1. Curved toward walkway. The designer of this Northwest Washington, D.C., kitchen gave the countertop a curve to soften the lines and give the space atransitional feel. The curve is also a practical choice because the counter abuts a walkway that heads toward a door. A curve in the pebbled quartz countertop means there’s no sharp corner to hit should you make a misstep.
2. Recessed by door. Another way to pull the counter back from the walkway is to recess it, as the designer of this Waterloo, Ontario, kitchen did. Instead of a full-depth cabinet abutting the door that leads outside, a 12-inch-deep cabinet creates some breathing room. “I wanted it to be recessed back so you feel like you can smoothly walk around it,” said designer Shannon Eckel-Braun of Design Factory Interiors. “I didn’t want the countertops to just end.”
Counters: Modena stone quartz in Calacatta gold, Naturale collection, Natural Stone City; cabinetry: Bendt Kitchens & Millwork; upper cabinetry paint:Oxford White, Benjamin Moore; cabinet hardware: Home Depot and vintage; see more cabinet hardware
3. Angled by door. This kitchen in Stockholm, Sweden, has a range that sticks out farther than the doorway wall. One option would have been to stop the run of counter where the range ends.
But the designer found a solution that also adds storage: angling the countertop to the left of the range so it forms a wedge that looks interesting but not awkward. More important, it creates a smooth route in and out of the kitchen. And with the space used for open shelving rather than a traditional closed cabinet, all that space is easily accessed.