Why I Love To Paint

Falling in love with your vocation is a rarity in any age; even finding a job you sort of like is hard to do. But I found painting when I was 18 years old and thought to myself, "this is something I really really like". 

Rollers with Secondary Colors

My uncle laughs at me sometimes for starting a painting business because it was his old garage where I got my first taste of it. It took me all summer to complete a job that really should have only taken a few days. I dragged my feet like any teenager would, I suppose, and as the summer continued on and I hadn't finished I even took a page out of Tom Sawyer's book and convinced my buddies how fun it was to paint to get them to come out and help. I would have never thought that that would be the beginning.

After graduating from high school I really needed a job to help pay for a two year mission I'd been planning on and a friend of mine offered me a job at his dad's company. I was trained by an excellent painter that works here in Bloomington who taught me how to get the work done quickly and do a professional job.

When I started my art degree at IU, I started picking up side jobs during the summers and in between classes. The second art class I took covered the topic of color theory. While other students suffered through the tedious task of cutting the small pieces of colored paper and gluing them to card stock, I was loving the interaction of colors. 

One day an early customer of mine, knowing I was in art school, asked me to help them choose a color. They were so in love with the color they vowed to never pick a color again without me. Countless expressions of gratitude and appreciation over the years have cemented the feeling of importance our work holds in my mind. In trying to synthesize what it is that we do to one simple sentence and idea; we help people love their home. 

"We help people love their home."

So much of the process of painting is enjoyable, especially for an artist. Having a brush in your hand, applying paint and seeing the results of what you do is the perfect job for folks like me. At some point it clicked that other artists like myself, recently graduated from college and working jobs that have little to do with art, would love to paint houses and could treat it like an art like I do.  

My suspicion was correct. I've actively sought out artists and creative people to work for us and they are outstanding members of our team. They bring life to the job and pure craftsmanship. I'm so confident in our team's ability to paint and care about the work they do that we've created a culture of autonomy and accountability. Every painter knows it is their responsibility to care about the work they do. And they love it! They want that responsibility.  

In addition to great color we also have built a culture of great customer service. Our mission is to help people love their home. But in getting there a lot of paint companies fail to help the client love their home while the actual painting is happening. Our goal is to make the whole experience exciting and convenient. This means a clean work space and, orderly and efficient painting. 

If you think you or someone you know would make a good member of our team we would love to meet them. We are looking for like-minded individuals preparing for our spring and summer painting season. Visit Our Careers page for more info. 


A Guide to Living Room Furniture & Decor

A Guide to Living Room Furniture & Decor

The living room is the place where you live. You spend a majority of your waking hours here (or at least it's a close race between here and the kitchen). You want this space to look great but you also want it to bring your family together and feel like you can relax. In this guide, we are going to address how to find the right balance through furniture placement and decor choices so that you can live the life you want to be living in your living room. 

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3 Essentials to a Beautiful and One of a Kind Tree

Christmas is such a wonderful time of year. If you haven’t bogged yourself down with all of the shopping and commercialism, that is. I can admit I sometimes act a little like Charlie Brown around the holidays and it takes a little bit to get into the holiday cheer. Decorating the tree really gets me in the spirit though!

Christmas Tree Decorating Tips

Step 1: Hang the Lights


Before you do anything hang your lights. You always want more lights than you think you’ll need. Buy three or four boxes to really flood the tree with light. Choose a color that suits your home. From vintage large bulb multi-colored to small white lights, its all about preference with this one. I’m a big fan of classic white lights. They provide such a warm and cozy glow at night time. Try layering the lights from the inside to the outside of the branches to really give the lighting body.

Step 2: Add Garland

When choosing a garland you want to find something that will do a good job of tying all of the ornamentation together. Use a strand of balls that mimic your other balls, or choose a ribbon of color that is thematic of the rest of your ornaments. Beyond the color being complementary to the rest of the scheme there are no really hard or fast rules about garland. You may consider wrapping it only around the front of the tree if your strands are shorter.

Step 3: Hang Ornaments

The last step is to hang ornaments. There are two kinds of ornaments I like to use. The first are personal and historic. 

These are the one’s hand made by the kids, inherited from your grandparents and are unique. Keep only the one’s that are truly precious and don’t overload it with everything that’s ever been made. We still want it to look pretty, not hodgepodge. But by sprinkling in a little bit of your family personality and history your tree wont be too sterile or impersonal either. 

The second type of ornaments are the filler pieces that make your tree look cohesive and like it was intentionally designed. My rule of thumb is to always try and fit more on than you think you can without overlapping or cramming ornaments onto the same branch. Have a good mixture of small and medium balls. Have a couple of smaller sets of unique ornaments, 4 to 16 piece sets and hang them all evenly spaced according to the amount of pieces in the set. Choose three different colors for these sets. 

After everything is all hung, make some cocoa and some popcorn and start the Christmas movie extravaganza!

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Color Theory now on Thumbtack!

At Color Theory, we pride ourselves on being as available as possible and one of the easiest to find paint companies on the web and in Bloomington, IN.  Beyond looking for more and more clients to take on, we believe that finding the right painter for your interior or exterior repainting project is quite difficult.  Not every company takes as much pride and care in their work as you the homeowner would want them to. Color Theory, however, is a painting company that does care.

We put a lot of effort into our prep-work, which means in the long run, better paint adhesion and supreme durability.  We use the finest Benjamin Moore paints to ensure excellent color and break through longevity. In short, we are very proud of the work we do.  And because we love it so much, we want to share it with as many people as possible.

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