand your kitchen without blocking the visual flow, white is a natural choice. Image: Astronaut Images/Getty Images
In an open kitchen, a bright waterfall countertop adds structure. Image: ImageFlow/Shutterstock
A thin waterfall edge further cements this kitchen’s chic look. Image: Marko Subotin/Shutterstock
In a warm-toned kitchen, the waterfall island adds visual interest without breaking up the aesthetic. Image: Malysheva Liudmyla/Shutterstock
A glossy white waterfall countertop mirrors the lacquered wood, giving this kitchen a pristine feel. Image: Alexandre Zveiger/Shutterstock
Wood waterfall countertops
Wood counters are rare, but a kitchen island or bar gives you some space to play. And because the wood mirrors most dining surfaces, it’s an open invitation to friends and family to pull up a chair and join the kitchen’s action.
A beautiful wood waterfall countertop and a wine rack? It’s a two-for-one kitchen dream. Image: Cinematographer/Shutterstock
Light-colored wood can add texture to your waterfall countertop without overwhelming the space. Image: Hoxton/Martin Barraud/Getty Images
A wood waterfall countertop warms up a sleek kitchen, especially when it ties into the surrounding design. Image: Sturti/Getty Images
Concrete waterfall countertops
Concrete is trending, so why not work it into your kitchen through a waterfall countertop?
A sleek waterfall edge on the lower of these two floating kitchen components keeps this space feeling spacious and open. Image: Westend61/Getty Images
With a thick waterfall edge on one side and an open ledge on the other, this kitchen island is a statement piece. Image: Robert Daly/Getty Images
A super-thin concrete countertop works the trending material into the space without feeling heavy. Image: Django/Getty Images
More waterfall countertops
Looking to add a pop of color or architectural detail to your kitchen? Because it’s already a statement maker, a waterful island is the ideal canvas.
If you’ve been wanting to add an accent color but don’t want it to overwhelm your kitchen’s clean aesthetic, try a colored waterfall island inset. Image: Hoxton/Chris Ryan/Getty Images
Flowing one waterfall countertop into another adds to the effect. Image: Camilo Morales/Getty Images
Mixing materials can make your waterfall countertop feel extra luxurious. Image: Denny Lako/Shutterstock
Which style if your favorite? Tell us about it in the comments!