Reclaimed wood and single-cut wood slabs are unique ideas for rugged looking counter tops. Glass, metals, and technologically advanced surfaces are modern options that give a kitchen a one-of-a-kind look.
Old barn doors make great counter tops when they have been refinished and fitted to a kitchen island. Butcher's block is a light colored wood that makes an attractive functional surface. Cork is a dense and lightweight material that can be manufactured to fit a counter top, as well. Thick recycled glass can be a beautiful option, but it requires consistent maintenance.
Metal is another alternative. Stainless steel and pewter add shine and an industrial feel but can be scratched or dinged over time. Pennies offer a truly unique look since no two patterns are the same and they can be glued to another surface in multiple rows then sealed with a clear coating.
Quartz, slate and soapstone options are similar to granite or marble in some ways because they are also stone, but these counter tops have a drastically different look and may require specialized care. Poured concrete is a solid material that mimics stone, but it must be sealed well to prevent staining and can create a harsh look.