Choose a stain color that works well with the color and texture of the wood and fits the theme of the home. To determine whether the stain works well with the wood, apply the stain to a small section of the wood and allow the stain to dry.
Personal preference is a primary consideration when choosing stain colors, provided the chosen color works well with the natural color of the wood. Oak is one type of wood that shows the true color of the stain, while cedar darkens the intended color of the stain. Light colored stains are recommended for bright, open spaces, while darker colors work well when a modern theme is desired.