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Odd Jobs: Color Consultant

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WILLISTON, Vt. - "We fell in love with the house the first time we saw it," said Kate Moreau, homeowner.

But this 1980s fixer was far from Moreau's dream home.

The remodel is now in full swing.

"Essentially I think when we're done, we'll have replaced just about everything in the house," said Moreau.

Moreau picked out new flooring, countertops and tile. But when it comes to paint she admits, "we're really bad at making decisions."

She and her husband turned to a professional for help.

"Are you thinking neutrals or colors?" Betsey Dempsey asked. "I deal with color, pretty much anything to do with color."

Dempsey is a color consultant. Unlike an interior decorator, she does not coordinate couches, curtains and coffee tables and 90 percent of clients hire her just to pick out paint colors.

"I've always been creative ever since I was a kid. I just see colors differently than a lot of people do," said Dempsey. "I don't work for any paint manufacturer or anybody, I'm totally independent."

Dempsey started as a graphic artist who designed her own paint colors on the side.

"It was a nice marriage of skills. I'd be painting at people's homes and so often they'd say to me, 'Oh, I know you understand color, can you help me pick out a color for my kitchen?'" said Dempsey.

That's when she realized there was a real demand for her expertise. Ten years ago she launched her own business, Color Concepts. She dropped the painting and focused solely on consulting.

"I don't want to go too gray in here. I think that would be a mistake," said Dempsey.

She now helps about 300 clients just like Kate every year make their homes feel cozier with nothing more than a bucket of paint.

"I feel like I've succeeded if I've made a huge change and they haven't had to go buy a new sofa or spend $5,000 on countertops," said Dempsey.

Dempsey does not have any formal training in color consulting but says she's always had a knack for combining hues.

"I try to push people a little beyond their comfort zone. I feel like that's why I'm there. They wouldn't hire me if they already knew what they wanted," said Dempsey.

"She was great. She really helped pull it all together. I can totally envision what it's going to look like with the colors on the walls," said Moreau.

With one satisfied customer down we decided to up the ante inviting Dempsey behind the scenes to weigh in on our kitchen set in the Channel 3 studio.

"OK, well I think we could make a few changes," said Dempsey.

She and her color wheel went to work. Dempsey says toning down the walls will direct attention to the correct focal point-- our television guests!

It's an Odd Job turning color nightmares into serene masterpieces.

"I got lucky, I guess. I love it. It's fun and it doesn't feel like work to me," said Dempsey.

Jennifer Costa is always looking for new Odd Jobs. If you have one or know someone who does send us an email to news@wcax.com.
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