By whitewashed I'm assuming you can see the color and wood grain peeking through the paint? If that is the case you want to keep the floor color as close to the maple color as possible. If you can't see the wood tone in the cabinet, it's a matter of taste. However, if there are hardwood floors stained trim or molding in other parts of the house you should try to match all the wood tones.
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When selecting a color it is important that the tone of flooring will enhance the cabinets in the kitchen, in other words, one should not outdo the other and the tones / shades should compliment each other.
So Hoping to imagine the right white washed mable cabinets, in my personal view you have two choices
a) pick up the left over maple color on the white washed cabinets and put that one on the floor! Otherwise if you cannot match that shade of brown or light brown as maple comes in various shades and I am not sure whether you had darker wood whitewashed....
Otherwise if nothing in the shading of the cabinets allows you to color coordinate, then
look at the counters, as the floor the counters and the cabinets should create a pleasant color pallette!
You may be able to pick up a brown wood color from the coloration of the counter tops
Otherwise if matching is impossible you may then want to offset the light cabinets with a darker floor color!
And as you make your decision, you may want to consider BAMBOO as the wood choice (its g r e e n which means renewable source of wood, it can be harvested again and again every 4 years or so!!! instead of cutting down a tree that takes 30 years to grow!)
Hope this all helps....
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Have you gone the sample route?
Many flooring stores will allow you to take samples to try with your decour to get a feel for their effect. This is advisable.
There are many shades and tones for wood flooring. You specifically mention light and dark but overlook the medium range colors.....this may be where you need to be.
Bottom line....the choice is up to you and what you prefer.
My post has a couple of different points
First, I would ask an interior designer for an opinion. Not all Realtors have the taste the corresponds to yours.
Second, If you are thinking of selling at some point in the future, I would suggest asking a Realtor or two for opinions.
Third, if you were thinking of selling at some point I would look at new construction homes in your area to see that they are doing.