Hickory offers a bold, energetic look, with plenty of color changes and strong grain patterns. In lighter stains, all of the natural characteristics shine through. To tone it down a bit, consider a medium tone like Sable, Caraway or even Graphite.
Rustic Hickory contains all of the same features, with the addition of knots, swirled grain, mineral streaks and other marks. Glazing is often added to Rustic Hickory designs as it lends an aged look.