Recently, a friend was lamenting the “patina” left on her pale wood dining table (a table that, by the way, is an investment piece by any measure). That time a guest left a ring stain, the scratches now obvious in its whitewashed finish. Maybe pale wood has had its day in the sun? In contrast, tobacco-colored walnut and smoked oak are looking pretty good—and durable. Here, we’ve rounded up our favorite wood benches for the dining room.