The Flooring Dilemma
This: Karndean vinyl plank flooring in herringbone pattern throughout. Would be laid over the pine floorboards upstairs, and over the concrete floor downstairs.
Sexy, hard wearing, super current, would suit the style of the house permanently. Almost frightfully expensive, but can squeeze it into the budget at a pinch.
Or That: Refinish existing pine floors with Black Japan floor stain.
Sexy and all that, moderately hard wearing, will still look amazing, but slightly less amazing than herringbone. Affordable. For upstairs only (ground floor is concrete).
Supporting images for either option are tres convincing...
What to do... Decisions decisions.