Owner’s comments:

Our Queen Anne Victorian house turned 100 this past year and to celebrate we decided to get rid of the awful teal color the previous owners had painted it. We wanted to showcase all the wood detail and stay with historically accurate colors.  With Rob’s guidance, we narrowed our base color choices down to three and then solicited our friends and neighbors to decide the final winner.  The entire process was a lot of fun and the end result was spectacular.

Owners: David Williams & Ron — Seattle, Washington

1907 Seattle Home

Moving from bland to stunning can take a leap of faith. We want “Something Stunning – WOW !!” said the owners. Often having a consultant help you through this type of dramatic color shift is the easiest way to achieve that goal and remove the doubt about what direction you are choosing.  This home appeared in the pages of Cottages & Bungalows magazine.

Cottages & Bungalows Magazine, January 2009Featured in Cottages & Bungalows Magazine, January 2009

Goal & Solution


Cottage in Seattle had been painted in two shades of light blue green with all white trim.  The owners were specifically interested in moving to a bolder color scheme that highlighted the buildings fine architectural details.


A bold terra cotta was employed on the foundation and the second story.  Using a darker color at the lowest level ties the building to the landscape.  Using that same or a similar color on the second story clearly divided the house between floors.  Next a medium tan was chosen for the gables and the first floor.