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MARIA KILLAM

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I’ve always been obsessed with colour and the power it has to create transformation! I got my start working for Benjamin Moore Paint, where every day I talked to customers about colour in the paint store and I also conducted in-home colour consultations using large painted colour samples to specify paint colour.

It was working with those large colour samples that I started to see a pattern in neutral undertones. Earth tones were a huge trend in the early 2000s, and it led me to realize that beige has 3 undertones: pink, yellow and green.

Being in house after house, which added up to thousands of calls, I noticed that each homeowner always lamented the previous homeowner’s choices they had inherited. Especially the accent tiles they were stuck with. This is how my timeless aesthetic was born.

In the Fall of 2007, I started teaching colour theory to Interior Design students at a local community college. Then I started writing my blog, Colour Me Happy in 2008 after being in the colour & design industry for almost 10 years.

When I started writing this blog, I didn’t think it would turn into a full-time on-line business. But that’s exactly what happened!

In the Winter of 2010, almost 50% of my students told me they had registered for my course at the college because they were reading my blog and were interested in learning more about my system of Understanding Undertones. That’s when I decided it was time to launch my first Specify Colour with Confidence workshop on the blog in 2010.

I also started conducting colour consultations all around North America, launched two eBooks, and started teaching my workshops. I am blessed that I can work anywhere, as long as I have my laptop with me.

There are now over 400 True Colour Experts all around the world. We have had students attend from all over the Americas, from Canada to Costa Rica to Brazil. Even from as far away as the U.K. and New Zealand.

Over the years I have received frequent emails from readers who resonate with my no-nonsense advice to express their gratitude that they found my site when they did because they ended up making choices that were more classic and timeless than they originally would have.

My passion in life is to transform the way you see colour through my classic and timeless aesthetic. Together, we can stop the endless cycle of unnecessary renovations, of getting bored with the accent tile you installed, and instead have your home fill you with happiness as soon as you walk in the door.

Whether you’re a new follower or you have been with me from the beginning, thank you so much for supporting Colour Me Happy! I am so grateful to you all!

“With fifteen years of design experience and thousands of consultations, Maria has honed her eye for colour like you wouldn’t believe.”

Apartment Therapy

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Maria Killam is an internationally sought-after colour expert, design blogger, author, trainer, decorator and stylist. She is passionate about all things colour and design, subjects she writes about extensively on her blog, Colour Me Happy. Maria’s no-nonsense colour advice, along with her friendly and inspiring writing style quickly turned Colour Me Happy into one of the top 10 colour blogs in North America with over 250,000 readers in 171 countries around the world.

Her secret weapon? Empowering you by teaching the answer to the question Why? Why is the colour you’ve chosen the correct one? You can literally take the answer to the question why to the bank with the thousands of dollars you’ll save by making the right choice the first time.

Maria has been published in Style at Home, Canadian Living, Better Homes and Gardens and Dabble, her work has also been featured in Apartment Therapy, HGTV and House Beautiful, among other publications. She has also been nominated for the 2015 WithIt Education Award and her blog has been featured, five times, in The Washington Post.

Her work won the Best of Houzz awards for design and service in 2014 – 2017 as well as being nominated for the 2015 WithIt Education Award.

A recent survey of over 1,000 Colour Me Happy readers showed that an incredible 91% of Maria’s readers follow her advice and over 75% say that her advice has impacted their buying decisions! And, of her 1/4 of a million readers, over 70% consider themselves design enthusiasts and over 50% call themselves a Do-It-Yourselfer (DIY).

Colour is the foundation of any design project.

How long are you going to wait until you’re really good at colour?