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Elegant formal living room photo in San Francisco with gray walls, a standard fireplace and no tv

Living RoomTraditional Living Room, San Francisco

Design & Construction: Cardea Building Co.
Photo by: John D Hayes of OpenHomes Photography

Elegant formal living room photo in San Francisco with gray walls, a standard fireplace and no tv —  Houzz
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cahaba244 wrote:Jul 18, 2013
  • PRO
    I love your blue painting! that's so elegant. maybe you should add a picture light for your artwork.
  • a_blueyes
    The artwork over the fireplace is delicious!
ramanning wrote:Jul 10, 2012
  • alicebmay
    Benjamin Moore Grant beige
  • caligal911
    I love the color--"Abalone" by Benjamin Moore. I recently painted a small area in my master bath and also gave the room a slight hue of violet. The room does have a small window, and so depending on the time of day the color does appear to change. In an effort to rule out it wasn't just my eyes playing tricks on me, I proceeded to test my eyes by taking a small sample of dry paint outside. And, what do you know??? The color is truly a beautiful beige. So, kiddos to BM; the color couldn't be anymore reflective a real abalone shells in nature. After all, abalone shells do give an iridescent hue. So, this might explain the lavender hue we see.
ccrenee1 wrote:May 30, 2012
  • pcmom1
    Good luck!
  • Karina G

    Love abalone. I wasn't crazy about it on the swatch, but on the wall it really comes to life and is very interesting. It has a faint undertone of purple, but I can't say it looks purple at all. The room only gets indirect light. I will be trying it in a brighter room next.

PDX Longhorn wrote:Jan 13, 2012
  • chenxiwang112
    Is this Abalone in flat or eggshell finish?
  • jcombs885
    I have BM Abalone also, because I LOVED this room, it was my inspirateion! Really this whole house you did Cardea, is gorgeous! We have eggshell finish and it definitely changes color depending on the light and can look to have some violet. I love it though, it makes it intersting in my opinion :-)
Tiffany B wrote:Mar 25, 2012
  • cleoken
    I love the painting above the fireplace. I love the unframed canvas and I did something similar above my couch but was told that my furniture is too traditional and I should have something framed. I see here that your painting is not framed and I would love your opinion. Thanks
  • Valerie Shatto
    @ Katie Thomas...I would be interested in speaking with you about the artwork you said you can replicate.
aleyoung wrote:Jul 4, 2012
  • aujcar
    Is this colour a light colour or dark colour? want to use in my basement
  • Julie Leonard

    I am about to point my living room this color. What is the color for the baseboards and crown molding?

indusgirl wrote:Oct 11, 2012
  • centaurita
    Ditto on the beautiful rug. Love it and the colors in this room.
  • roopalr
    Rug source?
barblaga wrote:Apr 23, 2013
  • Courtney Shaughnessy
    Abalone in person doesn't look like this room. I bought a sample and painted a large swatch on a wall and a white board. It looks darker than this even in really good sunlight.
  • Lee Smith
    anytime you compare a color to white the color looks darker. I chose a pale gray for a room. Beside the white trim i was certain it was way too dark but after all walls were painted and the ceiling it seemed so much lighter. It got even "lighter" when I painted the doors black. It's all relative to what color you're comparing it too. Also there is such a thing as reflective color, or reflective light. Think buttercup under the chin. It reflects on your skin your skin appears "yellow".
Samantha Edson wrote:Mar 19, 2012
  • PRO
    Cardea Building Co.
    This was Benjamin Moore's Decorator's White
  • Zheng-Lin Liang

    LOVE LOVE this project, What's the wall color?Thanks

njobin wrote:Feb 6, 2012
  • PRO
    Cardea Building Co.
    This area rug is from the home owners' collection, so unfortunately we don't know where this was purchased. A good place to look for inspiration is nomadrugs.com.

    Good Luck,

  • ahdelite
    I Lu-Lu-luv the whole space and everything that was done! I am soooo copying. I am even gonna trade my flag rock fire place for a more simpler one! U rock!
kristincapshaw wrote:Mar 9, 2012
tamarah612 wrote:Feb 22, 2012
  • bettina14
    Pottery Barn "Willow"
milleba wrote:Feb 6, 2012
  • PRO
    Cardea Building Co.
    Yes, this stone is white carrera, cut from a 3/4" thick slab.
Jenine Damiani wrote:Nov 12, 2013
    hwcatlin wrote:Oct 25, 2013
      Jenine Damiani wrote:Sep 12, 2013
        lindamargaret wrote:Aug 11, 2013
          Amy Morgan wrote:Mar 26, 2013
            Sally Robinson wrote:Sep 1, 2012
              Gretchen DiNapoli Designs wrote:May 20, 2012
                Kathi West wrote:Jan 17, 2012

                  What Houzz contributors are saying:

                  Rachel Grace added this to 50 Shades of GrayJun 22, 2012

                  Benjamin Moore's Abalone 2108-60 is part of Candice Olson's Designer Picks collection for good reason.

                  What Houzzers are commenting on:

                  kimturnbull1 added this to Living RoomMar 31, 2019

                  Love the overall look. Like the artwork and the blue accent color. Like the area rug. Just needs some bookshelves.

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