Walnut and oak (red oak and white oak) are three domestic hardwoods commonly chosen by customers. My personal favorite is wood smell is oak; I like the color of white oak better than red oak. Many of my favorite Arts and Crafts Furniture or Mission Furniture designs were constructed of one or the other oaks.. White oak when naturally finished give a beautiful light nut brown color. Fumed white oak (greyed by fuming with ammonia) was also a common color for the Mission era furniture. Red oak is the type most often found in floors here in the US. Walnut has deep brown heartwood and is a favorite because of that; in contrast to oak, however, the smell of walnut dust is one of my least favorites.