Colour Made EasyTM so you can Specify Colour with Confidence.

This real-time workshop is for homeowners, design professionals, and colour enthusiasts who want a solid process for making colour and decorating decisions from start to finish – that works for ANY project.

Knowing how to choose the right colour (or neutral undertone)  is just the beginning. That’s why I invented a system to make colour easy and it goes beyond simply choosing colours for your walls.

Because decorating and styling is what creates a home that feels you with JOY.

Discover how to look at the big picture to make the right colour and decorating choices for your home – but also the confidence that comes with understanding what’s missing or wrong and how to make it better.

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Virtual Colour Training Maria Killam

99% of all design decisions are colour decisions

Truly, colour is what will make the biggest impact in your home. When it’s right, the room is beautiful. When it’s wrong, it’s the only thing you notice.

That’s why I spent the better part of 20 years developing a more precise way to identify, compare and choose colours and neutrals. I ended up with a simple, organized system for describing and choosing colour that works. EVERY. TIME. 

Sure, you may have good instincts when it comes to colour and design, but you can’t always put into words what is WRONG with a room and why the colours you chose are RIGHT.

And NO ONE wants to make a colour decision worth tens of thousands of dollars based on a hazy feeling or instinct that this is the right colour.

Imagine having the confidence to choose the RIGHT colour based on a system rather than just an instinct and being able to EXPLAIN CLEARLY how you came to that decision. This course will fill in all the blanks for you.

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What sets THIS colour training apart:

  • Real-time colour training led by the #1 colour expert on the planet
  • Colour and design resources mailed directly to you before your event date
  • A simple and organized system for describing and choosing colour that works for ANY project
  • Timeless design principles that give you more freedom to express yourself through decorating
  • Which home updates to start with when you can’t replace everything at once
  • Hands-on activities with real room exercises  to help train your eye
  • Guidance for making decisions in new builds and renovation projects
  • A process for creating colour palettes and solving decorating challenges

Sharpen Your Skills With Hands-On Exercises

This is how you get super clear about colour–always a class favourite!

You’re not only going to learn secrets for making colour choices easier, your eye is going to actually be trained! Whenever I start these in-class activities, everybody leans in because they are all excited to train their eye!

This CERTIFIED True Colour Expert training works whether you’re a designer, a colour enthusiast, or a homeowner.

Design Professionals, you’ll earn 14 IDCEC Accredited CEUs (7 for each day) AND have the confidence to raise your rates immediately and market yourself as a colour expert. Homeowners, you’ll have the confidence to make future colour choices (avoid costly mistakes) PLUS fix the colour issues you may be living with right now.

This virtual workshop will give you the inspiration, tools, and education you need to create colour harmony in your home in a way that ACTUALLY works. 

I need this!

Become a Better Decorator in this
Two-Day Transformation

Day 1 is all about Learning a New Language for Colour:

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  • The three most powerful and effective ways to compare and describe colour, including neutrals, whites and saturated colours.
  • My System for Understanding Undertones™. Walk away from confusion about the nuances of neutrals forever by learning my specific and effective new language for the 9 most common and useful undertones of neutrals.
  • Why white doesn’t have to be complicated. My system reduces the overwhelming world of whites to the 4 most useful gradations of the best whites you will ever need
  • You’ll also discover some colour and design history, aka, “What does knowing about past colour trends have to do with me in 2022?” A LOT actually. To work well with colour, you need to have an understanding of where we’ve been and where we are going.
  • Finally, I will share my perspective as a designer. I believe that the best spaces are simple and TIMELESS so you can get off the renovation cycle and express yourself through styling and decorating.
  • And YES! I will share my best tips for developing your decorating and styling skills. Because that’s where the MAGIC IS!
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Day 2 is all about Making the RIGHT Colour Choices:

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In Day 1 we established a firm foundation for comparing and describing colour. Equally important is learning the process for choosing colour in real life situations. Which elements are most important. What comes first? How to coordinate the colour of anything from tile to soft furnishings.

To create spaces that fill you with joy, you do need strategy.

  • Learn to create beautifully coordinated combinations of finishes for timeless bathrooms and kitchens that are a delight to style and decorate. If you get it right, you’ll never have to renovate again because of a trendy choice with an expiry date.
  • Learn the huge potential of these gorgeously simple and versatile, TIMELESS backdrops I’m teaching you to create for expressing yourself (or your client’s unique personality) with decorating and styling.
  • Learn the best place to start to create perfect colour palettes for decorating any room.
  • Learn how to make the best of less than ideal design situations with the most flattering colour choices. Often, you’ll get much more out of decorating and styling a room well than by fixing expensive colour mistakes.
  • There are endless decorating challenges and colour problems to be solved. It all takes practice and experience! But in Day 2, you will gain invaluable insight into my own experiences and process for solving colour puzzles and decorating challenges of all kinds.
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Check Out These Video Testimonials From My True Colour Expert Graduates

Don’t Just Take My Word For It

“Dear Maria,

I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart for your amazing class and your color system. We used your course and your color system as the foundation of our Color Consulting business.

Since the course we have performed thousands of color consultations both online and in-person. We use your digital color wheel with every consultation that we do, and again with our quality control peer review process. I even took the class again a year later to make sure I hadn’t missed anything.

I buy a set of your large color boards every year. I use them several times a day and they need a refresh from so much use. The large color boards are key to our process.

I remember thinking at the time, why you would train so many people that could one day be your competitors. The answer is easy. This is an enormous market and there is room for many color consultants to work and even support each other. And also, when you have such a super power it's a gift to share it with others.

I often find myself quoting Maria during my consultations, and tell my clients that she is my teacher. I love what I do and I’m proud to tell everyone that I am a True Color Expert.”

Michelle MarcenyStudent & True Colour Expert

What is the Killam Colour System?

You’re going to learn an easier way to make the endless colour choices that come with designing or decorating a home.

Twenty years ago, a local design college asked me to teach a colour course that would actually help their students learn how to work with colour in real world design environments.

They asked me to do this because basic colour theory tells you absolutely NOTHING about HOW to coordinate neutral finishes or HOW to create a cohesive colour palette with the existing elements in your home.

I hear from experienced designers all the time who say, “Maria, I understand all elements of interior design, but I still can’t confidently choose colour.”

That’s why I came up with a precise system to help you both lock down the right neutral undertone AND harmonize colours with your furniture and decor.

Again, basic colour theory teaches you nothing about solving problems with colour.

Instead, I will show you how I approach a broad range of colour and decorating problems including how to create perfect colour flow throughout your home with real-life examples.

You’ll even learn the best way to freshen up your home when you can’t replace everything. You’ll know how to move forward with the right colour decisions NOW so that you have a long term plan for updating your home LATER.

We all know that when colour is done badly — maybe it’s because the neutral undertones clash or the saturated colours are out of balance —  you’re not exactly sure why but IT JUST FEELS OFF.

Now, imagine if you had the right language for colour & the confidence to know WHY the room feels off & the exact steps to take to fix it.

That’s what you’ll learn in two days with me.

Here’s what someone in my last class said, “By using your system, I can significantly narrow down the colour options, which eliminates the overwhelm and restores the fun in selecting colour!”

Make colour FUN again. Make colour EASIER. Save your spot TODAY!

I want to learn the Killam Colour System!

Here's What You'll Get When You Take My True Colour Expert Training

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

($5500 Value)

Special colour training box (delivered to your front door) filled with tiles and fabrics, fan decks, paint chips, my colour wheel & more

($597 Value)

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

($397 Value)

Earn 14 IDCEC Accredited CEUs for Interior Design


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

($97 Value)

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: The most UPDATED copy of BOTH my eBooks: How To Choose Paint Colours + White Is Complicated

($54 Value)

True Colour Expert™ certification and website badge


You’ll be able to add a badge to your website and social media channels so you can promote your new True Colour Expert certification and potentially charge more for your services.

Total Value: $7,217

Now Only $1,850

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Here’s What You Get When You Take My
Specify Colour With Confidence Training:

  • Hands-on activities to help you train your eye to see colour differently. You’ll participate in fully-immersive in-class exercises where you look at real rooms to help develop your eye for colour.
  • My unique WowBox is delivered to your front door and filled with all the materials you need for the training including the most current Benjamin Moore paint colour fan decks.
  • A workbook filled with useful colour principles, exercises and guidelines to reference both during and after class.
  • Digital versions of my new Understanding Undertones colour wheel and even more useful cheat sheets.
  • My two eBooks, How to Choose Paint Colours — It’s All in the Undertones and White is Complicated.
  • Insider deals on my colour boards and other online courses.
  • Certification as a True Colour Expert™. With this certification, you’ll receive a True Colour Expert button to display on your website and print materials.
  • Access to my exclusive Killam Colour Academy Facebook page. 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.
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Frequently Asked Questions

How does this live virtual training work?

Unlike Maria’s Exterior Colour Selection Masterclass, this is not pre-recorded. THIS IS A FULLY-IMMERSIVE EXPERIENCE. 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. All you need to join is desktop or laptop computer with reliable internet access, a webcam, and speakers with good volume. 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 in-class exercises, you will see colour differently. We’ll send you  a certification as a True Colour Expert™, which includes a digital badge for your website and social media accounts.

Need Interior Design CEUs?

You will earn 14 IDCEC Accredited CEUs (7 for each day)

Want to learn more about eDesign and Maria’s exact business model?

Try the Business of Colour or the Business of eDesign. They both include highly focused, on-demand video lessons that you can complete at your own pace. And, both of these online courses help you practice what you learned in this workshop to help you grow your existing design services or build a new business around colour.

I'm just a homeowner (not a designer). Is this training for me?

The answer is YES!

But Maria, I’m not a professional. I’m just a regular person who wants a more beautiful home. My house is so basic and my budget is tight. I never know where to start and worry that I’ll just mess it up. Should I still enroll in Specify Colour with Confidence?

Can you relate? 

Rest easy. This course is usually made up of 50% design professionals (or those exploring a new career in design) and 50% homeowners who want to learn how to make the endless colour choices that come with owning a home – insights you can use forever. 

And let me just add this. If you want a beautiful home you’ll love forever – THIS WORKSHOP is for you!

Colour mistakes cost money. 

Whether you are a homeowner or a professional, knowing how to AVOID and FIX mistakes will SAVE you money, time and time again. In fact, fixing just one colour mistake likely saves you enough money to pay for this course. 

And hey, that’s good money that you can use to buy more lamps, I might add! Ha!

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

Definitely NOT! 🙌🏻

Your instincts are good, but your client still needs to know the “why.” And communicating this can be a challenge for both the new designer and the seasoned one.

In just two days, you’re going to know how to tell a client what’s missing or what’s wrong, and what they need to do to make it better. This is the confidence you need to communicate more directly with your clients – no matter where you are in your design career.

Let’s face it, a color consultation goes beyond choosing paint colors for a wall. Typically you’re also advising on the colors for furniture and decor in order to create a cohesive color scheme that flows throughout. You’ll learn how to harmonize both.

And when you apply my timeless design principles to your bathrooms and kitchens, you’ll have more freedom to express yourself through decorating and create a portfolio that’s truly everlasting.

But you may still be wondering if this investment really worth it?

I’ll walk you through the EXACT steps for making colour and design decisions from start to finish, for ANY project. Imagine what this kind of insight can do for your home? Your design business? Your new build?

Need Interior Design CEUs?

You will earn 14 IDCEC Accredited CEUs (7 for each day)

💰 And, finally here’s how my two-day workshop pays for itself. 

First, it’s the cost of one mistake. That’s easy math. For most it has a dollar amount. You never forget what it cost to replace that _________. Believe me, I’ve been there. There’s also an emotional cost – delays, frustration, OVERTHINKING. Been there too.

Second, being able to decorate around a finish you inherited (that you’re not in love with). Often, you’ll get much more out of decorating and styling a room WELL than by fixing expensive colour mistakes. 

Did you get that? You’ll learn the best way to freshen up your home when you can’t replace everything. You’ll learn to solve a variety of challenges with colours and finishes, so you can move forward – whether you’re working with a budget that’s basic or luxe. 

I’ve been helping clients pull together their spaces with both new and inherited finishes for over 20 years. I’ve seen it ALL. So, I know a thing or two about solving decorating challenges of all kinds. And, you’ll learn the exact same process I use in just two days.

The course is typically filled with 50% designers (or people wanting to switch to a design career) and 50% homeowners.

Now’s the time to carve out a niche for yourself as the go-to COLOUR expert in your area. 

Soaring real estate costs make colour consulting a necessity. Because when people stop building, they start renovating. If they don’t have the budget to replace cabinets, they paint. 

Your colour expertise will be more in demand now than ever before!

This workshop is jam-packed with tangible takeaways and practical techniques that you can use right now in your own home or a client’s home.

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

Maybe you’ve already devoured my blog, read my books or even taken one of my other online courses. But here’s something you might not know…

Showing up LIVE matters. Period.

The energy is different. The content feels different. Your understanding and implementation is different.

What I can promise you is one of the most useful real-time workshops you’ve ever been to. #pinkyswear

Nothing compares to the ⚡️ electricity ⚡️ of learning FROM MARIA LIVE (via Zoom) directly from your home or office. 🖥

Maria has been helping clients pull together their spaces with both new and inherited finishes for over 20 years. She’s seen it ALL. So, she knows a thing or two about solving decorating challenges of all kinds. And, you’ll learn the exact same process in just two days. 

What happens when you can…

  • Make color decisions you won’t regret or get sick of 
  • Solve challenging color situations more quickly
  • Create a more styled and beautiful home that looks pulled together
  • Learn how to make decisions for new builds and renovations
  • Finally put into words what is wrong with a room and what will make it better

Imagine what you’ll learn SAVE by enrolling in this workshop. Not just dollar signs, but also the ability to stop overthinking EVERY decision and follow a simple and organized process. 

Will Maria ever take her course on the road again?

Currently, we do not have any plans to do that until the pandemic is well behind us.

We rescheduled our courses twice in 2020 and then worked very hard to make it just as powerful and transformative virtually as it was in person! And the feedback we received was overwhelmingly YES.

Still a major game changer in learning a system you can’t learn anywhere else. And you’ll receive your very own box of samples to use in the exercises and keep forever.

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.

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”.