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Colors to make architecture sing


I find the right colors that help you achieve your goals: make your store or kitchen feel more energized or peaceful; create a beautiful new color palette to suit your taste; or discover your original paint colors. My dedication is to bring out the innate beauty in your building whether commercial or residential. I interpret your vision in unexpected, knowledgeable and happy ways. And I save you time and money by getting the colors right the first time.

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She listened attentively and asked what I used my rooms for, when I used them, and how I wanted them to feel. I have never felt more at home in my home. She brought warmth and grace to a home I dearly love - Tricia K.

This is my fifth salon and by far the salon we get the most comments on. Clients love the ambiance and continually comment on how relaxing the salon is. They love how you have coordinated the color ... each room, being slightly different, produces a mood of its own. Great job, Mary. Many thanks - Ted I.


In my commercial project she factored the function of each room into her recommendations.  Want retail merchandise to pop?  Want people feeling appetite in your cafe?  Want to "promote lively conversation," Her selections are sophisticated, surprising, inventive, and creatively placed and seem like a bargain when you see what she adds to the value and enjoyment of your property" - Barbara L.
Phone ART FIRST COLORS at 503 287 4354 or Email
◊  For your exterior projects Mary McMurray, the Architectural Color Consultant, will specify colors for paint, roofing materials, paving, stone and brick and advise on the improvement of architectural features.
◊  For your interiors the color expert provides overall design services:
  *  paint color advice, wood stains, flooring, tile, carpet, countertops and other surfaces
  *  help with the selection of lighting fixtures, fabrics, window coverings and artwork and advise on their best placement
  *  give remodeling and home furnishing advice
  *  create a paint color design
  *  consult on the arrangement of your furnishings to re-create your space with what you have
  *  recommend how to improve it with smart economical additions