We’ve rounded up 40 of the best waterfall countertops to inspire you to build or remodel your kitchen with this story-worthy design trend. Whether your style is French country chic, ultra-modern, or rustic farmhouse, waterfall islands are a great addition to the kitchen. Butcher block, slate, marble, and even concrete can make stunning stepped countertops, and we’ll also provide plenty of ways to make your kitchen island pop.
From Property Brothers to Architectural Digest spreads, you’ve definitely noticed the biggest trend in home kitchen design—the stunning waterfall countertop. Often seen in fine marble and quartz, waterfall countertops can be built in any material and fit your personal style and home decor style, says Marble Renovation. Unlike a standard countertop, the tiered waterfall pattern has no visible seam, which is visually pleasing and makes cleanup a breeze since there’s no room for crumbs and spills to sneak in.
Classic white and gray marble gets a rustic edge with dark walnut cabinets and modern leather seating. Perfect for a luxury cabin or a cozy modern home.
Instead of going for high-end, classic marble, opting for quartz textured paired with rich wood cabinetry is perfect for mid-century modern lovers.
If you want a classic kitchen style with plenty of resale value, choosing a white and gray striped marble waterfall worktop paired with white cabinetry is a solid choice.
Influencers like Elsie Larson of A Beautiful Mess have made the pink-tinged white ash a standout aesthetic of its own. Using an off-white marble countertop makes the kitchen feel warm and inviting, like the design shown here.
Stainless steel appliances look elegant against sturdy wood cabinetry and timeless white and gray marble countertops—perfect for modern luxury.
If you find yourself drawn to the glossy finish of marble but find the distinctive gray streaks predictable, consider choosing a different slab style. This matte worktop gives the space a calm and serene look.
Relying too much on white against marble waterfall countertops can make a kitchen feel sterile and unattractive. Having unpainted countertops or barstools helps make the space a little warmer.
Brass knobs and pale green paint make this angular table top feel modern and upscale. Great for those who want a bit of color but still a neutral kitchen.
The glossy cabinets in a cool, muted blue help the marble in the kitchen really pop. We’re also a big fan of extending marble into the kitchen’s back wall for a seamless waterfall effect.
Using a dark but glossy gray table top is a great choice because it can be made to look ultra-modern with chrome finishes or give it a rustic feel with some rich wood and leather accents.
Even if you haven’t found the marble slab of your dreams, or have and aren’t in the budget, you can still create a stunning waterfall surface with a faux marble paint kit. This will allow you to customize the font and color options of your worktop.
Marble is definitely the preferred choice for many home renovators and builders, but it’s not always the safest choice, especially if you have loved ones who are prone to spills, due to its porous nature. On the other hand, quartz is very durable, easy to clean, and just as elegant.
If you want more architectural feature for your kitchen design, opt for an asymmetrical countertop design. Making one side thicker and the other very thin is visually appealing, as it plays with the stone in interesting ways, making one side feel weightless.
The very warm tones of wood with visible grain look beautiful under a glossy white marble waterfall island and make the space feel less cold.
The combination of marble, natural wood, and a modern and sophisticated paint color is a winning combination that will make your kitchen look magazine-worthy.
While matte and satin finishes and natural wood are quickly becoming the norm, we couldn’t help but love the ultra-gloss walnut cabinets under a white quartz waterfall countertop.
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Making a kitchen that looks modern, cool, and comfortable can be challenging. Gold and brass hardware are useful accents that don’t overpower the sleek and elegant look of the countertops.
Instead of placing your cabinets in the recess of a waterfall countertop, set them up against the edge for a unique, custom look.
The white, black and wood colors are simple and elegant, combining modern, clean lines with warm rustic details. We love the roundness of the teardrop lights that grace the kitchen area.
Ultra-chic red, white, and black kitchens were once seen as ultra-sophisticated and modern but now have a fun, fun, and playful vibe.
While massive kitchen islands are popular in many suburban homes, you can still have the waterfall deck of your dreams in a small space. As long as there are two suitable bar stools, you have plenty of room.
Adding a stovetop to a waterfall countertop is a great way to make it more than just storage and counter space. You can also consider adding a basin if your island is where you want to stand a lot.
Have a waterfall island at dining table height for a unique countertop area. Then it can function as a prep area or an intimate dining area for entertaining.
When your opinions speak for themselves, don’t overpower them with bold and distracting kitchen designs. Instead, keep it simple and elegant with white marble and black bar stools.
Looking for a clean, modern, neutral look but tired of everything white? Consider painting the cabinets around the waterfall island in eggshell or pale gray satin.
Some white marble kitchens can feel a bit stark and flashy, so warm up your kitchen with plenty of wood tones. Walnut and teak are excellent choices for the kitchen.
Make a statement with flush cabinetry and solid doors. This is also a clever way to hide less than stylish appliances in a waterfall countertop, like a dishwasher or wine fridge.
We love the dramatic edge of a black countertop, but the elegant fall of the waterfall tends to soften this bold color somewhat.
A waterfall countertop doesn’t have to be made from a single piece of wood or stone. Consider playing a marble block with a wooden waterfall board like the one seen here.
Constructing the waterfall countertop and floor from the same material is a luxurious treat to the eye and gives the illusion that the kitchen countertop and floor are carved from a single slab of marble.
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There is no reason for the cascade of the waterfall to fall to the side. For a contrasting profile width, have the waterfall curve extend over the front rather than the sides.
Using multiple textures and different levels adds a lot of visual interest to the kitchen, which can be a bit generic at times. This is a great way to show some architectural interest.
By leaving cabinet doors off a section of your island, you can gain extra display space for things like fine china, bouquets, and favorite kitchenware pieces.
We’re fans of high-contrast designs, but the newer tone-on-tone trend is also a sophisticated way to create dimension in your kitchen. Try black on deep gray or cream on white for a modern play on color.
Even if a true waterfall slab isn’t in the cards right now, consider lining your island with metal tape. Adds a touch of glamor and femininity to the kitchen space.
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Concrete is a wonderful and affordable material that has recently entered the kitchen space. But with the right food-grade sealant, concrete countertops are a great addition to kitchens and an affordable way to get the waterfall slab of your dreams.
Open shelving has become very popular for kitchen walls, so why not have them on your kitchen islands? Build recessed cabinets without doors for practical storage or fun displays.
Do you love marble but want something a little different for your countertop? Try black with white milky stripes for a look that is both dramatic and out of this world.
White-on-white kitchens are classic and timeless for a reason — they’re stunning, clean, and can fit into almost any design style.
Pair your white kitchen with galvanized metal countertops, stainless-steel appliances, and clean lines for an industrial take on a waterfall countertop.