Understanding Undertones

Introducing the Understanding Undertones® Colour Wheel

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Well, it's been a long time coming but it's finally here! My new website is feverishly being designed as we speak and I'm crossing my fingers that we launch by the middle of September. The feedback I received from the first agency I hired to design my new site was "You don't have a colour wheel that shows your colour… Continue reading

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Ask Maria: Help! Should my Carpet be Dark or Light Outside?

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Cream stone and cream cushions, lovely | source If you are not a colour expert or not even close, chances are, when you're considering which colour is right for your interior, whether it's flooring, carpets, furniture or paint, you might find yourself asking the question, do I go dark or light? Instead of the question you should be asking which is: Does… Continue reading

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Master Bedroom in Serenity; Pantone's Colour of the Year | Before & After

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I emailed my client Barbara and asked if she had painted her bedroom yet (the room was finished but just needed the new wall colour). She replied "Yes, I have the bedroom painted  … AND …. it looks fabulous!   Love Love Love it!" Here it was before the transformation (above). We needed an area rug, a new duvet and… Continue reading

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There are 9 Neutral Undertones in the World (see them here)

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I've been thinking about my bathrooms lately and how un-renovated and dated they are. It's a project I was going to tackle this year but honestly, they just don't bother me enough so I let it slide. Except for this: I have always loved taking baths but the tub in our master is too big and takes more than one… Continue reading

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Tour My House: Learn the 6 Best Ways to Transition Colour

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Take a walk with me through my house for a real-time example of how to create perfect colour flow in your home. Continue reading

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

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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

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The Best Paint Colours for Your Oak and Maple Cabinetry

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Do you have oak or maple cabinetry? DO NOT pick a paint colour to coordinate without reading this guest post from Kelly Bernier, a True Colour Expert from beautiful Rhode Island. She's sharing a lesson directly from my Specify Colour with Confidence course (which is $200 off right now, with the special offer code at the end of this post). Continue reading

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The 3W's of Colour: What Works? What Doesn't? What to do About it. . .

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Today's guest post is from Susan Hargraves, residential stylist and owner of Rooms that Work™ on Vancouver Island, B.C. Susan loves drama and she's going to share with us, how she creates it in her interiors.

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How Becoming a Certified True Colour Expert™ Changed My Business and My Life

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I'm in Atlanta at the Withit conference this week. My first guest post in the True Colour Expert™ series is from Sheri Bruneau! October 2014 was a total game-changer for me. That was when I was fortunate enough to attend Maria’s Specify Colour with Confidence™ course in Vancouver. Before attending the course, I worked with real estate agents, organizing and… Continue reading

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An Expert Rarely Specifies Anything like Vanna White

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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

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