Sunday, 10 June 2012

I am officially a Certified True Colour Expert!

The recent 3 day True Colour Expert Workshop I attended in  Toronto was eye opening and informative.  Maria Killam -Decorator, Blogger & Colour 'Guru' from Vancouver - teaches decorators, designers and colour enthusiasts her process for choosing colours.  There were many hands on exercises which is the best way to learn, especially for us decorators who need to touch & feel pretty much everything! 

Meeting Maria was very exciting for me. She is such a sweetheart and her laugh is contagious!
It felt like Christmas everyday when we arrived to class as there were always little goodies neatly waiting for us (pictured below).  We were provided with quartz samples, Benjamin Moore fan decks and Robert Allen note pads.  We were also given 3 Gentek fan decks - 2 for exterior paint colours and 1 for choosing aluminum colours.  Since returning, hubby and I have already discussed what changes we want to make to the exterior paint colour of our house to update it's look!

A main focus point of the course was understanding and learning how to identify undertones. Maria's e-book 'How to Choose Paint Colours - It's all in the Undertones' gives a good overview and understanding of the complex world of colour.  Of course, being the keener that I am, I had already purchased, printed, binded and read this book months ago!  

If you have the book, I recommend inserting actual paint chips from Benjamin Moore so you can see the colours accurately. The colours faded when I printed my copy and it makes a big difference especially when so much of Maria's book and theory refers to comparing colour.  

I used photo corners to insert the chips. Sorry my picture is not great quality, but you get the idea.

Constant comparison of colours is necessary when showing clients how and why you are choosing a specific colour for their space.   I never go to a consultation without Maria's large samples and I will be painting more large samples to expand my collection in order to bring client's even a greater selection to choose from.  The process of elimination is also important and can be the best way to start if you are ever unsure.

Out for dinner with the group - what a fantastic bunch of ladies!
One of my favourite reasons for attending workshops such as this is that I get to meet other fabulous people within the field of design.  It is such a great way to network and learn from others who are just as passionate about ~delicious decor~ as I am.

Many participants had made the trip from America and one lady (Jennifer) had come all the way from Hawaii!  It goes to show that Maria is  an inspiration to so many people around the globe.   Thanks to Maria and to all the lovely ladies who openly shared their experiences and stories.  To see more on the latest True Colour Expert Workshop, read Maria's latest post by clicking here

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  1. Congrats Claire! -Ange

  2. Great post Claire! Was so amazing to meet you and I am excited to implement what we learned!

  3. Such a great post Claire! Thanks so much! Maria

  4. I understand completely Claire! And now, i've found your blog to follow, too!