Colour Trends

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… Continue reading


Warning: Rant Alert on The Tackiest Advice Ever


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


How to Take Charge of Your Bossy Tile


When we walked into our room at the Fairmont Vancouver Airport last May, 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. This… Continue reading


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


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


The Trends You Need to Know Right Now for 2016


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


Where Chic Designers and Retailers Meet


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


How to Update your House From the Tuscan Brown Trend


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


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


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


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

grey trend

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


News from WithIt & Trends from Las Vegas Furniture Market


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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