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Press for Maria Killam Colour and Design

Maria Killam in Canadian Living

By 05/10/2012January 28th, 201722 Comments

Brett Walther is the Home & Garden Director of Canadian Living and he asked me to participate in the colour section. This was my take on Purple in the June issue:



Brett featured my ebook on another page, and this is his review:


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

In this enlightening ebook, Maria Killam, one of Canada’s top colour designers, teaches that the secret to creating a flawless palette lies in your ability to read undertones. Packed with practical advice that will help you confidently pair colours and neutrals alike, this book provides solid theory that can save you from making costly mistakes.

Thanks so much Brett!!

And I have an exciting announcement to make, I will be one of the celebrity guest speakers at the Calgary Home and Garden Show September 21 & 22 and  and also here in Vancouver at the BC Home & Garden Show October 12, 13 & 14, 2012! I’m so excited!

And don’t forget to come and see me this Mothers Day weekend, I will be at the Pure Painters Booth at the EPIC show at the Vancouver Convention Centre West. Look for their colourful booth!

I will be there:

Saturday, May 12 from 1:00 – 5:00 pm and Sunday, May 13 from 11: 30 – 3:00 pm.

See you soon!

Related posts:

Vancouver Colour Queen on the Cover of BC Home

BC Home Article: Before & After

Interview with Apartment Therapy

Download my eBook, to learn what you didn’t get in Colour Theory. How to Choose Paint Colours: It’s All in the Undertones. Now available in Apple version for IPAD.

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

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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  • Awesome, Maria! Love the purple article, and congrats on all the other fun stuff coming up for you!!!

  • Marlo says:

    Wonderful news all around! Great review by Brett and purple article – I like Canadian Living.

  • Yay, Maria!! All of that is soooo fantastic!!!! Love the magazine article, and how amazing to be a celebrity speaker at both of those events. xoxo and can’t wait to see you soon!!

  • Andrea Brooks says:

    Great Article Maria! Love the fresh purple and pink!!

  • Kimberly says:

    Congrats Maria, I will be checking out this magazine for sure. I am just getting started reading your book at the moment too. Loving it!!


  • Congrats! You are so right about the purple and to grey it down. I used African Violet in a room once, which was north facing, it was perfect {it has a bit of grey – right?} BUT when I used it in a west facing room, the purple really read strong, despite the grey. In the end I went with a whole new look and painted it White Dove.

    I have become so much better at looking at colour just from following along your blog – thanks!

  • congrats on all the good news – so exciting. I hope you like purple because that’s a lot of purple you had to work with. It looks great, but no way would I ever decorate with that much purple.

  • Thank YOU, Maria! It was great catching up with you, and I’m so happy to have had the opportunity to share your wealth of colour wisdom with our readers. All my very best!

  • Marion says:

    Congratulations Maria! It’s inspiring to see how you’re expanding! I loved your book and will be returning to it every time I have a paint colour decision to make in my home.

  • Way to go Maria… loved the article (and I love purple too) and congratulations for your participation in Home and Garden shows.

  • Congratulations, Maria. 2012 is certainly turning out to be “your year”!!! Remember you wish list at the beginning of the year where you wanted to be published in a national magazine – well, girl, you’re there!!

  • Bonnie says:

    Congratulations! Well-deserved,

  • susan says:

    Purple done right: The shoes…

    p.s. Congrats, of course!

  • Woohooo!! So glad to see these successes keep coming your way. You deserve it! Knock them off their feet this weekdnd!

  • robin jurovich says:

    Maria, I am so happy for you. Do you feel like you have made it? Yahoo!!

  • Fran Worrall says:

    Congratulations on your upcoming speaking engagements, Maria!

  • So happy for all the wonderful things happening in your life right now. You have worked hard for it and deserve every bit of success that comes your way.

  • This is so fantastic, Maria. Congrats! xo

  • Swanky Colour & Design says:

    You are the the Colourmiester! Purple is tricky and you explain it so well in this article. congratulations on both speaking engagements…they’re gonna luv you!
    P.S….I love having your ebook on my iPad, it is such a good reference book and having it handy is priceless.

  • ellen Rush says:

    good work Maria on being front and center in Canadian Living! I just realized why I have been so resistant on buying your e-book – i don’t like the name e-book, it is not appealling or sexy and does not evoke the wonderful feeling that a book does. Maybe another name?

  • "Bristol Sunset" says:

    I’ve been on the purple and gray bandwagon for some time now…it’s my go-to favorite combo for clothes … It was the palette for my wedding (nearly ten years ago). It’s nice to see it featured in on your blog (via Canadian Magazine). Yes, graying the purples is key. Fortunately my husband is anything but a color-phobe (!), and he is all on board. We have different shades of muted purples and lots of periwinkle blues throughout the house, and our neutrals are grays. We also have some golden, buttery yellows (containing orange) which of course play nicely as complements.

    We are in the midst of a major home Reno, however, so it will be interesting to see where we go with color!

    Maria , it’s so interesting to read about your own Reno project. Thanks for your willingness to post and share all the nitty gritty.

    And of kudos, of course, for the well- deserved recognition. Congrats from down here in the US.

  • Jackie says:

    Oh Maria!
    I had a Mother’s Day supper with my hubby tonight, and we were getting all excited about moving and our new, very old, house. I wasn’t sure if I should mention you and the sorta-maybe-iffy agreement we had made to hire you. But he managed to bring you up all on his own, saying what a “relief” it was that we would be hiring you since it gets him off the loop of answering the “what do YOU think?” question a gazillion times and then inevitably being blamed for the mistake later! I promised him I would post this on your blog. I did it under this topic because I was *going* to mention your new press as another reason why you seem to be the Mozart of colour, but never needed to! Congrats on the article and can’t wait to hire you in July!!!

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