23 Kitchen Countertops You've Never Even Considered

Wait until you see how gorg raw wood can look.

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Nathan Kirkman

We know all about your marble kitchen countertop dreams. They were once ours too, but hear us out: There are so many gorgeous options to choose from — zinc, concrete, and even raw wood — that by the time you get done with this story, you may be rethinking your ultimate #KitchenGoals. No matter how formal or relaxed you want to go, whether you want something practical and stain-resistant, or something so luxe it's outrageous, you'll find it on this list. And don't worry, there's marble inspo on here, too. Obvi.

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Karyn R. Millet
Blizzard Caesarstone

A giant kitchen needs an island that can compete with its size. A Caesarstone countertop in Blizzard tops this 14-foot-long station, anchoring the floor plan. Anything smaller would be swallowed up by the vastness.

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Jonny Valiant
Thick Ledge

A chunky Caesarstone counter in Raw Concrete decks out this cool kitchen. They extended the slab up the wall to the window, making a mini shelf for soap or sponges.

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David Tsay
Lacquered Copper

If you love copper but worry about it patinating, try it in an outdoor kitchen or bar. This party hub won't lose its sheen anytime soon though, thanks to a protective layer of lacquer.

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Marion Brenner
Oak Slab

Add a rustic touch to your cook space with oak slab counters. It would look gorg in a farmhouse, Tuscan-style, or mountain-inspired kitchen.

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Jennifer Hughes
Sealed Wood

Crafted from walnut, imbuia and anigre, this kitchen's nearly 11-foot-long island was inspired by English antiques. Surprisingly, though, it's totally durable. The wood is sealed with an acrylic finish, so it resists spills, scratches, stains, and heat.

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Green Silestone

This tiny kitchen was inspired by the outdoors. Along with sky-blue cabinets and cloud-white walls, there's also a Silestone counter in a deep forest green. It acts like a neutral, so it can go with almost anything.

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Mali Azima
Butcher Block

Marble and casual don't exactly go together, so if you're looking to keep things low-key, opt for butcher block. Paired with pale oak floors and plank cabinetry, the room's filled with warmth and informality.

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Pernille Loof
Calacatta Nuvo

Caesarstone Calacatta Nuvo counters mimic the look of marble but are tough-wearing and low-maintenance. At a chunky 2½ inches thick, they hold their own with the size of this sleek black island.

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Joshua McHugh
Suede Finish

Matching subway tile plays off the the blue-gray veining on these Silestone countertops. The cool colors are warmed up thanks to brass accents and trim.

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Joshua McHugh
Glass Top

No island? No problem. Get creative like this kitchen, which topped architects' drafting tables with glass to serve as the kitchen island.

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Don Freeman
Zinc

With modern amenities and vintage touches, hassle-free zinc countertops are perfect in a casual kitchen.

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Miki Duisterhof
Marble + Iron

The pair of kitchen islands in this house are topped with Imperial Grey marble and edged in a band of riveted iron. It adds a masculine edge.

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Annie Schlechter
Silestone

Touches of brass accent a New Jersey kitchen. The Silestone countertops in Lagoon have the look of marble but are stain-resistant.

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Jonny Valiant
Quartzite

In this beach house kitchen, the gray veining in the quartzite on the island complements the color of the Caesarstone countertops.

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Victoria Pearson
Mahogany

If timeless is your jam, go with classic mahogany. It looks good with most colors, but we're obsessed with this blue pairing.

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Miki Duisterhof
Marble

Because this apartmennt's kitchen has a bold backsplash, the countertops are subtle. Simple slabs of the same marble cover the countertops and island.

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Nathan Kirkman
Black Granite

Don't be afraid to mix materials. This Chicago kitchen contasts the Absolute Black granite with a leathered finish of pale wood on the island. Gray cabinets are topped with a Silestone counter in subtly-veined Pulsar.

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Drew Kelly
Weathered Barnwood

An island made of weathered barnwood, with a built-in Carrara marble cutting board, adds warmth and texture. It helps make an otherwise more glam kitchen feel relaxed.

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Peter Murdock
Raw Wood

An island can look like a monolithic block unless you do something to make it interesting. This chunk of elm anchors the seating area, keeping the live edge so it doesn't feel too perfect. A bit of leftover wood was turned into six drawer-fronts, flanking the range.

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Miki Duisterhof
Local Stone

Simple Shaker-style kitchen cabinets in a creamy color are set off by dark counters made of Vermont soapstone, a living material that will age and stain over the years.

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Nathan Kirkman
Marmara Marble

This Marmara marble was vein-cut to show off the striations that look like stripes. It feels more modern than the usual Carrara, but it's also classic.

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Annie Schlechter
Matching Backsplash

Caesarstone's honed Pebble surface does double duty as countertop and backsplash, creating a seamless quality and minimizing contrast in this modern kitchen.

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TREVOR TONDRO
Bluestone

Belgian bluestone countertops pair perfectly with the Carrara marble sink in this Savannah kitchen.

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