Transform the way you see colour At Maria Killam’s live colour workshops

Specify colourwith confidence

2018 live colour workshops

If you are an interior design professional, homeowner or design enthusiast and you want a simple, yet powerful system for consistently selecting the right colours for your projects, these live colour workshops are for you.

“I learned things here I NEVER learned in school or 20 years of practise, and I’m a licensed interior designer! Go, go go. [It’s] so worth the money!”

Val Short, Principal GBNA Consulting

SPECIFY COLOUR WITH CONFIDENCE WORKSHOP – FLORIDA AREA

Early Bird Course Price $1997  ($1,000 deposit & $997 three weeks prior)
Boca Raton Area - April 9th to 11th, 2018

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SPECIFY COLOUR WITH CONFIDENCE WORKSHOP – NASHVILLE AREA

Early Bird Rate is $1997 ($1,000 deposit & $997 three weeks prior)
Nashville Area - April 18th to 20th, 2018

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SPECIFY COLOUR WITH CONFIDENCE WORKSHOP – NEW YORK AREA

Early Bird Rate is $1997 ($1,000 deposit & $997 three weeks prior)
New York Area - April 24th to 26th, 2018

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SPECIFY COLOUR WITH CONFIDENCE WORKSHOP – CHICAGO AREA

Early Bird Rate is $1997 ($1,000 deposit & $997 three weeks prior)
Chicago Area - May 15th to 17th, 2018

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SPECIFY COLOUR WITH CONFIDENCE WORKSHOP – DALLAS AREA

Early Bird Rate is $1997 ($1,000 deposit & $997 three weeks prior)
Dallas Area - May 22nd to 24th, 2018

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theSYSTEM

Celebrity designers still get away with making declarations like this to their audiences: “Colour is hard, all you can do is test it and hope that you get it right”.

But that is not true! You CAN master colours if you know their undertones in a rational way with reasons behind your choices instead of mere intuition and guess work.

Getting proficient in specifying the right colour used to take years — it took me 20 years to train my eye to see colour like I do. But I know you don’t have 20 years to spare. So I have condensed everything I know into one three-day course, where I share all my insider secrets that took me 20,000 hours to learn. Developing your aesthetic as a decorator or interior designer takes a long time, but you can learn the best way to sell a classic and timeless look and feel in only three days.

You CAN learn how to select the perfect colours with ease and confidence. All you need is a system for selecting the right colours – a system that works each and every time.

When you have that system, you can:

  • Diagnose exactly what is going on, and what should be going on, when you walk into a home.
  • Know exactly where to begin, every time
  • Create a colour scheme that pulls the look of a home together
  • Distinguish undertones in complex neutrals and whites
  • Create a niche, specializing in colour
  • Become known as a True Colour Expert™!

Colour is the foundation of any
design project.

How long will you wait until you’re really good at colour?

about theCOURSE

Everything about my colour training is hands-on, no-nonsense, this-is-how-you-do-it, information.

And the best part is that the mentoring continues, by Maria and the over 300 members of her private forum, for True Colour Expert™ graduates ONLY on a private Facebook page.

THE COURSE INCLUDES

  • Three days of live, in-person training by world reknown colorist Maria Killam
  • Your own complete and extensive work book filled with useful cheat sheets
  • Business forms you’ll need for your business and information you can refer back to as you build your experience and train your eye
  • A $350 photography tip you’ll start using immediately
  • Catered lunch, coffee, soft drinks and snacks each day
  • Certification as a True Colour Expert™

Save $297 when you enroll today

How to Choose Exterior Colours with Confidence

You’ll receive instant access to my powerful webinar, How to Choose Exterior Colour with Confidence in which I walk you through the process a professional goes through to arrive at precisely the right colour choice for the exterior of a home or building.

This process saves you hours of trial and error, hours of holding a fan deck up to the outside of a building, and hours of asking your friends and neighbors how they chose their colours!

It will instantly take the wide world of paint colours (thousands) and narrow it down to a manageable number from which to select the perfect colour. (I usually charge $297, but when you enroll now, you get it absolutely free!)

When you enroll today and complete the training,

you also receive the following BONUSES!

PRIVATE ACCESS Graduate-Only Facebook Page

Access to a private graduate-only Facebook page, where you can interact with other True Colour Expert™ graduates! Get a second (or third or fourth) opinion, and to take advantage of the international resource forum.

$50 OFF COLOUR BOARDSThe MOST indispensable tool

A $50 discount on THE most indispensable tool every colour consultant should have! My hand painted large colour boards help you easily identify the undertones and will transform the success of your colour consultations.

CERTIFIED TRUE COLOUR EXPERT™ BUTTONShow off your certification

A Certified True Colour Expert™ button to display on your website, so your prospects and clients know you’ve received training of the highest caliber – and that you are a True Colour EXPERT™.

MY BOOKS Both of my indispensable eBooks

My books! My first indispensable eBook How to Choose Paint Colours; It’s all in the Undertones AND my second indispensable eBook White is Complicated; A Decorators Guide to Choosing the Right White.

a littleABOUT ME

My name is Maria Killam, and I am the creator of Understanding Undertones™ – The Color System and the author of How to Choose Paint Colours; It’s All in the Undertones and White is Complicated; A Decorators Guide to Choosing the Right White.

I have taught thousands of design professionals and colour enthusiasts how to transform the way they see colour forever with my proprietary Understanding Undertones™ system. Will you be next?

Colour theory isn’t enough anymore.

My system gives you a clear sense of how colours behave in every space.

creatingUNDERSTANDING UNDERTONES

Colour theory isn’t enough anymore.

People often ask me “Why your system? What is Understanding Undertones?”

The first thing you need to know about my system is it’s a helpful way to organize colour in your head so you can make clear choices. It gives you guidelines to follow rather than rules that can’t be broken. And the best news of all – you can ignore 95% of the fan deck.

Colour Wheel Large

Do you remember studying the Periodic Table in your high school chemistry class? In 1869 Dmitri Mendeleev organized and published the first widely recognized periodic table. He developed this table to show trends in the properties of chemical elements.

He didn’t invent these chemical elements. What he did was study them so thoroughly that he noticed patterns in how they were configured and how they behaved. Ever since he published this table scientists have been using it to understand and predict how chemical elements behave.

My system is the periodic table of understanding undertones: it gives you clear sense of how colours behave in every space.

Sir Isaac Newton gave us the colour wheel, and many of us get basic colour theory – primaries, secondaries, complimentraries, etc. based on his concept. But he was trying to understand the spectrum, not coordinating fabrics and tiles and other finishes. The colour wheel has very little to tell us about working with complex neutrals and whites in interiors.

NO MORE CONFUSION

My system eliminates the confusion of endless neutrals. Why? Because there are 9 neutral undertones in the world and once you have a gradation of them (from light to dark), you no longer need to sift through hundreds to find the right one. I’ve identified the 50 Core neutrals and 50 nice-to-have’s that work in virtually every scenario.

CORE NEUTRALS

Need to choose a neutral? 95% of the time, you’ll find it in the Core Neutrals. I’ve done the hard work of finding the exact neutrals, you need to know about. They make it easy to coordinate paint colours to the granite, tile or sofa you’re working with.

CATEGORIZE

Once you learn this system and have developed competency with it, you will know if and when to bend the rules. But first you need to learn how to look at colour and categorize it. You need to learn your ABCs before you can start to get creative with your language.

theINVESTMENT

Is this the right time to invest in your business?

If you’re building a business – or even if you’re a homeowner who wants to learn exactly how to select the right colours for your home – then you may be unsure about whether this is the right time to spend money?

First of all, consider this course an investment rather than a cost. It’s an investment on which you can expect a HUGE return! If you are making big design decisions, it’s very easy to make a $2000 mistake. If you’re an interior design professional, becoming a True Colour Expert™ is absolutely the best investment you can make!

Not only will you carve out a niche for yourself as the go-to expert in your area, but you’ll also easily transition your clients from consult-only clients to full-on design clients, dramatically increasing your bottom line. And if you’re a homeowner, imagine how good it will feel to know, with confidence, that you’re choosing colours that will give your home exactly the feel you want it to have, in every room!

In the past, I could see that the colour was wrong and could choose the correct colour, but didn’t have language to explain why. Maria’s training not only gave me new vocabulary for colour, but I also acquired a deeper understanding of undertones and how they affect each other. I recently met a woman shopping for tile in a tile showroom. I could hear her sighs of stress as she contemplated her choices. I eventually gave her my business card and told her I could help her as I was “certified in colour by a world renowned colour expert”. She perked up. She asked if I had ever heard of the woman in Canada. I excitedly said, “Yes! Maria Killam! That’s who I trained with!” I was hired on the spot! I am very happy that I invested in the training! It has been invaluable for me and I treasure the memories of the experience.

Melissa Bolinger, Stylist, theRoomStylist.com

100% satisfaction guarantee

how much is that worth to you?

I believe it’s invaluable. That’s why the $2,247 ticket price for my 3-day event is more than reasonable. AND, you make this investment at no risk because you’re covered by my 100% Satisfaction Guarantee. If, by the end of the last day, you don’t think this is the best colour course you’ve ever taken, simply turn in your class materials and I’ll give you a full refund.

dayONE

AN OVERVIEW

The first day is, for many of my students, their favourite day, because it’s a day of transformation. How you “see” colour before the day starts and how you “see” colour by the end of the day typically becomes one of those moments where the world looked one way when you entered the class and another way by the time you leave at the end of the day.

HIGHLIGHTS OF DAY ONE:

  • How trends impact your business and why you need to understand them.
  • How to really evaluate complex and sometimes difficult neutrals and whites. You’ll complete a series of exercises in breaking down and distinguishing neutral undertones and whites.
  • You’ll do the work of categorizing a set of colours and build your own colour reference guide you’ll be able to take home with you and use as a helpful resource.
  • How to understand neutrals that can sometimes seem to change right in front of your eyes when you look at them in a certain context.
  • You’ll start to learn the language of explaining “why your suggestion is the right one” or to put it another way how to explain why your intuition informed choice is more accurate than what your client is suggesting’ and a big part of this is learning how to compare colour so that your client can see what you can see.

“Maria’s Specify Color with Confidence course was really the icing on the cake to becoming fully color confident! After spending 5 years as a color consultant and designer, taking Maria’s course took the guess work and stress out of choosing colors for my clients. As a result, I have become much quicker at putting together a color palette and have been able to raise my designer rates. Her course teaches tools in which no other interior design training does to understanding how colors work together and why. This course should be a designer requirement! Thank you so much Maria for helping us save the world from pink beige!”

Angela Block, True Colour Expert™ Interior Designer, angelablock.com

dayTWO

HIGHLIGHTS OF DAY TWO:

  • Having established the foundation of how to see and categorize colour, we go on to the nuts and bolts of how to actually go through the interior of a home and specify colour. And give you the first steps in gaining confidence.
  • I will take you, step by step, through my 10 Step Colour Confidence Method which is a system you’ll use when consulting with clients. Plus you’ll watch me walk through actual client consultations where you will have an opportunity to see how a master colourist does it.
  • Throughout the day, you’ll work with with actual fixed elements and furnished items with the language you’ll have learned by having read my book, How to Choose Paint Colours – It’s All in the Undertones and White is Complicated).
  • In breakout groups you’ll work together to pick the best colour/s for an interior. You’ll do several of these exercises, enough times so you start to develop a feel for how a colour consultation goes.
  • Thursday night we all get together at a local, reasonably-priced restaurant after the class ends. To eat, chat and get to know each other.

It was great and worth every penny. I gained a lot from it, and now I do not second guess my color choice because a client is telling me “but I really love this color“ I WILL NOT BACK DOWN on what the undertones are telling me! And now I have the reasons WHY they should not settle either! Thank you!

Karen Gray, True Colour Expert™ HSR, RESA designsolutionskgp.com

dayTHREE

THE BUSINESS OF COLOUR:

  • The third day you’ll learn the business of colour and design. I’ll share how I developed my successful business model and you’ll discover which pieces you can map onto your business.
  • What you need to do to set yourself up for success
  • How and what to charge for your services
  • How to ask for the money
  • Design has evolved to where we now source most of the items we need for any project on-line. The better you get at seeing the 9 undertones in my system, the easier it will be for you to source specific items on-line and get very accurate. “You would be amazed at how most things that arrive for my client projects are exactly the right colour we thought they would be. Just because I could distinguish, in advance, the neutral undertones in the rug, pillow, or duvet that I needed.”
  • You’ll learn my insider secrets on how I work with clients on-line, choosing and specifying colour for their interiors and exteriors, so you can add this valuable and lucrativeservice to your list of offerings.

frequently askedQUESTIONS

If you’re building a business – or even if you’re a homeowner who wants to learn exactly how to select the right colours for your home – then you may be unsure about whether this is the right time to spend money?

First of all, consider this course an investment rather than a cost. It’s an investment on which you can expect a HUGE return! If you are making big design decisions, it’s very easy to make a $2000 mistake. If you’re an interior design professional, becoming a True Colour Expert™ is absolutely the best investment you can make!

Not only will you carve out a niche for yourself as the go-to expert in your area, but you’ll also easily transition your clients from consult-only clients to full-on design clients, dramatically increasing your bottom line. And if you’re a homeowner, imagine how good it will feel to know, with confidence, that you’re choosing colours that will give your home exactly the feel you want it to have, in every room!

There’s really nothing that replaces a live training experience.

At the end of three days, participants are astounded with everything they have just learned and, most importantly, you’ll be getting it all in the right order. Yes you can find everything for free on-line these days, but it won’t be in the right order, and if it’s not in the right order, it’s far less useful. Join me and learn all my best practices, while taking your knowledge of colour to the next level, for real mastery.

The short answer is, No.

This is my own personal system I developed after performing thousands and thousands of design and colour consultations.. No one else teaches it, because no one else knows it!

I wrote my eBooks to widely share the principles of my system, and they are full of great information you can use right away.

What makes coming to my training so transformative is that we spend these three days working with actual projects and exercises. We go through endless examples and I ask questions like, “What’s the undertone here?” and “What’s wrong with this room? How would you fix it?” You will go beyond understanding principles to developing experience around colour. And you’ll leave with a level of confidence that would be hard to achieve through reading any book no matter how great it is.

If your business is struggling, you need to do something different.

When your customers and clients can sense your confidence, your business increases exponentially. You can command higher rates and work with your ideal clients (who not only pay you happily, but also really listen to – and heed – your advice).