How to Choose Colour

How to Update your House From the Tuscan Brown Trend

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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

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How to Finally Pick the Right Colour for Your Kid's Room

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I have a treat for you today! My friend Barbara from YES Spaces is here to share on a topic I haven't covered before: choosing the right colours for kids' rooms. Barbara took my Specify Colour with Confidence course several weeks ago, she also has five kids of her own, and along with her passion for designing rooms for kids she's also been… Continue reading

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Learn how to use Large Painted Sample Boards

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{via pinterest}     If you already have one of these collections, you'll know how valuable they are. Here's what one of my recent True Colour Experts said about her boards: “Without being too dramatic, the large colour boards have really and truly changed my color consultations. I purchased both of Maria’s collections after the Summer School webinar and having them immediately put me… Continue reading

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How to Choose Paint Colours that Work with Your Lighting

How to Choose Paint Colours that Work with Your Lighting | Maria Killam

I recently received this question from Shelley, asking how useful it would be to custom mix a paint colour to get it right with the light in her home. "I’ve recently used BM Manchester Tan in a pantry that has a large fluorescent light fixture, and it looks lovely — right at the happy intersection of warm and cool. But in our front entry… 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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5 Ways to Transform your Bedroom Right Now!

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For years and years, every time I have tried to source off-the-shelf bedding for a client, I walk away from the stores, pretty much uninspired. So I end up getting custom bedding made or I'll suggest a white or cream duvet cover with custom shams. All of that has changed with this really fun bedding I found recently. Since the master… Continue reading

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Ask Maria: My Walls Bother Me, Can You Help?

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Mary, one of my long-time readers (since 2009) booked a consultation with me. When we got on the phone, the first thing I said to her was "What are we doing here? I love your space!" She said, "This is BM Quiet Moments and it's everywhere in my house but it bothers me in the living room and I don't… Continue reading

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Once You Go Big, You Never Go Back

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Can't choose colours with tiny samples. (source) Do you have my large colour boards yet? At 50 boards for $297 (including shipping), it's an awesome deal. Each one of the 50 boards only costs $6 when you buy the collection – you can't come even close to buying the necessary paint and posters boards for that price. Never mind all the… Continue reading

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The Case for Matchy Matchy Decorating

The Case for Matchy Matchy Decorating

via Pinterest (click on image) Recently while consulting with clients around their fixed finishes like tiles and countertops or exterior stone I have have been hearing phrases like: 'It's matchy, matchy but I think it's okay'. or 'It's matchy, matchy is that okay?' or 'I don't want it to look matchy matchy'. This same conversation came up again in Toronto… Continue reading

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5 Best Ways to Choose your Roof Colour

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About a year before I started writing this blog (it's almost 5 years old), I was partners with another interior designer and we were specifying finishes for spec homes. One day we were sitting in a meeting with the builders who had hired us, discussing exterior colour and I calmly announced that "All [asphalt] roofs should be black".  All four… Continue reading

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