Help! My New Kitchen Makes the Rest of My House Look Old

Source This post is written by Tricia Firmaniuk, my design assistant who handles my eDesign: So often people find Maria’s blog AFTER they have already made some costly mistakes in their renovations; when they realize it’s not coming together the way they had hoped, and they go looking for answers on Google. DIY design has some common pitfalls. One of the biggest ones is making decisions without the context of ... Continue Reading

Ask Maria: How Much Colour is Too Much for a Kids Room?

Enise emailed me this photo the other day with a great ‘Ask Maria’ question: ”I have a very colourful antique kilim that I would like to use in my daughters bedroom. Since the kilim is so colourful, I am confused on choosing the bedding. I know that I can use some colours from the kilim pattern but those are very vibrant colours so I am afraid the kids may feel too energetic to ... Continue Reading

Can Gray be Dirty? Yellow Exterior (Before & After)

Pinterest As many of you know, over 4 years ago, Terreeia and I bought a house one hour East of the city of Vancouver so we could live close to my Sisters, my Nephews and my Mom. Now that I’m talking about my Mom, a few months ago I mentioned that she was looking for a mobile home but it was as a second home, she wasn’t moving up North, some ... Continue Reading

Trendy or Classic? Ask Yourself These 3 Questions

Photo by Maria Killam at Maison & Objet When I wrote my trend report from Maison & Objet last week, truthfully, I was kind of depressed that all evidence points towards black as the next trendy neutral after grey. In this case, I hope I’m wrong. It seems that in my 20 year colour career I’ve now seen trend colours go full circle around the wheel. Understanding Undertones – The Colour System ... Continue Reading

Is Black the New Grey? Trends for 2018 from Maison & Objet

It was an interesting first day at Maison & Objet. Everyone had different opinions about the trends because I think everyone looks for whatever interests them. For example, I’ll be at High Point market and someone will say “I saw RED everywhere” and I’ll think “Really? I didn’t see much red” but that’s because red is not my colour. I think you’d have to read a few trend reports to ... Continue Reading

Ask Maria: Are Stainless Appliances Going out of Fashion?

via pinterest Today’s question from a reader is: “Maria, I am renovating my kitchen from scratch, I love white and would love all white appliances and white cabinets and white walls would this be to much? I hear that stainless is going out of fashion. ” What do you think? Recently, I opened my October edition of House Beautiful (my favourite shelter magazine). And there it was, with this quote: ... Continue Reading

The 3W’s of Colour: What Works? What Doesn’t? What to do About it. . .

Today's guest post is from Susan Hargraves, residential stylist and owner of Rooms that Work™ on Vancouver Island, B.C. Susan loves drama and she's going to share with us, how she creates it in her interiors. ... Continue Reading

Do’s & Don’ts for Decorating with Black Tile

The dangerous part about any new trend is when you start incorporating the old with the new and the black tile trend is no different. Here are some guidelines to think about if you are considering black tile in a bathroom or kitchen: DO Paint your walls black instead of tiling. You’ll get a similar look and feel and then it’s easier to change when you want the room to be ... Continue Reading

Maria Killam’s Trend Forecast for 2015

The look of 2015 is dramatic, modern, and rich. How was your holiday? I am rested and rejuvinated and excited to see what the New Year has in store!  Back to the gym too, it’s fun to eat whatever you want during the holidays but it’s time to stop having a chocolate for desert at breakfast, lunch and dinner, haha. Black  This dramatic shade has moved from being an accent colour ... Continue Reading

How Black is your House?

Remember how much black there was in home decor in the 80’s? Entertainment centers, dining tables and chairs, black leather sofas and black shiny coffee tables. It was too much. Now that black is here again along with greys and whites, it’s a good idea to notice that black should be an accent. Used well, it highlights what’s around it, too much and it becomes heavy and masculine.  {via pinterest} ... Continue Reading

Decorating with Red: Before & After

Paula from Salad in a Jar hired me in April for an on-line consultation to help with colours and decorating updates on her house. Two hours later, she had a plan and three months later, here is the fabulous result! This is what she said: “Thank-you again for helping me a few months ago. You gave me a lot of confidence which made the whole project a lot more fun! I’m thrilled with ... 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: Should my Roof go Black on my Tudor Home?

Before we launch into today’s post, I just had to say, considering how many hours we spend in our beds, it’s no surprise that so many of you had such great reviews and opinion on mattresses the other day!! Thanks so much for all your comments! Okay, onto the dilemma of the week. . . “I wish I’d come across your blog earlier as I appreciate your eye for color.  ... Continue Reading

Take Risks with Your Decor Rather than your Clients

In 2011 when we were living in our townhouse in North Vancouver, I chose the wrong fabric for my new chair and ottoman. I was so embarrassed. That’s why it’s taken me this long to tell you about it. I had my yellow sofa (above) and that was an easy choice for me to make. I love yellow. But I was having trouble actually committing to a second colour. Designers hate making ... Continue Reading

3 Ways to inject Colour without going Bohemian

Flowers on the grand pianos in the middle of the room (they don’t miss a detail here) It’s Elizabeth’s 38th birthday weekend and after a little shopping at the Fashion Show Mall in Vegas yesterday we stopped into the Encore Hotel to have a cocktail in the lounge overlooking the pool. Elizabeth Jacobs Photos by Maria Killam You know the general rule of three when it comes to colour selection? ... Continue Reading

The Gray, Black and White Trend is Here to Stay

People are still telling me the ‘gray trend’ will not last and I’m here to tell you, yes it will.  Just like the brown trend which started in 2002, it will have a 10 year shelf life before it’s on to the next one. Take the home of Courtney Cox, featured in this months Elle Decor Magazine. Gray flagstone throughout the home. This is ‘trendy neutrals’ at it’s best. The ... Continue Reading