Color Theory provides professional painting and design services in the Bloomington, IN metro area.

Our talented and trustworthy painters and designers will transform your space into a home that is uniquely you.



Finding a new color to showcase the interior of your home is pain free with Color Theory.  We're careful and meticulous. Our professional color designers are great at picking tasteful colors that bring out your personality.

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We have extensive experience painting exterior residences and know the proper steps to take to ensure your home is protected from the elements. We also know how to give your home that great curb appeal that'll give admires your attention.


interior design

Our goal with our new Interior Design division is to make Interior Design accessible and affordable to the average homeowner looking to make their home their own.  Collaborate together with our talented design staff to come up with  a concept that suits you.

Residential Painting Services

We really love painting.  Something about it is so unnerving and peaceful.  What we find, is that in the quiet moments, once all of the furniture is cleared out, the picture frames are taken down and the nail holes filled in, a calming feeling comes over the body. We are able to step back and out of the world, throw our cares to the side and let our mind be distilled by the simplicity of what we do.  A freshly prepped room waiting for paint is like a new blank canvas which to an artist is the beginning of inspiration.

We're all about fresh, crisp, clean lines and rich color.  You'll be amazed by the care we put into every room. Meticulous and careful is how I'd describe our work ethic.  We understand the fundamental desire for every American to have a home that is more than just a place to live but a sanctuary, safe and calm. We believe painting has the cure to help you unwind and decompress for the day. That's why we take so much pride in what we do.  That's what makes us Color Theory.

Color Consultation

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At Color Theory, we have a wonderful time working with clients and homeowners to find the perfect color scheme that fits who they are. Everyone that works at Color Theory loves and takes pride in painting interesting and current colors. It's because of these colors that we take great care in our work and look at it as more than just a general trade. We're artists. For what is art beyond evoking feeling and expression through an aesthetic means? We believe painting and color selection does that. And we're good at it. 

Our color consultation is fun and pain free. We know what it's like to stand in front of the wall of endless color at the paint store and feel overwhelmed by all of the choices.  It's paralyzing!  That's why working with our professional color designer Torlando Hakes is so helpful.  With a background in fine arts and a heart of a teacher he will sit down with you and together come up with a color scheme that suits your home.  His passion for color is contagious! 

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Additional Consultation Services Include:

  • Decorating and Design
  • Murals
  • Lighting
  • Window Treatments and textiles
  • Wall Fixtures
  • Artwork collection and hanging
  • Home Theater Installation 


Color Theory has a great working relationship with Angie's List and other review sites.  We are honored to be among the top 5% of companies receiving the 2013 Super Service Award.  We are now a two time recipient of such an award because of our dedication to customer service and quality painting. Some of our best customers have come to us through Angie's List leaving great reviews of our company.  Read some of our reviews and leave one of your own by following the image link or writing a review below.

"Torlando was a consummate professional from the color consulting all the way through the job.  He spent about 5-6 days completing the work and was very clean and efficient.  The colors worked wonderfully and that was an essential part of his service. We are convinced that if he had not helped us with the selection we would not have been as thrilled with the final product.  He dealt well with unplanned changes and did exactly what he said he would do for a reasonable price.  Outstanding."

- Lance Lambert

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What others are saying about us!


Torlando and his crew are truly amazing! They are talented, professional, kind and hard working. They started the work prior to us moving in and managed to work without our water even turned on for several days while we tried to fix the issue. They never complained once... Just kept plowing through. I picked the colors remotely and Torlando was kind enough to test them out in the house prior to ordering them. He realized some of the colors needed to be a bit warmer for the new flooring, and adjusted them accordingly... And gorgeously! He was dead on, and I'm so grateful for his expertise! After our flooring was put in the installers forgot to caulk the floorboards, and Torlando handled all of that for us. Torlando came up with fantastic and fun ideas for both of our children's bedrooms. We are thrilled! I can not say enough positive things about my experience. I was actually sad when the project was finished... I'm going to miss the crew:). This house is fabulous... All thanks to Torlando's team!

-Megan Morseth

Torlando and his team did an excellent job.  The color consultations with Torlando were extremely helpful in choosing the colors for the various rooms, and well worth the negligible additional cost.  We had already had some particular ideas of what we wanted, and Torlando was able both to find the perfect choices for what we were looking for, as well as make additional suggestions we had not originally considered.  All of the colors ended up as great as we could have hoped.  The team worked quickly and efficiently, completing the entire house in about a week and a half, and did a very thorough and professional job.  It's very evident right away that this was a house that was painted by people who really knew what they were doing.  I had expected it to be a relatively disruptive process, given that the entire house was being done, but it turned out to be far more painless than I had through it would be.  Definitely would recommend them, and in fact, there are a few further small painting jobs we are planning to have done later on for which we would definitely use them again.

-Karen McEwen-Lawrie

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"Everything went great. Torlando listened well to what we wanted and what we liked and did not like. He even came up with a great idea for painting some accent walls to break up our two-story entryway and living room that has a vaulted ceiling so that the spaces didn't seem so big. They now feel more separate and less overwhelming, which we love. We have already met and picked out all of the colors for the bedrooms and bathrooms upstairs."

- Amanda Schroeder

"We were so pleased with the quality of Torlando's quick work in painting our home's hallways and stairwells. Such crisp edges! It looks perfect. We felt Torlando's bid was very competitive and well worth the price.  He's also a super friendly guy and we felt very comfortable having him in our home whether we were there or not. Will absolutely hire him again!"

- Jessica Quirk

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"I recently hired Torlando to paint the master bedroom of our new home. The overall experience was excellent. I will certainly be hiring Torlando for all of our future painting projects!
To initiate the project I left Torlando a voicemail and he called back within 30-60 minutes. We set up a time for an estimate and he actually came over that evening. Torlando also offers color consultation. We didn't utilize this service since we had a clear vision on what we wanted to do with the room. However, I think Torlando knows his stuff and I recommend that if you don't know what you want to do just yet - ask him! 
On the day of the project Torlando was on time and got started right away. He even found some paint that had not adhered to the wall properly so he removed this, patched and sanded the wall. The actual paint job was very well done. He was careful around the carpet and furniture. 
The price was very reasonable. I have worked with other painters that charged more for lesser quality.
I will certainly hire Torlando again!"

-  Joseph Kerschbaum 

 "Was punctual when coming to provide the estimate.  Arrived at the scheduled time to perform the job.  Was fast and stayed until the job was completed. We were very pleased."

- Susan Dixon


"It turned out excellent! They did a great job."

- MaryJane Miller

"Great! As a Realtor, time is important to me and Torlando was fast, prompt, trustworthy and neat. Kept in touch and was within budget!"

- Ginny Dunn

"He did a fantastic job! Torlando did the work by himself, and completed it in about a day. He was quick, clean, and he definitely came here to work. We could not have been happier. He was reasonably priced, and we've recommended him to a lot of people."

- Ken Bikoff


"Mr. Hakes, like all good professional craftsmen, has great attention to detail. He carefully prepares the area to be painted: patching, plastering, sanding, or whatever is necessary to provide a smooth, clean surface for the paint.  He chooses paint that fits the requirements of the area to be painted, be it for reflectability, luster, color absorbtion and retention, fast drying, and low paint odor.  His labor costs are very reasonable, and he is very precise in applying the paint. He carefully cleans up the work area after completing his work, and manages his time very well. One could not ask or hope for a better result.

The overall assessment of Mr. Hakes' work was most satisfactory.  The ceiling and walls of the dining room, where the work was performed was ready for use by the next mealtime with only a minimum of paint odor.  With his help, the furniture and carpeting was returned to its original placement and his careful selection of paints to be used for ceiling and walls completely transformed the look of the room."

- Glen Read

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"Torlando prepped walls and then painted our dining room.  There was a great deal of detail work around windows and built in shelves.  He was very precise and it looks great.

Since August, Torlando has painted three bedrooms and a hallway.  All were done with the skill and care that he displayed in August with our dining room. 

Overall, Torlando did a great job.  He has a good eye for color and knows how to prepare walls for painting.  He has a steady hand.  He keeps a tidy work space and there was very little to clean up after he was done.  We have asked for some estimates on some other painting in our home and will definitely use him again.

We have had him back three more times to paint bedrooms and hallways.  He has consistently done a great job.  We will continue to have him paint rooms in our home.  Torlando is reliable, affordable and really talented."

- Chris Ritrievi

"Torlando painted both the interior and exterior, including a lot of trim detail. We had the work done in stages over a six-month period, so I don't remember the exact price. In addition to being tidy and skillful, one of his strong points is an excellent eye for color. He did an excellent job helping us choose the right colors. We'll use him for our new house too."

- Elizabeth Merceron