Two toned wood staircase help please
We are replacing two half staircases and railings as a part of our reno (split-foyer entrance). We want to use maple on the treads, but want a contrasting color on the riser. We have discussed doing either a painted riser and wood tread, or even a natural maple color for the riser and a darker maple for the tread. However, I am not sure how the two tones of wood would look, as I don't recall seeing that done before. Also, I do worry that if we paint the risers that the paint will easily get scuffed. Also, we would follow suit with the maple railing (i.e. part paint, and part maple OR a light and dark stain of maple).
To give you a bit of a visual, we will have a medium shade of maple hardwood in the adjoining rooms from stairs going up and ceramic from stairs going down. In our kitchen that can be seen in the area there will be painted cabinets (perimeter) and dark maple for the island. I would post a picture, but the house is at the framing stage so no finishes yet.
Please give me your thoughts on the finishes for the staircases.