How to Choose White

When to Break the Rules Around Choosing White (or Cream)


Pinterest Trends are always moving. You can't pin them down. When you've been in the colour business for as long as I have, it's fascinating to watch. And it's also the reason I'm so jaded about each new tile trend fad that comes along. I'm talking about hard finishes because they are the most permanent. I really would like to save the… Continue reading


Trend Alert: Paint Your Walls and Trim White (or Cream)

Designs for Living

Tricia and I have been noticing a trend with trim colours lately in our e-Design consultations. And that is if you have an earthier palette in your house either because you prefer cream over white or you have a Tuscan palette from that trend, AND you are craving a fresher look and feel, it's hard to do without painting all your… Continue reading


How to Fix your White Room (If it Turned Green) Before & After

All summer (okay maybe more than just the summer) Tricia (my Virtual Design Assistant) has been obsessing about her living room and how the green from outside turns her lovely shade of cream, green. She's sampled a bunch of colours but really she just wants the room to be cream and not green. So I said "Paint it and we'll post it… Continue reading


How to be Smart in a World Filled With Dumb Colour Advice


There's a conversation out in the colour trend world that colour is moving back to browns and warmer grey tones in the realm of mushroom or driftwood, and cocoas and caramels. First, it's important for you to understand that colour trends move slowly for people who are not in the industry. So that means brown is not coming back anytime soon. I haven't specified anything remotely… Continue reading


Tread Softly When Choosing a Plain (True) White


  Notice the background of the roman shade is cream along with the carpet but the trim, walls and chair is WHITE. Image via pinterest So the renovation that I mentioned here is starting next week, hooray! Habitat for Humanity is coming to remove all the espresso cabinets in the kitchen and bathrooms and install them somewhere else. So everything is moving along and that's great right?… Continue reading


Best Countertop for Stained Wood Cabinets


{via Carriage Lane Designs} When I received this Ask Maria question asked slightly different two times recently, I thought it deserved a stand-alone post even though my regular readers will have read my opinion here: We are doing a complete gut job on our kitchen and starting over with high end shaker cherry cabinets.  I want to balance the dark… Continue reading


Contrast and Comparison: There's Only One Place to Really Get It


Learning to compare and contrast the RIGHT way is one of the most valuable skills you can have as a interior decorator, or even as a homeowner about to build or renovate. It's not a hard skill to learn, but it's also not taught anywhere but here. Take it from my True Colour Experts. 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


Ask Maria: Which Cream Subway Tile is Right?


One of my lovely readers emailed this great question about cream subway tile that I thought would be so useful for many of us. Also, note that her kitchen countertop is pristine and she even left a decorative jar in the photo when she snapped it for me. If you have an Ask Maria question, please clean up the room, it'll have a higher… Continue reading


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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