Inside the Stylish Home of a Published True Colour Expert

Last week Claudia Ricciardone posted this happy news on our private True Colour Experts Facebook page:

I’ve got some exciting news to share and I can honestly say this would have never happened without Maria Killam‘s course. I just had my work published in Luxe Lifestyle Magazine! Here’s the link to read the article and my bio is in the contributor’s section.

The print edition will be out mid-October. It was Maria’s training that gave me the confidence to build my design business. It was also her class that introduced me to my design BFF’s, True Colour Experts Maxine Breedlove from San Angelo, Texas (who wrote the article),and  Cate Holcombe Raleigh from North Carolina. I am forever grateful to Maria’s class and to the friends I made during her workshop.  Thanks, Maria!!!!

To date, since I started leading this workshop in 2010, I have taught my System for Specifying Colour® to over 1000 design professionals, and colour enthusiasts. Whenever I encounter someone who has attended my course, they talk about how much more confidence they have now! It makes me so happy to hear all their stories!

Here’s Claudia’s and the tour of her beautiful home:

 

Main Interior Color: BM Revere Pewter

Melon Pendants |  Kitchen cabinet color: BM White Dove

Dining room wallpapered in Thibaut Fine Sisal in Seamist. Custom Wainscotting and chairs are in BM Decorator’s White.

Master bedroom wall color: BM Gray Huskie

Love her classic and timeless bathroom finishes. Then it’s so much easier to change the colours when the time comes!

Master bath: BM Gray Huskie | Photography by Brie Williams

I attended Maria’s “Specify Colour With Confidence” workshop in April of 2016. I am a residential designer who has always had an affinity for working with color. However, there were times when a color’s undertone didn’t quite work and I couldn’t figure out why? There had to be a method to more accurately choose colors. When I found Maria’s course, I knew it was what I needed to take my design business to the next level.

Maria is an engaging and knowledgeable teacher. I like that she is no-nonsense and direct but also warm and personable. Her course opened my eyes to the world of undertones and helped me to accurately determine appropriate color selections. The large color boards are key to selecting interior and exterior colors with confidence. I’m not exaggerating when I say that the boards work like magic. You can almost immediately see what will work and what won’t once you use the boards and understand Maria’s system.
One of the most valuable benefits of taking her course is the access you get to her private True Color Expert Facebook group. I’ve made so many great connections and the group has been exceedingly helpful when I’ve had design questions. 
Maria’s course has been one of the best investments I’ve made in my business. 
Which room is your favourite? If you have a question about Claudia’s rooms post it below!
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  1. Congratulations, and a compliment to Maria of course, too! Gorgeous. I wish the dining room was paint so I could know what Ben Moore color it would be if it was paint. ; ) (I’ll pull out chips/samples to find a match. Just lazy.)

    • Thank you, Beth! It’s really hard to recreate the lovely sheen and depth of the sisal wallcovering in paint but if I find a match, I will let you know. Benjamin Moore’s Century pain has great depth of color. You may find something there.

      • It’s a very small collection, so no, but it’s okay – I have all of their large chips and a ton of large painted samples – including Maria’s sets, which saved me from even more painting! I’m mostly retired but will post what seems close, though every computer/screen shows color differently. Again, congrats and enjoy the acclaim!

    • I have the same reaction to the dining room walls. What paint would be the color of that wall paper? It is just what I need for my master bath. Maria, can you give an equivalent paint color with your magic computer?

      • Without a large sample, I can’t tell, plus we’re dealing with both wall paper and a shiny computer screen. I might swatch Ben Moore’s glass slipper 1632. My painted and large paper sample are both missing. There are others like pale smoke or wales gray I’ll look at, though they may be greener. And you know how blues always look bluer on the wall, so may need to go with a green-blue-gray. It’s just a starting point. I know – let’s go visit her house to see. Ha!

  2. Patricia Dickinson

    Absolutely beautiful, well co-ordinated and executed. The colour Grey Huskie is obviously a U.S. colour. Can you tell me what would be its equal in our Canadian fan deck?

  3. The work is stunning, and Maria is to be commended as well.

    Is there any possibility of finding out the make of the chandelier in the dining room? I have been looking everywhere for at least two years for one that meets my criteria and this one is a definite 10!

  4. Maria,

    In the process of designing our retirement home, I met with a lighting expert who educated me about kelvins with respect to LED lighting for recessed lights. (Since recessed lighting is popular where we are building, we need to incorporate it into our house for resale purposes.) I can choose lighting that ranges from yellow/orange to white to blue. How do I select the appropriate light, and how do I coordinate this with my paint color choices?

    • Linda, I built a home two years ago and have done numerous renovations for clients since then. My electrician uses Sylvania 2700K for recessed lighting. They produce the perfect light; not too yellow, not too blue. I see so many people with the wrong bulbs. The blue/white ones are the worst!

      • Amen to this! My husband once got excited about a great deal on LED bulbs thinking he could surprise me with them to help finish making our home more energy efficient. They were are SO BLUE. Our 11ft long, narrow hallway immediately began to look like something from a movie about an old asylum where patients are mistreated. We took them right out and have resigned ourselves to many years of one lamp in a super dark corner of his office having clinical blue light. After that we looked up the Kelvin ratings for the bulbs we like best in various rooms (they aren’t all the same because of varying natural light situations) and we are very strict about sticking to it. 🙂

  5. She has my favorite colors in her living room, but every single room is absolutely gorgeous. Oh, and she has my favorite white in her kitchen, BM White Dove, which looks divine. I love it when white cabinetry is mixed with wood- it brings so much beauty into the space.

  6. I love the living room the best, especially the artwork over the fireplace and the rug. Where did she get them and the other blue and teal accents?

  7. So beautiful!! I think my favourite is the bathroom, but that is what my eye is drawn to these days as I will be undertaking a bathroom renovation in the next few months. The whole house is pretty and timeless as well as comfortable and personalized. I love it!!!

  8. Congratulations Claudia! I enjoyed all the photos, and the dining room is my favorite. I love the colors in that room, and I am always a sucker for Chinese Chippendale chairs ❤️

  9. Love so much about this design and got some inspiration for a few areas of my house. Specific things I love:
    Island & Bar stools – Just exactly what I need
    Bookcase arrangement by fireplace – very visually interesting. I am not a symmetrical person so I always need ideas to arrange things
    Bedroom – I love to decorate with gray but always struggle for a pop of color to give personality. Love the bed.

  10. Beautifully done and compliments to you both! The living room is my favourite although all are gorgeous. I love the colours and especially the area rug…where did you get that?

  11. Beautiful rooms. Just gorgeous. Congratulations Claudia Ricciardone!

    I’d thought Maria’s talent was for designing colourful and classic interiors–it is–but her chief talent is infusing her students with knowledge and confidence. She is truly inspirational in the most practical and down-to-earth way.

  12. Congratulations Claudia Ricciardone for a job well done and to the whole team that helped get your work published! Your home is beautiful and tranquil. I love all of the soft colors plus the accents! The living room is stunning! Maria has taught us well and is such an asset to our industry. She has given meaning to color mixing. I am so grateful for her teaching!

  13. Lovely home. She’s got some great pattern mixing. Love the chinoiserie pillows in the bedroom and the print on the dining room chairs. Thanks for sharing!

  14. Claudia, your house is gorgeous. I have looked at thousands of photos of rooms for inspiration, and yours are the first to truly inspire me. Can you tell me the manufacturer and name of the fabrics you used on your dining room arm chairs, and also for the cushions on the remaining dining room chairs. I just love those colors!