Both of these images illustrate how you can wrap your countertop material around the cabinetry. This is a great solution for instances where you want to change counter height (top) as well as when your countertops don't end into a wall.
Images from Canada's Style at Home magazine, October 2012. Top image is from a redesign of a hospital lounge that was done by the magazine. Bottom image from the article "Opposites Attract." Photo by Monic Richard. Styling by Nicola Marc.