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How to Choose Colour

Once You Go Big, You Never Go Back

By 11/26/2013July 25th, 20188 Comments

My Black Friday Sale Starts Now

Can’t choose colours with tiny samples. (source)

Do you have my large colour boards yet? At 50 boards for $297 (including shipping), it’s an awesome deal. Each one of the 50 boards only costs $6 when you buy the collection – you can’t come even close to buying the necessary paint and posters boards for that price. Never mind all the time you will spend painting and cleaning up paint rollers or brushes!

Once you Go Big You Never Go Back - My Holiday Sale is On

If you already have one of these collections, you’ll know how valuable they are.

Here’s what one of my recent True Colour Experts said about her boards:

“Without being too dramatic, the large colour boards have really and truly changed my color consultations. I purchased both of Maria’s collections after the Summer School webinar and having them immediately put me at a pro level. I then signed up for her True Colour Expert training in October in Toronto and when we were working with small color chips the first day, I found it difficult to do the assignments without the big boards. Once you go big, you never go back!”  – Cathy Zaeske, Your Favourite Room

Another designer told me she bought my boards before she attended a Specify Colour with Confidence training. The first time she carried her new boards into a design consultation, her business partner gave her a funny look and said, “Why are you bringing those? We don’t need them.” The consultation went much easier using the colour boards and the next time they got out of their car before a consultation, her partner changed her tune and said, “Make sure you bring those large boards.”

My Black Friday Sale Starts Now


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If you don’t have either set, start with the Core Collection. This collection has my top 50 undertones by category so if you need a neutral, 95% of the time, you’ll find it here.

In the VIP Collection I added some more greiges (because they are so popular), greens, blues, some yellows and darks. It’s easier to decide if your window trim or fireplace surround should go dark with these samples.

How to Choose Paint Colours; It's all in the Undertones

Did you read my post from Monday? To really understand the difference between taupe and gray versus beige and to understand the secondary undertones in my system, you’ll need to read my ebook, How to Choose Paint Colours – It’s All in the Undertones.

Once you choose the right colours by using my eBook to guide you and my colours boards to confirm you’re making the correct choice, take the boards shopping with you, then you’ll see immediately that the fabric or tile that you are choosing is the correct colour or undertone.

Related posts:

Insider Secrets to Testing and Selecting Paint Colours

How to Find the Right Colour for your Bedroom in Minutes

The 80/20 Rule Also applies to the Most Popular Paint Colours


If you would like your home to fill you with happiness every time you walk up to the front door, become a client. On-line or In-person.

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 how to choose colour with confidence, become a True Colour Expert. 



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  • Tina says:

    The ordering process is not as clear as I expected. I purchased the VIP board and ebook, clicked submit and it spin awhile, then stopped. It didn’t indicated that I completed the purchase. When I clicked submit again it said the form was already submitted and to wait. I checked my email and saw the confirmation email that the order did go through and I was able to download the ebook immediately. I’m looking forward to it! Thank you for the promotion.

  • Debbiecz says:

    Timing is everything Maria…I so wish I had had (or my architect/designer) these boards when we were building our home 5 years ago. I chose a stone for the fireplace that has proven very difficult to coordinate with. If I had chosen a family of colors first it would have given our home a cohesive feel rather than the “oh well, that kinda goes together” look I have now. As a customer I’ll look for an interior designer who uses boards such as yours.

  • Hi Maria. Here in Atlanta I specify Sherwin-Williams paint colors 99% of the time. I could not live without my 8 1/2″ x 11″ color samples. They certainly give me the edge in my marketplace. Everyone who uses BM paints primarily should order your boards immediately!!!

    Happy Thanksgiving!

  • Cathy Z says:

    Woohoo, I’m famous!
    Happy Thanksgiving ladies,

  • Dianne Megenity says:

    I am a bit confused about the large samples (I’m a new reader/fan of your site and a DIY homeowner, not a designer). Do your painted boards coordinate with specific paint colors in stores (i.e., Sherwin Williams or Benjamin Moore)? A previous comment mentioned both brands, which are not sold at the same store. How do you transition from the paint cards to walking out of a store with actual paint?

  • DeeAnna says:

    I am so excited to recieve my color boards. I can hardly wait. And I am giving the ebook that comes free with the set to my daughter for Christmas. I purchased your ebook last year and have read it and studied it so many times. I learn something new each time I read it. Thanks Maria for the Black Friday sale!

  • Millicent says:

    Done! I can’t wait to get these! I’m hoping to get some color confidence with them. Just wish I could order both sets.

  • Jennifer Johnson says:

    I have both sets, and they are completely indispensible. My clients THINK they know what color they want until they see clearly if it is right or wrong with the large boards. I have turned many away from a bad undertone match. Of course I wish I had a few more colors (greens, blues, yellows, and few oranges, reds, and purples) so I’m going to have to start making them unless you do a third set for 2014? All the best… 🙂 Jennifer


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