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2015 Colour Palette All About Self Expression: CIL Paint

In Beauty, book reviews, Business, cars, Contact Information, Creative Writing, Culture, Disability, Education, Entertainment, Environment, Events, Health, Home Decor, Living, Media Writing, Movie Reviews, Music, Opinion, Radio Podcasts, Religion, Restaurant Reviews, Sports, Technology, travel, Uncategorized, Video Work, Writing (all kinds) on December 31, 2014 at 3:00 AM
CIL 2015 Trends Reds Berry red – such as Drum Beat (00YR/08 409*) by CIL paint – will continue to accent home décor in the year ahead.

CIL 2015 Trends Reds
Berry red – such as Drum Beat (00YR/08 409*) by CIL paint – will continue to accent home décor in the year ahead.

CIL 2015 Trends Reds

Paint Colour Trends
2015 Colour Palette All About Self Expression: CIL Paint

TORONTO, November 3, 2014 – According to CIL® paint, 2015 is all about letting loose – at least in your home. That’s because next year’s trend in home décor is all about self-expression, highlighted by a paint palette that is filled with colour-combination possibilities for every taste.

“The home is a refuge and the one place where we can truly express ourselves,” said Alison Goldman, brand manager for CIL paint, a brand of PPG Architectural Coatings, in unveiling the brand’s top colours for the year. Read the rest of this entry »

Cases of “Paint Paralysis” Rise in Summer: CIL Paint

In Beauty, book reviews, Business, cars, Contact Information, Creative Writing, Culture, Disability, Education, Entertainment, Environment, Events, Health, Home Decor, Living, Media Writing, Movie Reviews, Music, Opinion, Radio Podcasts, Religion, Restaurant Reviews, Sports, Technology, travel, Uncategorized, Video Work, Writing (all kinds) on August 31, 2014 at 3:00 AM
CIL Photo 1   A simple way to freshen up a room is to paint the wall space peeking out from behind an open-back bookcase in a bright, complementary colour such as Peking Blue (56BG 23/355*) by CIL paint.

CIL Photo 1
A simple way to freshen up a room is to paint the wall space peeking out from behind an open-back bookcase in a bright, complementary colour such as Peking Blue (56BG 23/355*) by CIL paint.

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Cases of “Paint Paralysis” Rise in Summer

CIL paint offers cure with simple tricks to give rooms a lift

TORONTO, June 16, 2014 – It can strike at any time – looking at a blank wall, standing in front of an in-store display of paint chips and cans, or flipping through a home décor magazine. It’s a dreaded syndrome that can result in confusion and anxiety, and one many of us are all too familiar with – “paint paralysis.” Read the rest of this entry »

Choosing Colour Is Top Paint Challenge, Survey Finds

In Beauty, book reviews, Business, cars, Contact Information, Creative Writing, Culture, Disability, Education, Entertainment, Environment, Events, Health, Home Decor, Living, Media Writing, Movie Reviews, Music, Opinion, Pets, Radio Podcasts, Religion, Restaurant Reviews, Sports, Technology, travel, Uncategorized, Video Work, Writing (all kinds) on May 16, 2014 at 3:00 AM
CIL Desert Orange Room                             CIL’s new online “model home” concept showcases paint colours in a true-to-life setting, such as this bedroom featuring Desert Orange (78YR 39/593) by CIL paint.

CIL Desert Orange Room
CIL’s new online “model home” concept showcases paint colours in a true-to-life setting, such as this bedroom featuring Desert Orange (78YR 39/593) by CIL paint.

CIL brand launches unique ‘model home’ website to make process easier

TORONTO, April 2, 2014 – When it comes to painting, applying paint to a wall is an easier task than choosing a colour. That’s the finding of a country-wide survey of Canadian paint habits conducted by leading brand CIL® paint.

Forty-four per cent of survey respondents pointed to colour selection as the biggest challenge they associate with painting projects. This compares with 34 per cent who cited preparation as their biggest obstacle.

The study also found that 36 per cent of respondents said they rely on in-store assistance to select a colour for their paint job. What’s more, CIL paint retailers report that even those who bring a fabric swatch or accessory from the room to be painted into the store still have trouble envisioning their completed paint projects.

CIL home page                                                CIL paint has launched a new website (www.CIL.ca) that makes the paint selection process easier. Unlike the traditional method of showcasing paints by colour family, CIL paint presents its colour palette by room, using a “model home” concept.

CIL home page
CIL paint has launched a new website (www.CIL.ca) that makes the paint selection process easier. Unlike the traditional method of showcasing paints by colour family, CIL paint presents its colour palette by room, using a “model home” concept.

In response to consumer demand, CIL paint has launched a new website (www.CIL.ca) that makes the paint selection process easier. Based on a “model home” concept, the website allows visitors to view dozens of room settings, each featuring a different wall colour.

Unlike the traditional method of showcasing paints by colour family, CIL paint presents its colour palette by room – from bedrooms and bathrooms to kitchens, living areas and dining rooms. Every room category features a wide range of photos, each with a different colour backdrop.

“The idea of the model home concept is to showcase paint colours in a true-to-life setting,” said Alison Goldman, brand manager for CIL paint, a brand of PPG Architectural Coatings. “Just as people walk through a physical model home and get decorating ideas, so too can they navigate through the new CIL paint website and make more confident colour and décor decisions,” she added, explaining that test-user feedback has been overwhelmingly positive.

“Although people have relied on paint chips to help them make colour selections for decades, it’s very difficult to envision how the chip they’re holding in the palm of their hand will look on the entire length of a wall,” Goldman said. “Now we’re saying to consumers, ‘Here’s an online library of room colour options that makes it easy for you to  narrow your colour choices from the comfort of your home, before you even step into a store to look at paint swatches,’” she explained.

The website has a visualizer tool that allows users to choose their favourite décor setting and try different CIL paint colours and colour combinations in the room. It also lets users upload – and virtually paint – photos of their own rooms, or they can pull colours from any uploaded image and bring them into a room setting. A special site feature enables visitors to save their choices in a project folder and share them through social media channels to get input from family and friends.

CIL paint can and iPad                                   From home or on the go, CIL’s new website has tools that allow users to choose their favourite colours for different décor settings, upload and virtually paint photos of their own rooms, or bring colours from any uploaded image into a room setting. A special site feature enables visitors to save their choices in a project folder and share them through social media channels.

CIL paint can and iPad
From home or on the go, CIL’s new website has tools that allow users to choose their favourite colours for different décor settings, upload and virtually paint photos of their own rooms, or bring colours from any uploaded image into a room setting. A special site feature enables visitors to save their choices in a project folder and share them through social media channels.

According to the survey by CIL paint, the most popular rooms painted by Canadians last year were bedrooms (24 per cent), living and family rooms (23 per cent) and kitchens (22 per cent).

CIL paints are sold at The Home Depot, Canadian Tire, Walmart, Rona and independent paint stores across the country. For more information and to view the model rooms, visit www.CIL.ca.

About CIL® paint

Available in Canada at The Home Depot, Walmart, Rona and other independent paint dealers, CIL paint has been a trusted brand in businesses, communities, schools and homes across the country for 85 years. With more than 1,200 colours in its palette, CIL paint has developed a colour mood system that guarantees a perfect match across a wide spectrum of colours.

PPG: BRINGING INNOVATION TO THE SURFACE.(TM)

PPG Industries’ vision is to continue to be the world’s leading coatings and specialty materials company. Through leadership in innovation, sustainability and color, PPG helps customers in industrial, transportation, consumer products, and construction markets and aftermarkets to enhance more surfaces in more ways than does any other company. Founded in 1883, PPG has global headquarters in Pittsburgh and operates in nearly 70 countries around the world. Net sales in 2013 were $15.1 billion. PPG shares are traded on the New York Stock Exchange (symbol: PPG). For more information, visit www.ppg.com and follow@PPGIndustries on Twitter.

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Colour takes the Gold When it Comes to Home Decor

In Beauty, book reviews, Business, cars, Contact Information, Creative Writing, Culture, Disability, Education, Entertainment, Environment, Events, Health, Home Decor, Living, Media Writing, Movie Reviews, Music, Opinion, Radio Podcasts, Religion, Restaurant Reviews, Sports, Technology, travel, Uncategorized, Video Work, Writing (all kinds) on April 8, 2014 at 3:00 AM
CIL Living Room, Cranberry Zing Bring a Far East feel into a room by painting the walls deep red, such as Cranberry Zing (14YR 10/434) from CIL paint, pictured in this family room.

CIL Living Room, Cranberry Zing
Bring a Far East feel into a room by painting the walls deep red, such as Cranberry Zing (14YR 10/434) from CIL paint, pictured in this family room.

Colour Takes the Gold When It Comes to Home Decor

With fever abounding for international games, bring colours of the world into your home

TORONTO, Jan. 29, 2014 – Want some gold-medal decorating ideas? Take a cue from the international winter games and bring colours from around the globe into your home. From antique golds, vibrant reds and spicy oranges to jeweled blues, emerald greens and rose-infused violets, this year’s hottest international hues create an ambiance that is out of this world. Read the rest of this entry »

Grey, Beige Number One Paint Sellers in 2013: CIL Survey

In Beauty, book reviews, Business, cars, Contact Information, Creative Writing, Culture, Disability, Education, Entertainment, Environment, Events, Health, Home Decor, Living, Media Writing, Movie Reviews, Music, Opinion, Radio Podcasts, Religion, Restaurant Reviews, Sports, Technology, travel, Uncategorized, Video Work, Writing (all kinds) on November 25, 2013 at 11:24 AM
CIL Photo 1 Add interest to a grey room by infusing colour through an accent wall. Featured in this living area is CIL’s Romanesque (50RR 17/372) magenta on the back wall, flanked by Zeppelin (30YY 46/036) grey on the other walls.

CIL Photo 1
Add interest to a grey room by infusing colour through an accent wall. Featured in this living area is CIL’s Romanesque (50RR 17/372) magenta on the back wall, flanked by Zeppelin (30YY 46/036) grey on the other walls.

Grey, Beige Number One Paint Sellers in 2013

CIL unveils results of national survey on Canadian paint habits

TORONTO, November 25, 2013 –  Colour in home décor may be all the rage, but Canadians are stuck on neutrals. That’s the finding of a country-wide survey conducted by leading brand CIL® paint of Canadian paint habits over the last year. Read the rest of this entry »

CIL Paints Unveils Mellow Yellow as 2014 Colour of the Year

In Beauty, book reviews, Business, cars, Contact Information, Creative Writing, Culture, Disability, Education, Entertainment, Environment, Events, Health, Home Decor, Living, Media Writing, Movie Reviews, Music, Opinion, Radio Podcasts, Religion, Restaurant Reviews, Sports, Technology, travel, Uncategorized, Video Work, Writing (all kinds) on October 22, 2013 at 3:00 AM

 

Mellow yellow is the hottest colour for 2014, expected to take the spotlight in all areas of interior décor, says CIL paint. Pictured on the walls of these rooms is CIL’s Creamy (50YY 77/285), named the brand’s 2014 colour of the year.

Mellow yellow is the hottest colour for 2014, expected to take the spotlight in all areas of interior décor, says CIL paint. Pictured on the walls of these rooms is CIL’s Creamy (50YY 77/285), named the brand’s 2014 colour of the year.

CIL Paint Unveils “Creamy” as 2014 Colour of the Year

TORONTO, October 9, 2013 – They may call it mellow yellow, but it will liven up homes in 2014. That’s because mellow yellow is the hottest colour for 2014, expected to take the spotlight in all areas of interior décor, says leading Canadian paint brand CIL® paint. Read the rest of this entry »

CIL Paints News Release: A Serene Bathroom is the Way to Go

In Beauty, book reviews, Business, cars, Contact Information, Creative Writing, Culture, Disability, Education, Entertainment, Environment, Events, Health, Home Decor, Living, Media Writing, Movie Reviews, Music, Opinion, Pets, Radio Podcasts, Religion, Restaurant Reviews, Sports, Technology, travel, Uncategorized, Video Work, Writing (all kinds) on September 11, 2013 at 3:00 AM
CIL Photo 1 A mix of grey and sand colours, such as CIL’s Granite Grey (00NN 37/000) and Bamboo Shoot (25YY 81/177) pictured on the walls of this bathroom, creates a serene ambience.

CIL Photo 1
A mix of grey and sand colours, such as CIL’s Granite Grey (00NN 37/000) and Bamboo Shoot (25YY 81/177) pictured on the walls of this bathroom, creates a serene ambience.

A Serene Bathroom is the Way to Go

CIL paint announces contest to help create a bathroom oasis

TORONTO, August 26, 2013 – Looking for a calming getaway at the end of the day? A serene bathroom is the way to go.

So says leading paint brand CIL® paint, which today launched a Pinterest bathroom contest (@CILpaints) called “My Search for Serenity,” to discover what décor items Canadians associate with serenity and share ideas to create a bathroom refuge. The grand prize? Paint for a bathroom makeover, a consultation and serenity gift basket, with secondary prizes of paint or gift items. Read the rest of this entry »

CIL offers tips to boost your home’s resale value with paint

In Beauty, book reviews, Business, cars, Contact Information, Creative Writing, Culture, Education, Entertainment, Environment, Events, Health, Home Decor, Living, Media Writing, Movie Reviews, Music, Opinion, Radio Podcasts, Religion, Restaurant Reviews, Sports, Technology, travel, Uncategorized, Video Work, Writing (all kinds) on March 6, 2013 at 3:00 AM
CIL, Lakemont Blue Bedroom: Painting a focal wall in a rich colour – such as CIL’s Lakemont Blue (70BG 11/257) featured on the back wall of this bedroom – adds personality and may draw increased interest from prospects.

CIL, Lakemont Blue Bedroom: Painting a focal wall in a rich colour – such as CIL’s Lakemont Blue (70BG 11/257) featured on the back wall of this bedroom – adds personality and may draw increased interest from prospects.

 

Putting your Home on the Market? Get Sold on Colour

CIL offers tips to boost your home’s resale value with paint

 

TORONTO, ON (February 25, 2013) – If you want to make your home a hot property for resale, warm up to colour. Contrary to popular belief, colours with personality have been shown to be more effective at closing a deal. In fact, soothing shades of green, brown and yellow paint may even help a home sell faster than builder’s white or beige. Read the rest of this entry »

Light up Your Life with Paint: CIL® Paint’s 2013 Palette is Pure Joy

In Beauty, book reviews, Business, cars, Contact Information, Creative Writing, Culture, Disability, Education, Entertainment, Environment, Events, Health, Home Decor, Living, Media Writing, Opinion, Religion, Restaurant Reviews, Sports, Technology, travel, Writing (all kinds) on February 2, 2013 at 3:00 AM
CIL Paint Street Lamp Black and Universal Grey:  Deep blue and silvery grey, like CIL’s Street Lamp Black (70BB 07/103) and Universal Grey (00NN 62/000), pictured on the walls of this living space, will be popular in the year ahead.

CIL Paint Street Lamp Black and Universal Grey: Deep blue and silvery grey, like CIL’s Street Lamp Black (70BB 07/103) and Universal Grey (00NN 62/000), pictured on the walls of this living space, will be popular in the year ahead.

TORONTO, ON (January 7, 2013) – Want to know what colours are in for 2013? Think heart-warming, joyful and soothing, and you’ll be right on trend.

Leading Canadian paint brand CIL® has unveiled its paint palette for 2013 and “it’s all about joyous and uplifting colours,” said Alison Goldman, brand manager for AkzoNobel, makers of CIL paint. Read the rest of this entry »

Paint Away Seasonal Blues with Reds, Oranges or Yellows

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CIL Magnificence and Carnival Pink:
Beat the seasonal blahs by painting your home with uplifting colours, such as CIL’s Magnificence (90RR 18/450) red and Carnival Pink (21RR 36/354), featured on the walls of this bedroom.

CIL® paint offers simple tips to banish winter “blahs” at minimal cost

 

TORONTO, ON (November 13, 2012)– Studies show that the weather outside can directly affect our spirits on the inside, and with recurring grey forecasts, many of us struggle to stay upbeat this time of year. Fortunately, there is a way to beat the seasonal “blahs,” say the experts at leading Canadian paint brand CIL: Surround yourself with uplifting colours.

 

“For less than $50 for an average-sized room, you can bring a space to life with ‘pick-me-up’ shades of paint such as reds, oranges, yellows and pinks,” says Alison Goldman, Brand Manager for AkzoNobel, makers of CIL® paint.

 

According to a 2011 Canadian Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) study, more than half of the 1.7 million households surveyed engaged in a painting project for their home last year, ranking painting among the most popular renovation jobs undertaken in Canada. “It’s evident from these figures that people realize that paint is a simple and inexpensive way to freshen up a home and feel better in your surroundings,” Goldman says.

 

Beat the winter blues with colour

 

“While each person’s experience with colour is unique, studies show that in general, certain colours affect people in specific ways,” Goldman explains. “The colour green, for example, is popular in home décor because it evokes a sense of serenity. Yellow, red and orange also work well because they are cheerful colours that can inspire feelings of well-being and higher energy.”

 

To choose a colour that has a ‘feel-good’ effect that works for you, Goldman suggests considering what colours you tend to gravitate toward in your home and even in your wardrobe. Then think about your emotional needs. If you have a hectic life then calming, serene colours might be a good choice. If you feel down, fill your home with cheerful, energetic colours like yellow, pink or orange.

 

CIL Oriental Coral:
For less than $50 for an average-sized room, you can bring a space to life with ‘pick-me-up’ shades of paint such as CIL’s Oriental Coral (26YR/45369) orange, pictured on the wall of this room.

Goldman cites CIL’s Magnificence (90RR 21/418) red, Oriental Coral (26YR 30/511) orange, Sapling (50YY 51/519) yellow or Carnival Pink (21RR 36/354) as excellent mood-lifting options, and Still Waters (90GG 28/133) green and King’s Treasure (83BB 07/202) violet as effective soothing colours.

 

“If you can’t decide on one colour, then use two or three to give your décor an entirely new look and feel,” Goldman suggests, adding that CIL has an array of interactive colour tools at www.cil.ca to help people visualize colour choices before beginning a  project.

 

“The very act of making the decision to change your décor, and then completing a project, can evoke feelings of well being,” Goldman explains. “A fresh coat of paint in a shade you love can do wonders for both the home and psyche.”

 

To learn more about paint colour selection and sample CIL’s interactive colour tools, visit www.cil.ca or call 1-800-DURABLE (387-2253) for a CIL dealer near you.

 

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About CIL® paint

Available in Canada at The Home Depot, Rona, Canadian Tire, Walmart and independent paint dealers, CILpaint has been a trusted brand in businesses, communities, schools and homes across the country since 1927.  With more than 1,200 colours in its palette, CIL paint has developed a colour mood system that guarantees a perfect match across a wide spectrum of colours. Regardless of whether it’s interior or exterior paint or advanced wood stains, the CIL brand stands for delivering simple to use paint solutions that offer outstanding value to do-it-yourself consumers.  CIL paint is a brand of AkzoNobel, the world’s largest paint and coatings company. 

 

About AkzoNobel’s North American Decorative Paints Business

Within its North American paints business, AkzoNobel produces a portfolio of well-respected brands, including Glidden®, Glidden Professional™, Dulux® Bétonel®, CIL®, Sico®, Ralph Lauren® and Devoe® paints; Flood®, Sikkens® and Synteko® wood care products; and Liquid Nails® and Mulco® adhesives and caulks. Products are sold through company-owned stores, national retail outlets, distributors and independent dealers throughout North America as well as exported internationally.

 

About AkzoNobel

AkzoNobel is the largest global paints and coatings company and a major producer of specialty chemicals. We supply industries and consumers worldwide with innovative products and are passionate about developing sustainable answers for our customers. Our portfolio includes well known brands such as Dulux, Glidden, Sikkens, International and Eka. Headquartered in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, we are consistently ranked as one of the leaders on the Dow Jones Sustainability Indexes. With operations in more than 80 countries, our 55,000 people around the world are committed to excellence and delivering Tomorrow’s Answers Today™.

Paint Projects Popular in Fall, Thanks to Long Weekends, Back to School

In Beauty, book reviews, Business, Contact Information, Creative Writing, Culture, Education, Entertainment, Environment, Events, Health, Home Decor, Living, Media Writing, Technology, Writing (all kinds) on August 26, 2012 at 3:00 AM

CIL Classic Liberty Red Bedroom:
This season’s rich reds – such as CIL’s Classic Liberty Red (30R 07/354), painted on the walls of this bedroom – are reminiscent of striking fall foliage.

CIL® paint unveils top colours for this season

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TORONTO, ON (August 7, 2012) – As the weather turns cooler, Canadians tend to warm up to paint. That’s the finding of leading paint brand CIL® paint, which reports that it has seen strong fall paint sales over the last several years.

“August and September have become huge months for painting,” said Alison Goldman, Brand Manager for AkzoNobel, makers of CIL paint. “While in reality, interior painting season is anytime thanks to new eco-friendly paints that don’t even require open windows for ventilation, many people still seem to choose the fall months to paint when the air begins to get cooler.”

 Explaining that the motivation to paint in the fall is often spurred by a desire to provide a fresh start for kids going back to school, or to prepare for long weekend guests, Goldman says that “next to Christmas, Thanksgiving is a huge entertaining time and, for many, a perfect excuse to give rooms a lift.”

With the popularity of autumn paint projects, CIL has unveiled its palette of hot fall colours for this season. Leading the trend are yellow-toned reds and oranges, and green-toned blues and purples. 

 “This year’s fall colours include both warm and cool shades, so they can easily adapt to a wide range of individual tastes,” said Goldman, citing CIL’s top picks for the season as warm colours Golden Tan (90YR 34/468) burnt orange, Warm Gold (35YY 59/533) yellow, Classic Liberty Red (30R 07/354) and Peach Swirl(80YR 57/293), and cool colours Black Bordeaux (70RR 07/100) eggplant purple,Blazer Blue (43BB 09/340) royal blue and Caribbean Waters (65BB 17/353) deep teal.

CIL Blazer Blue Kitchen:
Royal blue, such as CIL’s Blazer Blue (43BB 09/340) featured in this photo, cheers up a kitchen wall.

Fall Colour Trends 2012

What these colours have in common is that they are all rich, full-bodied hues that convey character, she explained, adding that they also each bring into a home the best of the outdoors – from striking fall foliage and autumn’s dramatic skies to quiet, shady corners of nature.

Goldman recommends painting even one accent wall with one of this season’s top hues to give a room added personality. For example, royal blue cheers up a kitchen wall, burnt orange enlivens a dining or living area, and deep purple soothes a sitting room, she explains.

CIL Golden Tan Living Room:
Burnt orange, such as CIL’s Golden Tan (90YR 34/468) pictured on the walls of this living room, is a hot colour this fall.

 

CIL Golden Tan Living Room

To view CIL’s fall colour picks online, or for colour selection and painting tips, visit www.cil.ca or call 1-800-DURABLE (387-2253).

 About CIL® paint

Available in Canada at The Home Depot, Rona, Canadian Tire, Walmart and independent paint dealers, CIL® paint has been a trusted brand in businesses, communities, schools, and homes across the country since 1927.  With more than 1,200 colours in its palette, CIL paint has developed a colour mood system that guarantees a perfect match across a wide spectrum of colours. Regardless of whether it’s interior or exterior paint or advanced wood stains, the CIL brand stands for delivering simple to use paint solutions that offer outstanding value to do-it-yourself consumers.  CIL paint is a brand of AkzoNobel, the world’s largest paint and coatings company. 

About AkzoNobel’s North American Decorative Paints Business

Within its North American paints business, AkzoNobel produces a portfolio of well-respected brands, including Glidden®, Glidden Professional™, Dulux® Bétonel®, CIL®, Sico®, Ralph Lauren® and Devoe® paints; Flood®, Sikkens® and Synteko®wood care products; and Liquid Nails® and Mulco® adhesives and caulks. Products are sold through company-owned stores, national retail outlets, distributors and independent dealers throughout North America as well as exported internationally.

About AkzoNobel

AkzoNobel is the largest global paints and coatings company and a major producer of specialty chemicals. We supply industries and consumers worldwide with innovative products and are passionate about developing sustainable answers for our customers. Our portfolio includes well-known brands such as Dulux, Glidden, Sikkens, International, and Eka. Headquartered in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, we are a Global Fortune 500 company and are consistently ranked as one of the leaders on the Dow Jones Sustainability Indexes. With operations in more than 80 countries, our 55,000 people around the world are committed to excellence and delivering Tomorrow’s Answers Today™.

Staining Tips from Sikkens

In Beauty, book reviews, Business, Contact Information, Creative Writing, Culture, Education, Entertainment, Environment, Events, Health, Home Decor, Living, Media Writing, Technology, Writing (all kinds) on June 11, 2012 at 3:00 AM

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With the launch of Cetol® SRD alkyd-acrylic one-coat stain, Sikkens offers these tips to ensure a successful staining job.

Prepare surfaces properly: Make sure the surface to be stained is clean and dry. Wipe away dirt, dust, mildew, algae, moss, leaves, and loose wood fibres. Strip away previous coatings with an exterior stain remover before applying new stain. Let new wood settle for at least a month before staining.

Have a plan: If using more than a gallon, intermix batches to ensure colour consistency.

Sand both new and aged wood with 80 to 120 grit paper to open the pores and always sand – and stain – in the direction of the wood grain. To avoid lap marks, start at one edge and follow through to the end of the board maintaining a wet edge. For better protection, apply a coat of stain on all six sides of the plank.

Watch the weather: The best time to stain is when the temperature is between 10°C and 35°C. Wait at least 48 hours after a rainfall or washing before starting your job. Hold off on staining when rain, dew or frost is present or expected within 24 to 48 hours.

Tools matter: Wood planks become warped with time, so a paint brush – not a roller – is the best tool to apply a stain. Use brushes that are specifically designed for wood staining.

Don’t cut corners: Be patient, wait for the right conditions, and your job will last longer. Never apply stain in the direct sunlight or on surfaces hot to the touch as it will reduce penetration of the coating and increase the risk of peeling.

Ready, Set… Stain!

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CIL Premium Can

New One-Coat, Alkyd-Acrylic Formula

Woodcare Finish Takes the ‘Pain’ out of Stain

Sikkens experts offer fail-proof tips for staining decks, sidings, rails and more

 June 4, 2012 – Who says oil and water don’t mix? Leading coatings brand Sikkens has introduced an innovative new woodcare stain that contains a unique combination of water and oil-based materials to deliver the best of both worlds for users.

 Made from a unique alkyd (oil) and acrylic (water) hybrid mix, new Sikkens Cetol® SRD is a premium flat finish stain that requires only one coat on any exterior wood surface – from decks and fences to rails, siding and outdoor furniture.

The coating provides both the strength and durability of an alkyd stain and the ease of use of an acrylic product, including simple clean-up of tools with water. It is specially formulated to deliver maximum penetration, colour retention, adhesion and resistance to ultraviolet rays, humidity, rain, sleet, and snow.

 “Our research shows that homeowners want wood coatings that make their stain jobs easier, and the product’s unique alkyd-acrylic combination does the trick,” said Nathalie Lambert, Sikkens Brand Director.

Cetol® SRD meets Volatile Organic Compound (VOC) requirements, Lambert explained, adding that sustainability was a key objective in developing the product. “Our goal is to always find new ways to do things in order to speed up sustainable growth,” she said.

With a translucent finish – allowing the wood grains to show through – Cetol® SRD

comes in eight different colours: natural, natural oak, cedar, teak, butternut, redwood, mahogany and dark oak. Available at specialized paint and hardware stores across Canada, a gallon of Cetol® SRD retails for $51.70.

From May 7 to September 14, 2012, Sikkens is inviting Canadians to participate in a photo contest to showcase their stained Sikkens deck projects. Entries will be considered for a grand prize of $1,000-worth of garden furniture or two-second prizes of stainless-steel patio heaters.

For more information about Cetol® SRD, to locate a Sikkens dealer, or to participate in the photo contest, visit www.sikkens.ca .

About Sikkens

Sikkens is a brand of AkzoNobel, the Canadian leader in decorative paints serving the consumer, professional renovation and construction markets. A market leader in wood protection, Sikkens has been a top brand for decorative coatings and car refinishing since its establishment in 1792. Through the years, Sikkens’ product assortment has grown thanks to the introduction of new technologies. Through cooperative relationships with architects, designers, professional painters and DIYers, Sikkens wood finishes have maintained a strong position for protection and decoration, both interior and exterior. Read the rest of this entry »

CIL Paints Announces Launch of Ultra Eco-Friendly, Affordable Premium Paint

In Beauty, book reviews, Business, Contact Information, Creative Writing, Culture, Education, Entertainment, Environment, Events, Health, Home Decor, Living, Media Writing, Technology, Writing (all kinds) on June 2, 2012 at 3:00 AM

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Concord, Ontario – April 30, 2012 – Leading Canadian paint brand CIL is seeing green with the launch of a new ultra-low VOC (volatile organic compound), top-quality paint called CIL Premium that has hit store shelves.

 The paint itself has no VOCs, and is tinted using new low-VOC colourants, making the final product one of the most environmentally-friendly paint options on the market, says Alison Goldman, Marketing Communications Manager for CIL Paints. “Our low VOC offering is also unique in that it is highly affordable and is offered in a full line that includes finishes for just about every interior application, from trim and door to kitchen and bath, which isn’t available in other paint brands.” 

CIL Premium interior paint comes in eggshell, semi-gloss, satin and flat finishes, kitchen and bath formula, primer, sealer and ceiling paint. For outside applications, CIL Premium exterior paints are low in VOCs and feature ultra-violet protection against fading, peeling and cracking. All Premium paints can be tinted with any of CIL’s 1,224 colours.

“Volatile organic compounds were traditionally used in paints to improve performance, however, CIL’s innovative Premium formulation provides top-quality performance as well as high washability and durability without harming the environment,” Goldman says, explaining that, unlike products made with VOCs, the Premium paints have the added benefit of being virtually odour-free.

VOCs are atmospheric pollutants that, among other things, contribute to the formation of smog. They evaporate at room temperature and react in sunlight to help form ground-level ozone, an integral component of smog and a harmful pollutant (not to be confused with the protective ozone in the upper atmosphere, which shields the earth from the sun’s ultra-violet rays). Smog can cause respiratory complications, skin and eye irritation, headaches, nausea, tightness of chest, coughing, muscle weakness, and more serious ailments and diseases.

Available at Home Depot stores nationally, CIL’s Premium line of paints are the first no-VOC products available in a complete line-up at Home Depot stores in Canada. CIL Premium retails for $30 to $37 per gallon, depending on the finish, and is also available in five-gallon pails.

For more information or to locate a dealer, visit www.cil.ca.

PAINT BY YOUR NUMBER

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The new CIL Colour Studio enables users to select paint colours on the go using their iPhone.

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Decorate on the Go with New CIL Paints iPhone App

November 28, 2011 – Have you ever been struck by a colour that you thought would look great in your home – the colour of a leaf, a sweater, even a piece of fruit?

Now you can capture the colours that capture your eye, and easily duplicate them on your walls, using a new iPhone paint selection application launched by leading Canadian paint brand CIL Paints.

Called CIL Colour Studio, the new tool allows users to simply point their iPhone over an object or image, click and presto, a replica of the colour appears on the screen. What’s more, the application identifies the corresponding paint colour from the CIL Paints collection and even suggests a series of potential colour schemes to go with it.

“People today are often pressed for time, so we’re giving them an opportunity to get decorating ideas on the go,” said Alison Goldman, Marketing Communications Manager for CIL Paints, adding that CIL is all about making the paint selection process easier for Canadians.

Available free of charge from Apple’s App Store – and downloadable on the iPad or iPod Touch as well – the CIL Colour Studio works on any object, from fabric to photos to natural items like rocks and leaves. Once a colour scheme is selected and a project is specified, users are provided with guidance on the amount of paint needed for the job as well as CIL product suggestions. They can also access how-to videos, from surface preparation to paint tools to the application.

“It’s well known in the paint industry that colour selection is the biggest challenge consumers face when buying paint,” says Goldman, explaining that the new application is intended to help alleviate some of this stress, and even add an element of fun for people looking to paint their homes.

“CIL is pleased to empower Canadians with this creative decorating tool in the palm of their hands,” Goldman said. “Now, people can go all out in search of a favourite colour, scanning everything from sofa pillows to their running shoes.”

For more information on the CIL Colour Studio and downloading instructions, visit http://www.cil.ca or call 1-800-DURABLE (387-2253).

First “Paint Colours for Men” Collection Launched in Canada – CIL Paints’ new “Ultimate Man Caves” collection is designed to get men more excited about painting projects

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CIL is betting that paint names such as Mo Money instead of Fairytale Green, Sargeant Major instead of Acadia Gem, and Dirty Socks instead of Lexington Park – all featured in this games room – will better appeal to men.

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Pool Table in Game Room — Image by © Ted Dayton Photography/Beateworks/Corbis

“Ultimate Man Caves” brochure features paint names like“Iced Vodka” instead

of “Cloud Nine” to get men more interested in paint decision-making process;

November 7, 2011 – Studies show that men are key in making decisions about home painting projects, so leading Canadian paint brand CIL Paints has launched a paint colour collection designed to appeal to their masculine side.

Think paint names like Iced Vodka instead of Cloud Nine, Maverick instead of Moonlight Drive, Mo Money instead of Fairytale Green, Five-O’Clock Shadow instead of Plateau Grey, and Beer Time instead of Butterscotch.

Called Ultimate Man Caves, the new CIL Paints colour collection for men – introduced to get males more enthusiastic about the painting process – has been created with the help of the public. In August, CIL Paints launched a Facebook contest calling on Canadians to rename existing CIL paint colours for a more masculine audience and more than 15,000 respondents rose to challenge from coast to coast.

Featuring new CIL paint colour names for men such as Midlife Crisis, Brute Force, and Deathstar, the walls of this bathroom have “masculine” written all over them.

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The new CIL Paints brochure – featuring 20 of the most popular paint colours for men, as determined by both Canadian men and women – is now being featured in-store alongside CIL’s existing display of more than 1,200 colours. The original paint names will continue to be part of the present CIL collection of colours.

“When it comes to painting names, it’s all about the emotional connection and our research shows that men and women tend to relate to paint names differently,” says Alison Goldman, Marketing Communications Manager for CIL Paints. “CIL Paints is excited to take the lead in launching a colour collection designed specifically for men, especially since studies show that while a larger percentage of women tend to choose paint colours for their home, it’s often men who give the colours a final nod.”

For more information, or to view CIL’s new Ultimate Man Caves brochure online, visit http://www.cil.ca .

WHAT’S IN A PAINT NAME?

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CIL Paints is betting that giving wall colours such as those featured in this home theatre room names like Bacon or Hockey Puck would get men more interested in painting. The actual paint names shown are CIL’s Spice Island (00YY 19/464) on the left wall and Dark Secret (00NN 05/000) on the right.

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Want to Get Your Man On Board with a Paint Job? Start by Calling your Yellow Wall Colour Choice ‘Beer’ Instead of ‘Butterscotch’

CIL Paints sets out to cater paint names to a male audience

August 4, 2011 – Putting Green versus Pixie Palace. Beer versus Butterscotch. Blue Jeans versus Periwinkle Blue. Which paint colour would sooner have your man picking up a paintbrush to give your walls a lift?

Leading Canadian paint brand CIL Paints is betting that giving paint names a masculine label will get men more excited about the painting process.

“Studies show that while a larger percentage of women tend to choose paint colours for their home, it’s often men who give the colours a final nod and then go on to spearhead the project,” says Alison Goldman, Marketing Communications Manager for CIL. “In an effort to get men more enthusiastic about painting projects, CIL is launching a campaign to involve them from the get-go.”

To this end, CIL is calling upon Canadian men to rename any existing CIL paint colour according to their preference, and Canadian women to give current colours names that better appeal to their men.

All participants need to do is submit their suggestions on CIL’s Facebook page and get the most votes from the public. The paint names that garner the most votes will be compiled into a special brochure alongside CIL’s existing display of more than 1,200 colours. What’s more, the most popular selection will yield the winner a $10,000 home theatre makeover powered by Klipsch.

“The bottom line is that choosing paint colours isn’t black and white,” says Goldman. “When it comes to painting names, it’s all about the emotional connection and our research shows that men and women tend to relate to paint names differently.”

To participate in the campaign – which runs until September 30 – visit CIL on Facebook or http://www.cil.ca for more details. To watch a video of men’s responses to different paint colour names, go to YouTube and key in “Paint Chip Names for Men.”

Warm up to Spring with a New Coat of Paint

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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).

Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff… Paint it

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By Gail Bergman PR

CIL Paints Offers Big Ideas for Small Spaces

February 14, 2011 – When it comes to small spaces, don’t paint yourself into a corner. Use colour to open up your surroundings to endless possibilities instead.

“Paint colour is the simplest and most economical way to make a small space appear larger,” says Alison Goldman, Marketing Communications Manager for leading Canadian paint brand CIL Paints. “When space is at a premium, every square foot counts, so a can of paint and a little imagination will go a long way in making the most of your living area.”

Whether you’re tackling one small room – like a powder room, sitting room or vestibule – or an entire condo, the same tricks apply to make ceilings look higher, entrances seem wider and walls appear to recede, Goldman says. There are several ways to create the illusion of space with paint, from choosing the right colour, to applying the right finish, to understanding the role of natural light, she adds.

CIL offers these big ideas for painting small spaces:

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· Draw the line: Painting a horizontal stripe around a small room actually makes it look deeper and wider. Whether the stripe is applied on all four walls or on only one wall as a focal point, the effect causes the eye to see the room as wider than it is. If the room is narrow or short, try painting thin vertical stripes in two tone-on-tone shades to achieve a similar effect.

· Be a colour schemer: Cool colours, like soft blues, creams, purples and greens, will make even the smallest area feel open and airy. Choosing colours from the same colour family, and using different shades of a single colour, also helps. Dark colours are often thought to make a room seem smaller, but with the right selection, can be used to create a luxurious or intimate mood in your small space. Avoid contrasting colours, however, since they will be visually distracting.

· Shed light on the matter: Lighting is key in opening up a space. Assess the amount of natural and artificial light coming into the room. Good lighting is known to make paint colour appear lighter, so rooms that have a lot of natural light may tolerate a warmer colour. Similarly, if there’s too much light, a cool colour choice may actually make a small space too icy.

· Avoid distractions: The secret to painting a small area is to prevent visual distractions. Whenever something jumps out at you, the eye loses its sense of continuity and a person begins to feel cramped. Try painting the trim in the room a different shade of the main colour by adding black or white to the base. This will cause the trim to fade into the background. Use patterns sparingly. If you’ve been itching to try the latest in stencils and faux finishes, for example, a small room is not the best place to do it.

· Have tricks up your sleeve: If you’re faced with low ceilings, make the walls appear taller by painting a one-foot border around the edge of the ceiling in the same colour as the walls. Another way to create the illusion of height is to paint the bottom half of a wall in a darker colour than the top. Using glossy paint sheens also makes ceilings look higher and rooms appear larger because the resulting shiny surface reflects more light.

“Small spaces are less forgiving than large ones so it’s important to plan ahead and think things through,” says Goldman. “If all else fails, simply paint a room the same colour as your furniture – the room will appear so spacious, you’ll be wondering where the walls went.”

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

CIL Paint Colour Forecast: Blue Skies Ahead for 2010

In Beauty, Business, Contact Information, Culture, Entertainment, Home Decor, Living, Media Writing, Opinion, Writing (all kinds) on December 13, 2009 at 8:41 AM

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Concord, Ontario – December 8, 2009 – The sky’s the limit in home décor for the coming year. That’s because blue is forecasted to be the hottest colour in the 2010 palette, says leading Canadian paint brand CIL Paints.

In particular, airy light blue will top the list of hot colours for the year ahead, says Jennifer Jones, Marketing Communications Manager of CIL Paints, citing CIL’s Siesta Key (MC30) blue as the brand’s 2010 colour of the year. Describing the shade as an optimistic colour, Jones explained that the new blue is “a feel-good tone that’s reflective of new beginnings, of dark skies lifting in the wake of challenging economic and political times, and our collective moods lightening up.”

Associated with clear sky and water, the pure shades of blue “are refreshing, soothing and liberating, promoting a feeling of breeziness, renewed energy and infinite horizons,” Jones said, adding that ultramarines and turquoises will appear in all facets of home décor in the year ahead – from walls to furniture to accessories. To bring added life to any room, CIL recommends combining the new blues with crimson, burgundy, plum, pewter or gold, such as Crimson Red (DL07), Classic Burgundy (DL07), Scarlet’s Velvet (CP44), Southern Shadow (MC47), or Historic Tan (SE17).

Feel-good tones will be prevalent across the 2010 colour spectrum, according to CIL colour experts. Like the luminous blues, the paint palette of the coming year is dominated by more cheerful and energetic shades, reflecting a positive shift in the public’s attitude. For example:

Greens: Glowing acidic shades of green, like pale yellow lime, will take the spotlight in the green colour family. Reminiscent of new plant shoots and beginnings, the new liquid-like greens – such as CIL’s Spring Thaw (MC21) – exude a feeling of renewal, open space and freshness. Soft greens blend particularly well with ­­­­­­­moss yellows and deep greys such as Sapling (MC20) and Midnite Hour (MC51).

Reds: Saturated, vibrant reds are making a comeback, replacing the previously fashionable neutral pinks and coffee-based reds. New reds – like CIL’s Tea Dance (DL07) – are deeper and coral-based, with clean, futuristic-looking pinks taking the spotlight.  For a contemporary look, CIL recommends combining the new reds with soft neutrals such as Fog Grey (DL40) and Whisper Bluff (DL45).

Oranges: Think warm tans and golds, radiating carrot and pumpkin tones, and rich earthy copper browns. Oranges – highlighted by CIL’s Energize it (CP 14) – will become more optimistic and sunny, moving away from last year’s red influence.  These new hues, which emit a bright and sporty energy, pair well with neutrals and fuchsias such as Tutti Frutti (CP02) and Painter’s White (CP42).

Yellows: Honey, mustard, banana and citrus shades – including CIL’s Newborn (CP17) – will dominate the yellow family in 2010.  Used on their own or combined with shades of blue, such as Roslyn’s Blue (CP34), the new yellows are refreshing and comforting with a hint of pizzazz.

Warm neutrals: In a shift away from last year’s favourite soft beige, warm neutrals will become deeper, infused with yellow-based earth, clay, sand and grain tones. Imagine rich mocha and deep earthy umber browns – such as CIL’s Hale Village (SE47) – which combine well with plums and mauves. For an ultra fashionable look, these warm neutrals can be combined with turquoises and teals.

Cool neutrals: Ash greys, near blacks, and green slate tones will take centre stage in the cool neutral family. Deep subtle shades like CIL’s Gentry Blue (MC50) are ultra-sophisticated, yet calming, working well with other neutrals or as a chic background to brighten accents.

Violets: Dramatic and intense purples – such as CIL’s Fashion Passion (DL38) – are back in style, delivering a powerful look that is both traditional and modern. For those not ready to experiment with intense violets, cool lavenders will also be in vogue in the year ahead, creating an elegant and soothing environment.

“A common thread throughout the entire 2010 colour palette is a marked shift towards pure, lively and open-minded colours that reflect consumers’ hope for a more positive future,” Jones explained. “Used on their own, or in combination with other tones, colours of the coming year are all about freedom and happiness.”

Next year’s popular colours are featured in the new CIL 2010 Colour Trends magazine – available free-of-charge at CIL retailers. For more information about 2010 colours or to locate a CIL retailer near you, visit www.cil.ca or call 1-800-387-3767.

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