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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!

Historic Denver

Historic Denver

As color consultants we are always looking to the latest information on trends and current marketing influencers. Our involvement with the premier international forecasting group, CMG (Color Marketing Group), is vital to staying aware and on top of what is happening not only in the design industry but also in every single trade that is creating or selling products period.

Just as relevant to our work as looking forward is—so too is looking back. We study architecture and design from decades and centuries past that has shaped our history and our modern day culture as well. Without the knowledge and appreciation of former styles, theories, practices and artistic language, how would we be able to build upon those examples—or know how or what to preserve?

Much of what has been lost in our aesthetic is due in part to an unwillingness to investigate our past. There is so much grace and beauty in the simple yet powerful use of proportion. The architects and designers of the Victorian era seemed to carry this innate sense of balance and proportion throughout their work in ways we no longer pay attention to in many cases. This example highlights the value of not only being educated in the history of our arts but also being conscious of our design decisions moving forward.

We have the right and privilege to design, build and shape our future. We therefore must also work to preserve, advocate and educate—the three pillars to sustaining and strengthening our communities, as Historic Denver promotes in their mission statement. We have been a part of this local organization for many years. We are included in their resource list of trusted and qualified tradespeople helping others to preserve and sustain valuable buildings around Denver. 

Another equally important resource to our city is Discover Denver who has partnered with Historic Denver in helping to identify buildings that are significant historically, architecturally and culturally. They are building a citywide survey that will help tell Denver's story. We believe this to be a very worthy cause and we appreciate everyone involved in these efforts. The Color People has provided architectural color consulting services for many of these important buildings and we continue to be involved in designing exterior color schemes for historic spaces all over the city of Denver, the state of Colorado and many other states nationwide.  

Exterior Decoration: Victorian Colors for Victorian Houses

Exterior Decoration: Victorian Colors for Victorian Houses

We are sharing with you one of our most beloved books. It has a special place on our inspiration shelf and if you want to add something to your holiday wish list, this would be the one. I will warn you though that it is not an easy one to find, which makes it even more unique.

Exterior Decoration: Victorian Colors for Victorian Houses is a marvelous collection of illustrations and actual color chips. It shares a great deal of information on the art of house painting and the selection and combination of colors. The detailed plates show Victorian architecture and aligns many styles with paint palettes consistent with the time. It is beautifully done and gives great insight into this important era and also how many of our colors of today have been shaped through history. 

Historic Preservation

Historic Preservation

As champions of historic preservation we work with clients to not only maintain historic architecture but to also revitalize it and make it more marketable to business owners and homeowners alike. We appreciate seeing similar efforts amongst other designers, architects and developers and we are excited by the growing sensibility to this cause all over the country.

This is a great article ("CityLove" by Lauren Walser in Preservation Magazine) highlighting some of the ideas supporting preservation and showing just how three U.S. cities have been made richer and more alive than ever by understanding the power of historic places.