Advice for Designers

How to Coordinate Coffee & Accent Tables like a Designer

matching set

Ever noticed that designers usually don't buy matching sets of three coffee tables? One of the comments I heard a lot when we toured showrooms at High Point at Market (by the salesperson giving us the tour) this Fall was "This is all too much together of course, but individually, just fabulous".  {Pottery Barn Coffee table Cube and End Table} The worst is… Continue reading

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3 Ways to Use Fresh to Sell Design

cold gray

Thank you, everyone, for your comments on my blogoversary!  Some of your comments, along with the occasional email I have received, inspired this next post. Get ready — when you're finished reading this post about "fresh," you'll want to lean through the screen and kiss me. Just sayin'. I wanted to kiss all of you for your comments so it goes both ways ;… Continue reading

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How to Choose Paint Colours that Work with Your Lighting

How to Choose Paint Colours that Work with Your Lighting | Maria Killam

I recently received this question from Shelley, asking how useful it would be to custom mix a paint colour to get it right with the light in her home. "I’ve recently used BM Manchester Tan in a pantry that has a large fluorescent light fixture, and it looks lovely — right at the happy intersection of warm and cool. But in our front entry… Continue reading

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Maria's Favourite Trends from Fall 2014 High Point Market

Maria's Favourites from Fall 2014 High Point Market | Maria Killam

I love attending High Point Market each season, now that I've decided that's where you'll find me every Spring and Fall even though it takes me an entire day to get all the way to the Southeast from the Northwest. From left to right {Maria Killam, Kara Cox, Lisa Mende, Traci Zeller and Chrissi Shields}   I'm actually giving up two… Continue reading

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Deconstructing Whites for Interiors

Panelling

{via pinterest} Deconstructing Whites for Interiors is what I'll be speaking about at this upcoming market at the Lunch and Learn on Sunday, October 19th at the Zaar Design Center in High Point. I will be giving the audience a sneak peek of my upcoming eBook, White is Complicated: A Decorators Guide to Choosing the Right White Every Time. Discover the five essential categories of whites and which one… Continue reading

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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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