On a functional level, the kitchen is where you gather with friends and family to cook food and enjoy meals together. Beyond that, though, there are plenty of ways to transform it into a thoughtfully designed, beautiful space made for much more than nightly dinners. One trend we're currently drooling over is the waterfall countertop-a design element that's decidedly chic and luxurious. Plain white, wooden, and marble countertops are elevated by the cascading waterfall effect of a seemingly continuous material that travels from countertop to floor without a break in the surface. Take a look at some of the most jaw-dropping waterfall countertops around.Space Exploration
This green-and-white kitchen appears simple and clean thanks to its crisp color scheme and sleek shelving. A marble countertop with subtle veining flows to the floor, creating a dramatic lengthening effect.ВKate Osborn; DESIGN: Studio McGee
For a subtle approach, contrast a white waterfall countertop bar above black cabinets. The barВ serves as a hub for gathering in any kitchen, and here, a bold countertop surely won't go unnoticed.
For something entirely elegant, go for gold. This waterfall countertop rests above gold-mirrored panels, giving the kitchen a glamorous feel to match the streamlined contemporary dГ©cor.Space Exploration
Contrast an all-white kitchen with a black waterfall countertop. Clean lines throughout theВ room make this kitchen feel well-put-together and fit for a modern living space.ВLisa Sherry Interieurs
In this beachy, light-filled kitchen, a white countertop falls into a multicolored tile floor. Though the countertop is a stark white, woven overhead light fixtures and wood-framed doors make the space dynamic and inviting.
This kitchen features a striking black-and-white waterfall countertop that also acts as a bar. The dark colors are accented by deep blue cabinets that rest above a marble wall with materials to match the countertop. It's a dramatic look that makes a statement.Katie Martinez
Not all waterfall countertops belong in the kitchen. Here, a marble countertop sits in the center of a large wine cellar. It's the perfect space to open up a properly aged bottle and give it a taste before bringing your wine back upstairs.
From modern light pendants to cool blue cabinets beneath a white waterfall stovetop, this contemporary kitchen stands out. The blue, white, and wooden elements contrast with each other, but the space still feels entirely cohesive and connected.Jessica Helgerson Interior Design
This funky, colorful kitchen utilizes a wooden waterfall countertop above an intricately tiled panel bursting with orange and red hues. The counter matches the floor, cabinets, and ceiling, but is interrupted by the colorful details of the panel.Sharyn Cairns; DESIGN: Fiona Lynch
Bring the drama with a black-and-white marble waterfall countertop. Everything about this space screams glamour and over-the-top chicness (just look at the gold range hood above the stove).Heidi's Bridge
A white-on-white kitchen accented with wooden floors and subtle orange dГ©cor elements looks fresh and clean. Instead of a full waterfall countertop, this marble piece extends out from the wall to form a bar with ample counter space.Lisa Sherry Interieurs
For less of an attention-grabbing statement piece, opt for wood materials. Here, a wooden waterfall countertop blends into muted dГ©cor elements and plays off of the clear barstools, combining traditional and contemporary.Black Lacquer
ThisВ modern kitchen features a subtle marble waterfall countertop to match the same material behind the sink on the wall. Gold accents decorate green cabinets, barstools, and the sink faucet to tie the space together.Alyssa Rosenheck for Domino Magazine
In this last look, you almost don't notice the white waterfall countertop as your eyes travel to the gorgeous marble wall behind the stove. All of the white elements are beautifully accented by a colorful rug, potted plants, and red details on the stove.