Colour Consultation

7 Ways to Use What You Have While Decorating: Before & After

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Crystal called me to help her pull together her new house. This was her request:

"I used to have a colourful condo. Oranges and yellows have always been a favourite of mine, and in the last 5 years, I’ve loved pinks. I hired a designer about 6 years ago, and I guess she was successful at convincing me that colour was kids' stuff and neutrals were sophisticated.

So out with all my stuff and in with the new. Cream, chocolate browns, and greens. I found it bland and lifeless, although yes, very nice and sophisticated. So I started adding pink with Designers Guild bedding, decorative pillows, etc. I also bought some whimsical paintings with colour punches (I’ve attached photos of them)."

I was very impressed by your colourful portfolio and would love your help."

See the before and afters here. . . Continue reading

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Are You Still Using an Instant Camera to Photograph Your Work?

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I used to think I could get away with using my little instant camera when taking photos of my work. A year of lessons has shown me what's really possible when we take professional photography seriously, even in so-called uninspiring spaces like boardrooms and offices. Come on in for a peek at some photos I took of my own photography instructor's new space. Continue reading

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The Very Best Way to Choose Your Main Neutral

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Lynda was moving into this pretty little house in a new subdivision: She needed some help with a new colour scheme and was stuck on wall colours. One on-line consultation with me and she had a plan. Lynda had some existing furniture and artwork she wanted to work with, and she sent me a glimpse of her last house (below). She was… Continue reading

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Ask Maria: Help! I Just Had My First REAL Colour Consultation

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I recently received this question from a new colour consultant: "Maria, I need some advice, this encounter was a doozy: I had previewed the house with my realtor friend before the buyer closed, so I already was familiar with the 'boss' of the living room — a rock fireplace with a mostly gold undertone. And, because of some other factors in the connecting dining room,… 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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"Interesting" to Classic Kitchen Counter and Backsplash Makeover

Desert Limestone

via {pinterest} Glenda in Langley, called me to help her choose new perimeter countertops and backsplash to coordinate with the existing granite on her kitchen island. The current countertop was a laminate and she was upgrading to stone and the busy, multi-coloured backsplash had to go. I wish I had the photos to show you how we chose the colour but… 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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Best Ideas for Creative Kids Rooms: Before & After

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This post is written by my Director of All Things Wonderful, Irene Hill:

Last week at this time Maria and I were just finishing up the last touches of our magical home makeover for my sister, Aimee and five of her kids. They were all glowing with happiness and pride in their "new" home.

Four months ago, when Maria and I started this project of love, I carefully interviewed each of my nieces and nephews to find out what would make them love their rooms the most. I found out what they were interested in and spent hours scouring the internet to get all the little pieces exactly right. At the end of the day I wanted to see wonder and awe in each set of eyes and was over the moon that we managed to do just that! 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) When Irene and I were 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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Free Training Call: Three Ways to Guide your Client to the Right Colours, Even When They Disagree with You (it's Easier Than you Think)

Free Training Call

I'm really excited to announce a free training call for all design professionals, stagers, decorators, interior designers and architects: If you’re like so many of my clients, these situations may sound familiar: You don’t have a system to walk your clients through as they choose the different elements of their project, so you end up following their lead in your efforts… Continue reading

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