I would like to put wood floors in my kitchen, living and dining room but want something easy to care for and that won't show dust and dirt easily. any recomemdations?
The new trend in hardwood has been very dark floors and indeed they show everything. They need to be dust mopped almost daily to keep them looking good. If the sole consideration is ease of care and an appearance that hides dust and dirt then I would recommend a de-lustered finish on a species with a lot of variation; such as, American cherry. You should consider a hand scrapped finish as well. Hand scraped finishes are very easy to care for and have been the favorite of the decorators recently, but the best part is how forgiving they are to live with. Good Luck.
Here is a link that might be useful: Great Western Flooring
I used quartersawn white oak with no stain, only waterlox finish. It's perfect! It is scratching (I knew it would....I have 3 house dogs) but the scratches are very difficult to see. Sand and dust are also difficult to see. I damp mop it once a week and it looks great in between.