After you’ve thought about all the other aspects of your office and whether your newly finished furniture will go with those or not, you’ll also want to ensure that you consider your office’s lighting situation. Think about what the end result will look like under both artificial and natural lighting, especially if it’s going to be placed near a window that gets plenty of natural sunlight. For instance, a darker wood finish will often go well with a room that gets plenty of natural light while a lighter finish will look best in a room with softer artificial lighting.
If you’re in a business where your office desks tend to take on a lot of wear and tear, then you’ll want to consider something that’s durable and can withstand constant movement and pressure. For instance, wax, shellac, and lacquer are all prone to being easily damaged if exposed to water for too long. You’ll also want to consider something that’s either scratch resistant or can rub away a scratch easily just in case you accidentally drop something on your desktop or scratch it somehow.