We are looking at installing hardwood or bamboo flooring in our living room and downstairs hallway. The problem is, we have beautiful dark maple stairs which predominate the area, stained a very dark Jacobean, and also some dark leather furnishings (leather chairs, console, etc).
What colour should the hardwood/bamboo flooring be? Should it be a dark stain to closely match the stairs, or can it be a contrasting light stain? I'm just worried that with dark hardwood floors, everything will become too oppressive looking. But with a lighter wood floor, it will look odd.