The color they went with is called 'Provincial' and they chose to have us apply a 'Semi-Gloss' finish over the top. That color and sheen look stunning on this table. It really allows the beautiful 'book & butt' match veneer to gleam. We love it when the wood and the stain come together to make such a great pairing. This table does have a glass protective top, which will keep the veneer from getting water rings, etc and should serve to persevere the finish.