Vancouver Colour Consultant: The Best of Colour Me Happy 2011

It’s almost the New Year and here is this year’s round up of my 10 most popular posts:

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Maria’s Guide to Starting a Design Blog

How-to posts about blogging are always popular and this post rounds up all my posts about blogging. If you have decided that 2012 is the year to start your blog, make sure you read all the links to my past posts from this one and you’ll be well on your way!

Photo Shoot for My New Website (including the Bloopers)

I think people always like to see a work in progress, which this shoot was. In the end I didn’t end up even using these pictures of me anywhere in my new website.

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The Hottest Trend in Backsplash Tile for 2011: Yay or Nay

Some commenters informed me that this accent tile had been around for a few years already but to me it was suddenly everywhere, not to mention totally OVERUSED, so I called it trendy for 2011. Actually I think it’s more of a fad which has a much shorter shelf life than a trend.

Via Verdigris Vie

Gray Kitchen Cabinets: Four Ways to Know if You Should Follow the Trend

This post is a good one to read if you are waffling between painting your cabinets white or gray.

Seven Hot Blogging Tips from Los Angeles

This post was a good one because it recapped the best advice from this conference last year (which I’m going to again this year).

 

(BM Bermuda Turquoise) House Beautiful

What Everyone Should Know About Blue

I actually refer to this post a lot when discussing blue with clients.

 

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Will Installing Granite Sell Your House Faster?

Make sure you watch this video blog I taped if you have been given this very bad advice!

Via Centsational Girl

The Best Reason to Paint Old Furniture

My explanation combined with Joni’s post “How to Convince Your Husband to Decorate Your Way” made this post very popular.

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One More Reason You Should Skip Accent Tiles Altogether

Listening to this advice will give you the most timeless house, period.

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How to Choose Paint Colours: It’s All in the Undertones

The best of Colour Me Happy is definitely now in my eBook. If you choose colours for yourself or clients, understanding my system for distinguishing undertones will save you hundreds and/or thousands of dollars in mistakes. Plus, as an extra bonus you will get my “go-to” list with all the undertones listed in categories.

Here is a review Barb from Tassels Interiors just posted after she read it:

The book is FABULOUS!!!

I have been reading your blog for the last couple years, and have always wanted to attend one of your workshops, but have been unable.  This book has been very helpful in answering some of my questions in regards to recognizing the undertones, and applying this information to specifying colors for my customers.  I feel much more confident in my selections for customers.  Thank you for describing your system clearly and concisely.  I am looking forward to your other books.

Hope you are having a happy holiday week with your family!

Related posts:

The Best of Colour me Happy 2010

The Best of Colour me Happy 2009

Colour me Happy’s Top 10 posts (Some of my favourites are yours)

Download my eBook, It’s All in the Undertones. If you have a computer, you can download my book!

If you would like your home to fill you with happiness every time you walk in, contact me.

To make sure the undertones in your home are right, get some large samples!

If you would like to learn to how choose the right colours for your home or for your clients, become a True Colour Expert.

 

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  1. It’s that time of year to review! I posted my colors in review just this morning.

    Maria, I don’t know how you were able to choose some of your best for 2011, I think they were ALL great!

    Looking forward to more for 2012. Happy, colorful New Year!

    Donna
    xo

  2. Thanks for the recap, Maria. Although I have read all these postings originally, it was good to go back and review. I am going to paint my old dark kitchen cabinets and that bedside table after re-reading your post on painting furniture.

    Hope you have a wonderful end to 2011 and a Happy New Year.

  3. Great post Maria!!
    I love going back and reviewing your top posts of the year.
    I couldn’t get your first link to work but maybe it’s just my iPad…just an FYI!
    LOVE your blog….very informative and inspiring! Looks like I’ll be seeing you in LA at the Blog conference in 2012!! Can’t wait:)
    Jennifer

  4. How about some fabulous ideas to deal with the dreaded, all beige rental apartment. Beige walls, awful/cheap beige wall-to-wall carpeting, beige linoleum squares on bathroom and kitchen floors. I hate my all beige apartment!
    I’d LOVE to have a white, white, white space!
    Desperate!

  5. I built a new house . Your site saved me a LOT of turmoil. Everything looks fabulous. Right down to my white kitchen. I can’t tell you how much grief, the contractor, spouse, trim installer, tile installer, cabinet maker, gave me about that white kitchen! When it was all done, they are in awe. The architect wants to put it in an article they are doing on kitchens. I couldn’t have stuck to my guns without your words of wisdom. My cabinets are white with a med gray accent, my walls are BM intellectual gray, countertops are titanium granite (beautiful). I had the trim color matched to my cabinets. My backsplash is an offwhite with a gray undertone. behind the stove is pure white and off white harlequin with a braid border. I wish you could see it. I owe you all the credit. Oh yeah, the floors are a wide plank hand scraped espresso hardwood. NO cfls!