The Color People

(303) 308-0200
www.colorpeople.com

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Pioneers in the field we do exterior color consulting for individual homes both rehabs and new, and specializing in historic homes. We also specialize in old and new single and multi-family housing, retail, shopping centers and high-rise buildings. We work for building products manufacturers creating market driven colors. We are also nationally recognized color trend experts.

Areas Served
We work nationally having work in all 50 states

Business Description
Architectural Color Consultants
Architectural Colorists
Color Trend Professionals

Certification and Awards
We have been featured in most major newspapers and numerous periodicals and trade magazines. We frequently asked to write articles for both print and digital outlets. We also wrote a book on exterior color for Benjamin Moore.
Location:
Denver, CO US 
Contact:
James Martin 
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Address:
920 Inca St
Denver, CO 80204 
Fax:
(303) 308-0123 
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If you paint it dark it will loom overhead. If you paint it light it will rise up and feel light and pleasant underneath.
July 29, 2014 at 2:29PM     
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bushliving
Thanks for all the great ideas everyone and sorry I didn't explain the polycarbonate a bit better :) This is along the lines of what we'll be using...
http://www.psp.co.nz/building-brands/corrugated-sheeting/suntuf-polycarbonate

The area is an absolute sun trap and we're hoping to use it as an extension to our living space, especially on rainy days!

I've just sent my husband out to get a few pots of different stains for is to try - darkest brown (cedar) and a lighter brown (rustic oak) both by Cabots + the black we already have. Hopefully we can decide between one of those!

I probably should have mentioned we will have black aluminium pool fencing running along the top of the second retaining wall - so the real question is do we keep everything black (pool fencing, horizontal fence, retaining walls and pergola) or do we go with a dark (or even light) brown for the pergola and retaining walls.... We just keep going around in circles at the moment. Decisions, decisions!

Thanks again :)
August 1, 2014 at 8:43PM   
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bushliving
The pool fencing matches what we have as a garden fence for our lawn. This will be up the stairs (yet to be done) to the right of the deck with the pergola. The pool will be off to the left and sits 'above' the pergola. You might have to use some imagination!
August 1, 2014 at 9:28PM   
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Dark windows make a house feel dark and closed up. Light colored windows make a house feel open, breezy, and convivial.
July 29, 2014 at 2:27PM   
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pjoa
Thanks. We're not limited to the HardiPlank colors as we plan to paint.
July 29, 2014 at 6:25AM   
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The Color People
your windows really will dictate a trim color of the same hue, which is not bad. Setting off the structural elements with a different house color will make a nice statement. I would use only one color for both materials of the first and second floors. It is a simple house and wants to make a simple statement. Any color you like will look good as long as it is light and kind of washed out looking. It will look best if the color feels like it is a little weathered and blend better with the gray roof.
July 29, 2014 at 2:26PM     
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Giving it a craftsman style is flying in the face of its true nature- there is nothing in it that is characteristic any way of that historic style. You would have to spend a fortune to make it really look like a craftsman house and any half way attempt would be where butchery. Sorry. Paint the siding to add some contrast and maximize the not unattractive trim elements. The landscape it with flowers like amyfamyf has shown.
July 29, 2014 at 2:20PM        Thanked by dbretz2
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sstarr
Here is a view of your house with craftsman-style columns, different front door and sconces. S*
August 3, 2014 at 4:41PM     
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Al Fortunato Furnituremaker
Here's another picture
August 4, 2014 at 8:37AM   
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Red Berm
I agree with libra that the arches are probably stucco boxes that can be removed and the support columns stay. Brick can also be removed. You need a home remodeling company. For your landscaping did you know that southern CA cities have rebates on removing grass and putting in drought tolerant plants. If you need landscape help consider going drought tolerant. I am a landscape designer and can help you with that if you are interested.
July 29, 2014 at 9:30AM   
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I think the problem is not that the house is not modern feeling. The problem is that it is and ugly color. Painting it brighter and more subtlety would, I suspect, belay your worries about the house.
July 29, 2014 at 2:14PM   
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The Pine Hall Brick Company's suggestion is the best, I think. The really wonderful thing about round steps is that they facilitate using your whole yard because when you come out you can easily head in any direction. Directional stairs strongly lead you to one place and you will find it hard to go elsewhere. I think you would find their solution most gratifying. What is wrong with the stairs now is really only that they are really ugly.
July 29, 2014 at 1:58PM     
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debsio
It's difficult to see the extent of the damage but if it is just the chipping on the right side on the second step, I believe they can be saved with tiling only the front face . Most of the time contractors want to start from scratch meaning jack hammering everything up. Once you get started with that it usually includes the sidewalk. Stamp stained concrete is beautiful but can be pricey. Here is a pic I found with circular steps on a home similar to yours. I believe I would start with the talking to the experts about tiling only the perimeter of the steps. Btw I am not a designer but I have gone through with having front porch and sidewalk redone. I had concrete stamped and stained. It is beautiful. If I had an alternative, I would have used money for other things


August 11, 2014 at 12:53PM   
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libradesigneye
carriage style door in warm gray - taupe /mushroom tone like the deepest stone in your foundation. . . i would remove shutters to get the historic new england look - your shutters are not sized for your windows / not spaced so they can be unless you do just one size . . I'd let the wall match the dormers . . and maybe add window boxes in white to lengthen the lower windows I did have on the left elevation (you can "plant them with silk ivy and leave one space in center for a pot that can drop in during summer with trailing geraniums) - MAYbe buy properly sized board and batten shutters in the same warm gray for the one window next to the bay . . . with frogs (shutter hardware) and all .. . charming there .. .paint the front door two shades deeper of the warm gray tone you find for garage . . . .lovely lovely stone . . beautiful classic house . . new light fixtures - oversized lanterns at garage instead of security lights ..
July 29, 2014 at 12:04PM   
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Something like tancalgal's 3 car garage ides would be excellent as it creates a structural element that the current space sorely needs. it will make the house feel more solid and fit with the traditional nature of the rest of the house. THEN paint the doors darker- more in the tone of the stone so that the solidity of the stone carries across the whole bottom of the house. The stone will no longer look stuck on but will feel like a real foundation.
July 29, 2014 at 1:51PM   
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Shutters will ruin the house- all you will see are the shutters and besides there is no architectural space for shutters. To enhance the house paint the porch posts and beams the same color as the railing spindles. This will make the porch stand apart from the wall and make the space feel much larger and more convivial. Paint the ceiling and all the soffits the same white to make the house feel whole. Remember and small house wants to make a small statement to look its best. The idea for a picket fence is also most excellent. Not only will it dress it up but it will make the home occupy the whole yard, Essentially the house will then start at the sidewalk making it feel larger and more important. Then paint the door a nice color that will please you when you come home.
July 29, 2014 at 1:46PM     
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bogna
Thank you! You are making me all excited about the project all over again :)
July 29, 2014 at 2:06PM   
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I'm not sure what that is on the wall above the porch, wood stained siding? In any event to sits there like a postage stamp stuck on the house drawing attention to itself which doesn't help the house. The stone of course is the main feature so any strong color (even the white) which stands off from it detracts from the subtlety of its colors. You want a quiet color scheme that emphasizes the texture and color of the stone. I would paint that siding the same color as the garage doors to balance the house. It is hard to soften the white because the windows are white and you need a trim color in white to tie them in so, again, the house feels whole. I think the best thing to heighten the drama of the home is to paint the fascia a darker color like gray brown or bronze tone. Don't go really dark though. This dark accent in affect creates a shadow color what will bring out the shadowing in the texture of the stone making it look even more rich and elegant. That leaves you door and Shutters. A dark rich color is best. It could be deep red, black green, navy, black teal etc depending on how elegant or pizzazz-y you feel you would like your home to be. Basically you want the house to be a monochrome of tones and texture with just enough accent to bring out the richness of the stone.
July 29, 2014 at 1:40PM     
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The house right now is really well done and very tasteful. The question is what don't your like about it now? do you want more pizzazz? More color? More contrast? Or you simply want a new color scheme? Since the body color can't change it only leaves the trim and detailing. The layout of colors and the values work well as they are but I think their are better color choices for the body color than rose and blue. If you choose new colors to substitute for the current ones pick ones of the same color value (light to dark scale) Picking color is not really that hard once you have the values right, just think of it as picking out an outfit- Pick the color there is the most of (trim) then the next by amount, etc etc. Most important is to honor the architectural history of the home which it does now. No offense but the advice above is from people who pretty much amateurs and not familiar with Victorian architecture. You can't just put a bolder blue on and expect the house to make a "whole" statement. The essence of the style is that all the elements tie together in a balance fashion so you colors need to maintain that and show it off in its best light. Use five colors and I like yellow is treacherous advice. You can end up looking like a giant decorated banana. Look at some of the houses on our page to see how this balance of color thing works.
July 29, 2014 at 1:28PM     
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jloleary
Color People - Thank you so much for your well reasoned advise. I agree and appreciate your recommendation that everything be balanced. The trim color is currently a peachish and light blue color. Not my favorite. We are doing our best to be true to the architectural history of the house with the renovations we have currently done on the interior so would like to do the same to the exterior. I guess I'll try to narrow the choice down to a few colors I like and start from there to see what looks nice with the beige (we in no way can change that since the sides and rear have siding that matches) and then to separate them based on values? - Full disclosure though visualizing color is not my strong suit! Thanks again - we need the painting done but keep putting it off since I can't figure out the colors!
July 29, 2014 at 7:52PM   
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Good ideas but was it really necessary to make the back and front profoundly different? It seems you could have found a way to do the same thing and make the house whole. Or was it just the architect's ego demanding that he create a hip "modern home?" for his portfolio.
July 29, 2014 at 1:06PM   
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The Bazeley Partnership
Hi there!

Thank you for your comments.

For clarity, we are the Architects on the project, not the owners.

To answer your queries on the design - the site very much informed the design approach for the house, as the front faces onto a public road and privacy was a key consideration for the owner. The rear opens out to sea views and open fields, hence the covered terrace and the rake at the rear of property, which also give the owner privacy from immediate neighbours either side.

The owner was very inspired by 1930s modernism and this property is a contemporary take on his aspirations, taking into consideration planning and context for home design and development in Cornwall, UK. We would say that each elevation of the property responds to the context and also meets the brief given by our client. There is a more detailed portfolio of this project on our Houzz page, please feel free to take a look.

The Bazeley Partnership
July 30, 2014 at 3:34AM     
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the room is set up to worship the TV. Stick it in the corner and arrange the furniture so you can have a conversation. Talk to your husband or friend for instance and start moving away from them as you talk. Then notice when your conversation begins to feel strained. Your chairs should not be further away than that distance. In this room maybe the grouping creates a new space. You might consider other furniture to sit in to watch TV. You need more furniture though because the room is too empty.
July 29, 2014 at 1:02PM   
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MJ Designs
I think it would be a good idea to part ways with two of the three brown pieces of furniture. Keep the sofa in the same position and place a sofa table behind it if there is room. Mount the tv on the wall where the art is now. Across from the sofa, you can put to matching chairs. (Small scale swivel chairs would work well) You'll need a coffee table and a small side table in between the two chairs. Of course, an area rug would be essential. :-)
Opposite the new tv location, you can put a long, skinny table for your keys. Hope this helps. -MJ
July 29, 2014 at 1:37PM   
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