Residential Color and Style from a Certified True Color Expert.

About Me

Color Calling

I am Ellen Rhett, owner of Color Calling, a color consulting firm in Mountain Brook, Alabama.

  I am Alabama’s only Maria Killam Certified True Color Expert.

I am also a Residential Stylist. I am specifically trained in color flow, in the undertones of complex neutrals, and in creating focal points in your home.

After receiving an MBA from the Manderson Graduate School of Business at the University of Alabama, I became a stockbroker in Houston, Texas. After I said goodbye to ” The Dow,” I returned to my Alabama roots with my husband, and we have been raising our  children in the little Birmingham suburb of Mountain Brook ever since.

I have discovered that what I really love doing the most is anything to do with making a home your favorite place to be, and was drawn into starting my business, which is Color Calling.

Please follow me on my quest as I explore the many facets of residential color and style on this blog, with a smile and a dose of humor!

Hire me:

For color consulting for your home or office, as well as residential styling rates, I can be contacted here

“The right white, the right color, the right neutral for any room.”

Pro tip: I am happy to meet you at your stone yard if you need professional assistance selecting marble or granite for your kitchen or bath. No contract necessary, my hourly rates apply. We can select your paint colors at the stone yard as well! This is a great option for homeowners who are on a tight budget; I can help you avoid an expensive mistake.

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If you are a decision-maker affiliated with Habitat for Humanity in Birmingham or Tuscaloosa please feel free to contact me at the above email address if your homeowner would like my help selecting paint colors, tile or other hard finishes for a Habitat Home. Please put “Habitat Request” in the subject line. I am honored to donate a portion of my time to this worthy cause.

6 responses

  1. Chris

    Love the acid green color and was wondering where to find those awesome mirrors?

    April 22, 2015 at 6:35 pm

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  4. Esperanza

    What are your favorite neutral paint colors that are timeless and work with fabrics and area rugs with gold undertones?

    October 30, 2016 at 7:05 pm

    • You will want to go with a yellow beige; however, this is a very different look from the current rage of putty-beige or pale gray neutrals. Gold is a color from the past Tuscan Brown trend, and so you need a lighter neutral to keep it looking more on-trend. Monterrey White, Monroe Bisque, or Powell Buff are light neutrals which could work. None of these are colors I am specifying frequently at the moment, but a lighter yellow beige is going to look more current than the darker golds. All Benjamin Moore.

      October 30, 2016 at 8:15 pm

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