Colour Trends

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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My Take on Pantone's 2015 Colour of the Year: Marsala

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My Mom knew the colour of the year before I did. About a week ago, I saw her knitting a scarf, and I said "Mom, that's such an old, dated colour, are you really going to knit a scarf in that colour?" "Well, I found this yarn and decided it would be fun to make one, she said." My mother… Continue reading

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3 Ways to Use Fresh to Sell Design

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Thank you, everyone, for your comments on my blogoversary!  Some of your comments, along with the occasional email I have received, inspired this next post. Get ready — when you're finished reading this post about "fresh," you'll want to lean through the screen and kiss me. Just sayin'. I wanted to kiss all of you for your comments so it goes both ways ;… Continue reading

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Maria's Favourite Trends from Fall 2014 High Point Market

Maria's Favourites from Fall 2014 High Point Market | Maria Killam

I love attending High Point Market each season, now that I've decided that's where you'll find me every Spring and Fall even though it takes me an entire day to get all the way to the Southeast from the Northwest. From left to right {Maria Killam, Kara Cox, Lisa Mende, Traci Zeller and Chrissi Shields}   I'm actually giving up two… Continue reading

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Jaipur Rugs, Pillows and Poufs at High Point Market

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I'm a sponsored blogger again this Fall market and I was so happy to have the opportunity to blog about Jaipur Rugs, since a colourful area rug with some pillows are such a quick and easy way to breathe new colour and life into any room. Photo by Maria Killam This is how they had their showroom entry decorated. Of course I… Continue reading

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2015 Trend Alert: Olive Green from High Point

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Today was my first day at High Point Market! Jam packed with all kinds of educational opportunities as well as events, so many products to see, it was fun and very busy! I'm starting off with this image because it was the first thing that greeted us at the Kravet party in the afternoon, I loved the hits of colour in… 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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Am I Trendy if There's no Grey in my House? (Oh Yeah)

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Thank you for all your amazing and thoughtful emails and comments on my powder room dilemma these past two days! I've decided I don't want to make any major decisions  without YOUR expert opinion added to mine! I love what so many of you said about my powder room not really being a powder room since it was adjoining the… Continue reading

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