Colour Trends

Warning: Rant Alert on The Tackiest Advice Ever

karl

I'm not usually this cranky, but I recently came across some of the fluffiest, dumbest interior design advice I've ever read. Continue reading

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How to Take Charge of Your Bossy Tile

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The minute we walked into our room at the Fairmont Vancouver Airport last night, 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.… Continue reading

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Ask Maria: Must my Kitchen Coordinate With the Dining Room?

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I’m am a big fan and follower of your “Ask Maria” series. I’ve never done anything like this before so I thought I’d give it a go.  We're looking to update our kitchen and our dilemma is what color to paint our cabinets and island. Our cabinets are in good condition so we can’t justify replacing them. The sink, faucet… Continue reading

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The Trends You Need to Know Right Now for 2016

lillian

I'm back from High Point Market, the furnishing-industry-only tradeshow that showcases and forecasts upcoming trends in home decor. It's one of my favourite shows to visit because it means I can tell you all about what's trendy, and then hear from you about whether you're going to put it in your own home. Want to know what's coming up for next year? I know you do. Continue reading

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Where Chic Designers and Retailers Meet

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At High Point for the furniture show! Where else? ; ) Want to know the biggest difference between a designer sofa and one you buy from a big box store? The quality of the fabric and texture. There's no microfibre here. See that sofa my friend Traci Zeller is sitting on? That's what I'm talking about. And this striated leather on… Continue reading

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How to Update your House From the Tuscan Brown Trend

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I was recently in a Mediterranean style home that had been built and decorated completely inside the Tuscan Brown Trend. Dark (pink beige & butterscotch) Travertine floors throughout the main floor, yellow/gold granite countertops, dark wood stained cabinets throughout, yellow walls everywhere and 8 bathrooms outfitted in very expensive finishes, most with conflicting colours in floors and countertops. My client told me that she… Continue reading

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Grey is OUT! (Maybe) The Colour Trend is IN!

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I've talked a lot about trends lately, and I know many people out there are confused. When it comes to grey, specifically, we are all eager to know: Is it in? is it out?  I've figured out an easier way to explain it: {via Pinterest} I'm going to stop calling it The Grey Trend and start calling it The Colour Trend instead. Why? I… Continue reading

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Ask Maria: How Do You Keep Up with Current Trends? And, is Gray Out?

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I recently received this question about trends:

"I have decided to look for a new position and each job posting requests being 'up-to-date with current trends and products.' I understand wanting this skill but I am curious how you keep up-to-date with current products, materials, trends, etc. I try to read a lot, visit show homes (which in reality, by the time they are built, new trends and materials are already available) and I join as many webinars as possible.

I’m curious if you have a favourite website, author, magazine, seminar, stores to keep yourself current. I know you enjoy Pinterest but is there more? Would love for you to include this in one of your blogs.

[Here's something] interesting. I am reading your White is Complicated book and received a design email yesterday stating that gray is no longer 'in.' However, in Calgary, Alberta, gray is still very popular! Continue reading

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News from WithIt & Trends from Las Vegas Furniture Market

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So I didn't win, but one of my favourite people did. Deb Barrett won the education award. She is a designer and window coverings expert, she's written three books and she has also coached and trained design professionals in the industry for many years. I was lucky enough to sit beside her on the shuttle from High Point to Charlotte when I attended… Continue reading

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Maria Killam's Trend Forecast for 2015

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The look of 2015 is dramatic, modern, and rich. How was your holiday? I am rested and rejuvinated and excited to see what 2015 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… Continue reading

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