The other day a reader emailed me a question about orange beige. She had an existing orange beige stone fireplace and wondered what the rules were about choosing a neutral to coordinate with it. Which ones worked, which ones didn’t. The System for Specifying Colour™ My answer was that all… Continue Reading →
Fashion Translated Most people shop for ANYTHING house related the way I shop for fashion. I was thinking about this the other day because I have been desperate to find a local stylist to help me with my clothes. Especially, when I have to come up with 12 different outfits… Continue Reading →
Whenever I have introduced the concept of clean and dirty colours, without fail, someone raises an objection to the term “dirty”. They wonder why I don’t use a term that implies less of a value judgement like “muted” or “toned-down” or “complex”. I’ve been effectively teaching the difference in my… Continue Reading →
Maria Killam in New Jersey My first SOLD OUT Fall Specify Colour with Confidence workshop starts next week in downtown Vancouver. I’m so excited to meet everyone! Whenever I write my Spring and Fall campaigns, I spend a lot of time thinking about what I might say. But then I… Continue Reading →
I’m announcing the winners of my 50 gifts for turning 50 today on Canada’s 150th birthday! I thought I’d do a little round-up of my Spring workshop season at the same time. We have finally found and booked all the meeting rooms for our Fall lineup of workshops so… Continue Reading →
via House Beautiful (love the perfect boxwood and painted brick) When you’re a new designer, it’s hard to have the answer for every single question. You simply have not seen or experienced every problem yet and EVERY house is different. As a brand new decorator, schlepping my large paint samples from… Continue Reading →
Photo by Angie Wolfe Photography Many of you know the story of how I began this blog but I’ll do a recap for this post. I had been reading blogs for about 6 months before I started writing Colour Me Happy over 8 years ago. Business was slow for me at… Continue Reading →
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… Continue Reading →
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… Continue Reading →
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… Continue Reading →
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… Continue Reading →
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… Continue Reading →
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… Continue Reading →
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!
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.
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.