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smdl wrote:Aug 10, 2011
  • Mr. Rome
    Thanks Michael for color info.

    This question is for anyone and everyone, what are your thoughts on this color with weinscott and high gloss cherry wood floors?
  • Irene Morresey
    It could be grasscloth wallpaper in the dining room perhaps
rosalia1118 wrote:Jan 16, 2013
  • tamitalky
    Sherwin-Williams
  • Barnabas Domowski

    For the shadow boxes are they set over wood or is the wall just painted white then the boxes built right on wall?


Deana Graham wrote:Jun 6, 2013
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    HKT Design
    Shaker beige is best paired with anything,,.It has some red undertone to it and it is a nice neutral that won't change color on you in different times of day and light.
  • jgsantos
    Thant you very much for your comments. I've tried greys, some too blue, too green, etc. Beiges comes in all variables as well as well as whites. Cream/whites look too light with cabinets. I bought a sample of SB. I have a lot of windows in area but some are tinted and some not. Problematic to begin with. SB looks good but right now 5:30 (pacific time) it looks a little green. But so far it seems to be the most agreeable color. This is too difficult:)
littleshoes wrote:Apr 21, 2013
  • ppierce34
    it definitly is creamier than a stark white. question is does creamy go with a hardwood that is reddish in nature like a brazilian cherry?
  • rbcola
    It could, in my opinion. Depends on the other tones/textures in the "space". (To me: the reddish tones of cherry/brazilian cherry that I've seen lean WARM not COOL. Creamy to me leans warm....thus my conclusion. See if Michael Abrams Ltd responds - he is the "pro" in this discussion. I'm a consumer such as yourself. Not that we don't have impact.....after all any good designer/builder may "warn" you but in the end it's your "space" so do what you will enjoy with some due dilligence mixed in for wisdom.
neilandtashiacreech wrote:Feb 29, 2012
  • Ana Cecilia
    Thank you Cynthia Taylor-Luce for your comment. But I didn't understand about the undertone... My floor is the same as the photograph, but the doors are in wood colour either.
  • Mona H
    What is the trim color?
Hd Hd wrote:Dec 25, 2011
  • Pauline Golder
    How many times do you have to repeat BM Shaker Beige! Sheesh!!!! lol :-)
  • drwill1225
    THANK YOU..........wow read the thread people, many questions will be answered. Enjoy
Carol Blake wrote:Sep 15, 2012
  • rebekahmethvin
    Michael- your work is beautiful. If you had a built in in this space would you paint it like the trim, mayonaisse? thank you so much!!
  • Pelepah Tamar
    May I know what is the height and width of the wall opening between the sitting area and the dining room please.
tanyasl wrote:Feb 3, 2013
  • call23
    What web site did you find the paint chart?
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    Southland Windows, Inc.
    I believe I got the information from www.encycolorpedia.com
Elite Staging and Redesign, LLC wrote:Jan 24, 2013
  • pawandeep85

    floor color


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    Angela Casaccio Designs

    Yes I am also interested in the color of the floor and what type of wood is it? Thank you


michn wrote:May 19, 2012
Ana Cecilia wrote:Apr 9, 2012
  • Gabriela Coronel
    please e mil colors to rubolivarc@aol.com.thanks
  • Deb Levine Cohen
    Did you use a grass cloth in the dining room? If so, what color and manufacturer. I want to match the shaker beige.
sumama wrote:Feb 4, 2012
Jolene Quinlan wrote:Mar 8, 2013
  • dandjm
    i have exactly the same height ceilings - i wonder if i can get this 'benjamin moore' paint in australia or if there is similar?
  • clschneemann
    Why does the trim look like a different color to the ceiling if they are both BM Mayonaise??
ryllie wrote:Sep 27, 2012
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    Summit Stairs & Millwork
    Those look like standard 7 1/4" box newels at the bottom (could be the 6 1/2" as well) and may drop to 5" newels as you go up. both sizes are pretty standard with any decent stair supply company.
  • ladylightner

    What about that particular design of the newels? Do you know what company has those? Thanks!

rmft wrote:May 14, 2012
  • rmft
    Many thanks Michael.
  • Shem Arnold
    I love the stairs! What size foot print do these take? I am looking at doing a major renovation of my house. It involves moving and redesigning the main stairs and would love to do something like this.
petac wrote:Oct 28, 2011
  • petac
    Thanks everyone, we went with BM Copper Mountain and it turned out pretty nice.
  • emilyws
    I think it would look realllyyy good in a light navy blue....It would look so perfect with the tiled floor. Or you could try a red, That would also look really nice.
beckettfoster wrote:Jun 9, 2013
  • Arel Architecture & interior design

    i think the lighting can be better in whole room

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  • debinnova

    I need help! I have a kitchen that is part of a fairly open floor plan and I am repainting entire floor. Currently painted a darker shade of LR and foyer (previous owner paint technique which I do not care for), which does creates nice contrast with granite countertops and white cabinets. What would be a good color that will go with Shaker Beige (which I like for rest of the living area) but that would be a bit darker? Is there a way to mix it darker or do I need to go with a different shade.? The ceramic tiles in the kitchen have more of a warm or brown tone as opposed to gray. Shaker Beige in the kitchen would just be too light/blah. Any suggestions?


jillwei wrote:Jun 9, 2013
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    HKT Design
    shaker beige goes with everything.
  • jen0227

    Hi Michael,

    The room is beautiful! Very close to the color we chose to paint our entire house and ceilings, which is SW Mega Greige. Our great room is SW Underseas, which is also my accent color that I'm pulling through the house. Our kitchen is SW Brainstorm Bronze, which adjoins the dining room. Hardwood is a dark brown. Can you recommend a paint color for our dining room walls above the wainscoting and ceiling please. I attached a few pics. Thanks so much.

paquitu wrote:Apr 27, 2013
  • sillsy979
    Is there any way of getting a floor plan of this beautiful home, such wonderful ideas and use of space!
  • Madonna Griffiths
    what is the paint color of this room? this is a beautiful layout
nikkiaska wrote:Apr 4, 2013
  • Iracy DeFalco
    Hi Michael I think to use this suggestion on colors almost of the entire house except the bedrooms, however if i paint the trim, do i need to paint the doors too?
  • Iracy DeFalco
    Also what about the stairs?
msfine1 wrote:Mar 8, 2013
  • Janet Leshin Interiors
    I ended up using Manchester Beige on my walls, slightly lighter than Shaker Beige.
  • Vonn
    I am looking for a beige to use as cupboard doors in a bathroom. The tiles (not yet found, still looking), will be a travertine, do not really want a grey tone in these, more of a warm (definitely not yellow tones though beigey tone). Or I was going to be a typical woman and opt for an extremely dark mahogany. I just think this might date faster and this is not our forever home. Anyone help. I suppose it is too difficult until the tiles that are waiting for discovery are bought. Any ideas please would be much appreciated. Thank you.
Christopher Yue wrote:Feb 18, 2013
  • Kelly
    Georgous design!!
  • emmasdodie
    where could I find a mirror like this? Would it fit in a room with 8 ft. ceilings?
elphaba wrote:Feb 18, 2012
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    Charmean Neithart Interiors
    Beautiful space Michael, timeless.
  • helen sargent
    Hello could you tell me what colour is the stairs (the brown bit) please really trying to do same ideal but you love for my stairs to look like this one ?
seagal wrote:Jan 5, 2012
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    DeCocco Design
    Great idea!
  • vidyaganns
    can somebody suggest me for shaker bielge what accent wall color goes with it? it is a 2 storey family room and I want to paint accent wall with some shade nad have teh same shade for dining as well?
casasullivan wrote:May 12, 2013
  • dfoxdrafting
    You show the trim and ceiling color to be the same. Is that correct?
  • lnl918
    Hey Michael. I have a very very small home. The color is a warm yellow would the shaker beige make the room look larger
jallred wrote:Apr 12, 2013
  • Mildred Fabian
    What's the color of the wall paint in the living area? Thanks.
  • jallred
    Thanks so much. I will try to find a website for them.
va_pr_home wrote:Mar 16, 2013
  • lovecats2
    do you know the paint color, very nice
  • debb2013
    I agree with loving the clor of the walls. Do you recall the color of the walls? Thank you for your time in advance
Jessica F wrote:Mar 12, 2013
  • asioukas
    What color is the paint in this room? Love it!
  • abdickins
    What colors are on the walls and ceiling of this room? Is 1 of the Benjamin Moore mascarpone?
Jolene Quinlan wrote:Mar 8, 2013
  • lexysena
    will this color go with oak crown molding
  • 2020mikey
    What color would you use under chair rail with this beige? Lighter or darker shade?
msfine1 wrote:Mar 8, 2013
  • Janet Leshin Interiors
    I wish I could be your shadow! Would love to know your knowledge. I am just starting out on my own and experimenting with color combinations. I have a hard time working with existing oak trim and putting colors on the walls with it. Coming from the east coast, almost all trim was white. The oak throws me.
  • funmee
    Absolutely splendid!
Mary Grant Justin wrote:Dec 29, 2012
  • Mary Grant Justin
    Thank you so much Michael. I will and Happy New Year!!
  • Mary Grant Justin
    Hi again to my favorite Houzz designer. I've used the shaker beige in my family room and adjoining dining area. I cut the color 50% with white to use on my hall walls. But it still seems a bit too dark. Is there a color you could recommend that would blend in nicely with the shaker beige or should I have the color cut by 75%? I also, used the cut version on the 4 small areas above kitchen windows but not sure if I like it or not yet. Thank you for your kindness in helping all of us.
missangel99 wrote:Dec 12, 2012
  • missangel99
    Thank you I will!
  • sandidiana
    I had Shaker Beige in my last home, in the living & dining rooms, and used Coastal Fog in the family room, dinette & kitchen ... the areas were open to each other and coordinated nicely. Coastal Fog is an awesome color, and I did most of my current home in it!
amyalther wrote:Nov 13, 2012
  • Karisa Trudgeon
    can you tell me the custom stain formula? I am staining my red oak floors and want to do a custom blend using Bona or minwax. Trying to achieve the warm dark chocolate brown color than minimizes the oak veining...thank you!!
  • Stacey Dell'Osso

    I would love to find out this custom stain color too! I have been trying to answer the same question for my red oak floors...how to minimize oak veining while still achieving a warm chocolate color.

jceagle wrote:May 27, 2012
  • Arlene Clonan
    Love the chairs
  • wswz
    love the fabric on the chair. where can i purchase the fabric?
Terry Widner wrote:May 21, 2012
  • Andrea Harrow
    Clearly the prettiest house I've seen on Houzz. Great work...wish I lived in Chicago! Well..not this week!
  • stephaniecorrine
    Michael, this room is perfection!! I keep going back to it!! I love & appreciate that you take the time to answer peoples questions even though you arent getting paid for that time & advice. We are building a house in Cleveland Ohio. Do you ever travel there? Are you able to work with people long distance or do consulting advice long distance if we send you floor plans? We are starting from scratch with furniture & decor
gabycol wrote:May 8, 2013
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    Michael Abrams Interiors
    I would recommend a matte finish - it performs like a eggshell but looks like a flat.
  • mikevkis
    What is the size of the living and dinning room? Also why did you decide to place case openings in the dinning room? Without the case openings, don't you feel it would make the living and dinning room more open and just as elegnant? Thanks!
Allison Constantine wrote:May 2, 2013
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    Michael Abrams Interiors
    Baker Furniture sells this coffee table, simple and classic.
  • Michelle Marsh
    Michael, using this paint as a matte, can you wipe it down if you have a mark on it?
kristascott wrote:Apr 18, 2013
Iracy DeFalco wrote:Apr 11, 2013
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    Michael Abrams Interiors
    For consistency I like all the trim color to be the same. The entire staircase is painted with the exception of the newel posts, handrail and treads which are typically stained.
  • ppierce34
    Does mayonnaise have a yellow undertone? If it does, could you please reccomend a trim color that does not? Thanks. Love this room!
Laurie Tuck wrote:Mar 17, 2013
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    Michael Abrams Interiors
    Thank you - there is a photo of the great room with some of the kitchen both on Houzz and my website.
  • Wayne N Jacynta Hunt
    what colour are the walls? its really nice
msfine1 wrote:Mar 8, 2013
Sonit Bhatt wrote:Mar 6, 2013
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    Michael Abrams Interiors
    Thank you very much for the kind words. The ceiling's in this house are approximately 9'-0". Crown molding would certainly work just fine with a ceiling height of 8'-0". Best of luck and send me a photo when you are done with your room.
  • Sonit Bhatt
    Great! I definitely will do that. Thank you!
wmo333 wrote:Feb 28, 2013
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    Michael Abrams Interiors
    Thanks - the wall color is Benjamin Moore Shaker Beige. The floor color was mixed on site for the client hence I do not have an answer for that request.
  • larnold
    Can you tell me what colors were mixed for the floor and what stain manufacturer was used?
yogka wrote:Feb 20, 2013
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    Michael Abrams Interiors
    That piece belonged to the client's mother and was required to have a special place in the home. I think we certainly found it - don't you?
  • Marilyn Lynch
    Beautiful room what is the color of paint?
angeladreyer wrote:Jan 28, 2013
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    Michael Abrams Interiors
    Thanks - the house is approximately 5,000 square feet and the builder is Mangan Brothers. They do beautiful work.
  • Ajay Dagar
    very nice house can i get layout plan for this house . advo_ajaydagar@yahoo.com
Heylady Juju wrote:Jan 13, 2013
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    Michael Abrams Interiors
    Try some golds, rusts & deep greens. stay away from browns, dark blues or grays.
  • J.Joanne L.

    I too have stained woodwork...it's more golden oak that has aged so unfortunately the patina it has taken on has a bit of orange in it.....I painted the walls of a 17 foot room Shaker beige and then the feature (fireplace wall) AF115 Lodge by benjamin moore....It actually seems to remove some of the orange tint the wood work has...it is a rich beautiful brown but with the wood you can see a little green hue...it also worked wonderful in the powder room with the mayonnaise crown moulding and travertine tiles....Check it out

Kari D wrote:Nov 19, 2012
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    Michael Abrams Interiors
    Thank you so very much - wishing you all the best in decorating project.
  • jeanieh
    Gorgeous my inspiration house!
oneeighthundred wrote:Oct 28, 2012
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    Michael Abrams Interiors
    Benjamin Moore's Wedgewood Grey or Woodlawn Blue are wonderful contrasts to beige.
  • miac719
    What color is on the walls in the living room? I love it.
Mariana Austry wrote:Oct 19, 2012
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    Michael Abrams Interiors
    Benjamin Moore - Shaker Beige
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    Joni Spear Interior Design
    Hi Michael, I had a client send me this picture in their idea book. I was curious as to the color because I knew it was not SW. So I clicked on your site. There was no way I was going to ask you the color,( only because EVERYONE asks the paint color instead of just reading on) I figured you would have it on here somewhere and I must say you should be knighted into sainthood! How you have the patience to answer each and every question is beyond me. Holy cow you are a sweetie!! Hats off to ya!!!
fab1 wrote:Jul 15, 2012
salomsl wrote:Feb 27, 2012
  • ukievillage
    Can you please tell me the source for the chandelier? Thanks.
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    Michael Abrams Interiors
    The chandelier is also one of my favorites, classic and timeless. It is sold via Holly Hunt and is called the Paris Chandelier. It comes is oval and round and 2-3 metal finishes.
C wrote:Jan 27, 2012
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    Michael Abrams Interiors
    The secretary is an antique heirloom my client had.
  • C
    Thanks!
patrick_bryant wrote:Jan 16, 2012
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    Michael Abrams Interiors
    It is a Larsen grasscloth.
  • Elizabeth Edwards
    Could you send the link to this? What color is the grasscloth? Is that a wallpaper? Thank you! I LOVE the color in the room where the mirror is!
cender wrote:Jan 13, 2012
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    Michael Abrams Interiors
    That is an Osborne & Little fabric.
  • misslucy1
    I love Osborne & Little fabrics and currently considering the Sabi range - Selati - for my chair. What range in the O&L line is this fabric?
joyceaylor wrote:May 29, 2013
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    Michael Abrams Interiors
    go online and look for Single Level Floor Plans - there are hundreds of great options.
mikevkis wrote:May 10, 2013
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    Michael Abrams Interiors
    The two case opening (one from the living room and one from the stair hall) keep the room open yet provides a formal feel for this traditional Chicago home.
ticon980 wrote:May 2, 2013
mmanis wrote:Apr 14, 2013
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    Michael Abrams Interiors
    It is a grass cloth from Larsen called Tempo. It comes in numerous colors and is very cost effective. I purchased it in Chicago from the Cowtan & Tout showroom. The same wall covering is also in the Foyer.
runner16 wrote:Apr 11, 2013
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    Michael Abrams Interiors
    Wow - that's a great question. I would suggest the following; try interning with a local interior designer helping out in the office. Firms need help organizing the design library, running errands and general assistance. This way you can experience first hand what designers do on a daily basis. Another route is take a course in interior design at a local college; you do not need to necessarily pursue a degree but taking several courses can be both inspirational and informative. Best of luck and follow your dreams and they will become your reality.
sophiemyla wrote:Mar 17, 2013
toadam wrote:Mar 7, 2013
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    Michael Abrams Interiors
    The ceiling color is Benjamin Moore Mayonaisse in a flat finish. The trim is the same color but semigloss.
patdurino wrote:Feb 19, 2013
  • tanyaopoku
    I got a sample of shaker beige and it is much too dark and not how it appears in the photo. I found contemporary white in CIL paints to more closely resemble the hue in this photo. You can ask for a colour match in bher or benjamin Moore which are better quality paints in my opinion.
msfine1 wrote:Jan 14, 2013
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    Michael Abrams Interiors
    This is Benjamin Moore's Shaker Beige and I think copper/orange/rust would add wonderful pop.
rosalia1118 wrote:Jan 1, 2013
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    Michael Abrams Interiors
    The finish spec'd is Matte. It looks like a flat finish but performs like an eggshell.
fosterkw wrote:Dec 10, 2012
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    Michael Abrams Interiors
    Thank you so much - this was one of my favorite clients and project.
cindykb wrote:Dec 4, 2012
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    Michael Abrams Interiors
    The stain is Jacobean and the paint is Benjamin Moore - Linen White, semi-gloss.
regina1661 wrote:Sep 28, 2012
Renaissance Home Staging wrote:Sep 23, 2012
  • aishalc
    If you click to more info, it will tell you. :)
krb103 wrote:Sep 18, 2012
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    Michael Abrams Interiors
    It's Benjamin Moore Mayonasse. The ceiling is flat while the trim is semi-gloss.
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          This interior illustrates how a warm, neutral wall color throughout an open floor plan, along with lots of different light sources, draws your eye all around the space and expands the sense of size.Tell us: How do you make your space feel larger? Share your tricks in the Comments section below.More:Small Space Trick: A Great Big MirrorIdeas for a Smaller Bathroom

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          11. Readers loved how this living room is in the middle of everything, but still manages to feel like its own cozy refuge. Classically designed pieces in soft neutral colors make this a comfortable and approachable but sophisticated design.

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          Color of floor with railings is nice! Also the color of the walls is very nice!

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          Shaker Beige Paint on wall. Luv it. Ceiling is white.

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