Just imagine, you have chosen wood covering and dark shade with the diamond pattern, they work very good together. Experiment with the colors for wood floors. The nice contrast is combination of diamond pattern and timbered linear pattern. What do you think about stone tiles and wood on either side, just like a carpet? Dark espresso color will look amazing here. If you do not want to use different materials, then choose tree with the herringbone pattern on the entry and strength pattern to the hallway.