Wood Stain Choices After you have selected your furniture piece, you can choose a stain. Keep in mind that stain colors you see on the website should be used as a guide only. The actual stain may differ from what appears on your monitor or printer. There are many things that can affect how a piece of wood takes stains, including humidity, surface finish, how long the stain sits on the piece before it gets wiped off and temperature. You should also take into account the fact that each piece of wood has a natural variation. Click on any of the wood choices below to see the stain options available for that hardwood.