What Material Should I Install for My Kitchen Floor?

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Q: Several years back I added extra built in storage and counter space to my cozy 1953 kitchen. I was able to match the original tile, so the addition is virtually seamless. At the time I couldn't afford to replace the hideous white textured ceramic floor tile Installed by the previous owner. Now it's finally time to finish the project!:

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Here's the dilemma: my first choice woulld be a wood floor, but the adjoining living room floor is original oak that will be impossible to match exactly (or way too pricey if technically possible). I'm looking for a floor material would look good with my vintage kitchen and won't have the drawbacks of the current tile (hard, cold, never looks clean, cracks, etc.). I hear that linoleum is nice these days but I'm not sure what color or pattern would look right. I'm open to other options as well. Suggestions?

And sorry about the fisheye shot. My place is so tiny it's the only way I could get enough into the frame!

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Regina is an architect who lives with her husband and children in Lawrence, KS. As a LEED Accredited Professional and longtime contributor to Apartment Therapy and The Kitchn, her focus is on healthy, sustainable living through design.