When completing a kitchen remodel, two of the major features are going to be the cabinets and the flooring. Because they make up the largest single surfaces within the room, they need to be carefully matched -- and "carefully" is the operative word. Homeowners who are new to design will frequently make some common and similar mistakes, which can also take a while to fix.
Not Bringing Home Samples
Many people fall in love with model kitchens at home improvement stores and similar locations. But the problem with this is that they have radically different lighting than in the homeowner's actual kitchen. Lighting impacts the way that certain colors look -- it could impact your cabinets and not your floor, or it could impact both equally. Either way, something isn't going to look right once they are actually installed.
Attempting to Precisely Match the Cabinets and Flooring
Cabinets and flooring should complement each other, but they shouldn't precisely match. If they are the same color or close to it, it's going to be confusing visually. Likewise, if they are very similar textures, the room's lines may be lost.
Making the Kitchen Too Dark or Too Light
In larger kitchens, a dark floor really works -- but dark flooring and dark cabinets will make the kitchen appear to be oppressive. In smaller kitchens, most colors should remain bright and airy. A large kitchen that is too bright (with both light colored floors and light colored cabinets) may actually feel too large, and may seem empty or sterile. For most kitchens, a balance between light and dark should be achieved.
Using Competing Materials
When using wood for both your floor and your cabinets, it's important not to use types of competing wood. Different types of wood have characteristics within their grain. Though you can use two different shades of the same type of wood -- or even two types of wood that are the same shade but different grain -- contrasting multiple types of wood is going to make your kitchen look "busy" and "dated." Likewise, a busy tile floor with a busy cabinet wood grain may appear too heavily patterned.
Luckily, there are more than a few ways to fix cabinetry and flooring. Painting and refinishing cabinets is often enough to radically change their appearance, as long as they are made out of the right material. In the planning stages, it's often best to simulate all options and look at materials in the right environment.