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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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How to Coordinate Unusual Colour Combinations

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{More funny texts from moms} It's 5:00 AM and my phone pings with a text from my Mom: "Come for coffee now! I'm up but I'll nap later". (Except she writes it in Finnish, I can read it but do not ask me to have a conversation in Finnish, that's where my dual language ability ends). "Ok" I text back, and… Continue reading

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Jelly Bean Row: Test your Colour Eye

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The residents of St. John's, NFLD (Canada) must be used to tourists taking photos of their colourful homes, happily, the second day we were there, the sun came out. The reason their homes are so colourful is because most of the downtown core was burned in a fire in 1892 and the quickest way to rebuild the homes was to build row houses.… Continue reading

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"I've Got This" and Other Unrealistic Thoughts about Renovating

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Learn how to coordinate granite with stained wood cabinets {image source} So, for those of you who are missing out, you can still sign up here and catch up! Last week we focused on planning your renovation using my proprietary Colour Confidence Method™ and this Week #3 we're covering the Step-by-Step plan for new builds. It's Wednesday at 11:00 am PST time and… Continue reading

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How to Coordinate White & Cream (If You Made a Mistake)

cream and white kitchen

Just in case you thought that you can't mix white and cream, you certainly can. But sometimes it can look like you made a mistake. Or maybe you finished the room and it doesn't seem quite right. For example, what if you chose all your kitchen finishes, countertops, flooring and backsplash in white or cream, with only one exception? You… Continue reading

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

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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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Ask Maria: How do I Find a New Area Rug to work with my Old Furniture?

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  Since many of us are now incorporating fresh and happy colours into our homes, I have started seeing a lot of living rooms with bright new geometric area rugs that mostly don't relate to the upholstery in the room. You don't want a look in your living room that screams "Old, tired sofa, happy new area rug!". Last week I received a… Continue reading

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6 Biggest Colour Mistakes I've Made (Been there, Done That)

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Love this vignette I was invited by Style at Home to be on a Twitter chat about colour a few weeks ago and one of the questions the editors asked was "What's your biggest mistake choosing colour" and I immediately chimed in with "I have a few" and immediately listed three: So here they are, with a few more just for fun:… Continue reading

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Why Choosing Granite is so Hard

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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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The Key to Great Design is Contrast

Kelly Wearstler Surf Boards

I still laugh to myself when I think about the fact that I blogged for an entire year before I figured out exactly what 'my look' was. I started my blog in October 2008 and even wrote a post in March 2009 about what my Interior Design Style was but it wasn't until months later that I figured it out. Continue reading

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