Handrail stain color?

Geoff Greene
September 11, 2019

Hi everyone. New Houzz user here. We’re doing a kitchen remodel with refinished red oak flooring, painting the main floor, and switching from honey oak trim everywhere to white. I’m doing the staircase railing and box newel posts myself. My question is what color I should stain the handrail and newel posts. The new floor is shown in the pics. It’s a 50/50 mix of duraseal provincial and warm gray. Not much gray to be seen really but we like it. The spindles will be black iron. Newels and handrail will be hard maple. I’m thinking match the floor or go a few shades darker. Thanks!

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