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Master HallContemporary Hall, Chicago

Custom base board with white oak flooring

Hallway - mid-sized contemporary dark wood floor and brown floor hallway idea in Chicago with gray walls —  Houzz
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baskininthesun wrote:May 13, 2012
  • sonalbatra
    Hello, this looks gorgeous. How high were the ceilings? The proportions you've used look great! My ceilings are only 10' and I'm thinking 12in would be too much?
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    dSPACE Studio Ltd, AIA

    Great question! These ceilings were taller than typical ceiling heights. For your project at 10' (which is a nice height) 12" may seem too heavy. Try obtaining a few samples of different products at different dimensions to see what feels best in the space. Best of luck!

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kitehill wrote:Jan 14, 2012
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    dSPACE Studio Ltd, AIA
    The floor above has an oil based polyurethane applied to it. We like the oil based polyurethane on dark hardwood flooring applications because the amber tone in the oil adds depth to the flooring finish, and it is a very durable long lasting product. However, it takes longer to install than water based, and you would need to give the fumes more time to dissipate after installation. There are mixed opinions out there on the durability and longevity of water-based poly finishes. Water-based is typically better in an installation with a lighter stain where you don't want any of the amber tone from the oil based poly to influence the color of the hardwood floors, or where you need a finish with low fumes/quicker installation time. But keep in mind, the water based polyurethane may need to be re-applied more often then oil based. In both cases its important to have a quality installer who can tell you which brands he recommends, and the benefits of each. Thank you for your question and good luck with your project!
  • christine1ca
    thank you so much! i will look at swatches of both tomorrow and go from there.
Kathleen Donaldson wrote:Jan 26, 2015
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    dSPACE Studio Ltd, AIA

    Hi Atem,

    The satin look is a finish or stain applied to the flooring itself. Remember, it is best to obtain samples of the stain to ensure look you desire. Best of luck and thanks for your question!

    -dSPACE Studio

  • PRO
    dSPACE Studio Ltd, AIA

    Hi Brenda,
    Thank you for your question. The hardwood floor installer applied two coats of a custom stain blend that is 50% ebony, with 50% chocolate onto a rift and quarter sawn white oak floor. The floor finish seen in the image is satin, which has a little bit of sheen. We hope this helps
    and good luck with your project!


    -dSPACE Studio

Mary Davis Lc. wrote:Nov 10, 2011
  • ledia2013
    What color is hardwood floor please?
  • parisgirl1970
    I had seen the most beautiful wide (almost 4" ?) baseboards in our local home improvement store, only to find out it was an intricate and carved crown molding! Is there any reason NOT to use crown molding for base boards? I hate boring. Tell me the truth. I can take it.- Thanks!
brady12 wrote:Dec 22, 2013
  • dcombe
    but the basebaords are thinner on top and then graduate down w an angle? how do you ask for something like this 3/4 width at top or at bottom?
  • dcombe
    also the floor desc says 3" chevron pattern but floor is 4 inch oak thats confusing please clarify
gemmamazz wrote:May 23, 2013
  • Seema Khamdelwal
    Love the flooring. Can I buy the hard wood from somewhere?
  • vickintx
    Looks like the wall and trim (on the wall) have the same color, but do they have a different sheen? Is the trim semi-gloss?
    Thanks
Anjelina W wrote:Jun 7, 2017
  • Anjelina W
    Thank you so much for your ideas! I am going to Benjamin Moore to get some samples. I also followed your suggestion about putting the stairs the same color. I was hesitating between white and black, so it's white marble like the floor to create consistency. I will keep you posted! Thanks!
  • Anjelina W
    Hi again. Is vanilla milkshake in Benjamin Moore a universal kind of off white? What do you recommend as a creamy white? Thank you!!
erickaespe wrote:Feb 3, 2013
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    dSPACE Studio Ltd, AIA
    Our recommendation is to take paint samples from Benjamin Moore with you when shopping for blinds so that you can take the guess work out of matching or complimenting the honeycomb blinds and the wall color. Benjamin Moore paint card can be picked up from your local hardware store or ordered on-line from the Benjamin Moore website.
  • pamhome13
    stunning...love all your color combinations. I am noticing down the hall a larger window. Is it a bay or bowed window with a window seat by any chance? would love to see a picture of it. Very nice.
Tari Swenson wrote:Jan 16, 2013
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    Eco Options Hardwood
    Pine is very hard to stain evenly using traditional pigmented solvent based stains. Ex minwax
    Those floors are traditional style stained and finished. Like mentioned, samples are everything. If you find a seriously accomplished floor guy they can use alternative methods of coloring the wood.
    Rubio Monocoat comes to mind. Looks very even when colored with RMC.
    Here is a recent Rubio Monocoat jibe we did on pine.
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/ecooptions/8319773622/in/photostream
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    Eco Options Hardwood
    The floor above looks to be stained with Kona. Lowes carries this traditional stain named ultimate kona.
    It actually does fairly well with pine. Grab a piece of pine and try a sample for yourself.
Sandi Medlicott wrote:Nov 11, 2012
  • choufamily
    Can anyone tell me where I can purchase these baseboards or have them made for my home?
  • PRO
    dSPACE Studio Ltd, AIA
    Hi, great question. All the trim, baseboards, crown and millwork on this project are custom designed by dSPACE Studio. You could take the photo from our project to your architect, designer, or millworker and ask them to create your own unique design. The baseboards are 12" tall and the crown is 8" tall. It should be reasonably easy and you can then say your project has a one-of-a-kind design element. Thanks for your question and good luck with your projects. dSPACE Studio's portfolio of award winning work can been seen at www.dspacestudio.com
Mary Davis Lc. wrote:Nov 21, 2011
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    dSPACE Studio Ltd, AIA
    Carol, The paint color for both is Benjamin Moore's OC-48 Hazy Skies. Semi-Gloss for the trim and Flat for the ceiling. Thanks for your question and good luck with your project. dSPACE Studio's portfolio of award winning work can been seen at www.dspacestudio.com
  • carolcarlson
    Thanks! I'll definitely check out your portfolio.
johender wrote:Mar 28, 2014
  • Stacey Thompson
    Is the finish a water based polyurethane? Satin? Love the floors. Actually love everything about this.
  • kjez2010
    Beautiful!
P.D. Menzel wrote:Feb 10, 2013
  • Sarah Aubrey
    We loved this floor and used it for inspiration for our 4" rift and quartered white oak. We found that Duraseal 50% Dark Walnut, 50% Ebony came really close (third from the left).
  • PRO
    Oak & Broad
    White Oak takes a stain beautifully. A great choice for these projects.
shuggyd wrote:Dec 6, 2012
  • joeblackkk
    Is the cealing also Hazy Skies or Chelsea Gray. it looks a little dark to be Hazy Skies.. This room is just beautiful
  • PRO
    dSPACE Studio Ltd, AIA
    The ceiling is also Hazy Skies, it only looks darker because it is in shadow in this photograph. Thank you for your question and good luck with your project!
yorkestate wrote:Oct 17, 2012
  • joeblackkk
    I love the colors. I have seen hundreds of picture and I always return to yours.
    I love your decorating style and color selection is truly 2nd to none.
    If you may, with the redundancy of questions I am a little confused.
    You have mention that the color of the Paint in the ceiling of this picture is Vanilla Milkshake FLAT
    And the Trim Vanilla Milkshake semi-gloss, but in another post you have answer Hazy Skies ceiling flat and hazy Skies the trim!
    Is the ceiling the same color of the trim?
    Thanks you so much for your great taste.
  • PRO
    dSPACE Studio Ltd, AIA
    Thank you for appreciating our work. The confusion is due to the fact that Vanilla Milkshake is the typical trim & ceiling color throughout the rest of the project, but in this hallway we went with Hazy Skies for both the trim and the ceiling color to compliment the darker wall tone. The post above incorrectly lists this room as having Vanilla Milkshake trim/ceiling color - it is Hazy Skies. Sorry for the confusion, and hopefully this clears it up!
ange1 wrote:Aug 2, 2012
  • lanaleeb
    ?? Would this wall color work with dark burgundy leather sofa?
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    dSPACE Studio Ltd, AIA
    Hi, thanks for your question. We love the Chelsea Gray, and feel it is a very versatile color that will probably compliment your sofa. However, the best way to know for sure is to pick up a swatch of the Chelsea Gray so that you can see it next to your burgundy sofa and under the lighting in the room. Good luck with your project!

    dSPACE Studio's portfolio of work can been seen at www.dspacestudio.com
Victor Lecoffre wrote:Feb 6, 2018
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    dSPACE Studio Ltd, AIA

    Hello Victor, and thank you for your question! The baseboard seen here is custom designed by dSPACE and fabricated by one of our local millworkers. Since this is a home from the late 1800's, we wanted to recapture the character of the era, but keep a more transitional aesthetic. Good luck with your project.

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    Lish M./Arch. CAD Designer

    The baseboard is absolutely STUNNING!! GREAT WORK!!

dekasza wrote:Apr 14, 2016
  • PRO
    Oak & Broad

    Check out Bona Traffic in Satin. It looks very similar.

  • PRO
    dSPACE Studio Ltd, AIA

    Hello and thank you for your question! We used a satin finish on this project, and you'll notice the satin finish has some sheen, but doesn't look too glossy. Satin and matte
    finishes are popular in contemporary and transitional designs because
    they tend to show less dirt and scratches, and are a bit easier to clean. We hope this helps, and good luck with your project!

    Be sure to check out our website at dspacestudio.com for more award-winning designs, and 'like'
    us on Facebook and/or Instagram!

azirnheld wrote:Nov 30, 2015
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    dSPACE Studio Ltd, AIA

    Hello, and thank you for your question! Since our flooring installer developed this custom blend stain, unfortunately we cannot specify exactly which brand of stain was used. However, a good floor installer should be able to replicate something similar to match what you are looking for. Remember, various stains and finishes can look drastically different in spaces depending on natural light and color schemes; so be sure to obtain a few different samples! We hope this helps, and good luck with your project.

    Be sure to check out our website for more award-winning designs at dspacestudio.com, and like us on Facebook!

  • PRO
    Oak & Broad

    Keep in mind duplicating the stain formula may not give you the same look if you are applying to regular Plain Sawn Oak. The floors in this photo are Quarter Sawn. Its a different grain pattern than most Oak floors. That grain can take the stain differently. Have your flooring finisher make several samples for you.

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Nathalie wrote:Jul 15, 2014
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    dSPACE Studio Ltd, AIA
    Hello and great observation! Yes, this is a concealed linen closet door which also functions as a mirror. This not only hides a door, but it mimics the picture molding on the wall across the hall and brings added daylight into the space.

    Be sure to check out more award-winning designs at dscpacestudio.com
  • dcombe
    what color and type of paint is best for the trim in these pictures? please let me know as this looks very good
m8000 wrote:May 26, 2014
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    dSPACE Studio Ltd, AIA
    Hi and thank you for your question! The flooring is 4" Wide White Oak, rift and quartered with a custom stain blend of chocolate and ebony. We hope this helps. Good luck with your project.

    Be sure to check out more award-winning designs at dspacestudio.com
  • Sheila McCutcheon
    What is the polyurethane finish? Is it matte or semigloss, or high gloss?
tazzman2 wrote:Mar 30, 2014
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    dSPACE Studio Ltd, AIA
    Hi, and thanks for your question. Typically walls can have a little sheen when compared to the ceiling. We prefer a matte finish on the ceiling to eliminate glare. However in this image both the wall and ceiling paint finishes are matte from Benjamin Moore. The ceiling paint is called Hazy Skies and the walls are Chelsea Gray.

    As for you bathroom color scheme, ultimately it is up to your discretion and your desired aesthetic. Keep in mind that lighting also plays a major factor in how paint looks in a space. Different types of lighting and color temperatures can drastically alter the perception of the paint color. We always recommend obtaining a handful of samples so you can see your paint selection in the space. Hope this helps and good luck with your project!

    Be sure to check out more bathroom designs ar www.dspacestudio.com
  • dcombe
    so for walls usually you would use a satin? but this is matte for ceiling and walls?
brady12 wrote:Dec 16, 2013
  • PRO
    dSPACE Studio Ltd, AIA
    Thank you for the compliment, this project has custom base, trim & molding profiles throughout. If you have any specific questions about the detailing, please let us know what they are and we will happy to try and answer. Best of Luck on you project!

    dSPACE Studio's portfolio of work can been seen at www.dspacestudio.com
  • jacimcguire
    how thick is the trim on the bottom, What did you guys do with the trim to give it this look?>
Jennifer Dyck wrote:Jan 6, 2013
  • PRO
    dSPACE Studio Ltd, AIA
    The floors are rift & quarter sawn white oak with a custom blend dark stain. There is no brand or manufacturer as this is real wood, however the stain used is a custom blend that is 50% ebony with 50% chocolate applied to the floors in two coats. The final finish has a polyurethane coat for a long lasting and durable floor. Good luck with your project.

    dSPACE Studio's portfolio of work can been seen at www.dspacestudio.com
  • P.D. Menzel
    Which brand of stain was used? Thanks.
misstheresalee wrote:Jan 10, 2012
  • PRO
    dSPACE Studio Ltd, AIA
    The base boards are 12" tall.
  • PRO
    June Eight Studio

    these details are stunning! Would you mind sharing the wood shop you used for the custom baseboards? i am in Chicago and would love to use this profile in my home.

maddiem wrote:Jun 20, 2018
  • PRO
    dSPACE Studio Ltd, AIA

    Hello, and thank you for your question! The width of the flooring at this project 4". Being a historical home from the late 1890's, we didn't want to detract from the aesthetic. We hope this helps, and good luck with your project.

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Rod MacLean wrote:Sep 13, 2016
  • PRO
    dSPACE Studio Ltd, AIA

    Hi Rod, thank you for your question! The portal frames are made of MDF (medium density fiberboard) rather than wood in this instance because it comes in larger sheets and is far more sturdy over long spans. We hope this helps, and good luck with your project.

    Be sure to check out our website at dspacestudio.com for more award-winning designs, and 'like'
    us on Facebook and/or Instagram!

sathork wrote:Jul 24, 2016
  • PRO
    dSPACE Studio Ltd, AIA

    Hello, great question! The hallway measures 4'-10" wide. We hope this helps and good luck with your project.

    Be sure to check out our website at dspacestudio.com for more award-winning designs, and 'like'
    us on Facebook and/or Instagram!

Stephanie Jackson wrote:May 17, 2016
  • PRO
    dSPACE Studio Ltd, AIA

    Hello and thank you for your question! There can be multiple answers to this question because of the sequencing of installation and coordination between trades. So you may hear different techniques from various contractors depending on what style base you select.

    On this particular project the floor was installed first, then the base. After which, the base was taped and painted, then the floor was stained. The base is scribed to the floor for a very clean and modern transition. Such a base detail may increase labor costs because of the craftsmanship required to construct a crisp edge at the floor. We hope this helps, and good luck with your project!

    Be sure to check out our website at dspacestudio.com for more award-winning designs, and 'like'
    us on Facebook and/or Instagram!

annavishaj wrote:Oct 18, 2015
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    dSPACE Studio Ltd, AIA

    Hello and thank you for your interest in dSPACE Studio. Since this flooring is natural wood, there is no specific brand or manufacturer. The flooring is 4" wide, rift and quarter sawn White Oak, with a custom blend stain in a matte finish. We hope this helps and good luck with your project.

    Be sure to stop by our website for more award-winning designs at dspacestudio.com, and like us on Facebook!

Karen Blumen wrote:Aug 3, 2015
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    dSPACE Studio Ltd, AIA

    Hello and thank you for your question! The walls shown here are Chelsea Gray by Benjamin Moore, a fantastic color for any style of design. We hope this helps, and good luck with your project!

    Be sure to stop by out website for more award-winning designs at dspacestudio.com, and 'like' us on Facebook!

jordanaworman wrote:Dec 5, 2013
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    dSPACE Studio Ltd, AIA
    Hi - that is a great observation. We did step the casing back from the jamb to allow the base to wrap back into the doorway and be received by the jamb. The step back is 7/8" rather than a typical 1/8" and you can see a glimpse of this along the right hand side of this image. Thanks for your question and good luck with your project.

    dSPACE Studio's portfolio of work can been seen at www.dspacestudio.com
joannie75 wrote:Jun 25, 2013
  • PRO
    dSPACE Studio Ltd, AIA
    Here is an example of one of the windows showing the wood casing. Good luck with your project!
shelliecorrea wrote:Feb 4, 2013
  • PRO
    dSPACE Studio Ltd, AIA
    Shellie, Great question. The stairs in this house are stained the same dark color as the floors and we don't think it's too dark at all. However, in the stairway we went with a much lighter color for the walls. White walls can help brighten up a smaller space, especially a narrow or enclosed staircase. If your staircase is incorporated into a larger room, then a lighter wall color is less of a consideration. Thanks for your question and good luck with your project.

    dSPACE Studio's portfolio of work can been seen at www.dspacestudio.com
ek210 wrote:Dec 17, 2012
  • PRO
    dSPACE Studio Ltd, AIA
    We typically recommend that doors and cased openings be consistent throughout a project for design continuity whenever possible. Sometimes our clients are limited by existing conditions (existing locations of beams or duct-work for example), in which case we try to keep doors consistent within an area or floor. For this project, the typical door height/cased opening is 8'-0". Thanks for your question and good luck with your project.

    dSPACE Studio's portfolio of work can been seen at www.dspacestudio.com
Allawi Quraamoa wrote:Dec 15, 2012
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    dSPACE Studio Ltd, AIA
    The walls are Chelsea Gray, in a matte finish from Benjamin Moore. Thanks for your question and good luck with your project.

    dSPACE Studio's portfolio of work can been seen at www.dspacestudio.com
stone1824 wrote:Nov 24, 2012
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    dSPACE Studio Ltd, AIA
    These walls are Chelsea Gray, in a matte finish from Benjamin Moore. Thanks for your question and good luck with your project.

    dSPACE Studio's portfolio of work can been seen at www.dspacestudio.com
hillbillybuckeye wrote:Nov 19, 2012
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    dSPACE Studio Ltd, AIA
    Great Question, The left side of the hallway has three built-in wardrobes integrated into the wall panels. Good Luck with your Project!

    dSPACE Studio's portfolio of award winning work can been seen at www.dspacestudio.com
Carolyn wrote:Sep 17, 2012
  • PRO
    dSPACE Studio Ltd, AIA
    Hi, great question. The trim detail around the windows is consistent with the trim seen in the foreground of this photo. This type of consistency really helps tie the spaces and rooms together. Thanks for your question and good luck with your project.

    dSPACE Studio's portfolio of work can been seen at www.dspacestudio.com
Revamp Design, LLC wrote:May 31, 2012
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    dSPACE Studio Ltd, AIA
    Hello - The trim paint color is Benjamin Moore Hazy Skies OC-48. I prefer Hazy Skies over bright white trim - It is more unexpected and unique. Thanks for your question and good luck with your projects. dSPACE Studio's portfolio of award winning work can been seen at www.dspacestudio.com

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