PROBLEM: Mint green on Jack and Marion Newlevant's
1909 house felt like a shoe on the wrong foot. Designed for ranch-style
houses and modular buildings of a later era, the color didn't
bring out the architectural details of their Southeast Portland
home. The couple struggled
to find suitable colors. "We just didn't know where to start,"
Jack Newlevant says.
SOLUTION: Hire a color consultant. Mary McMurray of
Art First Colors for Architecture helped the Newlevants define
a palette of historically accurate colors for their home. Like
any good color consultant, she is trained to see and judge the
subtle differences in colors and know how they will react in
different light and with other colors.
HOW SHE DID IT: McMurray took the pressure off by breaking
down color choices. She prefers that houses have at least three
colors: one for the body, another for trim and a third for architectural
accents. Medium to dark shades on the body of a house make it more
noticeable, she says. Complementary trim and accent colors can
define architectural features and make them pop out, or in the
case of undesirable elements, recede