A few weekends ago, Dameian, Justin & I went to Simple Floors in NW Portland to take a look at some flooring. We're definitely going to get hardwood flooring and I had picked out ahead of time a gorgeous Organic Walnut IPE.
But the salesman said that that kind of flooring scratches really easily so it may be better for us to go with a laminate. They had some really gorgeous options. One thing I found really interesting was that things showed up on camera that weren't so visible to the naked eye. This is the first laminate that we picked out:
Laminates are essentially picture of wood repeated over and over. On certain types of laminates you can see the pattern over and over again, as you can in the one above. We didn't even notice it at first, but once we took a picture of it you can totally see the repetitions.
In the end, we decided to go with a Mahogany, which is Justin's favorite anyway: