With its clean grains and natural colors, maple flooring works well in tidy rooms that optimize natural light. Maple also stands out for its durability—it’s one of the hardest of hardwoods, and is a good option for high traffic areas. Affordability is another of its strong points. Maple, often characterized by it smooth, light tones, is less expensive than other durable hardwoods. It usually takes well to light stains, however maple tends to look best when left in its natural state.