Our History

Left photo: Nellie and Earl Boswell, Circa 1972.
Right photo: Elisabeth and Charles Boswell (front row), 
Charlie Boswell and Renate Boswell Eschmann (back row), Circa 1982.

Color Wheel was established by Earl and Nellie Boswell, son Charles, and his wife Elisabeth. A tradesman in the paint and wall covering application business, Earl realized it was time to hang up the ladder and move to a safer occupation. Charles, a Fairfax County Police Officer, would also need additional retirement income.   

From a modest start, many long hours, determination, and a genuine interest in serving the community, our founders demonstrated extraordinary customer service that has transcended more than 50 years.    

Now owned and operated by the third generation, the company has grown to four times its original size in McLean, with a second location in Fairfax.    

Our dedicated employees—many of whom have served Color Wheel customers for one, two, and even three decades—are knowledgeable, trained specialists.    

Stop by and visit our hometown business and see for yourself why personalized service and premium products truly matter.    

Charlie Boswell 
Renate Boswell Eschmann

Renate Boswell Eschmann and
Charles Boswell, Sr., Circa 1965

Kimberleigh Boswell, Circa 1990

Taylor Boswell, Circa 1996