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The Minimalist Guide to Decorating with Charcoal

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Photos by Maria Killam Recently, I had a consultation with a client who needed help creating a colour palette for her new home. She didn't want to make the same mistakes she had made in the past and was looking for a plan. She sent me this inspiration photo for her house:  {via pinterest} I spent a few minutes asking more questions to make… Continue reading

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Where to Start When You Have a Blank Slate

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Jacqueline called me and said:

"Help! My laundry room is finished, it's white, I followed all the advice on your blog right down to copying the shelves in your laundry room, but now that I have a white Maria Killam laundry room and I can do anything I want, I have no idea where to start!

What colour should I paint it? I painted it BM Grey Owl because I had some leftover paint but it's doing nothing for me!"

I said, "First, Grey Owl is almost like a neutral, muted blue/green grey that would look great in a bathroom with lots of blue grey marble that coordinated with it, but for your laundry room to look fabulous, it needs a colour! Continue reading

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4 Ways to Decorate Around Your Charcoal Sofa

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Today's post is about decorating with charcoal, really important to know since it's such a popular neutral right now!

If you have a charcoal sofa (just like during the brown trend, when most neutral-loving shoppers purchased a brown one) it's time for me to help you bring this colour to life.

Why?
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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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How Much Heavy Lifting can a Paint Colour Handle?

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{via pinterest} I get the best questions about paint colour and how much it can or cannot do to "rescue" a mistake someone has made in their house or a mistake they inherited from a previous owner. Sometimes, colour can swoop in and magically save the day, so there's nothing wrong with wondering if your situation can also be saved by… Continue reading

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Ask Maria: Which Countertop Should I Choose (What Were They Thinking??)

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"Here is my kitchen that was built in 2006. I wish I stumbled across your blog years ago because the thing I dislike about the kitchen the most is the busy tile! And is this tile the dreaded pinky-beige? And my knotty alder cabinets have yellowed considerably over the years. So I'm pretty sure we have a major undertone problem… 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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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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My New Favourite Dark Grey

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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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How NOT to Choose Paint Colours (But Everybody Does It)

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  This post is also an "Ask Maria" question. So here it is: "I have painted my family room with BM Clay Beige except the focal fireplace wall which I selected SW Exclusive Plum (6263).  I am happy with those colors.  I personally like colors that make you feel lifted, happy, and free, especially with punch of a nice color(s)… Continue reading

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