about MARIA KILLAM
I’ve always been obsessed with colour and the power it has to create transformation.
I started Colour Me Happy in 2008 after I’d been working in the colour & design industry for almost 10 years.
I am not formally educated in interior design. All my expertise comes from having great mentors and many years of on-the-job experience.
Before that, I worked at Benjamin Moore for 4 years, conducting in-home colour consultations where I used large painted colour samples to specify paint colour.
Working with large colour samples, I started to see a pattern in neutral undertones. My first discovery was with beige because in the early 2000s, earth tones were a huge trend. I noticed that beige had 3 undertones: pink, yellow and green.
At the same time, being in house after house, which added up to thousands of calls, I noticed that each homeowner always lamented the previous homeowner’s choices they’d inherited and were now stuck with. Especially the accent tiles. This is how my timeless aesthetic was born.
In the fall of 2007, I started teaching colour theory to interior design students at a local community college. In the winter of 2010, almost 50% of my students had registered because they were reading my blog and were interested in learning more about my System of Specifying Colour.
So in the summer of 2010, I launched my first Live Vancouver Specify Colour with Confidence workshop on the blog.
There are now over 1000 True Colour Experts all around the world. We have had students attend from all over North America, as well as from Costa Rica, New Zealand, Brazil, and the U.K.
After 20 years in the colour industry, I have seen trends go full circle. We’ve moved from the beige trend to the gray trend and most recently the black and white trend. During that time, I’ve added 6 more primary neutral undertones to my Understanding Undertones system, which now completes my comprehensive approach to colour selection.
Over the years, I have received frequent emails from readers who resonate with my no-nonsense advice. It’s an honour for me to help readers and clients to make classic, timeless choices, and to save them from expensive colour mistakes!
My passion in life is to transform the way you see colour through my classic and timeless aesthetic. Together, we can stop the endless cycle of unnecessary renovations. Eliminate the risk of getting bored with the accent tile you installed, and instead have your home fill you with happiness as soon as you walk in the door.
Whether you’re a new follower or you have been with me from the beginning, thank you so much for supporting Colour Me Happy! I am so grateful to you all!
“With fifteen years of design experience and thousands of consultations, Maria has honed her eye for colour like you wouldn’t believe.”
Maria Killam is an internationally sought-after colour expert, design blogger, author, trainer, decorator and stylist. She is passionate about all things colour and design, subjects she writes about extensively on her blog, Colour Me Happy. Maria’s no-nonsense colour advice, along with her friendly and inspiring writing style quickly turned Colour Me Happy into one of the top 10 colour blogs in North America with over 250,000 readers in 171 countries around the world.
Maria has been published in Style at Home, Canadian Living, Better Homes and Gardens and Dabble, her work has also been featured in Apartment Therapy, HGTV and House Beautiful, among other publications. She has written two best-selling eBooks, How to Choose Paint Colours, It’s all in the Undertones and White is Complicated, a Decorators Guide to Choosing the Right White.
Her work won the Best of Houzz awards for design and service in 2014 – 2018 and her blog has been featured, five times, in The Washington Post.
A recent survey of over 1,000 Colour Me Happy readers showed that an incredible 91% of Maria’s readers follow her advice and over 75% say that her advice has impacted their buying decisions! And, of her 1/4 of a million readers, over 70% consider themselves design enthusiasts and over 50% call themselves a Do-It-Yourselfer (DIY).