Two colors of oak?
I'm not a woodworker, but am building a house that will have a lot of wood work in it. We are building a prairie style house and will have quartersawn red oak cabinet in the kitchen and then regular red oak woodwork, staircase and doors everywhere else. My husband would like to use two different colors of red oak in the stair case and as an accent strip in the trim above doors and windows. Our kitchen cabinets, doors and primary woodwork will be stained a butternut color which is a medium brown color. My husband would like to use natural red oak as the accent color--as the spindles in the stair case and as an accent strip in the trim above doors and windows--that trim will be three stacked pieces. I've seen two colors of wood used together before, but it has always been cherry and natural maple or walnut and natural maple--I've never seen natural oak used as the contrasting wood with stained oak. Have any of you woodworkers ever made anything with two tones of red oak? Would there be enough contrast between butternut stained red oak and natural red oak to look good (i.e., so that color difference looks intentional and not like a poor staining job)? Thanks for your help!