Wood veneer is often a more affordable alternative to solid wood. Here a very thin layer of solid wood or material printed to look like wood is glued to a plywood or other wood core. To identify good veneer, look for tables with clearly-labeled core
While its important not to go over the top, a well-presented dining room will always have an injection of colour. It doesnt have to be bright yellow. It could be a subtle light green with matching curtains that have a pop of pink in them.