Historic Color

Historic Color

At a time of the year where we are getting lots of calls from homeowners wanting to make the most of the painting season, we still hold a special place in our hearts for those who are managing historical renovations. These can be particularly challenging and extensive and most who are involved have been so for many many months, if not years.

We have been designing exterior color schemes for historical properties for over 30 years and we continue to be amazed at the architectural majesty of homes and businesses and commercial properties in historical districts all over the country.

We have been involved with historical color services in online and print publications to hopefully inform homeowners and give them as much information as possible to get them started and headed in the right direction. We also are listed as a resource for various media outlets. One of these is through the Preservation Directory. We know this to be a great platform for people involved in many parts of historical architecture and development and even for DIYers.

Check out the website Preservation Directory and find us in the listings for Preservation Businesses under Historic Color Services for Colorado. And have a happy and successful renovation season!

Finesse at its Finest

Finesse at its Finest

Sometimes a complete overhaul can be a scary picture to paint for community managers. The success of a multi-family property's re-branding is more often in the finesse of color correction. Using the existing architectural elements and even the current theme or tone that has been set can be the most effective and economical way to add curb appeal.

This article we published in Units Magazine, "Color Correction," and the example used within it is a great representation of working smarter—and using a level of finesse in exterior color design that is savvy and conducive to our client's needs.

The creative solutions we bring to the table as architectural color consultants do not only allow for a positive ROI for owners and managers—they set communities apart and ahead in the market.

In Our Opinion

In Our Opinion

Most people would say that we have a pretty strong opinion about the color White. When we were approached by The Wall Street Journal to give our take on the white-walled leanings of social media platforms such as Instagram, we got the chance to explain our misgivings on this particular trend.

Read The Wall Street Journal article by Abbey Crain, "Why White Walls Are Instagram Gold" and find out why we disagree with the popular staging techniques and what direction we offer instead for greater success in the use of color.

Making an Impact on Buyers

Making an Impact on Buyers

As with any project, shopping centers are multi-faceted in their approach to marketing. There is a similar concern for curb appeal as with any business or residential property interested in attracting buyers. We work hard at creating a design solution steered at making the right statement for property owners and feel that the use of color is the most effective way to do this within a budget. 

Retail needs to be a bit muscular. There needs to be a nuance to exterior color choice for these particular buildings and it will be absolutely critical to its success in drawing potential customers. Read more of our thoughts on “The Color Factor” in the retail environment in this article in Buildings magazine.

Here is an example of how a center’s monument sign gained new life as we packed some punch into its signage and allowed this marketing structure to make an impactful statement with color.

We have Doors!

We have Doors!

We have been strolling the neighborhood for signs of new growth. This is an area of great diversity and there are homes being renovated and parks being constructed. There are bike lanes being added and food trucks being converted into restaurants. It is busy! And that is great news for us business owners and in general, for those of us invested in this thriving cultural scene.

We blogged about the row homes we designed exterior schemes for and promised to update you with their progress. Well... WE HAVE DOORS! And dogs in the windows and all kinds of activity on the street front. It seems they have attracted a number of folks interested in living in the thick of the city and in the heart of a great art district as well. Our colors seem to be setting the right tone and appealing to a great community—and that was exactly our hope for this project.

Enjoy these updated images! 

PRO TIP: WHY USE SATIN

PRO TIP: WHY USE SATIN

Reasons to use a Satin finish instead of a flat finish on buildings (Commercial or Residential):

 - The colors look richer and have more life.

 - The finish is stronger than flat.

 - Flat finishes have a tooth which holds dirt. The shinier finish of satin paint allows the dirt to wash off making your buildings stay cleaner and feel newer.   

Telling A Story

Telling A Story

When we begin the process of consulting with a homeowner on a new design scheme for their home's exterior, we look at their photos first—or in many cases, here locally—we visit them at their home so we can see it in person. Our clients are tasked with providing us with a visual story of their home—and they usually do a thorough job as it is something they look at and notice daily.

We try to really take in and imagine what this home looks like—both as a whole composition and also in its parts and pieces. The architecture reveals itself and therefore so does its story. This is the place where our design direction takes off.

The first thing we do is ask ourselves, "What is this house trying to say?" There is always a prominent message and our path to color is inherently grounded in this statement.

With this story in mind, we then investigate what the homeowner has relayed to us in their questionnaire. They have responded to questions on color, mood, surrounding environment and desirable degrees of detail. There are usually more clear responses about what people don't like and that can be just as helpful.

Our next step—the critical one and the true design challenge—is to take that initial story and translate our client's needs into that. Our goal is always to have our homeowner be happy everyday they come home—but we also are architectural color experts and ultimately hope to present the true message of what that house can be. It is a wonderfully unique and creative solution that is required and that we strive to provide for our clients—AND is the reason why our role is so important as Storyteller/Consultant/Designer.

Art Row in Progress

Art Row in Progress

We were hired by a developer to consult on the design and exterior color for a community of new row houses in our neighborhood. We work in a designated design district of Denver and love to be involved in local work affecting our area's unique character. It is a lively, culturally rich and artistic place and it was vital to relay this in our design solution for this housing project.

There were many different materials to coordinate and work with—including stone, siding, windows and roofing—so the overall concept needed to be cohesive with all of these selections. The placement of color was an important decision grounded in emphasizing the architecture of these buildings and also in making the right statement to its users.

We came up with selections in materials and a palette of colors that gave life to this unique community. Our intent was to create a perfect street and neighborhood presence and to be able to attract the right customer base for our client.

The project has been underway for several months and we have been excited to see it take shape. It has just reached the point of color sampling and now we are even more anxious to see it completed—and to watch as it takes off in this thriving market.

These photos give a sense of the process and some of the steps going on within this and other similar consulting projects for new developments. Continue to follow us on our blog and social media for more updates on this vibrant community.

Online Resource for Homeowners

Online Resource for Homeowners

We get calls and emails on a fairly consistent basis from homeowners who are looking for advice on specific painting issues—whether they are wondering what time of year to paint or attempting to paint an appropriate color sample on their home. We want to make sure each customer or DIY'er is armed with helpful information. A great resource we often reference ourselves is a website with a wealth of knowledge and practical advice—The House Painting Guide

The House Painting Guide is a valuable tool for researching information on painting your home—from learning about the painting process to specifics on the actual paints themselves. You can get started in your home renovation with the help of this website's tools and tips—and as they suggest, turn to expert color consultants—The Color People—for our added design expertise and experience in the field of exterior architectural color in order to complete the vision you have for your home.

Here are a few of the comments and reviews from clients we have worked with in designing a custom color scheme for their homes. 

“I do believe we have the best looking, most tasteful house in town!  I would have never thought of these colors, but they work so well.  I have been delighted with the results - it approaches a perfect match of color to my sensibilities.”   - Keith

“Your service saved us alot of headaches and near misses.  Although my husband and I have a good design sense, I knew instantly from seeing your color choices and placements that they would work, without even having to see the final result.  Thank you again for your artistry and professionalism!”   - Katherine

“It takes a real expert to not only choose compatible colors but to arrange them tastefully and with respect to what is authentically correct and appealing.  We are extremely satisfied with The Color People and would enthusiastically recommend you to anyone!”   - Barry

“Every time I drive up to our home, I appreciate your amazing talents!”   - Libby

PRO TIP

PRO TIP

PRO TIP:

Dark colors go on the bottom - light ones on top! That is because people perceive dark as being heavy and if the heavy part is not at the bottom the building will feel disconcertingly top-heavy.

It’s time for homeowners to get back into shape—so muscle up, grab the phone (or click on the CONTACT US NOW button on our homepage) and seek professional help with your home’s exterior renovation! You only have one chance to make the right impression and that is what The Color People are expert at.