Warm up to Spring with a New Coat of Paint

CIL Spring Photo – Swordplay Painting a “frame” around a doorway, using a rich colour like CIL’s Swordplay (30BB 45/049) grey, will go a long way in rejuvenating your property after a long, harsh winter.

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CIL Paints offers tips on refreshing your home with colour this season

May 11, 2011 – Now that the warmer weather’s here, it’s time to put on a new coat … of paint, that is. Statistics show that spring is the most popular time for painting – both inside and out – and there’s no simpler way to leave the dreariness of a long, cold winter behind, says leading Canadian paint brand CIL Paints.

“Just as replacing dark winter coats in favour of cheerier-looking spring jackets helps lighten moods, even the smallest infusion of colour will give your home a lift,” says Alison Goldman, Marketing Communications Manager for CIL Paints, noting that paint colour is the easiest and most economical home improvement tool.

Adding colour to your home’s interior is as easy as applying a vibrant tone to an accent wall, jazzing up an old piece of furniture, or painting a “frame” around a mirror, picture or doorway, Goldman says. On the exterior, simply changing the colour of your front door, garage or window frames will go a long way in rejuvenating your property, and reversing the toll Canada’s harsh winters tend to take on our houses.

Popular colour choices this season include jewel-toned blues and greens, playful limes, pinks and apricots, and calming lavenders and greys. Topping the list of CIL’s spring colours are Vista Marine (10BG 39/244) blue, English Apple (90YY 48/500) green, Lime Twist (89YY 78/269) lime, Pink Chablis (30YR 68/127) pink, Sunlit Piazza (20YY 61/475) orange, Peace (50BB 46/129) lavender and Swordplay (30BB 45/049) grey.

“This season’s palette is about appreciating the influence of colour in every aspect of our lives, from a spectacular sunset to blossoming flower gardens, to the trendy fashions we wear,” explains Goldman. “The bolder colours replace safer neutrals, echoing new beginnings and a renewed sense of optimism and charm.”

CIL Spring Photo – English Apple Adding colour to your home may be as easy as jazzing up an old piece of furniture, like this dresser featuring CIL English Apple (90YY 48/500) green. The dresser was painted using CIL’s new water-based Smart Melamine paint, which delivers a super-smooth finish.

Before ‘springing’ ahead with your paint job this season, consider these tips from CIL Paints:

· Use colour sense: When selecting paint colours, study your surroundings. Inside, it’s important to consider the mood you want to create in a room in addition to the decor. Pink is the colour of passion and love, yellow energizes and cheers, green is easy on the eye and calming, lime green is playful, blue is dreamy and tranquil, and purple, the colour of wealth, reduces hunger. Exterior paint choices should blend well with existing landscaping as well as the colour of the roof, brick, siding or stone.

· Accentuate the positives: Today’s bold colours present the perfect opportunity for experimenting. Make a kitchen “pop” with brightly-painted cabinetry, using specially-formulated paint. CIL’s new Smart Melamine paint, for example, has a unique water-based, super-smooth formula that – with the proper preparation – makes even the oldest cupboards look sleek and new. Use colour to draw attention to a book shelf or back wall, or breathe new life into a bathroom by painting accessories or applying geometric shapes to the wall. Add exterior curb appeal by repairing winter’s damage, including peeling trim, faded paint, cracked putty, and scuffed door frames. With the right colour combinations, these must-do maintenance chores will become pleasures.

· Follow orders: Paint jobs are simpler when the right order is followed. For interior painting, start with the ceiling, then the walls, followed by the baseboard and trim. Doors and windows should be painted last. Outside, the general rule is to work from the top down, painting gutters and eaves first while leaving trim for last. Shutters should be completely removed and re-hung, while doors can be painted in place, left slightly ajar to dry.

· Make a good time: Almost any spring day is good for interior painting, except in extremely hot and humid weather, which can cause streaking if the paint dries too fast. The best time for exterior painting is when the temperature has been 10° C or higher for 24 hours and no fog, drizzle or dew is present. When painting outdoors, avoid direct sunlight and wind. Paint applied to hot surfaces will blister and peel, while wind can cause paint to dry too quickly, leaving behind lap marks – not to mention dirt and insects that may blow in.

CIL Spring Photo – Peace Lavender, such as CIL’s Peace (50BB 46/129), is one of the hot colours for the spring.

“Inside or out, this season’s pick-me-up colours are so fresh and uplifting, you’ll feel like it’s spring in your home all year round,” Goldman says.

For more painting tips, or to locate a CIL retailer near you, visit http://www.cil.ca or call 1-800-DURABLE (387-2253).


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