Antique Walnut is the selected finish for all Lillian August upholstery pieces unless otherwise specified. Upholstery orders do not require the two digit number (-00) for the chosen finish.

Lillian August uses the highest quality materials in all of its products. Finishes are not guaranteed to be a perfect match as each piece is finished by our Artisans’ hands. Wood, like all natural materials, has inherent disparities in color and grain pattern. There will be variation in color, texture and shading. Every finish was created for a specific wood species. Variation will occur when a finish is used on a different wood species and can change the overall look of the finish. We strive to provide an accurate representation of all finishes on our website, but due to changes in lighting, types of monitors, and photography limitations, color variation is possible.

Standard Finishes

LC: Antique Walnut (M)
A rich clear, dark brown finish with reddish undertones.
10: Beeswax (H)
Medium brown high sheen finish with hand applied burnishing.
K2: Black (L)
A deep rich true black finish with a deep luster.
Cafe Noir (H)
The color of rich, dark Columbian coffee, Café Noir is a beautifully sleek very dark brown/black finish with a high sheen.
M2: Carob Brown(L)
A low sheen, warm brown finish, that enhances Walnut’s beautiful grain and warm tonal ranges.
C7: Cashmere
The warmth and elegance of this high-sheen dark walnut finish adds a touch of class and refinement to any item.
B4: Charbrown (L)
With undertones of black that is first applied to fill in the graining, Charbrown is a deep,dark chestnut with a clear view to the wood.
J8: Cinder (L)
A very clear medium-brown finish with hints of dusky grey beneath the surface providing an almost iridescent affect.
42: Cognac (H)
Rich medium brown earth tones accentuate this high sheen finish with depth and satiny sheen.
G1: Cotswold (H)
A deep clear brown finish with medium-high sheen level as apt for a formal traditional or urban high end contemporary look.
31: Driftwood (L)
A neutrally aged pecan toned finish enhanced with a bleached grey-beige overtone to characterize a weathered antique.
N6: Earth Grey (L)
Casual light grey hues with a dry antique vintage character.
44: Ebony (M)
A rich rubbed-through black finish that highlights the underlying wood tones with a lustrous satin-like patina.
custom furniture, wood finishes, antique glazing, walnut finish
R9: Ember (H)
A clear medium brown finish with a slight grey undertone enhancing the natural beauty of the wood.
48: Espresso (M)
Deep rich black traditional finish with deep luster that has a very light rub-through along the perimeter edge.
E5: French Blue (L)
Aged like a fine vintage Court piece, this is a beautiful grey-blue paint with hints of silver, dry-brushing and glazing.
custom furniture, wood finishes, antique glazing, walnut finish
R7: French Pearl (M)
Subtle pearlized finish on a highly figured lacewood veneer. *AVAILABLE ON LACEWOOD ITEMS ONLY
F4: Gold (L)
A gold paint with a glazed appearance to emulate the beauty and appearance of gold leafing.
20: Maison (H)
A rich hand-rubbed waxed dark walnut high sheen finish enhanced with hand burnished edges, cow tailing, and a light antique spatter.
C3: Malabar (M)
A wonderfully soft black finish with brown undertones.
J7 Mineral (L)
Grey stained finish with some translucence which accentuates the wood character of the item.
A2: Modern Elm (H)
Developed to take advantage of the striking grain pattern of elm veneers, this warm greyish-brown finish creates a soft, transitional appearance.
A1: Modern Walnut (H)
A rich, warm, high sheen brown finish that emphasizes the clarity and natural beauty of the wood beneath.
53: SABLE (H)
A rich dark brown high sheen finish with excellent clarity.
P6: Sandstone (L)
A casual lighter hue, whitewashed canvas effect. The depth of the finish is subtle and crafted with character.
F6: Sea Glass
Strie finish generated by a hand-brushing technique. Creamy white texture over pale iridescent, seafoam green-cast undertones.
M3: Silver Fox (H)
Metallic silver color that is very refined allowing for translucence to showcase the natural beauty of the wood.
P3: Smoked Walnut (L)
Natural clarity of the wood is enhanced with a darkened stain.
54: Soho (H)
A rich medium value clear brown finish reminiscent of a lightly burnished antique pecan with a medium sheen level.
27: Sugar (L)
An opaque, clean white finish with a very slight intermittent rub-through along the perimeter edge.
N1: Vintage Grey (M)**
Casual semi-opaque grey finish with grain character highlighted through sandblasting. **AVAILABLE ON ASH & OAK SANDBLASTED ITEMS ONLY.
65: Walnut (H)
A sophisticated high sheen finished walnut brown with russet undertones enhancing the natural beauty of wood.
J3: Washed Canvas (L)
Has a white filler intended to hang up in the grain, then sealed, dry-brushed, visually distressed, and finished with three coats of lacquer. *AVAILABLE ON ASH & OAK ITEMS ONLY.
Q6: Wishbone (L)
Subtle cerusing in this off white palette creates a casual inviting feel.

Premium Finishes

custom furniture, wood finishes, antique glazing, walnut finish
T1: Azure (H)
The hand-wiped turquoise blue finish showcases the natural beauty of wood with silver-gold highlights.
custom furniture, wood finishes, antique glazing, walnut finish
R8: Beretta Brown (L)
A rich cocoa brown with toffee highlights and silver/gold hangup.
39: Black Nickel (H)
A deep nickel-colored paint finish with very fine black brushing on top and a high sheen to resemble black nickel metal.
Q1: Black Tie lacquer (H)
A multi-step blending of slightly textured black lacquered tones with subtle sienna undertones.
P7: Champagne (H)
Mid-tone sophisticated tan hues designed to enhance the character of the veneer. Hand rubbed to create a vintage character.
21: Dove (L)
A soft patinated Belgian grey finish, burnished and detailed with a gently spattered antique glaze.
custom furniture, wood finishes, antique glazing, walnut finish
R6: Equestrian Brown (M)
A rich espresso finish with subtle highlights. The color provides an aged yet sophisticated look.
custom furniture, wood finishes, antique glazing, walnut finish
R5: Gardenia White (M)
A soft alabaster tone with subtle graining to accent the natural beatuy of the wood.
India Ink (H)
Dyed navy teal hues that are hand rubbed to enhance the natural beauty of the veneer.
custom furniture, wood finishes, antique glazing, walnut finish
R3: Kona Bean (L)
Cerused with a metallic break away glaze giving a subtle silver/ gold grain. Hand padding accentuates the natural wood grain.
Q7: Midnight (H)
A ebonized blackened paint with finely brushed grey metallic accents.
03: Platinum (M)
A metallic finish with an underlying base of silver and very subtle hand-padded gold overtones giving a platinum patina.
H2: Sancere (L)
A warm, creamy ivory painted finish with a very light brush-stroke glaze applied over the top.
LR: Slate (L)
A multi-step finish starting with a medium brown finish, then overlaid with a grey-beige secondary finish.
35: Smoked Ash (H)
Semi-opaque greige finish.
A5: Smoke Ash Sandblasted (L)**
Semi-opaque greige finish with sand blasting technique to create wood character.**AVAILABLE ON ASH & OAK SANDBLASTED ITEMS ONLY.
79: Stone (L)
Very clean grey-beige finish that reads through to the beauty of the wood grain beneath.
34: Washed Linen (L)
Clean, off-white finish with a very light rub through providing the natural look of washed cotton or flax.
custom furniture, wood finishes, antique glazing, walnut finish
T2: Westwood (M)
A beautiful hand-applied ebony wiping stain that allows the beauty of the wood species to show through.
CM: Color Match (M)
Select any brand name paint color and we will Color Match it on your order; include name, number, and color chip with order.

Artisan Finishes

GL: Gold Leaf (L)
A true hand-leafed finish; sheets of gold leaf are hand-applied over a frame, cured, then glazed over to soften the overall effect and create a beautiful patina.
PL: Platinum Leaf (L)
A true leafing process, silver leaf sheets are hand applied to the wood frame, cured and glazed over to create a beautiful Platinum leaf finish.

Special Metal Leaf Finishes

ML: Black Pearl (Metal Leaf)
Silver leaf squares that are heavily worn-through, over top of a high gloss black paint background.
BZ: Bronze Patina
A very organic,variegated finish comprised of browns and grays reflecting an acid-washed surface.
GS: Gold Leaf Squares
Painstakingly applied by hand in a grid pattern with very subtle black highlighting.
SG: Silver Leaf with Gold
Created by applying gold painted ground color, hand-applying silver leaf sheets in a grid pattern, then wearing the edges.
SS: Sildver Leaf Square
Painstakingly applied by hand in a grid pattern with very subtle black highlighting.

Striping Options

Many items lend themselves to hand-striping applications which can enhance the design and customize the piece to one's individual taste.


S1: Ivory
S2: Taupe
S3: Charcoal
S4: Pearl
S5: Crystal Grey
Shagreen Surfaces are only available on select items as indicated in the price list.