You can get the luxurious look of travertine for the cost of ceramic tile. Using special technology to replicate stone surfaces, the Travisano Collection by Marazzi is both stylish and affordable. The collection comes in a wide variety of sizes, with an assortment of trims and mosaics.
I have a soft spot for butcher block countertops. I love their beauty, warmth, how well they go with a variety of kitchen styles, and of course, their affordability. (IKEA's ever-popular NUMERAR beech countertops start at $129 for six feet.) They do require proper care and maintenance to keep them looking their best, but if you're okay with that, then it's a wonderful look for the kitchen. Here are 20 examples to prove it: