Exterior Colour

Jelly Bean Row: Test your Colour Eye

Row houses

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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The Happy Colours of Lunenburg

Maria in Yellow

So this is the level of my colour obsession. I brought a fan deck in my suitcase and as we walked around in and out of the shops in Lunenburg yesterday, I matched the colours as we went along. This turquoise house is BM 644 St. Paddys Day First blue house is 798 Blue Suede Shoes with SW Snowbound Trim. There's… Continue reading

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Happy Turquoise & Purple Exterior in Christina Lake

Lake Motel

  We're here in Christina Lake for a few days camping! I really prefer room service, but when you have kids, you either go to the cottage in the summer or you have a trailer and camp by the lake which is where my sister Elizabeth and her family are this week! So where my nephews are, that's where you'll find… Continue reading

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My New Favourite Dark Grey

Cottage

I saw this cottage makeover yesterday (the before pic is so covered with shrubs that it's not worth posting) and I've been swooning over the shutters ever since.  {via HGTV} Here's what I'd like you to notice about the colours. The main body colour is basically a gray/brown (BM Iron Mountain) but the shutters painted in BM Pale Avocado bring… Continue reading

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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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