"I had struggled for a while to figure out how to transition my Boston loft from it's 7 years of very vibrant Caribbean colors to a more neutral vibe without losing some of the color I love so much. Enter, Brad and Kendra Dufton! What a team. I was a bit timid at first about letting someone else into my world since I fancy myself as a student of color and design. I worried that their tastes would not blend with mine and I would end up with a big bill for nothing or a compromise that didn't work for me! That definitely did not happen!
First of all, Brad and Kendra are very, very easy to work with and they understand that their customers bring opinions to the table, too. And you quickly realize that Brad is a color wizard! He really has a sixth sense about what works and what doesn't work in a space. And since Brad paints all of the spaces that he and Kendra help create and decorate he has had a great deal of first-hand experience with many of the colors you may choose.
Brad's choices of colors for my space were spot on. I even love an accent wall that threw me at first but after months of living with it I get why Brad chose the color. And his paint job was very good! Good enough that I recently hired him again to paint my Dad's new home! (Dad is delighted with the results, also.)
Brad and Kendra also have been great at sourcing additional key pieces for me and referred me on to a furniture designer who has been great to work with as well. They really are a full-service company with a lot of talent. By the way, they are very reasonably priced and interacting with them is a pleasure. You won't be disappointed!"
Carole B.: Dudley Sq., Roxbury, Ma.
"I discovered colorTHEORY when I received my monthly subscription of Boston Home magazine. I viewed their website and loved their portfolio! I called and left a message, Kendra promptly returned my call and we scheduled a Color Consultation. When Brad and Kendra came to take a look at my home, I knew instantly we would work well together. I informed them the scope of the work which was to update my two childrens' rooms to reflect their personality, style and interest. I loved their ideas and before you knew it, I wanted to see what ideas they had for the rest of the home. When I received my Quote via email, I asked them if they could "cut me a deal" to redo the whole house instead, and they delivered a more than fair Total.
The work began 3 weeks after our initial consultation and it lasted about 2 1/2 weeks. I was amazed at the time line and was skeptical at first, but Brad assured me that it would all be complete on time, which in fact it did.
We are all very happy with the work that Brad and Kendra has done for us. My kids love their rooms and we are all very happy with the way the rest of the house turned out. Bravo work to Brad and Kendra. Even if you are just looking to add a fresh coat of paint or wallpaper a room or two, I would urge you to check colorTHEORY out. It is worth it."
Raeleen Y.: Bay Village, Boston, Ma
"Based on a family recommendation and their portfolio, my wife & I hired Brad and Kendra to design and repaint/wallpaper the foyer, kitchen, and nursery, and repaint the bedroom in our 800 sq. ft condo in Cleveland Circle.
They were extremely flexible in adjusting their project plan and estimate to fit within our overall budget, and kept focused on "bang-for-buck" when suggesting design & decor options.
Working with them could not have been more pleasant; both Brad and Kendra were personable, attentive, professional, and EXTREMELY generous with their time, effort, and resources. We are very pleased with the quality of the work as well. Loved their aesthetic going in, and they showed both inspired design and a good understanding of what our sensibilities were. The execution of the paint and wallpaper in every room was also spot on.
Great folks, great work, highly recommended."
Mike S.: Brookline, Ma.
"colorTHEORY deserves five stars for their spectacular talent and expertise which our family saw over the last few month as they worked with us on our home in the South End. It was a pleasure to work with them on a personal level, as they are lovely people, cheerful and professional at all times. Their expertise was amazing, basically turning our brownstone into a "real" home, both comfortable and stylish at the same time. While working, Brad and Kendra were very accomodating of our routine as a family with 2 children. Our routines and family culture were also noted even when designing the scheme of our home! We recommend them fully, and would work with them again on any future home! Thanks Brad and Kendra!" Skyler J.: Boston, Ma.
"We love working with Brad & colorTHEORY! We had Brad come by for a color consultation for our condo. From the moment he arrived at our South End home, we were ready to trust him implicitly. He was cheerful, helpful, and so professional. His expertise went beyond color - he helped us find lighting fixtures at price points way below what we would have found ourselves. I love it when you hire pros who end up saving you money! We have hired Brad to help with our office organization, multiple wallpaper installations, and painting of our entire home. Each time he and his team were on time, on schedule, on budget, and of course the work was professionally executed. We look forward to having Brad come back to beautify the rest of our home with his great eye for color and attention to detail!"
Li W.: South End, Boston, Ma. (photo credit Fat Orange Cat Studio)
"I have used colorTHEORY for both my home and my business and have never been disappointed. . colorTHEORY transformed my condo into a home and I would highly recommend them to anyone who is looking to paint and style their home. After using them for my home, I had them come to my business, Flock, in the South End to hang wallpaper. I wanted to have a part of my store feel warm and personal without distracting from the merchandise. We decided to wallpaper the bathroom and office area. The space was a bit awkward but Brad worked his magic and made it look better than I had hoped. Again, I would highly recommend colorTHEORY for both their amazing consultation and advice, as well as great workmanship."
Danielle K.: Boston, Ma.
"We initially hired colorTHEORY to do a color consultation for our new house. The home's previous owners had very different taste than we do, and we felt that it needed a fresh look. From the very moment that we first met with Brad and Kendra in our house, we knew that they were the right people for the job. They listened carefully to what we were hoping for, asked great questions, took a thorough survey of the house, and ultimately came up with a palette for the entire home. They even talked made some suggestions for a few spots where we could use wallpaper-- something that we had never considered. And their suggestions could not have been more perfect. The effect was classic but fresh, modern but warm, cozy but bright. We were thrilled. We asked them to give us a quote for doing the painting as well, and were thrilled again-- it was significantly lower than any of the other quotes that we received.
A few weeks later Brad and his team came to start the painting and to hang the paper. We were amazed by the job that they did. In just over a week, they repainted or repapered the entire home-- floor to ceiling. They even went out of their way to fix existing problems that they weren't contracted to do. They were meticulous, did beautiful work, arrived on time and left the property cleaner than when they arrived each day. They were even lovely to our small children, who were often wandering in and out of paint cans and ladders while they were trying to work. The process was quick and painless, and the results were absolutely breathtaking. Suddenly, our house was feeling like home.
We moved in to the home a few weeks later, let the dust settle (literally and figuratively), and then started to imagine other ways that we could use Brad and Kendra's talents. Within a few months, we hired them to help us with interior design for a few of the spaces in the home that needed some reimagining. Again, their quote was low. REALLY low. So low that we added a few more spaces. Before we knew it, we had hired them to design almost every room in the home-- for less than we had anticipated paying for the original spaces. And, again, their product was incredible. They immediately understood what we were hoping to achieve for each space. They took all of our requests into consideration-- using child-friendly designs, repurposing furniture that we already had. They came by a few weeks later with three possible storyboards for each space. And our biggest concern, honestly, was how to choose. Each was more exciting than the last. We set the wheels in motion, and could not have been more happy with the outcome,
It is now almost a year later, and I can honestly say that we could not be more thrilled with the work that colorTHEORY has done in our home. Over the course of a few months, Brad and Kendra designed beautiful rooms, accompanied us on shopping trips, placed orders, made literally hundreds of perfect suggestions (it was not uncommon to receive a text or an email on a Sunday afternoon with a photo of a recent find), thought and rethought specifics as our requests shifted a bit, oversaw the delivery and installation of the rooms, and basically transformed our home from top to bottom. Even now, they'll notice things that they think might be a great addition, and bring them to our attention. We could not be more excited about the results. We get compliments every day on the design of our home. And, more importantly, we love living there. The home is distinctly "us", just far more perfectly laid out than we could have ever done on our own. There is not a single piece of the home that we don't love, or that we feel isn't right. Brad and Kendra made sure of that.
I'd also like to mention that, over the course of this experience, it has been an absolute pleasure getting to know Brad and Kendra. They are truly lovely people, kind, generous, warm, and unendingly creative. We are only disappointed that we've run out of spaces in our home for them to help us transform.
We absolutely, wholeheartedly recommend hiring colorTHEORY, whether for color consultation, interior painting/wallpaper hanging, or interior design. We feel very lucky to have happened upon them when we first bought our home, and could not be more happy with the results. We love our home, and love working with Brad and Kendra. We are certain that, if you hire them, you will feel the same." Evelyn M.:Wellesley, Ma.
"We hired colorTHEORY to bring out the best in our condo. We'd been here a while but were still looking at white walls. Brad put together a plan that transformed our space and brought out its full potential. He made great choices with paint and wallpapers, but he also came up with inspired solutions to some spaces that just weren't working. colorTHEORY transformed our entryway, by painting a racing stripe mural, that invited you right up the stairs and into the rest of the house. As the cherry on top, they moved a small red bench from our bedroom (where it never worked) to the entry way where it was meant to be. You stand in that entryway and it just feels balanced and right. Definitely the feeling of good design.
They also helped us pull together our living room area where no one seemed to gather. We have an open floor plan and everyone stays anchored around the counter in the kitchen. Brad reconceived the living room so that it's both functional and inviting. Brad just has a sense of how to make things work. It was a total treat to come home each day and see our place coming to life. Brad also had a lot of ideas to incorporate your existing pieces into the new scheme. Brad has a knack for finding the right place in your house for things that you already have. Once you see Brad move something from spot A to spot B you're amazed at how well it works in its' new spot. It's this kind of talent, flare, and imagination that shows you how much more enjoyable your home can be. We enjoy our home every day thanks to colorTHEORY's help."
Scott R.: Somerville, Ma.
"I hired Brad and Kendra to give my home in Newtonville a face lift. I told Kendra over the telephone that that we did not plan on staying in our home for more than five years so we wanted to make changes but not big costly ones. She got it.
They arrived at our home and I could tell by the way that Brad was looking around that he immediately knew exactly what to do. We went through what we had in the house and made some decisions on what would remain and what would be eliminated.
Within a day Kendra sent me an email with pricing and examples of boards they had created for other clients.
Two weeks after our initial meeting, they came back to the house and presented three layouts with samples for rugs, fabrics, paint, etc. We spent a few hours and moved around some furniture until we came up with a plan. At first I was a little hesitant to go with some of their recommendations, (they were bolder then I would have chosen), but Brad said 'trust me this is going to look great". The makeover started with Brad and his patch & paint team doing an amazing job on the surfaces and the choice of colors was spot on. After a whirlwind shopping trip with Kendra and Brad, reupholstery and savvy art placement, voila our house was reborn. Brad was so right! We love everything!!
Besides a great job at a super value, the team of Brad and Kendra are an absolute pleasure to work with. They have impeccable taste and are so creative in their ability to mix pieces from various centuries with exquisite fabrics and tie it all together with the perfect accents. We can't wait to work with them again." Gina C.: Newtonville, Ma.
"Brad and Kendra were fun, professional, and easy to work with. Brad immediately knew what paint colors would make my very small condo seem light and open, I couldn't be more thrilled with his choices, it's exactly what I was wishing for. Kendra's choices in fabrics, bedding, furniture, and layout were just perfect, very thoughtful choices. colorTHEORY was such a pleasure to work with, I would definitely recommend them!" Nicole R.: Boston, Ma.
"Having been denied by a few painting
companies because of the 16 foot walls in our loft, my husband and I were skeptical we'd find a paint and design team willing and able to paint and wall paper our space. Luckily we were referred to colorTHEORY by a free lance painter friend , (who was also unable to work with our space), who knew their reputation and abilities. Brad, at colorTHEORY, not only accepted the challenge of our space, but he surpassed our expectations. We had an idea of what we wanted for the space, but not the refined eye to put it all together. Upon a color consultation, Brad selected the paint colors and the wall paper based upon our style, our furnishings, and personal lifestyle. And his selections were spot on.
All in all, he painted our loft with 16 foot walls, including a 16 foot stair case, 2 bathrooms, and a kitchen ceiling with exposed beams, wall papered a 16 foot wall, and painted railings within the loft. We also had art pieces we were unsure of what to do with. He knew exactly where, and how, to hang them within our space to get the maximum wow factor.
colorTHEORY will absolutely get a call from us in the future with home design projects. I thank them for seeing our vision, and for making it happen."
Kerry G.: Brewery Lofts, Roxbury, Ma.
"We have happily hired colorTHEORY twice in the past year. The first time was to hang our Osborne & Little wallpaper in the master bedroom. They worked quickly, cleanly, and efficiently. The finished result looks fantastic. After that project, we turned over our entire place to Brad for a complete paint make-over. Brad designed a complicated interlocking stripe pattern for the entrance way using three colors of paint that he then incorporated throughout the apartment. We live in a loft building, and Brad used paint in surprising ways to accentuate the unique structural characteristics of our place. He fearlessly painted columns and ceiling treatments, and with great joy, we watched our place spring to life.We have hand painted birch trees along the walls of a newborn nursery. The trees are stunning and have an urban-camouflage feel. Brad also interspersed hand-painted orange birds on the branches, symbolizing the 5 family memebers. You have to see it to believe it!
All told, colorTHEORY repainted our entire loft space in just under 2 weeks. They moved and replaced furniture and wall hangings as needed and kept the place extremely tidy after each day of work. The project even finished ahead of schedule, and along the way several neighbors stopped us to comment how courteous and professional the colorTHEORY team was to everyone they came into contact with in the building.
Beyond their obvious artistic talents, Brad is genuinely a nice person and knows how to listen/interact with clients. I can not recommend colorTHEORY highly enough!” Dayna G.: South End, Boston, Ma.
"I'm currently midway through a job with colorTHEORY (redoing our living room and kitchen.) So far, very happy! From the first meeting I felt a really easy connection with them. They're very professional, but also easy to have in your home. And face it, when you have people painting, and wallpapering and spending time in your home, it's an extra bonus if they get along with the kids and the dog and are pleasant to be around. Both partners bring their own areas of expertise to the design process and they compliment each other's strengths. After our first meeting, they came up with a plan to work from. As we've gone along, they really listen if I need to bounce ideas or modify the original plan. They are not interested in up-selling you out of your budget, but will help you come up with a beautiful design that fits your budget. As I said, we're midway through the job, and I have nothing but praise." Martha L.: Marshfield, Ma.
"What an absolute pleasure working with these guys! I'm currently in the middle of a multi-phase project that includes paint and wallpaper. The process has been a fun and fluid creative exchange at every step. Brad and Ben delivered everything they promised. I'm looking forward to our ongoing collaboration these next few months. I cannot recommend them highly enough." Jill C.: Boston, Ma.
“We hired colorTHEORY for interior design, painting & wallpaper work. Brad met with us for a consultation and walk through and then a second time to pick out colors and wallpaper. Brad has a sixth sense for creative design. All of his color suggestions, themes and design ideas blew us away. The workmanship was of the highest quality and they cleaned up each day." Scott F.: South Boston, Ma.
“Brad Dufton of colorTHEORY is fantastic. He is full of creativity and ideas for my new home and has made the entire process simple and fun. Brad chose colors that match my personal style as well as encouraged me to stretch my imagination. The walls, trim, doors, etc. all look incredible! However, their skills go far beyond just painting and I've gotten so much professional input and ideas for furniture and other items that help give a home its personality. colorTHEORY has been a pleasure to work with, friendly and kind always! All this at a very reasonable price and I would not hesitate to use them again. I highly recommend colorTHEORY."
Marc H.: Brookline, Ma.
“We hired colorTHEORY, to advise us on colors for our 100 year old Victorian house and then to paint the interior. Brad spent time getting to know both us and the history of the house. His recommendations managed to be both bold and classic at the same time - and every visitor to the house mentions the excellent color scheme. What is not as easy to see is the attention to detail that went into their painting. colorTHEORY spent nearly twice the time that they estimated bringing our old house into the modern era. They sanded, scrubbed, detailed, patched, and otherwise did all the little things that make the difference between "a coat of paint" and "a whole new look." I would wholeheartedly recommend colorTHEORY to anyone looking to do the job right, and with style.”
Chris D.: Historic Lower Mills, Dorchester
"We hired colorTHEORY to wallpaper three rooms in our Jamaica Plain condo. Though we spoke with several companies, Brad and Kendra were the only ones who actually spent time getting to know us and our style. Brad was just about the nicest and most professional designer I could ever imagine. he did a spectacular job, left our home pristine and even got close with our dogs, who he spent many days with. Brad kept in touch with us throughout the process and continued to give us advice and tips as we work to finish the other rooms in our home. Every single day that we walk into our house it feels like a unique and beautiful space, and that has a lot to do with the quality of the work that Brad and Kendra provide. We plan on going with colorTHEORY whenever we have other projects. They are awesome." Sarah B.: Jamaica Plain, Ma.