Never Pick a Neutral Without Large Colour Boards: Pssst! They Do it For You!

Every time I hold one of my 3 day colour workshops we take some time in the afternoon on Day 1 and analyze the paint colours in the meeting room we are in and discuss whether the existing colours work or not (they rarely do). We do this so that my new True Colour Experts can see how to work with my large paint samples. The other very important reason ... 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 on the blog, this is a common problem right now ... 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 close to brown for any of my clients for years. ... Continue Reading

The Best Colours For Your Bedroom Are Not What You Think

My guest poster today is Laurel Colins, a True Colour Expert from Nelson, B.C. Laurel uses the time-honoured principles of Feng Shui in all her colour consultations, and she's got some tips to share about the colours you definitely should (and definitely should NOT) use for your bedroom. ... Continue Reading

An Expert Rarely Specifies Anything like Vanna White

When I was a new designer and I had to choose a sofa for a client, I would show up with my binder full of every sofa style available. Then as I gained more experience, I realized that doing that made me look like I had no idea which sofa was the right one. And looking back, I mostly didn't. I was hoping my client would choose to take me off the hook. It works the same with paint colours. If you hire a designer or colour consultant and you are left with 10 (or more than 2) different shades of neutrals or colours to test for one room or one exterior? Well, she (or he) doesn't know which one is right either. ... Continue Reading

Learn how to use Large Painted Sample Boards

{via pinterest}   [youtube_sc url=”” rel=”0″]   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 at a pro level. I then ... Continue Reading

How to Choose Paint Colours that Work with Your Lighting

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 and hallway (which are criminally devoid of any shred of ... Continue Reading

Vancouver Colour Consultant: How Light Affects Paint Colour

I am getting lots of questions about lighting and how it affects paint colour. I’m including this one to start off this post because it’s even more complicated than the usual one I receive (and it’s a great question, thanks!) source “Maria, do you know of a seminar that would delve into the more technical aspects of colour: how do certain chemicals affect the colour, how will this be reflected ... Continue Reading

Are you Waiting for your Paint Colour to Propose?

source Before the gray trend hit the streets, anytime I would hold up a basic linen shade (like BM Muslin or Manchester Tan) clients would say “ooooooooooooh that’s too gray”, or they would just raise their eyebrow and say “That’s the most boring colour ever!” So then I would either pull out a cooler gray to demonstrate that these colours were indeed more beige than anything in the realm of ... Continue Reading

The 80/20 Rule also Applies to the most Popular Paint Colours

It’s called ‘The Pareto Principal’ and it means that in anything a few (20%) are vital and many (80%) are trivial. Or 20% of the people own 80% of the wealth or 20 percent of the defects cause 80% of the problems. Project Managers know that 20% of the work (the first 10% and the last 10%) consume 80% of your time and resources. You can apply the 80/20 Rule ... Continue Reading

Vancouver’s Colour Expert reveals the Insider Secrets to Testing & Selecting Paint Colours

flickr I arrived at a colour consultation yesterday and my lovely client Deborah agreed to let me photograph the consultation for my blog. She needed a colour for her living room. A new colour to freshen it up, she liked this one but knew it wasn’t right. You can see the existing yellow shade was looking a bit green next to her sofa and drapery which were more of a ... Continue Reading

Vancouver Colour Consultant; Get the most out of your Consultation

The painter is hovering, waiting for the list of paint colours for your house and he starts next week. You’ve tested them, but the colours you were so sure of yesterday are suddenly looking. . . wrong. They might be right, but at this point you are willing to pay to make sure. So you pick up the phone to schedule a consultation. I have shown up at many a ... Continue Reading

Monumental, Residential, and Human Scale; John Saladino

  One of the best books on Interior Design I have ever read is “Style by Saladino” by John Saladino, a New York designer. I first saw him speak at the Seattle Design Show about 3 years ago where he was also promoting his new book which I snapped up immediately. I have never read a coffee table design book from cover to cover before or since and the most fascinating ... Continue Reading