Understanding Undertones

Renovate with Confidence – Focus on Finishes WEBINAR: Summer School with Maria Killam


When I was a brand new designer, it scared me to choose tiles. There were so many of them. Thousands of clients and years later, I realized that 80% of tiles, shouldn't even be in the store. Most of them are bad and ugly, it's the pretty tile that I want to teach you to see. It's such a permanent decision! It's… Continue reading


Fix Your Colours for Free


View from this house (below) Some of you may remember when I did 37 days of Undertones in the summer of 2012 on Facebook. Many of you got a lot out of it so I've been thinking about a way to do something else, but with a different twist. So here's what we're going to do this time that I… Continue reading


Sherwin Williams Sample Board Giveaway

Agreeable Gray

  SW Agreeable Gray I'm very excited to announce that as we speak, I am getting large sample boards painted in Sherwin Williams best greys and whites. There will be 25 per set and they should be ready by the end of the month! I have received many requests for large samples in SW colours, since there are many parts… Continue reading


Ask Maria: How do I Work with Taupe & Blue Gray?

Ask Maria

  I've been following your blog very closely and I recall your very informative post about how white will never come to life in a dark room.  So although I LOVE white, I decided to choose a wall colour (BM Ranchwood) to blend in my fireplace and sofa instead of going white which is my instinct.  But, now I'm having… Continue reading


How I Created my System of Understanding Undertones™

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Have you ever wondered exactly how I discovered my system of Understanding Undertones™ that I teach to designers, decorators, architects, home stagers and colour enthusiasts from around the world? I didn't see the subtle undertones in neutrals myself until I started using large colour boards. So really, they are a huge contribution to the existence of my entire system. There… Continue reading


Rules for Colors

Rules for Choosing Colours

Well I'm kicking off the first day of Learn How to Specify Colour for Interiors Summer School tomorrow with my Rules for Whites, Rules for Neutrals and Rules for Colour. Then we'll jump right in to learning my 7 basic principles and questions I always have in my back pocket at every consultation.

Next week will be a step-by-step to choosing colour in every area of your home, what to paint and what can't be painted.

Here's a sneak peek of one of the colour rules: Continue reading


Secrets to Choosing Neutrals that will Always Take Your Side


This week when I posted an Open Letter to All Paint Companies, I outlined how they should all distinguish their colours by undertone to make it easier for the consumer to choose the right colour. And yesterday this press release from Beauti-tone (a Canadian paint company) landed in my in-box. Here it is below: "When it comes to paint colour,… Continue reading


An Open Letter to all Paint Companies

Kids picking colour

Alright my lovelies, it's time to literally shake things up in the paint world! Wake Up! It's 2013! Most of you are so behind with your colours it's totally painful. I conduct on-line colour consultations all over the world and I use your fan decks. Before I can even look up a colour on some decks, I have to read… Continue reading


Are Natural Fiber Rugs Neutral?


I am so thrilled to be guest posting at Cote de Texas where she also reviewed my ebook today! Joni's living room I received this question a while ago and since one of Joni's signature looks includes seagrass rugs, I thought it would be a perfect guest post for blog. Check it out here. One of my favourite posts that… Continue reading


How to be Smart in a World of Dumb Designers


After I posted my goals for 2013 last week sharing my dilemma on finding images that I could use to show 'What not to do with undertones', I received this very generous email from one of my lovely readers (no names will be used here), who said I was welcome to share her story: I have made literally every mistake… Continue reading


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