Well we did it, we splurged and bought some new flooring for our living room and hallways! We did some research and narrowed down our colors and then we started the search. We didn't want a lighter colors (too cheap looking and everyone has it) and then we thought Black Walnut- but after seeing what was out there and pricing, we settled for a darker Pine. We purchased the flooring last night and opened all the boxes to allow the wood to "contract and expand" in its new environment! Thank you all that helped us narrow our selections (brother and contractors)... here is our new flooring laid out... take a sneak peek!