Become a True Colour Expert™


Early Bird $2250 Regular Price $2500 ($1250 Deposit, $1000 Final Balance Due 3 weeks out)

The Dana on Mission Bay – June 1st – June 3rd, 2020


Spend three days with me where I will reveal what doesn’t get covered in design school, the colour industry, or anywhere else online or in print. You’ll walk away knowing precisely how to distinguish undertones and work with complex neutrals, and your eye will be trained to see what others just can’t.

You’ll also learn my Colour Confidence Method™, a proven technique that will give you the expertise and confidence you need to raise your rates immediately.

My method covers:

  • My system for Understanding Undertones™ comes down to 9 undertones. ANYWHERE you go in the world, they are the same. They can be transferred to ANY colour system.
  • The must-know principles of colour consulting that will give your clients true value in their decorating, renovating, or building projects;
  • How to help your clients get more from their budgets than they thought possible;
  • The 10 steps you’ll use to ace every consultation;
  • The exact language you’ll use to help your clients understand the “why” of your suggestions (i.e., why “this” is the best choice and why “that” isn’t) Many times you’ll know intuitively that something works or doesn’t but aren’t able to explain why your suggestions are correct ;
  • How to see when colour can create magic and when it can’t;
  • Work with real tile, countertop and flooring samples during in-class exercises throughout the 3 days.
  • Day 3: Learn the Business of Colour, 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, how to see and help your clients with colour on-line so you can add this valuable and lucrative service to your list of offerings.
  • and much more!

Training Includes:

  • Your own invaluable reference book, filled with all the learning tools from three days of training
  • Maria’s two e-books, How to Choose Paint Colours — It’s All in the Undertones; White is Complicated
  • Unlimited access to Maria’s NEW Exterior Masterclass training ($497 value); and
  • Use of an in-class fan deck
  • Work with fabric, hard finishes and large paint samples during in-class, hands-on exercises throughout all 3 days. After your group has made their selections, Maria works with each group to tweak their colour selections and explain WHY each choice is the correct one

Additional Bonuses:

  • 3 days of live, in-person training by Maria Killam
  • Your own complete and extensive work book filled with useful cheat sheets, 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 bonus photography tip you’ll start using immediately
  • Catered lunch, coffee, soft drinks and snacks each day
  • Certification as a True Colour Expert™
  • Access to a graduates-only private Facebook page, PRICELESS. Especially if you work alone and sometimes need a sounding board for the endless decisions to be made throughout your design and colour consulting business
  • A Certified True Colour Expert button to display on your website

There is only one way in the world to become a True Colour Expert, and you’re looking at it. Space is limited to allow for interactive and hands-on learning, so book quickly.

If you have the passion to start down this new path, you are welcome regardless of credentials or experience.

COURSE PRICE:           Early Bird Rate $2250 Regular Price $2500 ($1250 Deposit, $1000 Final Balance Due 3 weeks out)

 DATES & TIME:            June 1st – June 3rd, 2020

  • Monday June 1st  – 9:30am – 5:00pm
  • Tuesday June 2nd  – 9:00am – 5:00pm
  • Wednesday June 3rd – 9:00am – 3:00pm


The Dana on Mission Bay | 1710 W. Mission Bay Dr. | San Diego, CA 92109 | Tel: +1 800-445-3339

RECOMMENDED HOTEL (Sleeping room is not included in course price):

The Dana on Mission Bay | 1710 W. Mission Bay Dr. | San Diego, CA 92109 | Tel: +1 800-445-3339

  • 15% discount off the current best available rate for guest accommodations.
  • The discounted rate is available up to 3 days before/after the group date and is subject to availability. 
  • For Reservations: Call +1 800-445-3339 and reference the “Maria Killam Live Colour Training” event. *You cannot book this rate online or through 3rd party booking sites.


IDCEC APPROVED:  If you are an interior designer who needs CEUs to maintain your ASID or IDCEC status, note that this course is IDCEC approved, with credits granted for each day of training.

LIVE TRAINING CANCELLATION POLICY: A deposit refund, minus a $300 non-refundable registration fee, is available if you cancel three weeks prior to the course date. Cancellations made within three weeks of course date will not receive a refund. Instead, the deposit must be applied to any True Colour Expert training held within the following 12 calendar months, if not your deposit will be forfeited. A $75 non-refundable fee will apply if you transfer your registration to another course.

Note: All prices are subject to change. Any applicable taxes will be added to deposit and balance amounts.

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