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Affordable Kitchen Countertops That Look Like a Million Bucks

Perk up your kitchen without draining the bank with these kitchen countertop ideas.

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Photo: Formica Corporation, Black Shalestone

If You Like Natural Stone, Try Black Shalestone From Formica

Countertops don't need to break your budget. There are plenty of inexpensive products that'll help you achieve a high-end look, and must-see options for natural stone, too. Take a look. You might just find the perfect kitchen countertop for your home and lifestyle.

Above, black shalestone countertops by Formica Group deliver a deep charcoal gray color, patterned with black accents in a high-resolution laminate. If you thought you wanted a dark granite with subtle variations, this finish offers the same look for considerably less. Pricing for Formica Group laminate starts at around $2.50 per square foot.

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Photo: Photography by Scott Hamilton. Kitchen design by Robin Muto Interiors.

If You Like a Bright, Reflective Kitchen, Try Pure White From Corian

Don’t underestimate the impact of an “ordinary” white countertop. Most apt to reflect natural daylight, a white countertop in a natural or gloss finish is guaranteed to brighten a space — even on a dreary day. If you want a countertop that radiates light, shop around for a white quartz that suits your needs. You can find white quartz products from Corian ranging between $35-$80 per square foot, depending on the thickness and style.

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Photo: Concetto Pictures/Hayman Homes

If You Like the Look of Natural Agate, Try Profondo From Caesarstone

Deep blue and warm turquoise are standout shades in this natural blue agate countertop and backsplash material. The transparencies in these semi-precious stones also allow for light flow, making the counter a stunning focal point when paired with an LED backlight. Use it as a focal point in your kitchen, and let the rest of the design fall into place. Pricing on Profondo from Caesarstone starts at $40 per square foot.

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Photo: Ashley Avila; Design By: Amy Darooge, Villa Decor

If You Like a Rustic Design, Choose a Raw Edge Countertop

Incorporate a slab of natural wood into your kitchen to achieve a desirable, authentically rustic effect. The walnut used in this countertop incorporates a raw edge and adds character to the bar of this home. Check with your local millwork shops to learn more about sourcing a one-of-a-kind piece of wood like this and to get a better sense of what's available in your area.

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