Natural maple is beautiful. But it needs to fit in with the colors and look of the rest of your home. In general natural maple looks great with white, other light colored natural woods, off whites, natural colors like jute, beige, etc. This website shows a ton of examples of maple hardwood in various homes. That should help you make your decision. http://www.houzz.com/maple-hardwood-floors As you will see maple is sometimes stained to change the look. I think if you want the light blond look go with maple and leave it natural. If you want a color with more tans and browns in it, then go with a less expensive wood like oak.