San Francisco Local Color Inc. Painting and Restoration is celebrating its 46th year as an industry leader in the restoration, care, and maintenance of the Bay Area’s Victorians, Edwardians and other fine buildings. This ten-time national award-winning firm, now led by Bay Area Legend and Pioneer Nita Riccardi, specializes in both interiors and exteriors. Our work is characterized by its exacting attention to surface preparation, thoughtful design consultation, aesthetic color selection, and meticulous finishing. Founded by one of the original “Mothers of the Colorist Movement” Bruce Nelson, with 46 years experience in restoring the Bay Area’s finest homes, SF Local Color is dedicated not only to beautiful new palettes and paint jobs, but work that lasts.

The company’s commitment to service demands that it be willing to solve the underlying causes of previous paint failures and correct the problems at their root cause so they do not reoccur. Quality and Longevity are the hallmark of San Francisco Local Color’s work. By using the latest technologies in epoxy window and epoxy wood restoration, paint removal, choosing superior paints, applying gold leaf, decorative detailing, and by coordinating and supervising other related trades, San Francisco Local Color’s restorations last well beyond expected shelf-life.

The 10-person team have made San Francisco Local Color the industry’s most recognized residential painting firm as honored by The National Paint and Coating Association and by The Painting and Decorating Contractors of America.


California Contractor License: #703759
Insured Member: Painting and Decorating Contractors of America National Trust for Historic Preservation Victorian Alliance of San Francisco Certified since 1996 To Use: Window Repair/Repair Care Systems Technology Certified To Use: Advanced Repair Technology methods and materials for building conservation.

Certified for Lead Containment: We have employees who have been schooled in lead containment and who rigorously follow regulations described by the City and County of San Francisco. Nita Riccardi of San Francisco Local Color, Inc. holds a Certificate of Completion from a lead abatement course conducted by Lead Solutions.