I put a real hardwood floor in the kitchen 6 years ago. I put down pine and stained it kinda dark, not real dark. I sealed it with polyurethane. to date, it has not darkened or shown any wear. it's not Pergo or other laminate....it's real wood. makes a difference.
The rest of the house already had real hardwood floors. I ran the kitchen wood in a different direction becasue it would not be the same color. the rest of the house is original floor from 1934, so there is no way to match the color. I love it and get alot of compliments on it.
The trend nowadays in decorating is to do what you want. it's your house, and do what you like, not what you think others will like. that is, if your going to live there.
I don't do a house as if I want to sell it, i do it the way i want it to look. of course, i don;t do drastic strange things. I guess that makes a difference.