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Working with Grays: 5 Rules of Thumb

By 06/03/2012January 28th, 201714 Comments

Well I’m flying to Toronto Monday morning to meet 20 upcoming True Colour Experts who are attending my workshop there this week! I’m very excited to meet everyone!

Interior Design by Kerrisdale Design

In the meantime I’ve written an article for Williams-Sonoma Designer Marketplace called Working with Grays: 5 Rules of Thumb. You can read it here.

Moving last week and a Workshop this week! Lots of excitement around here that’s for sure! xoxo Maria

Related posts:

The Problem with an All Gray Room

If Gray is like Skinny Jeans, Then What is Brown?

Gray Kitchen Cabinets: 4 Ways to Know if you Should Follow the Trend

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

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  • You must be exhausted. Have a great trip!

  • Great advice in the article, Maria. Easy to read and concise. Thanks for the link otherwise I would never know this website existed.

  • Linda Cooper says:

    I absolutely loving reading your posts! We are building a new home and while it is super exciting it is also very overwhelming to “hope” that in the end everything works together…we will be painting out house grey with lot white trim (white cabinets, built ins, board and batten) I would like my house to look fresh and clean and provide a background for all of my colorful, cheery accents which I already own. Can you suggest your favorite greys with a slight blue undertone? Thanks, and I love what you have been doing with your new home!

  • Sarah says:

    Great article and straightforward advice! Love it! Look forward to meeting you Wednesday!

  • Tawna Allred says:

    Perfect, simple advice…will be sharing it with my friends!

  • Claire says:

    Another super article, Maria. Thank you for the link. I look forward to reading your next piece! Meanwhile, I’ll be sharing “Working with Grays…”

  • Linn says:

    So, I have a new house that I am planning on hiring you to color consult on. But I have no furniture. I was thinking of choosing the wall colors first, but your article seems to indicate pick furniture first…..what to do!?!

    • Maria Killam says:

      Hi Linn,
      Sometimes people start with wall colour because they are looking for help on which colour furniture to buy. In a perfect world, it’s all chosen first but that’s not reality for a lot of people. It just means your wall colours will be more neutral as it’s much easier to find a paint colour to go with a sofa instead of the other way around. Maria

  • Excellent advice Maria and thanks for the link but a bummer though because ít’s unprintable. Was hoping to save it for reference and a reminder pour moi. 🙂
    Wishing you a good time in T.O. and that your Workshop is a success. -Brenda-

  • Popped over and read the article – great advice for working with grays. They aren’t as easy as they first appear!

  • Tess says:

    Great advice. Looking forward to seeing you in Toronto!

  • Christine Bezaire says:

    Thank you for the comments on Grays! I have been looking for the perfect warm gray color. Your website led me to it. Rockport Gray is beautiful.

  • Shermie Schafer says:

    Christine, how were you “led” to a specific color?

    Am new to this blog.

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