Understanding Undertones

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


The Best Paint Colours for Your Oak and Maple Cabinetry


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


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


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


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


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


Contrast and Comparison: There's Only One Place to Really Get It


Learning to compare and contrast the RIGHT way is one of the most valuable skills you can have as a interior decorator, or even as a homeowner about to build or renovate. It's not a hard skill to learn, but it's also not taught anywhere but here. Take it from my True Colour Experts. Continue reading


The Easy Way to Decorate Around a Tan (Pink Beige) Sofa


If you've been reading this blog for awhile, you know there's nothing neutral about a pink beige sofa. You also know that pink beige is so EVERYWHERE that it's probably not your fault if you have it in your home. There's just too much of it out there. Here's how to decorate around it so it looks intentional. Continue reading


Test Your Colour Confidence: 25 Days of Whites & Undertones

blue grey dining

It's exterior and renovation season! I have been analyzing countertops, cabinets, tile, and exterior colours with so many of you for weeks! Two years ago in the summer, I launched 37 Days of Undertones, and it was a big hit. Every day, I would post an image on my Facebook page and tell you the undertones in the colours. You all participated and did so… Continue reading


How Much Heavy Lifting can a Paint Colour Handle?


{via pinterest} I get the best questions about paint colour and how much it can or cannot do to "rescue" a mistake someone has made in their house or a mistake they inherited from a previous owner. Sometimes, colour can swoop in and magically save the day, so there's nothing wrong with wondering if your situation can also be saved by… Continue reading


How to Work with Bedroom Carpet You Don't Like


Recently, I had a consultation with Lori who wanted help with her great room, paint colours and her bathrooms. She walked me through her house and we created a furniture plan for her great room, chose colours throughout and discussed her bathrooms. In the first bathroom we were able to make the room look new (and save her brand new granite countertop) just by choosing the perfect… Continue reading


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