5 Ways to Decorate with Beige to make it Fresh

I’m in Austin, preparing for my Specify Colour with Confidence workshop that starts tomorrow (Wednesday) at the Norris Center. I’m finally getting the hang of doing insta-stories so you’ll be seeing a lot more of them on my Instagram, especially in my workshops so you’ll get a sense of what it looks like to be in one. It’s sundress weather here and I’m loving it (not that I brought one)! ... Continue Reading

The Best Way to Work with Saltillo Flagstone (Because it’s Pink)

source When I asked y’all last week to send me an email on when and under what circumstances you found my blog, I received this note from Deb in Arizona: I came to find you on the internet just a month or so ago so this is fresh in my mind.  I just bought a 25 year old home in Scottsdale AZ.  Originally I thought we would redo the cabinets ... Continue Reading

The Easy Way to Decorate Around a Tan (Pink Beige) Sofa

If you've been reading this blog for awhile, you know there's nothing neutral about a pink beige sofa. You also know that pink beige is so EVERYWHERE that it's probably not your fault if you have it in your home. There's just too much of it out there. Here's how to decorate around it so it looks intentional. ... Continue Reading

How to Take Charge of Your Bossy Tile

When we walked into our room at the Fairmont Vancouver Airport last May, I declared, “This room was decorated BEFORE the brown trend!” It’s a game I like to play with anyone who will listen everywhere I go. What’s the dead giveaway? The colour of the wood-stained furniture: it was all orange and yellow with no espresso brown in sight. This hotel was built in 1999, so that means this colour scheme ... Continue Reading

Ask Maria: Which Countertop Should I Choose (What Were They Thinking??)

“Here is my kitchen that was built in 2006. I wish I stumbled across your blog years ago because the thing I dislike about the kitchen the most is the busy tile! And is this tile the dreaded pinky-beige? And my knotty alder cabinets have yellowed considerably over the years. So I’m pretty sure we have a major undertone problem here (and throughout my entire house most likely) We have ... Continue Reading

How to Work with Bedroom Carpet You Don’t Like

Recently, I had a consultation with Lori who wanted help with her great room, paint colours and her bathrooms. She walked me through her house and we created a furniture plan for her great room, chose colours throughout and discussed her bathrooms. In the first bathroom we were able to make the room look new (and save her brand new granite countertop) just by choosing the perfect tile to replace the old tile. In the second bathroom ... Continue Reading

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

  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) here and there.  So, this new trend that is coming ... Continue Reading

I’m an Interior Decorator NOT an Interior Designer

Let’s just be clear, I believe a room can be totally transformed with exactly the right throw pillows. In fact, a dated room that looks tired and sad, can also be completely brought to life with the right updated pillow. I do it with my clients all the time and there’s nothing more fun. In fact, I get so many pillows custom made for my clients, my workroom calls me ... Continue Reading

Ask Maria: Which Colours Don’t Work with Honey Oak Trim

I get a lot of questions about which colours work with honey oak trim, so I thought it would be easier to just show which colours are not so fabulous.   Since honey oak trim has an orange/yellow undertone, I would generally advise against using any shade of pink beige colour with it. In my system of understanding undertones, the same rule of not combining pink beige with yellow beige ... Continue Reading

I’m re-launching my eBook today. I never liked how brown the original cover ended up since day one.  The point of showing a medium brown floor was to suggest that it’s the most timeless colour for flooring. I didn’t know at the time how badly wood would photograph, so in the end, I did not get the pretty medium brown background I wanted. It was just. . . brown. The new book ... Continue Reading

How to Disappear a Bad Beige

Paint the walls so dark that it takes all the attention away from your carpet, tile or furniture that is the wrong neutral. source All you notice in the dark and dramatic interiors of Atelier Abigail is the drama. Beige? What beige? Do you dare go this dark? Related posts: Beige is only Blah when it’s Wrong Does your Colour Consultant Understand Beige? Are Neutrals the Only Time we are ... Continue Reading

Are Patterned Sofas Trendy? Yay or Nay

One of my lovely readers Becky, sent me this email earlier this week: yesterday in the New York Times Mag I noticed an ad for a couch from sofa.com….a British Company that is now in the Big Apple.The sofa has two different types of upholstery, one on the base, another on the cushions…photo of sofa (plus puppy) is attached.  I wonder if there is a term for this type of ... Continue Reading

Are Neutrals the only Time we are Concerned with Undertones?

Day 12 in my 37 Days of Learning Undertones Series is on my Facebook fan page right now! Come on over and join the conversation, we are having fun! In Day 11, one of my readers asked the above question so I thought I’d answer it here in a quick post: Are neutrals the only time we are concerned with undertones? source  Definitely no, however it’s where people make the ... Continue Reading

Maria’s Main Bathroom: Before & During

This is one of our dated bathrooms which will be renovated soon. It was so hard for me to get past just the colour in here. See the chair rail? If you have it in your house and you don’t have wallpaper above it take it out! Photos by Maria Killam I didn’t touch this bathroom except to paint it and remove the medicine cabinet and hollywood light fixture as ... Continue Reading

How to Inject Fresh into Your Earth-Toned House

Yesterday I posted my Styled Interiors board from Pinterest on my Facebook Fan Page and one of my readers commented that it was her favourite board and wondered if I would post more images on tablescapes for coffee tables and end tables. So I clicked over to Ralph Lauren Home because I adore the styling in all his images. There’s always a beautiful video to watch when he introduces a ... Continue Reading

6 Ways to Choose the Perfect Neutral Paint Colour

I received this question the other day and realized that even though my ebook covers it in comprehensive detail, I don’t have a single post that answers this question directly. So here are the 6 best ways to choose one: 1. Start with the living room because that’s where the entire colour scheme for the house is usually determined. Consider the colour of your carpet, sofa and drapery. The biggest ... Continue Reading