Maria Killam’s Understanding Undertones Colour Wheel Now Available!

FREE ONLY while supplies last – Just pay SHIPPING & HANDLING

UPDATE ON FRIDAY, AUGUST 16: I did not expect to go through 3/4 of my available stock in only two days so I have changed the offer to one free colour wheel now so that as many of you as possible have a chance to own one!  I don’t have many left, so get it now for free while it’s still available.

Go here to order one.

I am VERY EXCITED to announce that my Understanding Undertones colour wheel is finally available and READY TO SHIP.

While trying to match the colour wheel to one paint company, we learned that the printing process will NEVER be as accurate as a paint chip, so we came up with the best possible solution to still make it an amazing tool!

We will only be doing this for the first run, so get it TODAY, while supplies last!

Read all about how to use the wheel and customize it for you, using the paint company YOU prefer here.

And, I thought that this announcement was also a good time to answer this Ask Maria question that I recently received:

“Maria, I hear, read and see so many people talking about warm greys vs cool greys.  In your system, are they talking about green and violet grey as warm and blue grey as cool?  Or are they possibly mixing taupe from your system in there too?  I’m trying to figure out where warm grey and cool grey fit in your system?”

Yes you are absolutely right. In my System for Specifying Colour, blue is definitely ‘cooler’ than the green or violet greys.

When people talk about grey and they have no idea about undertones, they will often make vague statements like “I prefer warm greys over cool greys”, (then they cross their fingers and hope they don’t get any further questions).


“Stay away from cool greys, they will make your living room or bedroom feel sad”.

So here’s the thing. When you don’t know the steps you need to take in order to choose a colour for any given scenario, ie. A renovation, a new build or a decorating project, there are two obvious (but mostly wrong) ways you will choose colour (for anything, not just walls) instead:

Warmer or Cooler

You’ll have a bunch of paint samples up on the wall, and because you don’t know that your colour should actually relate to what is already there or what is coming, you’ll choose ‘The warmer one” because that just seems logical.

We all want to create a warm and inviting space right?

This is the same reason why taupe is such a popular neutral. It’s warmer than all the greys and cooler than all the beiges (above). However it is not grey.

Lighter or Darker

I have heard this statement many times in my career “We went with the lighter _____ because we thought it would make the space feel _____ with the darker one”.

That seems logical too right?

However, choosing colour like this will only give you the result you are looking for by accident.

For example, there’s nothing wrong with a cool blue grey, it depends on how the room is being decorated and most of all, if blue happens to be a colour that you like.

But if you chose a ‘grey’ without knowing the and didn’t realize it was in fact a ‘blue grey’ and you don’t like blue, and now your walls are blue, or your backsplash is blue, well you’re not going to be happy.

Real Home

The best way to learn how to choose the right neutral is to start with the right tools.

You may be surprised to learn that over and over again you will see one or several of these nine neutral colours in the majority of the hard and soft finishes available in the marketplace today. That’s why I’ve curated this list of neutrals and called them the most useful and most commonly seen neutral colours.

Once you use the colour wheel to identify the neutral or several neutrals in any given soft or hard finish, then, the way to find the perfect colour is to pull out the large samples in my system.

Whether you paint your own or purchase my large colour samples, you CANNOT navigate the minutia of the right neutral vs. the ‘close but not quite’ neutral without them. My large colour samples will include TWO FREE NEUTRAL COLOUR WHEELS.

Read all about how to use the wheel and customize it for you, using the paint company YOU prefer here.

Questions? Please post them below! I’m so excited to get this amazing tool in your hands, I can’t think of a better way to get this system out into the world!

I can’t wait to hear what you think! Get your FREE Understanding Undertones colour wheel TODAY (just pay shipping and handling). While supplies last!

Order it here.

PLEASE NOTE: This FREE offer is available for individual subscribers ONLY. Please contact our office for bulk orders.

CANADIANS and INTERNATIONAL CUSTOMERS: These colour wheels were manufactured in America and will ship out of America. That means if you live outside of the US, you will still be paying American funds to have it shipped to you.  If you’re wondering why it’s being shipped out of America, it would cost too much money to import them back into Canada and ship again at Canadian rates. That’s the SHIPPING part. They are being shipping (with tracking, NOT general mail) out of a fulfillment house. This means, someone other than our office is physically picking up the wheel and labeling an envelope and sending it to you. That’s called HANDLING.



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  1. Just received mine and it’s lovely, thank you!

    Would you mind posting a photo of where exactly you glue the paint chips from the store? Is it just around the edge on the front? Or also on the back? Nothing on the inner rings on the front? It’s so pretty that I don’t want to mess it up! 🙂

    • You can see the adjusted wheel with colour chips in both my IGTV video on Instagram and on the video at the top of the landing page. Just cut the colour chip so it fits the small area on the edge of the front AND definitely the back too because they are the darker ones. . . I’ll figure out where I can post another photo. Maria

  2. Hi,

    I received my color wheel and have been gluing my color chips as instructed! I see you’ve removed the lighter colors from the reference chart. (I understand why you did this as it was a bit confusing.) I’m wondering if you have those lighter colors listed somewhere else as they are useful for determining undertone and I was going to glue them to the front of my color wheel. (BTW, BM Maritime White is so useful for pairing with the pink beige stone found in many older bathrooms around my area.)

    Thank you for this great tool!

  3. I received my color wheel and just got back from my local Benjamin Moore store. Thought it might be helpful for folks to know that the U.S. equivalent of Dark Taupe, CC-500 Ranchwood, is 985 Indian River. Thanks again for offering these wheels to us, Maria.

  4. I just got my new color wheel which confirmed my assessment. I bought my townhouse so I can age in place. It was the model home, I didn’t get to pick out any of the finishes. I knew it was a mess, but I can’t use the stairs anymore and needed an accessible place. Downsizing, and finding new construction at a price I could afford (since my husband had recently died) was the main priority. Here’s the report: green-grey walls, gold beige wood floor, dark taupe subway tiles in kitchen with yellow-beige granite, and a faux stone fireplace surround with a mix of blue and violet grey! This is all in an open-concept living, dining, kitchen, entry area in northern light. My wood cabinets are Shaker style in a medium brown like the floor. Most of my traditional wood furniture is mahogany or dark Craftsman oak. I have a few painted pieces and a small French table in pecan. SO, I’m spending $7K to have the horrible mantel torn out and replaced with a classic, traditional white painted wood one!!! Everyone thinks I’m insane, but I hope you, Maria, will understand. There is just too much going on, too many undertones. I can’t find any wall color that works, but getting rid of the “rustic” greyish mantel will help a lot.

  5. So I just ordered a free color wheel and paid for the color book download. We are doing a new build and the paint color they offer for interior I am leaning toward is Repose Gray. But I want to make sure I know the undertone before we go picking cabinet and floor colors. It seems to be a greige type color to me between violet gray and taupe. Which do you think it is? The other color they offer is Accesible Beige but I am not a yellow or warm color person usually so thinking that won’t work for us.
    And here’s to hoping my wheel gets here before my design appointment next week! Thanks for your blog, I am hoping it makes our new house look coordinated and polished.