How do I determine what hardwood is right for me?
Species: What species you choose determines the feel you create.
Color: What color of wood you go with can be determined by many factors.
Quality: What kind of lifespan, durability, and craftsmanship are you looking for?
Finishes: There are many different types of finishes that can be applied to hardwood floors including, Hand Scraped, Wire-Brushed, Stained, Water-Based Swedish Finish, Satin, High-Gloss, etc.
Does the hardwood floor go well with the cabinets?
Does it compliment the countertops?
Does the room have a lot of natural light or is a dark hardwood going to make it too dark?
To check how hard the wood you like is, refer to the Jenka Scale.
Remember some species of wood are softer than others and will dent and scratch easier.
Quite often the species you pick is dictated by the color you are going for.
Remember that with Swedish Finish floors you can stain the wood almost any color you want.