Vidicom CEO, Christy Ferer, says that "Wood isn't for kitchen floors. Use the title instead." This rule has led to lots of aching backs. While ceramic tile is beautiful and easy to wash, it's very hard. It doesn't give. This makes it tough on the legs and back when cooking for long periods of time. It is also cold (something to think about if you have young children). She suggests going with the grain. Woods like oak, maple, and birch are durable, hard-wearing and have enough play in them to make them easy on the body.