If the flooring in the kitchen boarders the dining and family room it's best to keep it in the same color tones but does not have to match. This will give all the areas a larger over all feel. I would use the counter top to add contrast and interest. Is there a back splash? Wall color would tie everything in, keep it fairly netural. Can you send pictures? Laura
Your confusion may be resolved by visiting a show room that has larger sections of sample flooring available for comparison purposes. We suggest bringing a drawer of cupboard door along with you to help with the comparison.
The Eckler Team
I used to coordinate finishes and selections for dozens of home and condo buyers. I'm not an interior designer but I've seen a lot things work and some that didn't work.
Generally, you do NOT want your wood flooring to simply blend into your wood cabinetry. You want some kind of shade/ color contrast between the two.
We used the honeyspice from KM all the time- and Maple was our most popular. But the 1 door sample in the showroom is almost always different from what you actually receive at your home. That is the way it is. Its not an exact science.
If I can be of other help here, please let me know. Thanks, and good luck,