Here is the question when first embarking on any design project - where do I begin? Well, from my experience, I say begin with flooring! I think of flooring as the canvas upon which everything will rest. It's the backdrop to the scene so it sets the tone for everything else. If choosing more modern flooring (think wide plank and pale stains) then you may want to consider modern furnishings versus if you went with a narrower plank and a more traditional stain (such as a vintage walnut) then you may opt for furniture which is more classic in its profile. But do not feel obligated to stick to hard and fast rules. Design is not a science - remember - it is an ART! Enjoy the artistic process above all.