We are in the midst of renovating the entire house and need to make a decision about flooring on the ground floor. Our options are to go for oak flooring throughout, or to consider a combination of oak in certain areas (eg the reception rooms) with tiles in other areas (eg the kitchen and connected open plan dining area). While I like the idea of having bright tiles "opening up" a dark hallway, my concern is that they will get grubby quickly and the grouting get very dirty so spoiling the nice clean look. I therefore wondered if oak in the hallway might hide this dirt better? However, there is then the associated problem with oak in high traffic areas of wear and tear (although I am not sure whether this is only after many years and can be mitigated by proper maintenance).
Does anybody have any advice/considerations they could share with me please?
Many thanks in advance.
PS Cost could be a driving factor ultimately and so we are getting quotes to see where we stand on all of this... Decisions decisions...
Oak (because I love it!) I have friends who have their hall way in oak, it's gorgeous, so warm and welcoming - they have a muddy/gravelly drive. You can sand it back if it gets too worn. My mum had light tiles in her kitchen and she cursed them every day! Light tiles in a hallway would be a nightmare I think - why not try some of that light and space paint to brighten it up?