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Stain color for new kitchen island--Ideas please!

K&D at the lake
last month
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Hi all,

First of all, just want to say thanks to this community. Could not have gotten this far without Houzz!!

So please see attached pictures. Walls are freshly painted with SW Neutral Ground, trim is SW Greek villa. Very happy with both...now for the island. We choose stain grade Alder over cheaper paint grade wood so we're leaning towards stain. Our "designer" (who so far has either ignored us, not kept promises, or given us bad advice), suggested staining it SW Naval. Thank goodness I had the painter do a sample board, because the Alder/Naval combo looked awful, like we tried to match the black or charcoal in the granite and missed.

So what do you think? I'm going to take a fresh piece of Alder to SW and try out some color options once you all help me narrow them down. We are thinking a gray-blue, like SW 7604 Smoky Blue, or SW 7603 Poolhouse, or SW 6249 Storm Cloud. Of course those are paint colors, just will use them for reference and try to get a similar look with stain.

Thanks in advance for any help you can offer!!









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