How to Choose White

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

Black Friday Sale & Video

{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


2015 Trend Alert: Olive Green from High Point

Olive green

Today was my first day at High Point Market! Jam packed with all kinds of educational opportunities as well as events, so many products to see, it was fun and very busy! I'm starting off with this image because it was the first thing that greeted us at the Kravet party in the afternoon, I loved the hits of colour in… Continue reading


Deconstructing Whites for Interiors


{via pinterest} Deconstructing Whites for Interiors is what I'll be speaking about at this upcoming market at the Lunch and Learn on Sunday, October 19th at the Zaar Design Center in High Point. I will be giving the audience a sneak peek of my upcoming eBook, White is Complicated: A Decorators Guide to Choosing the Right White. Discover the five essential categories of whites and which one is right… Continue reading


How to Coordinate White & Cream (If You Made a Mistake)

cream and white kitchen

Just in case you thought that you can't mix white and cream, you certainly can. But sometimes it can look like you made a mistake. Or maybe you finished the room and it doesn't seem quite right. For example, what if you chose all your kitchen finishes, countertops, flooring and backsplash in white or cream, with only one exception? You… Continue reading


Ask Maria: When is White Dirty?

Ask Maria: When is White Dirty?

Now that white is the hottest thing smoking, I'm receiving lots of questions from readers who are worried about choosing the wrong white. So here are four ways to know in advance when your white will look dirty: 1. You have a dark room. Walk into any dark room and look up at the white ceiling. See how dingy and… Continue reading


Smart Light Control for my Living Room from Urban Aesthetics

Smart Shades for my Living Room from Urban Aesthetics

Well am I ever glad I asked whether I should puddle my drapes or not. And Terreeia is even happier because she was right, haha! When I read all your overwhelming "Absolutely not Maria, your living room is way too clean and contemporary" comments, I thought "Duh, of course".  It's not like I would ever have specified puddling drapes for… Continue reading


Should your Trim Colour match your White Vinyl Windows?

White windows

source One of my readers Melissa Huber asked: "My burning question has been what to do about the interior trim around replacement windows. The replacement windows are white but our window trims match all the wood throughout the house (molding, chair railing, beams, crown molding, all kitchen and bath cabinets). What is the best way to treat the the window trim… Continue reading


The Best Exterior Trim Colours with Brick; NOT Cloud White

Photos by Maria Killam Obviously Cloud White (like in this post I wrote) cannot possibly be a go-to white for the exterior of any home and certainly not brick homes, like all the wonderful homes in Toronto (where I'm on a mini-vacation this week). Here is my take on the ones that do work well. In this gray brick home… Continue reading


Should you add a Glaze to your Painted Cabinets? Yay or Nay?

This is Fran's beautiful home (a continuation of yesterday's post).  Fran asked if I would like a light lunch as we had scheduled the consultation for 1:00 pm.  I took her up on her generous offer because set-up day (for my workshop) is always crazy.  It was too hot to dine outside but I had to capture this picture perfect… Continue reading


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