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House Beautiful asks; What’s your Colour Personality?

By 08/14/2009January 26th, 201734 Comments

Tracy from Comfort & Luxury posted her answers to House Beautiful’s quiz from their ‘Color Issue’ which has recently hit the stands, so I took the liberty of tagging myself! Some of you have been tagged so keep reading!

1. What’s the first color you see in the morning? My cream sheers (okay I rent, I would rip down those sheers if this was my house—which it eventually will be, I love it so much).

2. What color are your eyes? Brown (I know my hair is blonde, but my mom has blue eyes and my dad’s are brown, so out of all 4 of us girls, only one sister got the blue ones!)

3. What color do you wear the most? Until 2 years ago when I had my colours done; I wore beige, brown, black and white. Until recently I have been convinced that I could not wear my favourite colours [yellow and orange] but I’m starting to introduce these colours to my wardrobe now and I love it!

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4. What color do you never wear? Blue Red – it just makes me look [dare I say it] old.
5. What color do you wear when you want to feel sexy? Black.
Maria Killam, Haley and Stephanie (past trainers at Innovative)
6. What color gets you the most compliments? Turquoise. 
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7. What color is your lipstick? I will NOT leave the house without lipstick. So even on weekends when I don’t want to look ‘made-up’ I wear some kind of browny/beige lipstick. Without lipstick, I do not look like me!

8. What color was your living room when you were growing up? Burnt Orange, it was the 70’s.

9. What color was your bedroom when you were growing up? Royal blue damask, flocked wallpaper!

10. What color are your sheets? Cream. I have this idea in my head that [pale sheets]are the softest, I love sleeping in buttery soft sheets!

11. What color was your favorite crayon as a child? Red

12. What color is your car? Red

13. What color was your prom dress? Pale Blue (and you will under no circumstances see me in it)!

14. What’s your favorite gemstone? Pearls. (oops I got this confused with birthstone, apparently pearls are not gemstones – I love them anyway)

15. What is your favourite flower? Casablanca Lilies for the scent and tulips. Nothing looks sexier than tulips that are over 3 days old!

16. What color makes you happiest? Sunset Yellow

17. What color depresses you? Any colour in the wrong context can be depressing. When I moved into the house I’m in now, one of the bedrooms was a gray blue and I got depressed just looking at it (I immediately painted it Pale Avocado with BM). However, the same colour on the exterior of a house (fabulous) or in a teenage boys room, with coordinating bedding, etc, great again! 
Context is everything with colour!

18. What color calms you? Green – I love it in any shade. And I agree with a mantra one of my designer friends used to have “All greens go together”!

19. What color makes you grind your teeth? Pinky Beige – seen too much carpeting in that colour in my design career!

20. What color would you like to try, but are scared to? Well since colour is what I do for a living, it doesn’t scare me. The colour that is the hardest to get right though? Purple.

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Okay, I’m tagging the following –I’m picking those of you that I think will play, some of you hate to be tagged –I know who you are and know that you are loved and adored !

1. Between You, Me and the Fencepost (my sister’s blog of course it’s first on my list)
2. Pure Style Home (How to be Chic & Fabulous on a budget—and never know it)
3. Sara Says Awesome (Sara, come out and play with us, I miss your wit!)
4. Brillante (Everything fabulous & Italian)
5. Deep Purple & Blue (Colour with Drama)
6. Chic Coles (A chic family)
7. Houses Gardens People (The who’s who in Dallas)
8. Optimism and White Paint (Great before & after’s to be found here)
9. Design Esquire (A stylish place to be)
10. Design Ties (Two designer gals for the price of one!)
11. Verdigris Vie (A sexy design blog)
12. Velvet & Linen (Get your luxury design fix here!)
13. AB Home Interiors (Witty Decor and inspiration wrapped up with a bow)
And we must have the answers to these questions from my colour designer friends:
1. Hue (Color in everything from packages to buildings – explained)
2. Bossy Colour (Get your fix on sassy colour here)
3. Arte Styling (I hate her picture she is way too cute and colourful 🙂
ps. If you are not tagged and want to be, let me know in the comments!!
1. The Traditional Home
2. Chez Delicious

Get blogging everyone! Let me know when yours is posted, I can’t wait to see what your answers are! It’s my first official tagging post so don’t let me down 🙂

Related posts:
Colour is Context
My Interior Design Style (Tagged by Velvet & Linen)

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  • DesignTies says:

    This is fun!! I'm definitely going to play along, but I may not have my answers ready to post until next week. I promise I'll post them as soon as I can 🙂

    I really enjoyed reading your colour personality 🙂

    Hey, did you notice that I painted my front door purple?? Did I get it right?!


  • Vitania says:

    Such fun to read !! I love your inspiring colour personality.. Ok – I think i am going to give this a shot !! I'll let you know when it's up. this is going to be fun.

  • Jen says:

    I love the way you played the game.
    I want to play too. Can I?
    you know what? Burgundy is only good for drinking or visiting.

  • Tracy @ comfortandluxury says:

    Hi Maria! Thanks for the mention and for tagging yourself!! What a good sport you are! Great post too. Love that you hate burgundy 🙂
    I'll check around to see who else plays along. So many of the blogs you tagged are unfamiliar to me so it will be fun to see what they're up to!

  • Jen says:

    Hello Maria,
    thanks for getting back to me.
    I will let you know when I am done with my color test :).
    Since you write color right you must be in Canada. ah yeah Vancouver.
    Reading your interests made my mouth water. Oranges chocolate and avocado – love the color combo

  • Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions says:

    Some simple questions, but I had to stop and think for a few of them; others I could just name the color right out. Does the House Beautiful website have a key that tells you what the choices mean?

  • Emily says:

    Great post! I just found your blog and it is a great read. I am going to try to add this to mind next week!

  • Design Esquire says:

    I love reading your answers! I'll definitely play, I'll post my answers next week. I can't wait to read everyone else's posts too!

  • Annie, bossy color says:

    I'll get right on it, Maria! Thanks for the tag!

  • Linda/"Mom" says:

    * That was SOOOO FUN, my lil' chicadee!!! ~~~ "Nice to get to 'know' you better!"~~~

    So looking forward to reading what the other gals have to say, etc!!!~~~ Interesting as WELL as FUN!!!

    Thanks n' Happy Friday!
    Linda in AZ *

  • The Changing Look of Friends says:

    Maria, I had to laugh at your answer to #19, Pinky Beige, that you have seen it too much in carpeting. Oh yes, I grind my teeth on that one also. But the laughter comes in with this color because my husband that I have been separated from for many years, kept our home, (I bought a new one), he had it remodeled wanting it to be masculine. Everything was going well with his quest until the paint color was chosen, for the total house, you guessed it, Pinky Beige. He still can't figure out why people chuckle when they see his manly pad. Some times you have too love that color, LOL,,,

  • Kelly (Arte Styling) says:

    Hi, Maria! Thanks for the tag. I'll start putting together my "color personality". I have the HB issue, but never seem to do the work on myself. Too busy analyzing my clients!!! 🙂 Should be interesting…

  • DesignTies says:

    Thanks for giving my purple door your vote of colour approval 🙂


  • DesignTies says:

    I'll play along too, Maria! Looks like a lot of fun!! This weekend is pretty packed up… we're supposed to be painting the house… if the weather cooperates!! But I'll work on my post in the evenings and see if I can get it up by Sunday. If not, I'll work with Kelly to put up our post together some time next week.
    Cheers – and thanks for including us in the fun!

  • jane says:

    What a fun post! It will be fun to blog-travel and see what everyone is posting about THEIR colors!

    Thanks for the tip about the Dijon yellow also. I lived in a house with ALL men (4 of them) for years and years and years. My husband died. The kids moved. And I'm getting rid of all of the navy blue, deep green and deep red – plaids, stripes and solids and I'm heading toward something light and pretty (even if I don't know what that is yet).

    Thanks so much for your comment on our blog. 🙂

    Also (geez… I have blogarrhea of the post), I swapped your yippeeee for a hooray and took your comment… um… comment. I thought it was SO great! And I do feel that way! I'm hoping you don't mind!

    Have a super-fantastic weekend!


  • AB HOME Interiors says:

    Yup it's official you suck eggs. I hate being tagged. Nightmares from childhood of slobbery children running at me, screeching as they pushed me over into the chigger ridden grass. TAG YOUR IT! and they would run off with more screeching. AHHHHH! Ok back to reality. F-I-N-E ! I will answer these questions ONLY because it is you, and I heart your blog!

  • Chic Coles (Cole Design) says:

    Thanks for tagging us! We will get on this right away!

  • Brillante Home Decor says:

    Hi Maria, tomorrow I will be in London, then off to Milan, Venice, Ischia and who knows where else. I would love to participate but…
    Also I may not comment on your posts or any post for some time due to dial-up or no connection at all.
    Take care!

  • Michelle says:

    That's so funny…I tore out that page from the mag…


  • Trell says:

    As I came across your post, I thought to myself, "Well, I can't make a post about that, I don't want to copy anyone!" But I guess since you're taggin people, it's okay.

    I love your blog!

  • Design Junkie says:

    I've been busy lately finishing a project, so I haven't really read that issue. Thanks for bringing the quiz to my attention–I never really realized how much I liked certain colours…..I may have to repaint…

  • Velvet and Linen says:

    Hi Maria.
    This is going to be so much fun.
    You are always full of surprises.
    I really enjoyed reading your answers.
    It was great to get to know your "colourful" personality a little better.
    Thank you for including me.
    I will work on my answers this weekend!


  • Rachel says:

    okay, okay, okay, i'll play along 🙂

  • Windlost says:

    Love all your answers, which surprised me by the way because you look like a fair-skinned blonde, like me, and in no way could I ever wear orange or yellow! And I have never been that fond of red! But I loved reading your answers because they were all very unique and thoughtful!

    Got to love the black for feeling va va va voom….and I agree that green is the most soothing and seems to be easy to work with. My favorite colour will always be blue and I get TONS of compliments when I wear it in shades from navy to sky to turquoise! Blue eyes….!

  • Trell says:

    I was having issues, with Live Writer, but my post is up!

  • Jen says:

    Hi Maria,
    Love your style.
    and thanks for letting me play along on the color wheel.
    I am done with my coloring & post is up.

  • Jen says:

    Hi Maria,
    Yes strange indeed.
    I will move the post over to my website and post there – and then send you the link – that will be tonight.
    Have a wonderful day, cant wait to read and see all the other entries

  • Greet says:

    What a beautiful, surprising blog you have.
    I will put your blog in my bloglist!
    I'm happy to have discovered your blog.

    Greet from Belgian Pearls

  • Jen says:

    Hello Maria,
    I reposted the whole thing
    if you want this link.
    thanks for inviting me along and I hope to stroll through all the color personalities this week.

  • Annie, bossy color says:

    Mission accomplished, Maria! Thanks for the tag!

  • Lauren says:

    oh fun!!! your answers are so you and when i saw this on tracy's, i thought you'd love it!!

    i'm going to wait until i get home for this one because i have some pics i need to scan in. (my grandmother made my prom dress and i'm STILL so proud of her/ it!! hahaha)


  • Kelly (Arte Styling) says:

    ok, Maria. All done! Thanks again for the tag. 🙂

  • Vitania says:

    I did it – I posted today . .Thanks this was soooo much fun!

  • Torie Jayne says:

    Hi, It's great finding more out about bloggers, I am one of four sisters and the only one with blue eyes! Have a sweet day! x

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