Advice for Designers

Two Reasons to ALWAYS Keep Learning

mantle

In the last year, I have been travelling and spending a lot of time in hotel ballrooms learning how to take my business and website to the next level. Finding the right guru to get you there is not an easy task, let me tell you! I'm always the ONLY colour expert/decorator in a room of around 700 people. However,… Continue reading

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How to Make Standard vs. Custom Colour Choices

Wood Floors

Have you noticed that you can listen to a salesperson list all the features and benefits of a product all day and all night, but if you don't know what colour to buy. . . ? You hesitate. You fret. You lose sleep at night. And unless you are in a position where you're forced to make decisions, like choosing finishes… Continue reading

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Should You Install Gray Wood Floors?

Dining Room

The first day of my Specify Colour with Confidence™ Training is my favourite. It's when all the participants of my courses have their biggest transformation about understanding colour and undertones. But before they experience this transformation, I set up the entire three days of training with a conversation about magic, about selling the right colour, about selling classic and timeless and about… Continue reading

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How NOT to Choose Paint Colours (But Everybody Does It)

Blue, green & Yellow

  This post is also an "Ask Maria" question. So here it is: "I have painted my family room with BM Clay Beige except the focal fireplace wall which I selected SW Exclusive Plum (6263).  I am happy with those colors.  I personally like colors that make you feel lifted, happy, and free, especially with punch of a nice color(s)… Continue reading

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Got Inspiration? 10 Steps to Create the Rest of the Room

Painting

A reader recently asked me if this piece of art (below) could be used as a jumping off point for a colour scheme in a living/dining/kitchen area. First. This is exactly what y'all should be doing. Most people think: "Once I get the wall colour nailed down, I'll be able to breathe," but as I've said — numerous times before — doing it that way… Continue reading

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Renovate with Confidence – Focus on Finishes WEBINAR: Summer School with Maria Killam

Townhouse

When I was a brand new designer, it scared me to choose tiles. There were so many of them. Thousands of clients and years later, I realized that 80% of tiles, shouldn't even be in the store. Most of them are bad and ugly, it's the pretty tile that I want to teach you to see. It's such a permanent decision! It's… Continue reading

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The Best Mattress for Eliminating Back Pain (Get Mine)

Master Bedroom

Maria's Master Bedroom We have a new mattress. Every time I wake up at night, I'm immediately present to how comfortable I am. When I think about going to bed in the evening, I look forward to the experience of laying down on our new mattress. After I've been gardening all day, this mattress (seriously) heals my back at night. When… Continue reading

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Can you have White Cabinets with Espresso Hardwood Floors?

espresso floors

I was on google this afternoon, and three times in a row, with different searches, this post kept showing up right at the top: How to completely mess up your kitchen remodel: a step-by-step tutorial. This is the kitchen she coveted This DIY blogger named Kelly is a great writer and so entertaining. She generously shared her mistakes so that others could… Continue reading

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When Colour Theory is Literally Dangerous

Barbara Barry

Image via Barbara Barry (A pretty combination of green-grays and yellow-beige) Irene and I are working on my White is Complicated eBook. We got to a section and she said "You need to explain that more thoroughly, people are literalists". And she's right. When we're learning anything, we're literal. That's why in every profession and especially design and colour you need… Continue reading

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Why Choosing Granite is so Hard

lizard

I came across this comment on my blog the other day, I had forgotten about it. This reader expressed what so many of my clients have told me over the years but she was just super entertaining in her distress. . . How did I end up with this crazy granite choice that is glaring at me from the counter?! I'm crying… Continue reading

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