Testimonials

Several of my clients have hired Chris Harper and everybody loved not only her color selections, but also appreciated how she showed them the process she used to make those decisions. This gives them some structure and freedom to make changes at the same time. Chris loves her work and I know she does a lot more than just color consulting for architecture and design. She does wardrobe and more. Plus, she is fun to talk to about pretty much anything.

Paul P
Acme Builders, Residential Contractor

Chris Harper of Lifestyle Color Consulting & Decorating is very talented and knows about color. I hired her to match the color that I saw on a building. She immediately drove by the address that I gave her to look at it. She presented several choices with her color chart, then followed through with the paint code number and the product supply company. As this color would be used for my master bedroom, Chris Harper suggested color combinations for linens and curtains that would be perfect complements for this project. WOW!

Pat O.

There comes a time to call an expert to avoid making costly mistakes in a home improvement project. Even though I have a fine arts background, choosing paint colors for my home’s exterior was beyond my abilities and scary to contemplate because the wrong color would be costly to fix. Christine Harper, color consultant, was the answer to my dilemma. She is experienced, knowledgeable and easy to work with. She was patient as I made choices, and she quickly designed a plan for my home exterior that is exciting to anticipate and will work beautifully with our new landscaping.

Pam C.
Professional Organizer

We hired Chris to design our color scheme, and she advised us on wall art for our office. When my wife starts talking about painting our home interior, my initial thought is that we’re not painting anything until we’ve talked to Chris first.

Frank P.
Financial Planner

You will love working with Chris Harper @ Lifestyle Color Consulting & Decorating. Pragmatic, straightforward, with lots of great ideas for turning your home or office into a more cohesive environment. Chris helped us downsize, and she’s really great at identifying a schematic. She’s decisive about what to keep and what to lose–with her help, it became easy to let go of stuff that no longer held meaning, keeping those things that contributed to our new home. She listens, responds and produces.

Janet P.

I am a painting contractor based in Oakland, and Christine Harper has done many consultations for my clients and, as someone who relies on her work, I have been very happy with her process and results. She is proactive, always touching base with the customer in a timely and courteous manner. She is direct in her communications with people, yet very sensitive to their needs. She navigates color selection and placement with ease. I am very happy with her work and will continue to refer her to my clients, friends and family.

Colin B
Platypus Painting

Chris, thank you so much for your color contributions to our latest project; the colors you selected are perfect. You’ve got a great eye!

Lisa C
Bath and Kitchen Designer

Christine Harper is a true professional and a pleasure with whom to work. I have worked with her on two different occasions and both times I was thrilled with the outcome. Christine is quick but thorough. On this last job we focused on my family room–a complete overhaul. In our first meeting we selected a sofa, rug, paint color and discussed window treatments. I have a budget and Christine knew where to guide me to get the most value. We had so much fun brainstorming about the atmosphere I want to create in the space. Christine offered many ideas that aligned with my vision. If you want to work with a gifted professional, look no further. She also offers her Design In a Day service, where she helps you create the space that you have been longing for!

Katie M.

Chris knows her colors!! I sought her expertise when I bought some plain dining room chairs that I wanted to paint. After looking at my apartment she advised me to paint them turquoise to give the kitchen, dining and living room area a much-needed pop. The bright color gives a new life to the space. Chris is professional, and extremely reliable. If you need color advice for your home or business, Chris is the person to call!

Jeanne F
Healthcare Professional

I have worked with Chris Harper for 2 years now and found her to be a woman with the upmost integrity. While decorating my daughter’s bedroom, Chris made a number of useful suggestions that I have implemented: different color palettes to use on the walls and color-coordinated accessories. The suggestions were fabulous! It was a pleasure working with Chris, as she listened to my needs and requirements and executed them with ease.

Liz
Long-Distance Client in London, UK

Chris is fabulous! I have been struggling with what colors to paint the rooms in my house and had made no traction, despite putting up a number of swatches. Chris came over and within a couple of hours we had picked colors for all rooms! She thinks of colors in ways I cannot imagine. I highly recommend her – I am going to use her for spatial arrangement and furniture/decoration advice as well!

Allison L.

Chris has an amazing intuitive ability to understand exactly what my clients need and to create a custom color package for them. I have worked with her on many occasions for help with color selection and I appreciate the time that she takes to develop relationships with clients.

Soumil A
Painter

I can’t begin to understand how Chris Harper works her magic with color selection. Whatever the project, she’ll just pull the most perfect colors seemingly right out of the air! All I know is that the world would be a much prettier place if more people knew about her talent and used her service.

Mort K
Web Developer

I have worked with Chris on multiple occasions and am always impressed by how efficiently and professionally she works. I was in a panic about the state of my office space, and she worked with me over the phone on her day off. We made a few purchases, which all worked beautifully with each other. She is exceedingly smart, concise (my favorite quality in a professional), hardworking and conscientious. She came up with a color scheme for a whole house in three hours! I never knew someone could have color matching down to a science until I met Christine. Her knowledge, experience, intuition and ability to work with her clients’ concerns/preferences are second to none. She is my go-to person whenever I need to consult on interior design/color matching issues. I highly recommend her services to anyone needing/wanting assistance in choosing the right colors to go with anything!

John H
Healthcare Professional

I wanted my comprehensive office remodel to reflect a professionalism and elegance that would attract more clients. Chris was sensitive to my needs and wishes and made splendid recommendations for colors and materials. Her ideas perfectly spoke to what I wanted. I highly recommend her color expertise for living and working environments.

Dr. Aaron T
Optometrist

Chris has an amazing eye for color! Working together by phone on a design project, without seeing the colors in person, she was able to articulate the perfect color combination to me. I tried it and it looked fabulous!

Libby V
Graphic Designer

Wow! Chris can figure out in 30 seconds what it takes my color art guys 5 days to do!

K
Home Contractor

I know that staging a home properly will make it show much better than if it is either empty or too full. As this will be my first listing, I wanted to be sure that I did everything right for my Sellers. So I asked Christine to help me.

She LISTENS first! And then asks questions BEFORE jumping in with her suggestions.

END RESULT: She gave me much more than I expected. She not only told me what to take out, what to leave in and where to place furniture, art and knick knacks, but she also made some very concrete suggestions on additional items that could be done for little to no cost.

And one final note, she always keeps the cost in mind and does her best to maximize her client’s investment. I will definitely work with Christine again on future listings as well as my own personal residence. Her sense of color and artistic arrangement are spot on.

Sonia M.
Scottsdale, AZ

Most people think that it costs a lot of money to hire a designer but it simply isn’t true. You can hire Christine for a 1.5 hour consult or more depending upon your needs. Her contractor and materials sources will save you time, money and heartache. Her expertise in all things design will cut your research and decision making time in half. The designer discounts you will receive are also an added bonus. We are type “A” do it yourselfers but are absolutely certain that we would not have achieved the same results without Christine’s guidance. Her help has paid off in more ways than one. We received $85,000 above our asking price on our most recent home sale.

With Christine’s help we are now doing it right the first time without any costly mistakes or delays due to indecision. Her support throughout the stress of the remodeling process has been invaluable to us. She has our deepest respect and gratitude. Thank you Christine for being in our corner.

Lei R.

I hired Chris to give me advice on updating the interior of an existing business. Chris came totally prepared with great color choices for the walls, which I loved.

Chris’s other decorating ideas personalized and updated the environment without too much expense or labor. For example, she presented a great idea on how to update an old reception area desk I have. Her idea of simply attaching wainscoting, completely transformed the desk. So, all I can say is give Chris a try, She will give excellent advice, listen to your needs, and help keep you within your budget.

Denise G.
Oakland, CA

If you want the interior or exterior of your home to look fabulous, do your family and yourself a favor and hire Chris Harper. And please do it before you buy 14 pints of paint samples that you are not satisfied with at all and you are on your way to the paint store to buy some more like I was. Seriously.

Chris was able to come meet my wife and son and I at my house that same day, and in just one hour she had all of us very pleased with the colors she helped us choose. For the entire house.

Chris truly has a gift when it comes to color, and she will explain the reasons why the correct color will make your room or home pop, coordinating different room colors with each other and with other aspects such as hardwood floor color and furnishings.

Thank you Chris!

David S.
Berkeley, CA

Chris Harper. Wow!…What a lady.

I had a meeting with Chris a Month ago and she change my EVERYTHING about color. I went seeking information on upgrading my wardrobe style and got so much more. I learned about matching my color pallet, third colors, and accent colors.

She is truly masterful at her craft. If you are about to paint, do a make over, explore new make up, or build a website, you owe it to yourself to see Chris. She is engaging, polished, and knowledgeable.

I highly recommend her services.
Life is to short to guess and waste money.

Barry W.
Oakland, CA

We purchased a new home in Scottsdale but knew we had to change out all of the flooring and tile and completely repaint before we moved in. We brought home a dozen paint samples over time, painting samples of each on several walls. Every time we thought we had made a decision the paint colors would change due to daily if not hourly changes in natural light in the different areas of the home. This, of course, would affect how the walls would look with the different flooring options that we fell in and out of love with.

We found Chris, read her reviews, and she came out to our present Scottsdale house to see what we had and our esthetic on a day that suited our schedule. We then went directly over to the new house and she toured it to get an idea of the issues. She approved of our potential floor choice as it went well with hard surfaces that we could not change. Given that, she was meticulous in integrating the rooms with each other in terms of paint color explaining that the undertones of the paint were crucial. We went area by area and could see subtleties that had not been obvious before. It was truly a collaborative effort

By the time Chris left we had chosen paint, carpet and tile that pulled the entire house together in a cohesive way that reflected our taste and her expertise.

She accomplished in under 3 hours what we could accomplish in 3 weeks.

We highly recommend Chris.

R G.
Deerfield, IL

I hired Chris to help me with our new classroom space. The place was a disaster when she came in, with old, white walls, and ripped up blue carpet. It has tall, north-facing windows, so plenty of sunlight during the day with little direct sun. It didn’t take her long to come up with a sort of light beige color with a mocha carpet combination. That didn’t sound like great colors to me (we were thinking more colorful, etc.), however she promised it would be just right for workshops.

She was right. Once I painted and put the carpet in, it had a very calming influence without reducing energy. It’s been perfect for our workshops and other meetings. We added a little splash, at her suggestion, with some furniture.

If you are doing any kind of project that requires color selection, hire Chris! You’ll be so glad that you did.

Cory N.
Oakland, CA

Our painting contractor recommended we meet with Chris to select exterior paint colors to transform our traditional home to one with a more contemporary look. We had a color scheme in mind but wanted a professional to help us finalize the shades. Chris not only has an expert eye for color but she obviously enjoys her trade. In just one hour, we had our complete color palette ready to go, plus the confidence and peace of mind that the final job will look fantastic. Thank you, Chris!

Elisa N.
Oakland, CA

I never knew someone could have color matching down to a science until I met Christine. Having seen the results of her work and having heard her break down the rational behind it is like watching an artist explain their craft. Her knowledge, experience, intuition, and ability to work with her clients’ concerns/preferences is second to none. She is my go-to person whenever I need to consult on interior design/color matching issues. I highly recommend her services to those needing/wanting assistance in choosing the right colors to go with ANYTHING!!

Alex H.
Berkeley, CA

I am a professional Photographer who specializes in Real Estate. We have been in business for well over 20 years, I see more home than most! Christine hired us to shoot her home that she had just completed. To say I was impressed is an understatement. Her use of colors and textures is well above most designers and to keep everything on budget and at a fair price really sets her apart. If you are looking for “High Quality & Professional Work” please give her a call.

Kevin Crosse

Christine Harper was the EXACT person I was looking for! I had a beautiful living room with a view, furniture in it, piano, original art yada yada – but something was just off, the room was just not working. Chris came in as an experienced color and interior design consultant, meeting me exactly where I was and what I needed. She gave us a color palette and the new wall color changed everything! Her magic helped tie-in beautifully an open-plan layout with all its different elements. Shifting around furniture we already owned created a new feel and usability of the space. She sat down with me at my computer and we shopped together for a coffee table – a choice that had for some reason paralyzed me. In a matter of hours Chris helped us made changes that resulted in a room we love. AND the wall colors she chose are being kept as we now prepare our house for sale. PS Everything she recommended will move with us for sure! Her experience, customer-service model and warm nature made this not only a painless, but really enjoyable, experience. Thank you Chris!!

Bettyanne Green

I had heard about Christine from a friend of mine and needed a stager for a property I was selling. Most staging companies prefer to do the “once over” job with furniture, paint, landscaping etc… It’s expensive for some homeowners and worth it in order to sell for top dollar.

In this scenario, there wasn’t a lot of disposable money available to get the house prepped for selling. Christine came in and suggested color and flooring selections…random furniture and accessories to tie everything together on a budget. It was refreshing for clients to add simple touches throughout the house while using some of their own items to keep the staging budget affordable and real.

Everything worked out great, and in the end the property sold for an incredible price WAY OVER the listed price with a dozen offers!

I will definitely recommend Christine to anybody in need of staging and interior design services. From simple color matching to full staging, with hourly consultation … she makes design very affordable and realistic.

Hal C.
San Leandro, CA

I love working with Christine! She is a delight to work with but more importantly she has managed my project amazingly. As this is a second home, we are not there to oversee every detail. Christine has attended to that and has handled any and all issues quickly and professionally. I have truly enjoyed this experience. I would highly recommend Christine. I could not have hoped for the outcome without Christine.

Amy Brown

Chris helped me with the daunting task of choosing exterior colors for my Victorian. I say daunting as I know if I made a mistake, I would be required to climb two and a half stories to rectify. I wanted bold colors.

In about an hours time, Chris assimilated the information I gave her and together we came up with four colors. Chris directed where she thought the color should go to create balance. And it did beautifully! She really is a star in her field. I will absolutely be asking her for help when it comes to painting the interior.

Sarah

We were referred to Christine by NextDoor. We needed help choosing interior paint colors for our new house because my husband and I had COMPLETELY different visions of what we wanted. I was pretty skeptical that she would be able to help us but given the investment we were about to make in professionally painting our house it seemed worth it to invest in a couple of hours to have a professional’s eye and to help mediate our differences. Christine was AMAZING. She was able to assist us in picking our colors – efficiently and with both my husband and I SO EXCITED to see our choices brought to life. She really “got us” even though we are pretty wacky and opinionated. She was able to reconcile my desire for classic and calm along with his desire for bold and modern. She even gave us a recommendation for a painting company who we loved too! When I tackle my family room refresh project I will for sure be consulting with her if I get stuck or need an extra eye.

Sally Noma

I hired Christine to help me pick a wall color in my new office space. I had gotten stuck when my vision clashed with the new carpeting color that was installed by the landlord. The consult with Christine was the best thing I could have done. She got me to see the richness of the carpeting and found me a rich neutral color that met my need for warmth and would pop my artwork. In addition, she helped me with placement of art and gave me confidence to buy certain furniture pieces while explaining why others would not work. In a very short time, I got exactly what I hired her to do plus much more. And it was fun. And I felt very respected even though it was a small gig for her. My only regret is that I didn’t call her sooner.

Robin Barnett

Referred Chris Harper to a client (Mrs. Paulson) that was having a very hard time deciding what color & style to choose for her floor. Due to layout of the home. I had asked Chris to provide input on the direction (straight or diagonal) of the wood planks. Mrs. Paulson came in a few days after meeting with Chris & expressed how delighted she was & thanked me for referring Chris Harper. I have since referred Chris Harper to several other clients who have also been very pleased with working with Chris.

Dicks Carpet One

Chris is very knowledgeable and is talented at choosing the perfect pieces for home decoration. I worked with her to upgrade my home staging inventory. She knows the trend in the market so well and hand-picked modern-looking furniture that could be widely used. She is able to mix & match colors and help achieve a cohesive environment. She is also very efficient and attentive. She quickly understood my needs and became one of our strong partners.

Jane Lee

I have collaborated with Chris on a couple of color consultations and she was super helpful!. She is professional knowledgeable and fast, and has helped me pick the right color among the 50 shades of beige! He prices are reasonable too – I will use her services again and would definitely recommend her.

K

Chris helped save our sanity as we struggled with countless design/color decisions (tile, backsplash, counter tops, flooring, paint) during a recent remodel of our kitchen, bath, dining, living and family rooms. She taught about color as she guided us gently with humor and great patience. She helped us visualize the bigger picture. She responded quickly when we had questions or needed reassurance when we had doubts. We are so pleased with the outcome and will always be grateful to Chris for helping us along this journey.

Liz Nakamura

Christine Harper is great to work with. She has the unique talent of drawing out of her client what they like in style and price point and does it with sensitivity. She guided, without pushing, and advised without influencing. The result in the end was I got what I wanted and it ended up being better than if I had done it on my own.

Greg Nunes

Christine Harper’s high level of expertise solved my carpet color dilemma in a matter of minutes. She has a unique talent of seeing colors in depth which results in the perfect color palette for your individual project.

Nancy Wetherholt

Christine was extremely helpful in choosing colors for my kitchen and master bathroom. She has a great eye and is extremely easy to work with. I would recommend her for any project.

Mark Weisz