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We are color consultants


We are color consultants

A color familY

For more than 35 years, The Color People have added personality and color savvy to buildings, neighborhoods and building products across the U.S. and internationally. As color consultants we use our creative color magic to enliven the senses, establish a strong identity and increase property values for companies and homeowners alike.  



Trained as an architectural color advisor and planner by James at The Color People, Darby specializes in residential color design and single- and multi-family housing. She enjoys bringing each client's vision for their home to life. Darby received an architecture degree from North Carolina State University, School of Design, with a minor in art and design while studying abroad in Florence, Italy. 


A respected and leading authority on architectural color consulting, James has more than three decades of varied color consulting experience in the U.S. and internationally. As past president of The Color Marketing Group, an international organization that tracks and forecasts color trends, he is an oft-quoted expert on color trends in the marketplace. Since the founding of The Color People, he has focused on the needs of his clients to successfully maximize the visual potential of each property.


We know color

We know color


TELLING Colorful stories

Our work is featured in a number of the Painted Ladies books, and other publications including The New York Times; The Wall Street Journal; The Washington Post; House Beautiful, Home; The Denver Post; and Better Homes and Gardens Simply Perfect Exteriors. James co-authored Benjamin Moore's The Art of Exterior Painting. He is also is a column contributor to Victorian Homes, and has written articles on color for various publications including The Old House Journal; Traditional Building; Units; American Painting Contractor; and NAHB.


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"Newton's Law," Victorian Homes by James Martin and Megan Schlegel: Newtown MA's city guidelines are considerations when repainting a home

"Painting for Personality," Victorian Homes by James Martin and Megan Schlegel: A bed and breakfast puts it best facade forward

"Pretty Maids, All in a Row," Victorian Homes by James Martin and Megan Schlegel: Color revival for a turn-of-the-century townhouse

"The Big Picture," Victorian Homes by James Martin and Megan Schlegel: Creative color pairing changes the look and feel of a home

"The Delight is in the Detail," Victorian Homes by James Martin and Megan Schlegel: NY homeowner realizes a house deserves the same amount of love on the outside as the inside

"The Jewel in Chicago’s Crown," Victorian Homes by James Martin and Megan Schlegel: New owners of Dr. Wallace C. Abbott House gave this Painted Lady a face lift

"Springing to Life in Colorado Springs," Victorian Homes by James Martin and Megan Schlegel: Historic Victorian cottage and its charming makeover

"Uptown Country," Victorian Homes by James Martin and Megan Schlegel: Farmhouse facade gets a more refined look 

"Color Correction," UNITS, National Apartment Association by James Martin: Finessing existing elements of a community can solidify its brand, saving time and money

"Fresh Color Brings Fresh Prospects," UNITS, National Apartment Association by James Martin

"Gearing Up for Color," UNITS, National Apartment Association by James Martin: Southmoor Station uses architecture and color design elements to create strong curb appeal 

"Inside Edition," UNITS, National Apartment Association by James Martin: A community’s curb appeal draws people in and the interiors hold them there

"Color Ideas: Paint Adds Personality," This Old House: Sophisticated shades enhance the simple lines and pretty details of a folk Victorian

"Color & Paint: Paint Palette Alternatives," This Old House: A Rockport Victorian cottage that historical color experts might suggest be polychromed in period colors

"Designer Dialogue: Creating a Better Painter," PROFILES by James Martin: Communicating clearly to avoid color collisions

"Masters of Metal," County Sampler’s Country Business: Bronze is on the Rise

"Creating a Power Palette," Sales+Marketing Ideas Magazine-National Association of Home Builders by James Martin: Not only does color give you sales advantage, it’s the cheapest, most cost-effective thing you can add to a house

"Bringing Home Colors to Life with James Martin," Epoch Times

"Color Magic: Paint and Texture Gives Apartments a Homey Feel," Multifamily Pro by James Martin

"Best Practices: Color Trends for Custom Homes," Residential DESIGN & BUILD Magazine by James Martin

"The Color Factor," Buildings Magazine: Experts sound out on the best hues for your facility type

"How to Sell Exterior Paint Jobs, Interview with James Martin," American Painting Contractor