Selecting stain color of stair handrail before floors?
Yesterday our builder asked us to select a stain color for the main staircase handrail and balusters. We will have painted white spindles and the large posts and handrail will be stained. I want the stain to match the color of our hardwood floors. Our floors are site finished hardwood, and we haven't selected our stain color yet. I don't want to end up in a situation where I have to match the floors to a handrail. I feel like it should be the other way around.
Does this seem backwards to select the handrail stain first? Am I being unreasonable to have the builder get the flooring people out to give me stain samples first? I know that the flooring people won't actually stain anything until the painters are done (very good idea), and the painters are responsible for staining the staircase stuff- rails, posts, and treads.
What's your experience been like?