First, gray is very "of the moment" and may feel a bit too trendy for heirloom quality furnishings. The rich color of natural Walnut would almost blacken under a gray finish and the red undertones of Cherry would begin to look unpredictably pink with age.
This Modern office set is pictured in Brown Maple with Midnight Slate finish.
To indicate how the wood and lighting can influence how you perceive a color, an image of an actual sample of our Midnight Slate on Brown Maple is below. This variation is why we offer you proof samples from our finish shop at checkout for free. This allows you to view an actual piece of wood in your home in your lighting to verify your color preference.
This Grey Bedroom Furniture Set is two toned in Quartersawn White Oak. The ray fleck pattern of the wood takes the gray darker on the grain, so this is a great look to go edgy and Modern or rustic. Imagine our Rockefeller Sofa with gray upholstery or in our Timber Wolf stain on Oak. This piece actually has the addition of a white glaze to mask the grain and minimize the pink undertones. Gray can give you a more neutral palette than stained woods on which to dramatically display pops of color and/or black.