Q: Do furniture finishes have to match? For example, I have a dark, almost mahogany coffee table, and a much lighter wood dining table. A: No, there's no need to worry about variations in finishes. You don't want the space to look like a furniture showroom, do you? The different finishes add interest to a room and give it some character. Just don’t put the mismatched finishes right next to each other. Leave some space in between so that you aren’t overwhelmed.