Are you ready to See Colour DifferentlyTM so you can Specify Colour with Confidence?

After this live training, you will walk away knowing precisely how to distinguish complex neutral undertones (where it really matters) along with the shortlist of whites that will contain every white you might need to use.

You’ll also be able to recognize the difference between clean and dirty colours and learn the three best possible colour descriptors to keep in your back pocket.

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Virtual Colour Training Maria Killam

Spend two days with me and I'll teach you what doesn’t get covered in design school.

Find out what the colour industry never tells you. 

And I’ll show you what you’ll never figure out with most designers or decorators. Unless of course, they are one of my True Colour Experts.

Basically, after two days you are going to experience what no one online or in print can offer you.

Does this sound like I’m overpromising? 

I’ve taught this course to more than 1,600 participants and the one consistent comment they ALL make is, “I have never heard of, or learned how to actually see colour differently and understand how to make colour choices like this. You have cracked the colour code for me and transformed how I choose colour.”

True story.

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Sharpen Your Skills with Tactile Exercises

You’re not only going to learn the head knowledge of how to see colour differently, your eye is going to actually get trained! Every time I start these exercises, everybody leans in because they are all excited to train their eye for colour!

And as wild as this might sound, this training works whether you’re a designer, a colour enthusiast or a homeowner.

If you’re a design professional, you’ll have the confidence to raise your rates immediately. If you’re a homeowner, you’ll have the confidence to make future colour choices and fix the colour issues you may be living with right now.

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Here’s what you’ll learn in this two-day workshop:

Day 1: Learn a Language for Colour

  • The best three terms to use when you are describing neutrals, whites and saturated colours. When you consider all the terminology that is used around colour, knowing that just three is all you need makes your life so much easier.
  • My System for Understanding Undertones™. This piece is the lynchpin of my system and it is all about neutrals. When you use words like mushroom, latte, sand, tobacco, camel, linen, oat, etc, etc, you are using highly subjective language to describe neutrals. How do you know that what you mean by “linen” is the same as what someone else means?  Learning the 9 neutral undertones in my system sweeps away all this confusion and is the clearest and best way to talk about and work with them. You can feel the relief rising.
  • Choosing whites can be complicated. And have you wondered why there are so very many whites available to you? I’m going to give you the 4 white gradations that will serve you well 99% of the time you need to choose white for something in your home. Walls? Covered. Trim? Got it. Cabinets? That too. Tile? Fabric? Yes and yes. Complicated reduced to simple.

You’ll also discover some colour history, aka, “What does knowing about colour trends have to do with me in 2022?” This has nothing to do with following the trends. Following the trends is a shortcut to being held hostage by your colour choices.

You’ll see the advantages of firmly planting your design feet on the bedrock of making timeless colour choices. You may be surprised to learn how this will give you the MOST freedom to express your personality and love your home forever.

Day 2: Making Colour Choices

Now that we’ve set the foundation for colour, Day 2 is all about how to make colour choices for your home. Where do you start? What decision trumps another decision? What do you need to consider if you simply want to choose a new wall colour? Add tile? Replace your flooring? Buy a new sofa?

No matter where you find yourself in a building, renovating or decorating project, I’m going to show you the basic strategies you need to follow to move forward towards a home that makes you happy every time you walk in your front door.

  • The colour decisions you make in kitchens and bathrooms are primarily informed by their hard finishes (tile, cabinets, counters and flooring). Once you’ve chosen or identified the colours in these hard finishes, adding styling and wall colours will be a delight. You’ll see the difference between timeless hard finishes and trendy ones to reinforce the reality that blindly following trends is a shortcut to being held hostage by your colour choices.
  • The colour decisions you make in the living areas of your home (living, dining, family, office and bedrooms) are less informed by the hard finishes (flooring and stone or brick fireplace cladding) and it’s in these rooms that the furnishings and decorating decisions often take the lead in your colour choices. Once you’ve chosen or identified the colours in any hard finishes and furnishings, adding decorating, styling and wall colours will bring your personality and design aesthetic to life.
  • My favourite part of choosing colours is when it comes to decorating and styling. Not only does this add interest and individuality to someone’s home, but successful decorating and styling also covers a multitude of colour mistakes. Even if a project has passed the point of ideal choices for your finishes and furnishings. I have saved many a room with the magic of successful decorating and styling, where the room goes from, “It’s not fabulous yet, is it?” to “I LOVE this room!”

Introducing the Killam Colour System

The beauty of my system is that I don’t just give you information and training, you also learn the WHY.


EVERYONE can learn my system for choosing colour

I have been teaching my system in classes around the world since 2010 and I have yet to meet someone who couldn’t learn to see colour differently once they’ve learned my system.

Unless you are colour blind, you too can learn a language for colour. You can train your eye to see the nuances of neutral undertones, the most helpful white gradations and the important difference between light and dark, cool and warm, and clean and dirty colours.


ANYONE can be an expert with the right tools

Once you learn the foundation of my system, the three (almost) magic tools in my colour box will support you on your way to truly becoming a true colour expert.

You’ll always want to use these tools, but at first you’ll use them like training wheels. Because the colours in my toolbox are all perfectly pre-determined for you, you won’t need to guess which neutral undertone or white gradation each colour is.


NO ONE is helped by theory and opinions

Much of the conversation around colour for your home comes down to colour theory and opinions. And while colour theory is interesting, it’s not really useful and colour opinions are, well, opinions.

When you just rely on an opinion, someone can always come along with their opinion, and then what? My system puts you light years ahead of everyone who relies on colour theory, their opinions or even their on-point “spidey senses.”


SOMEONE will always want to know, “Why?”

The most frequent question you’ll be asked when you are choosing colour for finishes, furnishings and walls is, “Why? Why this colour and not that one?”

The beauty of my system is that once you master the best language for colour; train your eye to distinguish colour correctly; learn how to make colour choices for everything in a home and use the only colour tools you’ll ever need, you will have the answers to all the questions you’re asked.

And that is how you specify colour with confidence.

Here's What You'll Get

Two days of live training by Maria Killam, an internationally known colour expert and designer

($2500 Value)

Special colour training box (delivered to your front door) filled with tiles and fabrics in all 9 undertones, paint chips, my colour wheel & more

($297 Value)

Extensive workbook with useful colour principles, exercises and guidelines you can refer back to as your build your experience and train your eye

($197 Value)

Digital versions of my Understanding Undertones colour wheel and colour cheat sheets

($97 Value)

True Colour Expert™ certification and website badge


BONUS: Private Access Facebook Group exclusively for Killam Colour Academy™ graduates

($497 Value)
This is PRICELESS! ⬆️
If you work alone and need a sounding board for the endless decisions in your design and colour consulting business, you'll find a community of true colour experts ready to collaborate with you.

BONUS: Special in-class discounts on bundled Colour Boards and other online courses

($75+ Value)

BONUS: Both of my eBooks: How To Choose Paint Colours + White Is Complicated

($54 Value)

Total Value: $3,642

Limited Time Only: $1,650

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What People Are Saying

No one that I have encountered until now teaches or explains colour in a way that truly makes sense and applies to what we do as designers. Thank you for sharing your expertise and knowledge Maria! Fantastic course!

Erica Deam

Awesome course. I appreciate the updated information. I've taken all of Maria's e-courses, read her books and took the TCE class before. She is always organized. She gives you all the helpful tricks she has learned throughout the years. It is worth the money.

Barbara Schultz

...the course was seriously helpful. I love Maria's hierarchy for making decisions. I was able to put together a starting color plan for our house from the seminar and feel really comfortable about being able to make decisions and resolve issues going forward.

Nicole K.

It was really rewarding to get some things "right" during our projects. I feel more confident making decisions. A-ha: The idea of the house being the boss on design decisions helps tremendously: Like anything creative, boundaries and limits actually help.

Monique Larsen

I followed the blog for many years and I’ve learned a lot of things but taking the course made all those pieces come together. Having a way to explain to clients why I think a colour is right or not right it’s so valuable!

Angela Schellenberg

I so appreciated your explanation of the past color trends and how to navigate the bossy elements. I'm the artist not the scientist — thank you for saving me from another color theory course! Amazing 2 days! As a designer of 25 years, I have renewed confidence as I help people transition from our heavily Tuscan architecture to the newer trends. I've got my mojo back!!!

Cindy S.

Day one was so informative and interesting – not a dull moment. Thank you for sharing your insights, information and experience… and with such awesome energy. Fun, fantastic class!!

Mary D.

As a student currently majoring in interior design, I can honestly say that this workshop taught much more and with greater clarity, about picking colors professionally than my college color class (which was a semester long!)

Sarah D.

My biggest takeaway was to work and trust the system. I can be confident when I identify the undertone to work with, quickly find the three gradations of color you’ve whittled down, and not mix clean with dirty. Simplify.

Savannah DiEugenio

Frequently Asked Questions

How does this live virtual training work?

Unlike Maria’s Exterior Colour Selection Masterclass, this is not pre-recorded. Maria will lead the course live from her studio office and you can expect her to be just as high energy on your computer screen as she is in person 😉

You will be invited to a private Zoom meeting and will receive a link for the two-day online course. You will need a laptop or desktop computer with a camera to participate (the interactive experience just isn’t the same via a cell phone).

Maria loves to connect personally with her students and that means she needs to see your lovely face – so it will be MANDATORY to turn on your camera during the virtual workshop. There will also be time to interact with your fellow classmates during some of the exercises. We promise this makes it more fun!

Does this course come with True Colour Expert™ certification?

YES!! When you complete these two days of training including all the exercises, you will SEE COLOUR DIFFERENTLY and you’ll also receive certification as a True Colour Expert™, which includes a badge for your website and social media accounts.

COMING SOON: We are also still developing some more advanced lessons (formerly known as Day 3 of the live workshop). If you are a graduate of this two-day workshop, you’ll be the first to know when The Business of Colour and The Business of eDesign are available for purchase. They both include highly focused, on-demand video lessons that you can complete at your own pace.

So, if you want to learn more about eDesign and Maria’s exact business model, you’ll have time to practice implementing all the new skills you’ve learned BEFORE you jump into the more advanced lessons. Lucky you!

How is this course different from the original 3-day live workshop?

This course is all NEW and completely revised to reflect where the trends are RIGHT NOW.

We are thrilled to report that the feedback we received from our first virtual event in May was the same as the live events! This course has always been a game-changer in helping you choose or specify colour for everything in your home and it still is!

Your course materials will be delivered to your door and include a fan deck, colour chips, plus fabrics and tiles so you can touch, see and feel the undertones you are learning to master.

You’ll be able to do all of this without the extra expense of travel and hotels, all from the comfort of your own home or office.

I’m a brand new designer or homeowner. Will I feel out of place at this training?

If you’re building a business – or even if you’re a homeowner who wants to learn exactly how to select the right colours for your home – then you may be unsure about whether this is the right time to spend money?

First of all, consider this training an investment rather than an expense. This is an investment that can literally save you thousands of dollars if it helps you avoid even just one design mistake on your home. It’s easy to make a costly mistake when you are a homeowner trying to make big decisions on your renovation or new build project without any guidance.

And, if you’re an interior design professional (or even in the home construction business), learning to choose colour accurately (as well as coordinating neutrals and whites) is absolutely the best investment you can make!

Not only will you carve out a niche for yourself as the go-to expert in your area, but you’ll also easily transition your clients from consult-only clients to full-on design clients, dramatically increasing your bottom line. And if you’re a homeowner, imagine how good it will feel to have the confidence you need to make decisions about finishes that you won’t regret, for a beautiful home you’ll love for years to come.

I never miss a blog post. What else is there to learn?

There’s really nothing that replaces a live training experience.

At the end of two days, participants are astounded with everything they have just learned and, most importantly, you’ll be getting it all in the right order. Yes, you can probably find everything for free online these days, but it won’t be in the right order. And, if it’s not in the right order with the right context, it’s far less useful.

For real colour mastery, you’ll need to join Maria live to learn all of her best practices while taking your knowledge of colour to the next level with unique skill-building exercises that Maria personally leads you through.

Can I learn this same information you cover in this training somewhere else or perhaps in a colour-training book?

The short answer is, No.

This is Maria’s own personal system she developed after performing thousands of design and colour consultations. No one else teaches these concepts, because no one else knows it!

Isn't the information you cover already included in your ebooks?

Maria wrote her eBooks to widely share the principles of her system, and they are full of great information you can use right away. That’s why she includes them and asks that you read them prior to taking this course.

What makes Maria’s live virtual training so transformative is that you spend these two days working with real-life projects and exercises together. She will lead you through endless examples where she quizzes you, “What’s the undertone here?” and “What’s wrong with this room? How would you fix it?” Plus, this is the ONLY way to get her exclusive colour-training kit, delivered to your door, filled with cheat sheets and other surprises to help build your skills.

You will go beyond understanding colour principles to developing experience around CHOOSING colour. And you’ll leave with a level of confidence that would be hard to achieve alone, just by reading any book no matter how great it is.

How can I justify this investment when my business is struggling?

If your business is struggling, you need to do something different. And, this colour training all but guarantees you’ll be able to ultimately enhance your service offerings with a niche in colour and neutrals.

When your customers and clients can see and feel your confidence, your business increases exponentially. We’ve seen it countless times with True Colour Expert graduates. You can command higher rates and work with your ideal clients (who not only pay you happily but also really listen to – and heed – your advice).

Can I learn this same information somewhere else or perhaps in a colour training book?

The short answer is NO.

This is my own personal system, developed after conducting thousands of colour and design consultations. You won’t find this training anywhere else in the world.

Also, you’ll notice that all the colour training you’ve had to date is colour theory which is primarily about combining colours. This workshop is strictly “Here’s how you do it in the real world, right now”.