True Colour Expert Training

How NOT to Use the Understanding Undertones® Colour Wheel


Understanding Undertones® – The Colour System Since launching my brand-new-to-the-world, Understanding Undertones colour wheel (above), I have received some good questions. Here is the first question: Maria, I'm sure I'm simply misinterpreting the wheel. I was looking at the fact that greige on the outer ring overlapped green-gray on the inner ring next to it. So I concluded that these colors… 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


Ask Maria: Can a Novice Benefit from my Course? Before & After


I often receive emails like this: Hello Maria, I retired a couple of years ago and I have been taking interior design classes at the local community college. I would love to take your color workshop. Do you think this would be beneficial for a novice, Interior Design student? This post covers two questions. What does it look like to… Continue reading


Spidey Senses Only Work Until they Don't


My last two Specify Colour With Confidence™ events held back to back in Toronto and then New Jersey were off the charts! I have been so inspired meeting designers and colour enthusiasts from all over the country who have followed my work for so many years. One designer in Toronto (who wanted to remain nameless) told me that after she did… Continue reading


I Heart New York: Where to Start When Defining Your Look


  My course in Vancouver last week was the best ever! I know it seems like I always say that but truly I never lead the same course twice. I'm always adding, tweaking, and working to make delivering my system better and better. Last week I added a new conversation–or more accurately inserted a much bigger emphasis–about adopting a classic aesthetic, in the course. Why?… Continue reading


Don't Hire a Designer The Same Way You Buy Oranges


Source The other day, my design assistant, Tricia, received an email from one of my readers: "We found a designer who charges $100 per hour. If Maria can match that rate, we will go with her." My rates are a lot higher than that, with different price points for consulting work and decorating work. I don't post them online because they're subject to… Continue reading


Anyone can Pick a Paint Colour; It Takes an Expert to Choose a Neutral


image source 15 years ago, when I was discovering and creating my Understanding Undertones™ system, by doing consultation after consultation (which added up to thousands), I would often encounter this scenario: I would arrive at a beautiful house in an expensive neighbourhood where after I was greeted by the wife upon entering the house, her husband would walk out of his home… Continue reading


Cream is Old, White is New, and Other Thoughts About Italy


Turns out, Italy doesn't always follow the same rules we do when it comes to colour! There's something about that place that means they can do forest green and a bunch of different undertones with abandon, and somehow, it all still looks amazing. I can't wait to tell you about my trip, show you some photos of beautiful exteriors, and share a recipe for my favourite Italian cocktail! Continue reading


4 Shades of Blue You Can't Live Without


Traci Zeller is one of my very first true colour experts, and she's from Charlotte, North Carolina. If you love blue as much as she does (and don't we all?), you don't want to miss her advice about the four shades you absolutely cannot live without. Continue reading


The Most Important Moment In Any Colour Consultation


Today we welcome guest poster Laura Brzegowy, a True Colour Expert and Ben Moore store colour consultant from Bloomington, Indiana. As the one who replaces the paint chips in store every week, Laura has a unique perspective on which colours are hot, which are not, and the beautiful colour that she NEVER should've chosen to use for an entire exterior. Continue reading


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