We have soapstone in the kitchen. When we put in the addition, the bathrooms and wet bar got 'honed' granite...which isn't shiny and looks really nice. Unfortunately, that's an expensive option. Laminate can look decent if it's fabricated correctly and one of the better products is chosen. A little uplift of your budget can get you various types of solid surface, however, and it's both more durable/repairable and in essence, seamless once installed, unlike laminate.