I have always liked the look of CVG Fir with a clear finish. It is not to dark or light, the nuetral natural tones blend well with other woods and finishes. If you look closely the grain looks like pinstriping, but it is so mild that it does not take over. The best part about CVG Fir is that the color does not change drastically over time. If you put a clear finish on Alder the color will wash out. If you put a clear finish on Cherry it will continue to darken over time. But CVG fir just developes a nice mild amber. This is important if you plan on having cabinetry that will last well over 30 years. These kitchen and bathroom cabinets are stunning!