2 1/4” red oak flooring is out-dated, popular and costly to replace. Therefore, I recommend refinishing this floor, rather than replacing it. This is a cost effective solution. When refinishing your floors, think about darker, browner stain colors. A few good choices are made by Minwax. They are Provincial and Jacobean. Also, top coat with a latex based satin finish.
If replacing your floor is an option, consider wide plank wood. White oak is a great choice because of the variety of stain colors that work with it . Hand scraped flooring is a popular pre-finished choice, but keep in mind it’s trendy. Classic Grey, by Minwax, is a popular and also trendy stain color.
Shaker style (flat panel) cabinets are popular. I like painted and stained cabinets. I also like the island cabinets off set from the perimeter cabinets. For example, a nice look may include painted, off white perimeter cabinets with a darker stained island. If you have 8 or 9 foot ceilings, make sure your design allows the cabinets to go all the way to the ceiling.
I’ve found that the most popular light fixture finishes are brushed nickel and bronze, depending on your decor. Use pendants over kitchen sinks and islands. Replace flush mounted fixtures or remove and install recessed led cans. For cost effective savings, use led bulbs. Bulbs with a 2800-3000k temperature of light create a pleasing, warm effect. Before purchasing, make sure to check the package and fixture requirements before you purchase.
Wall colors have progressed, beiges have gone greige. Popular accent colors are browns, blues, dark greys and iron ore colors. Use these accents for focal walls. Consider a few rooms in muted greens or blues to add colors.