Above: Peterson’s studio in her Central Northside home.

Central Northside citizen Julie Peterson hopes to help her clients create effective and flattering wardrobes through her new business, House of Colour.

Located in the Mexican War Streets, Peterson’s started a business that offers classes and consulting for clients looking to update their wardrobe. By focusing on color and body type, Peterson aims to create flattering and appropriate outfits for her clients.

“I like giving people empowerment and confidence. Not many realize how you are perceived is based on appearance,” said Peterson. “It’s important to learn these tools and use them to gain confidence.” 

Peterson’s most popular class analyzes skin undertones, helps to determine whether a client’s undertones are yellow an “Autumn” or “Spring” or blue, a “Summer” or “Winter.” 

Based on this analysis, Peterson advises which colors are most appropriate for her clients and applies that to wardrobes. 

“Normally after a color analysis, a client will want a wardrobe consultation, or go straight to shopping,” Peterson said. 

Peterson’s business is not the only contribution she has made to the Northside community. She was also a member of board of directors for the Central Northside Neighborhood Council.

She worked with the Allegheny Commons Initiative, in partnership with the Mayor’s office, KaBOOM!, and the PA League of Municipalities in order to make CNNC a Community Partner for a KaBOOM! playground in Pittsburgh. 

The new playground replaced the old playground in West Park, across from Palo Alto on North Ave. 

“We didn’t think any volunteers would show up, but then we had about 300 people, way more than we needed,” Peterson commented on the KaBOOM! project. 

Peterson also worked in the annual Pittsburgh King ALA Toy Drive, collecting toys for children to be distributed to students of Pittsburgh King ALA through their Christmas Angel Tree. 

Peterson first became interested in the concept of House of Colour when she had her colors done in London about 10 years ago. When she moved to Pittsburgh five years ago, Peterson realized that although there were people doing wardrobe analysis, no one was doing any type of color analysis. 

She found herself drawn not only to the concept of being her own boss, but to providing her clients with confidence through their appearance.

To find more information on House of Colour, and what Julie Peterson has to offer, visit www.houseofcolour.co.uk/juliepeterson