About Maria

Maria KillamIf you want to understand why neutrals are so hard to describe you're in the right place.

If you need to choose a white from the hundreds available? Choose the right white here.

If you want to learn how to have more confidence choosing colour for more than just walls, you're also in the right place.


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

-Apartment Therapy


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.

Nominated for the 2015 WithIt Education Award, Maria has recently been published in Style at Home, Canadian Living, Better Homes and Gardens and Dabble. Her work has been featured in The Washington Post, Apartment Therapy, HGTV and House Beautiful among other publications. Her Work won the best of Houzz awards for design and service in 2014 & 2015.

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 200,000 readers in 171 countries around the world.

Maria's experience conducting thousands of consultations in every style of home created the foundation for her revolutionary and breakthrough system of Understanding Undertones™ and her Colour Confidence Method™.

Maria's system immediately gives her readers (you) the confidence to communicate with your spouse, contractor, and designer about colour decisions in every area of the home from hardwood floors, tile, roof colour to paint colours.

This system not only gives you confidence, it also saves you from making expensive mistakes like this one.

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.

Along with teaching fundamental colour and design principles through her best-selling book, How to Choose Paint Colours – It’s All in the Undertones, she also offers a three-day training, True Colour Expert – How to Specify Colour with Confidence for Designers, Architects, Decorators and Stagers where you'll learn how to really understand colour in a way that few people do; how to confidently find the right colour and, best of all, be able to give your clients, or your spouse or your contractor the reason WHY your colour choices are the right ones. This course is also IDCEC Approved for continuing education credits.

Maria is a member of the Color Marketing Group, the premier international association for colour design professionals.

Her blog has been featured in The Washington Post five times.

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). 

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