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Best of Colour Me Happy 2012

By 12/28/2012February 20th, 201713 Comments

It’s time for my annual round-up of the best posts of 2012:

1. What NOT to do with Your Kitchen Island Design

House Beautiful

This post has a great example of what to do with a small, dinky island if you have one in your kitchen.

2. How Light Affects Paint Colour



If you’ve always wondered how colour changes with East/West/South/North exposure, this post spells it out.

3. Which Stone Colour is Best for Your Fireplace Surround?


If you’re thinking of installing the latest, trendy stacked stone, read this post first.

 4. What Nobody Tells you About Publishing eBooks


Thinking about writing one to sell on your blog? Here’s some insider tips.

5. Quality Cabinets: Maria’s New White Kitchen


After all the advice I’ve given on having your dream kitchen over the years, this Summer I got mine. This post was the beginning. It’s not fully decorated yet which is why you haven’t seen the entire kitchen. Here’s what it looks like right now.

 6 Ways to Choose the Perfect Neutral Paint Colour


There’s gold in this post if you can just find it.

 7. How to Choose the Right Colour Wood Flooring


source (this was my newly renovated living room this summer)

 This post has my best tips on how to determine which colour is right for your house.

8. My Sisters Fresh New Backsplash: Before & After


This summer, my sister took out her expensive but badly clashing tile and installed (big surprise) subway tile instead. Here’s the transformation.

9. Do’s & Don’ts on Decorating an Empty Room


Doesn’t matter how many ways I say it. Some people still think you should pick the wall colour first.

10. Is your Bath Perfect, or Perfectly Nice?


Best advice from the Vice President & Co-Founder of Waterworks! Don’t miss it.

I hope you are getting some time off between Christmas and New Years, I’m sitting in my new PJ’s right now about to watch some more Downton Abby!

Related posts:

The Best of Colour me Happy 2011

The Best of Colour me Happy 2010

The Best of Colour me Happy 2009

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

Download my eBook, How to Choose Paint Colours – It’s All in the Undertones to get my complete step-by-step system on how to get colour to do what you want.

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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  • Ivy Lane says:

    Maria, Thank you for a year’s worth of great colour and inspiration!

    Here’s wishing you all the very best in 2013~

    Happy New Year!

  • Jaclyn says:

    As usual Maria, another great blog post. It was great revisiting the post on bathrooms and kitchen islands especially. All the best in the New Year!

  • Sabrina says:

    Thanks for summing things up so well! BTW, would you mind letting me know what the blue is in the living room picture under #6? So pretty! I absolutely adore that room – if only I could clone it for my upstairs family room (still haven’t figured that room out!).

    Happy New Year! 🙂

  • Victoria says:

    Love! Love! Love! Looking forward to more of your colorful greatness in 2013! Thanks, Maria!

  • Calla McCrate says:

    The fact that your in your Jammies watching Downton Abby, well that just makes me happy ! Best of the New Year to you !

  • Carol Landt says:

    Happy New Year, Maria! Thank you for sharing your talents with us all year long!

  • Happy New Year Maria! What a great round-up of posts and I loved seeing your home as you finished each area. Here’s to a wonderful 2013.

  • Kelly says:

    Happy New Year 2013 to you Maria! I hope you continue your happy path! xo

  • Maggie S says:

    Thanks for the recap. I always enjoy re-reading your old posts. When I found your blog (in 2010) I went back and read ALL of your old posts.
    I have bookmarked many of the “classics”.

    Thanks for sharing all your knowledge!
    I hope you have a wonderful 2013

  • Michelle says:

    I’ve been trying for months to link to the “best wood floor color” post but have not been successful. As much as I would like to see pictures, can you post something that I can look up myself?

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