To help her out, we enlisted James Martin of The Color People, in Denver, to develop a few color combinations that would play up the home's assets.

A "painted-lady" look wouldn't be historically accurate for this house, which has fairly simple details, says James Martin. Instead, he developed three sophisticated palettes that quietly highlight the facade elements and nestle the home into its surroundings. Subdued blues reference the sky and lake, while a suite of green tones anchor the house to the landscape; the third scheme of earth-inspired colors is a bit more eclectic.

Though they haven’t picked a favorite palette yet, Sara and Jon are drawn to the blue one. "It's amazing how color alone can change a house's whole look," Sara says.

Shown: A paint job that uses shades of the same color plays up the facade's textures without seeming too loud.
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