Need help with choosing flooring in kitchen & family room please?

Looking into replacing kitchen/family room floor. Just replaced counters w quartz & new backsplash, new appliances (slate color), extended island w electric & quartz top. Black hardware planned on all wood light oak cabinets.Any suggestions? There is a laminate wood looking floor there now. About20 years old. With stained woodwork. I feel

i need to use some lighter flooring. Rooms get morning sun only. I don’t want a ceramic tile floor as it’s too firm to stand on.

Thank you for suggestions, Disne B.

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