Re: Advice Needed: Repainting the community after 12 years in residence
From: Muriel Kranowski (
Date: Thu, 15 Apr 2010 14:00:51 -0700 (PDT)
Sharon has ably pointed out all the aggravation involved in selecting exterior colors. I couldn't believe how long and contentious our discussions on this issue were. There is no financial difference amongst different color schemes to push the decision in any direction - it is completely subjective, highly personal, even emotional. Color certainly creates a mood or an atmosphere, and you'll be looking at these house colors every day.

A consultant could be very helpful, if people can let go of any color scheme that they might have already thought about and decided they LOVED before group discussion began.


At 03:57 PM 4/15/2010, you wrote:
Another process that I didn't hear about until our process was
approved, was to hire a color consultant who proposed three sets of
colors for the community to choose amongst, with prior consensus that
these were the only three sets of options. Choose one.

I think that would have been _much_ less work and perhaps have
resulted in a more cohesive palette. We would have been relying on the
designer having seen the colors on other buildings and known they

Sharon Villines
Takoma Village Cohousing, Washington DC

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