Q: Can I use wood flooring in my kitchen?
A: Most definitely, I love wood floors in the kitchen for several reasons. To start you can see here how the wood flooring adds warmth and texture bringing an organic feel to the kitchen. The tone of the wood flooring in relationship to the crisp white cabinets creates the perfect contrast. When possible I try to run the same flooring throughout the first floor to create seamless transitions from room to room. When you use the same flooring it can make your space feel larger and creates a positive flow of energy through each room. With the finishes available today your floor will be extremely durable and able to withstand the daily demands in the kitchen.
The challenge arises when you have wood tone cabinets verses a light painted finish. In this case I suggest creating a contrast between the wood finish of the cabinets and the floors so they do not match or blend too closely . I suggest going a few shades lighter or darker on the floor finish to create a nice contrast to the cabinets. Have your contractor put the finish samples right on the actual floor once the cabinets are installed to get it right the first time.