Exterior Colour

Navy Blue Exterior: Before & After

Navy Blue Exterior: Before & After | Maria Killam

  When Nicole moved into this house in Bucks County, PA three years ago, she hired me to help her come up with a conceptual plan for finishes and colours inside as well as exterior colour. I'll show you the interior befores and afters in another post, she reported that her house sold within three hours of going on the market! We both immediately… Continue reading

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How to Get the Perfect Creamy Exterior

Lovely Courtyard

How do you achieve the perfect cream exterior? Which white or cream is best for a stone or brick exterior? What's the best way to choose the correct stone AND brick for your exterior? Ever wish you could just refer to a short list of exterior colours to make the best choice for your home or clients? All the answers… Continue reading

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Of Course I would Love THIS Exterior

Orange front door

I can't wait until my How to Choose Exterior Paint Colours with Confidence webinar is here next week! I've been rounding up images to whip it into shape and yesterday, I snapped a photo of this house in the middle of a very traditional neighbourhood downtown.   It's so rare to find such a modern and fun colour scheme, I immediately… Continue reading

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Should I Paint my House Charcoal?

How to Choose Exterior Colours

I almost NEVER specify dark greys or charcoals for exteriors. Trim, shutters or front doors, YES.

The main field colour, NO.

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Front Doors in Toronto

Yellow Front Door

I'm here in Toronto leading one of my Specify Colour with Confidence™ Trainings and I was walking by these two front doors and had to show you. You know what's cool about front doors? Because they are an accent colour and you want them to be noticed, they can be brighter and cleaner than usual. I tried to guess what the… Continue reading

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7 Steps to Choosing Brick and Stone for your Exterior

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There is a very expensive neighbourhood in the Lower Mainland filled with individual homes built using a combination of brick and stone. When I drive around, I have yet to see a good example of a combination that works, or colours that were chosen well to coordinate with both the brick and stone. I'm not exagerating when I say that most of… Continue reading

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Exterior Trim: White is Nautical; Yellow is Heritage

Red house with White Trim

Getting your white right on the exterior and interior of your house is critical. For a blue or red house, it's the difference between your house looking nautical or heritage.   Red with White Trim   Red with Yellow Trim Blue with White Trim Blue with yellow beige trim That's my tip of the day! Off to enjoy my weekend,… Continue reading

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Ask Maria: Should my Roof go Black on my Tudor Home?

Traditional Tudor Scheme

Before we launch into today's post, I just had to say, considering how many hours we spend in our beds, it's no surprise that so many of you had such great reviews and opinion on mattresses the other day!! Thanks so much for all your comments! Okay, onto the dilemma of the week. . . "I wish I'd come across… Continue reading

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Holiday Exterior Lights with Before and After Grays

Creative Outdoor Lights

When Betsy found my blog and read this post, she realized her white house was just a little too white paired with the more earthy brick columns and railing. A few days ago she emailed me her exterior holiday lights and I asked her to send all of the images if she had them. Here's what she sent, thanks Betsy!… Continue reading

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Ask Maria: Is my Roof the Right Colour?

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'Just read your post about roofs. Because our house is in FL, we were advised to go with a lighter roof.  Matter of fact, we may even get more credit on homeowner's insurance now!   There were not a lot of choices.  This was NOT even the lightest grey/slate color; there was only one darker than this one.  Now, though,… Continue reading

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