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SICO Paint 2015 Colour Trends: Bold Colours to Take Centre Stage in Year Ahead


Tempo The vibrant, playful hues of the Tempo palette by Sico paint infuse an element of energy into a decor and appear almost illuminated, such as Pesto Pasta (6513-24 Δ) green, featured on the walls of this living room.

Tempo
The vibrant, playful hues of the Tempo palette by Sico paint infuse an element of energy into a decor and appear almost illuminated, such as Pesto Pasta (6513-24 Δ) green, featured on the walls of this living room.

SICO Paint 2015 Colour Trends

Bold Colours to Take Centre Stage in Year Ahead

 

LONGUEUIL, Quebec, EMBARGO TO Sept. 29, 2014 – After years of playing it safe with neutral decor, Canadians are demonstrating more confidence in their colour choices, and this will translate into bolder, more expressive-looking homes in the year ahead. Continue reading

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Early Fall, Not Summer, Is Best Time for Exterior Painting: Dulux


Dulux Exterior Photo 1 Topping the list of favourite fall colour combinations by Dulux paint are Artisan Brown (RM 71YR 08/119), Tomorrow’s Taupe (90YR 29/096) and Kitten White (30YY 78/035), as featured on this home’s exterior.

Dulux Exterior Photo 1
Topping the list of favourite fall colour combinations by Dulux paint are Artisan Brown (RM 71YR 08/119), Tomorrow’s Taupe (90YR 29/096) and Kitten White (30YY 78/035), as featured on this home’s exterior.

Early Fall, Not Summer, Is Best Time for Exterior Painting
Add pizzazz to the outside of your home with this season’s top colours

TORONTO, Aug. 29, 2014 – If you put off painting the exterior of your home this summer, don’t fret. Early fall, not summer, is actually the best time to paint or stain the outside of your house, according to leading brand DULUX® paint.

“Most people wait for summer to get outside and paint, but contrary to popular opinion, a hot sunny day is not the ideal time for an exterior paint or stain job,” said Martin Tustin-Fuchs, brand manager for Dulux paint in unveiling the brand’s new exterior colour card. “What the majority of Canadians don’t realize is that weather conditions can make or break a paint project and affect the longevity of a job.” Continue reading

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Go for Glam in 2014: Opulence Is Latest Trend in Home Decor, Says Sico Paint


SICO Design Splendour 1 Opulence is one of the hottest looks for the home in 2014, presenting itself throughout the décor in the form of dramatic colours. Pictured in this hallway, featuring striking black flooring and railings, is SICO Jazz Night (6019-83) on the foreground and staircase walls, and Amalfi Lagoon (6149-83) on the far wall.

SICO Design Splendour 1
Opulence is one of the hottest looks for the home in 2014, presenting itself throughout the décor in the form of dramatic colours. Pictured in this hallway, featuring striking black flooring and railings, is SICO Jazz Night (6019-83) on the foreground and staircase walls, and Amalfi Lagoon (6149-83) on the far wall.

Go for Glam in 2014: Opulence Is Latest Trend in Home Decor

SICO paint introduces unique colour palette to achieve a lavish look

LONGUEUIL, Quebec, March 11, 2014 – We’re seeing it on the runways, on the highways, and now in all facets of home décor.

Opulence is one of the hottest looks for the home in 2014, according to leading brand SICO® paint. It’s presenting itself with dramatic colours, rich metallic shades, and plush velvet and suede – think shimmery antique golds highlighted by sophisticated darks and extravagant gem tones such as emerald, ruby and sapphire. Continue reading

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Dulux Paint Predicts a Colourful Revival in Year Ahead


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Start Afresh with 2014 Paint Palette

DULUX Paint Predicts a Colourful Revival in Year Ahead

TORONTO, ON (November 18, 2013)  The DULUX® brand has given new meaning to the words “fresh paint” with the unveiling of its 2014 paint trends forecast. The colourful palette is filled with rich, invigorating hues that represent renewal and refreshing change, says the leading Canadian paint brand. Continue reading

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Sico Paint 2014 Colour Trends — News Release


In Unison Featuring a mix of beach-inspired pastels combined with brighter hues – such as Sico’s Tomato Peel (6057-53), painted on these kitchen walls – the In Unison theme works well with natural wood, marble and steel finishes, and reflects harmony between organic nature, technology and man-made elements.

In Unison
Featuring a mix of beach-inspired pastels combined with brighter hues – such as Sico’s
Tomato Peel (6057-53), painted on these kitchen walls – the In Unison theme works well with natural wood, marble and steel finishes, and reflects harmony between organic nature, technology and man-made elements.

Sico® Paint 2014 Colour Trends

 Revival of Public Interest in Nature, Art Results in Rich Colour Palette for Year Ahead

 

LONGUEUIL, Quebec (September 25, 2013) – The forecast for the year ahead is looking sunny. So much so, that yellow will be a dominant colour in home décor in 2014, accentuated by a wide range of rich, luxurious hues and vibrant colour patterns. Continue reading

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Get to Work on Your Home Office


Painting home office walls grey – such as CIL’s Mystery Sound (70BG 19/071), painted on the walls of this room – delivers a feeling of serenity.

CIL home office

Choice of office colour can help increase productivity, says CIL Paints

 May 7, 2012 – If you’re one of the 19 percent of Canadians who work from home, you know the challenges of staying focused. All it takes, though, is the right choice of colours to help make your home office work for you, says leading Canadian paint brand CIL Paints. 

“There are always distractions when working from home, yet studies show that while some colours divert from tasks at hand, others can significantly increase a person’s productivity, concentration, and motivation,” says Alison Goldman, Marketing Communications Manager for leading Canadian paint brand CIL Paints. “As the least expensive decorating tool, paint can easily be used on walls, furniture, and accessories to create the right tone in a home office.”

 It’s important to keep in mind though, that since jobs differ, the right mood for one home office may not be right for another, Goldman cautions. She offers these tips on choosing the best colours for a workspace:

 

Studies show that some colours can increase a person’s productivity at work. Add energy to a home office by painting the walls shades of orange and yellow, such as CIL’s Cozy Light (50YY 79/208) orange and Glorious (25YY 57/441) yellow, featured on the walls of this workspace.

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Get the colour facts: Before painting your home office walls, brush up on colour psychology. Keep in mind that blue can be calming and may lower the pulse rate while increasing productivity. Green creates a serene, soothing atmosphere, which can relieve stress. Red and orange promote excitement and enthusiasm, while purple is thought to promote artistic creativity and yellow is cheerful. Light browns and greys deliver a feeling of serenity, while darker browns provide a stoic, earthy atmosphere.

Colour match the job: Determine whether your line of work requires a relaxing or stimulating environment. Financial consultants or business executives, for example, may prefer colours that empower and energize, such as yellows, oranges, and bold greens. Psychologists or massage therapists, on the other hand, may opt for soothing pinks, purples, and blues, whereas lawyers or professors may work best a studious environment highlighted by deep brown or burgundy walls.

See the light: Keep the layout and lighting of your space in mind when selecting colours. Light shades like cream and tan tend to make smaller offices feel more spacious. Neutrals are also a good choice for offices that are open to the rest of the home to visually blend the spaces. If your room has large windows, you can use almost any colour, but if the office receives little natural light or is on the north side of the home, use shades of yellow, yellow-green or off-white to brighten up the area.

 

Green – such as CIL’s Limelight (90YY 58/424) and Foliage (30GY 50/195), pictured on the walls of this room – is the most popular home office colour.

 

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When in doubt, think green: Still not sure which way to go? Green may be your safest choice, says Goldman, explaining that green is the most popular home office colour. Considered to be the most balancing hue on the colour spectrum and the easiest on the eye, green is restful yet rejuvenating. Whether soft sage, sea green or deep hunter shades, green stimulates the thought process while promoting feelings of harmony.

To help achieve the right feel for your home office, CIL’s online mood test at www.cil.ca guides users through the process of choosing a fail-proof colour scheme. “It’s a risk-free way of getting the look you want for any room before picking up a paintbrush,” says Goldman.

Whatever colour you select, make sure the paint you use is both washable and durable, Goldman advises. Being a high-traffic area, a home office is prone to ink stains, coffee spills, and dry erase smudges, so a scrubbable long-lasting product, such as CIL’s Smart³ Interior Wash & Wear, is recommended, she says.

For more tips on painting a home office or any other room in the home, or to locate a CIL retailer near you, visit www.cil.ca or call 1-800-DURABLE (387-2253).

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Open Your Home to a Hallway of Possibilities


CIL Paints provides easy three-step guide to painting

one of the most neglected areas of the home

March 5, 2012 – When it comes to painting your home’s hallways, do you have tunnel vision? You’re not alone, says leading Canadian paint brand CIL Paints.

“The number one question we receive from people across the country is how to paint a hallway,” says Alison Goldman, Marketing Communications Manager for leading Canadian paint brand CIL Paints. “Hallways are often a neglected area of the home and the last space to be given any colour consideration, yet they have great potential and are simple to beautify with a little paint and planning.”

For starters, it’s important to take into account the size of the space being painted and its visual relationship to surrounding rooms, Goldman advises. “As with any other room in the house, the amount of lighting in the area is also an important consideration, especially because hallways tend to be tunnel-like,” she explains.

Goldman provides this easy three-step guide to choosing the right paint colour for the job:

1. Create colour illusions. Use colour to correct oddly-shaped spaces, such as a hallway that is long and narrow. Paint the long walls a lighter colour and the far, short wall a darker colour to compress the space. To make a narrow hallway look larger, paint the ceiling a very dark colour, which creates the feeling of the walls being higher. Another way to create the effect of more volume in a hallway is to paint architectural details such as doorframes, window frames, moldings and trim the same shade as the walls. If you’re looking to add height to a closed-in space, a crisp white ceiling will do the trick.

2. Coordinate with adjacent rooms. If the hallway has fixed openings to other rooms, choose paint colours that coordinate throughout the area to give the space visual flow. Rooms off the hallway that have doors that can be closed offer more colour freedom. The general rule of thumb when it comes to painting small spaces is to use light, neutral colours like beige, gray or white – such as CIL’s Lazy Days (90YR 83/053), Pelican (30YY 72/018) or Yucca White (90YY 83/107) – to make space look larger. Playing it safe with neutral colours also helps brighten up the area and ensure the hallway coordinates with colour schemes in adjoining rooms.

3. Deck the walls with creativity. For hallways that can withstand more vibrant colour, yellow is an enduring favourite, ranging from mellow tones to bright, cheery shades. Go for blue-based gray if space gets some natural light and rose-based gray to add warmth. Icy pink or a pale green give the hallway a shabby chic touch, while antique whites and creams lend a classic look. More dramatic colours like red, brown and even black – framed by light coloured trim – can be used to create a stunning space. Keep in mind that since walls in the hallway are close together, the colour will appear more intense than it would in other rooms.

“No matter what colour you choose for your hallways, it’s critical to use the right paint product since hallways are high-traffic areas that take a lot of abuse,” Goldman says, explaining that highly-durable, washable paints, such as CIL Smart³ Interior Wash & Wear, are recommended. Developed using Ceramic Microsphere and StainBlock technologies, CIL Smart³ Interior Wash & Wear is specially formulated to resist chipping, scuffing and marking, and allows dirt and stains to be easily removed.

“We pass through our home’s hallways likely more than any other space in the house, so we might as well ensure we enjoy the view for a long time to come,” says Goldman. “With these easy guidelines, transforming a hallway from drab to fab is as easy as 1-2-3.”

For more tips on painting hallways and other rooms in the home, or to locate a CIL retailer near you, visit http://www.cil.ca or call 1-800-DURABLE (387-2253).

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Blue Most Popular Colour Worldwide, Finds Dulux Paints Survey


Dulux Blue Photo 1

Leading paint brand Dulux Paints aims to increase colour awareness among

Canadians as international “Let’s Colour Week” gets underway October 10-14

September 21, 2011 – When it comes to colour, Canadians have much in common with other citizens of the world. In fact, a recent survey conducted on behalf of Dulux Paints found that personal colour preference – while differing slightly from one culture to another – is highly similar across the globe.

The survey, involving respondents from 30 different countries, “demonstrates that colour preference varies more by gender and age than it does by geographic location,” said Rob McDonald, Marketing Director for Dulux Paints Stores, one of the world’s leading paint manufacturers with 230 locations in Canada.

Unveiled to kick off international Let’s Colour Week – a global initiative supported by Dulux Paints in Canada and its parent company, AkzoNobel, to increase colour awareness and add colour to people’s lives – the survey found that:

Blue, red and green are by far the most popular colours worldwide, with blue the overall winner.

Yellow, orange, brown and purple are the least favourite colours worldwide, with yellow – preferred by only five per cent of respondents – taking bottom spot.

Blue is the favourite colour of more than half of the world’s people, with 42 percent of males and 30 percent of females citing blue as their top colour choice. It is the colour least disliked by most cultures.

Twenty-three percent of people over the age of 50 prefer green, whereas that number drops to 14 percent among those under 30.

Women have a larger preference than men for the red part of the colour spectrum, including purple.

Among males, 20 percent associate purple with courage and bravery, yet 22 per cent maintain it is their least favourite colour. Among females, 23 per cent surveyed claim purple is their least favourite colour, while eight per cent say it is their favourite.

Orange is increasingly disliked by both men and women as they age.

When it comes to paint colour, the most popular hues sold in North America are beiges and grey, whereas in Asia (India and China), people buy more yellow, pink and light blue tones for their walls.

“No matter what your colour preference, Let’s Colour Week is all about the celebration of colour,” McDonald said, explaining that as one of the world’s largest paint brands, Dulux is passionate about adding colour to people’s lives. “It’s about recognizing and using the power of colour to lift spirits and enhance living spaces – both inside and out.”

As part of Let’s Colour Week, structures around the world will simultaneously be infused with colour in an effort to transform grey spaces, McDonald said. In Canada, buildings to be painted include those of non-profit organizations in selected cities across the country. At the same time, Dulux encourages Canadians to transform their own living spaces with colour to experience first-hand what a positive role colour plays in lifting one’s mood, he said.

For more information about painting events during Let’s Colour Week or to get involved in an event in your community, visit http://www.addingcolour.ca or call 1-800-387-3663.

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Exterior Painting Tips from Dulux Paints


Dulux Diamond Exterior Satin is a premium acrylic paint that features early shower resistance, providing homeowners with protection against losing a day’s paint job if it starts to rain.

Dulux Diamond Exterior Satin

With the launch of Dulux Diamond Exterior Satin, a breakthrough paint that resists early showers, Dulux Paints offers these tips to ensure a successful outdoor painting project every time.

Prepare for the best: With harsh winters taking a toll on Canadian homes, leaving painted surfaces peeling and blistering, surface preparation is the most important part of the exterior painting. For the longest-lasting results, clean the area thoroughly with a phosphate-free cleaning solution, and then rinse with a garden hose or pressure washer. Scrub with a brush to remove any dirt and grime, and use a scraper, putty knife or wire brush to loosen debris from deteriorating surfaces. Fill holes and cracks with acrylic‑based caulking and smooth surfaces with 120 grit sandpaper.

Take it stroke by stroke: Always make a plan or timetable for your job. It’s best to work from the top down, starting with fascia boards, gutters, and eavestroughs, and then moving on to walls and downspouts, leaving the trim for last. If painting boards or siding, focus on one or two boards at a time, going from one end to the other – rather than working in sections – to avoid overlapping. Begin painting on the side of your house that remains in the shade the longest since painting in direct sunlight can cause blisters and lap marks.

Choose tools wisely: When it comes to selecting a brush, a four-inch straight-edged brush is best for broad surfaces like siding, while a two-inch brush is suggested for trim. Rollers work well on porous surfaces such as masonry or stucco and are also useful for covering flat surfaces. When painting large areas, try using a spray gun instead for a uniform, professional finish. Products such as the Graco TrueCoat Pro sprayer, available at Dulux Paints stores nationally, can complete a paint project in half the time of a brush or roller.

Know that less is more: While priming the surface to be painted is a good idea when it comes to painting, never overdo it. There’s a limit to the number of coats a surface can support. As paint ages and thickens over time, it loses its flexibility and ability to expand and contract, causing premature cracking or flaking. For long-lasting results, apply a maximum of two even coats of paint to achieve the desired colour appearance and surface protection. Never paint wood when it is wet as the new paint will rapidly blister and flake off.

Open your door to colour: The front door is one of the most important features of any home, so you can instantly brighten up your property by painting it a more vibrant colour. A freshly-painted front door will also help block the sun’s damaging ultraviolet rays. When painting the trim, wedge the door open as you work. Begin with the jamb and stop, starting at the top on the inside corner and working your way down. While the jambs are still wet, paint the casings, being sure to mask the outside edges. Paint the threshold only after the jambs and casings have dried.

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Don’t Let the Rain Put a Damper on Your Paint Job


Dulux Home Exterior: When painting large areas of a home’s exterior, use a spray gun instead of a brush or roller for a uniform, professional finish.

Dulux Home Exterior Photo

Dulux Paints launches breakthrough paint that resists showers
in as little as 30 minutes, offers tips for exterior painting

August 8, 2011 – With cooler temperatures setting in, late summer or early fall is an ideal time to paint the outside of your house. Yet, this time of year also tends to be a rainier season, so what’s a homeowner to do?

Thanks to a breakthrough technological innovation, there’s now a product on the market that allows homeowners to paint outdoors with peace of mind, regardless of a gloomy forecast. Newly-launched Dulux Diamond Exterior Satin is a premium acrylic paint that features early shower resistance – within as little as 30 minutes – providing homeowners with protection against losing a day’s paint job if it starts to rain.

“In Canada, the exterior painting season is short, often with variable forecasts, so there’s only a limited window when we can paint the outside of our homes,” said Brad Elkins, Senior Brand Manager for Dulux Paints, one of the world’s leading paint brands. As a result of the weather and with the average exterior paint job taking two to three days to complete, “people tend to delay their outdoor projects for better conditions, sometimes until the following year, or take several weeks to complete a job, leaving their home looking less than attractive in the interim.”

Dulux Diamond Exterior Satin takes the stress out of the exterior painting, Elkins explained, because its unique chemistry ensures that a little rain shower won’t be “catastrophic.” Traditional exterior paints have longer drying times and therefore aren’t able to withstand the rain to the same extent, sometimes requiring a complete re-do of a project.

“Dulux Paints’ new technology allows people to get out and paint a quality job without having to worry about losing time and money, even if the outlook calls for a chance of a shower later in the day– a forecast that might otherwise scare off painters,” he explained.

Since the launch of Dulux Diamond Exterior Satin this summer, sales have skyrocketed, Elkins said, adding that the product is already Dulux Paints’ number one-selling exterior paint across the country. “People who use this product absolutely love it,” he said.

Other benefits of the paint include its easy application and ability to be used in low temperatures, as well as its delivery of a hard, smooth surface that is highly resistant to dirt, flaking and blistering. Designed to stay cleaner for longer and adhere to even difficult surfaces, the paint also provides a flexible finish that won’t crack or peel even when exposed to extreme changes in weather conditions.

Available in 2,016 colours, with the ability to be matched to any shade, Dulux Diamond Exterior Satin retails for $52.99 per gallon and is available at Dulux Paints’ 230 stores across the country. For a location near you, please visit http://www.dulux.ca or call 1-800-268-0534.

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WHAT’S IN A PAINT NAME?


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.”

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TRAVEL THE WORLD WITHOUT LEAVING HOME


Bring China to Your Home – Photo Courtesy of Gail Bergman PR

China

Take the Ultimate Trip to Bring Colours

of the World into Your Home: Painting

CIL Paints Provides Tips on Newest Concept in Home Décor — Destination Painting

July 6, 2011 – If you can’t travel the world, then bring the world to you. That’s the advice of leading Canadian paint brand CIL Paints in unveiling its newest concept in home decorating: destination painting.

Dreaming about Caribbean beaches? Then choose a room and paint it tranquil shades of green, blue and brown. Wish you could take a cruise? Transform your space into a nautical paradise with a mix of blues, whites, and reds. Always wanted to visit the Far East? Bring its exotic influences into your home with a rich palette of red, ebony and cream.

The options are endless, says Alison Goldman, Marketing Communications Manager for CIL. “Studies show that the colours we surround ourselves with have a direct effect on our state of mind,” she said. “If you feel the need to get away but just can’t do it for whatever reason, painting your walls in colours representative of your dream destination will give you that same sense of relaxation or excitement you long for, without having to leave home to get it.”

Getting started is simple, explains Goldman. Begin by collecting photos of your favourite destinations from magazines, travel brochures or websites. Take the time to examine the pictures and ask yourself: What is it about this destination that makes me want to go there? You will begin to notice colour schemes that repeat themselves in the photos you select. Pay attention to the feelings those colours evoke within you.

CIL Paints offers the following examples of destination painting, based on five of leading travel guidebook Frommer’s top vacation destinations this year:

· Brazil: With Rio de Janeiro hosting the 2014 Soccer World Cup and 2016 Summer Olympics, Brazil – with its sunny beaches, outdoor cafés, and lively entertainment – is a current hot spot. Bring the excitement of the country into your home with a Brazilian-themed room featuring a mix of yellow, deep red, golden brown and orange, along with studded furniture and beaded lamps. A good place to start is by painting three of your walls with CIL’s Del Sol (21YY 60/577) yellow and the fourth wall with Burnt Pumpkin (24YR 12/447) red. Use the remaining colours in throw pillows and ceramic accessories.

Bring Sweden into Your Home – Photo Courtesy of Gail Bergman PR

Sweden

· Sweden: Stockholm – featuring winding cobbled streets, steamboat rides and rooftop tours – is one of the most popular European cities to visit today, thanks to the popularity of author Stieg Larsson and his Girl with the Dragon Tattoo series. Recreate the Swedish feel in your home by combining shades of bright peacock blue, lemon yellow, and grey. Accent your room with traditional Nordic-style accessories, such as hanging wooden fish, cone-shaped oil lamps and copper vases. If it’s Sweden’s baroque style royal palaces that attract you, try imitating the look in a small space like a powder room by mixing pastel green with soft coral pink.

· Costa Rica: Looking for a more laid-back atmosphere filled with reggae music, spicy food, and tropical heat? Recreate the white sandy beaches of Costa Rica’s newest hot spot: Puerto Viejo. Nothing says Caribbean coast better than a light and airy room done in dazzling blues, creams, and greens with clean lines and natural wood furnishings. Draw attention to the outdoors by using colour blocking to outline a window in an accent colour. Accessorize with woven baskets or placemats, seashells and earthenware pots filled with tall green grasses. For extra punch, add brightly-coloured framed pictures or painted models of your favourite Costa Rican wildlife – from parrots and toucans to white-faced monkeys and green iguanas.

Bring Italy into Your Home – Photo Courtesy of Gail Bergman PR

Italy

· Mediterranean: The island of Ponza off Italy’s west Mediterranean coast is a favourite this year and one of those places that make you feel as if the world stands still. To create your own Mediterranean coastal paradise, think deep blues, white and terracotta, using colours that echo the sky and sea. Try painting your walls with CIL’s Cosmos (10BB 12/310) dark blue and complementing the ceiling with a lighter blue, Billowing Clouds (10BB 65/094). Choose comfy, over-stuffed cream furniture, completing the look with bronze urns, mosaic tiles and ornately wrought iron side tables with glass tops. For added Mediterranean flare, apply a texture technique like feathering, dragging or ragging on your walls.

· China: As interest in China continues to grow, one of the most popular destinations this year is Taipei, Taiwan, where people are warm, friendly and eager to showcase their city, including the tallest building in Asia. The dominant colours in an Asian palette are red, gold, green and purple. Set off a black-framed shoji screen against a bright red or orange accent wall. Dazzle your guests with a red powder room accentuated with black and gold accents. Choose from embroidered silk cushions, ivory figurines, porcelain vases, bamboo pieces and wall tapestries to accessorize. Unsure where to start? Use a colourful Chinese fan or oriental carpet as your base and pick up one or two of its colours on your walls.

Destination painting can also be applied to landmarks, Goldman explains. For example, to create an Egypt-themed room inspired by the great Giza Pyramid, choose gold, red and green with glass-topped tables, ornate area rugs, and bamboo shades. Bring the Taj Mahal into your home with an India-themed room using bold red, brilliant turquoise and vibrant orange, set off with glittering gold and black lacquered accents. Or pay tribute to the Acropolis of Athens with a white-walled room complemented by classic Mediterranean blue, light yellow and terracotta tiles.

“Colours can take you farther than any tour guide can,” says Goldman. “The real benefit of destination painting is that, by choosing the right colour combinations and themes, you’ll feel like you’re on vacation all year long.”

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

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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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Sico 2011-2012 Paint Colour Trends: Simple Pleasures Come to Life in New Colour Palette


SICO Paints Continue to Outperform – Photo Courtesy of Gail Bergman PR

Longueuil, Quebec – November 1, 2010 – If you’re searching for the simple pleasures in life, surround yourself with heart-warming colours. They won’t be hard to find, as the year ahead in home decor will be all about using colours that celebrate the simplicity and beauty of everyday living, says leading Canadian paint brand Sico.

From timeless denim blues and earthy clay and wood tones to leafy greens, strawberry reds, sunny yellows and airy pastels, the 2011-2012 paint palette is dominated by warm, homey and comforting colours – a reflection of the public mood, says Dominique Pépin, Marketing Manager for Sico and a Chairholder of the international colour forecaster Color Marketing Group.

“In a society of endless choices where we ‘have it all,’ people are increasingly longing to return back to basics, to a simpler life, and this is being reflected in the colours they are choosing to surround themselves with,” says Pépin. “As a result, in the coming year, we’ll see a move away from the once-popular opulent dark tones towards colours that are charming, human and have more natural and nurturing qualities than in the past.”

It’s about finding pleasure in things close to our hearts, in all items handmade – like knitting a sweater, making bread, growing seeds or creating music – and in emotions tied to the home and lifestyle rather than state-of-the-art fashion, she explains. “Gone are the days when happiness was measured purely by material gain – people today want less of the complexity associated with the modern world and yearn for simple concepts and products that have meaning, imagination and emotion.”

According to research conducted by Sico’s international team of colour experts, the 2011-2012 palette will be divided into three themes, each reflecting this prevailing mood and attitude in society. “While each theme is different, at the same time they are similar in that they each demonstrate a longing to return to simpler times as well as an appreciation for the world around us,” Pépin explains, introducing the three groupings as Inviting, Authentic and Dazzling.

SICO Paints Can Be Used Around the Home – Photo Courtesy of Gail Bergman PR

Inviting: Emitting a homey and comforting feel, this theme represents the growing population that values the beauty, contentment, and simplicity of everyday life in a world where choices and possibilities are endless. Colours reminiscent of the familiar things that make us happy dominate this grouping – including clear skies, such as Sico’s Lunar Month (6009-21) blue, juicy fruits like Red Jujube (6051-65) strawberry and Violet Caprice (6013-53) mauve, and sunny fields such as White Lemon (6100-32) yellow – as do warm, nurturing shades of coral, moss green and lavenders. Back to basics as opposed to ultra-fashionable, the hues of this palette reflect a desire to return to a more relaxed, meaningful and informal style of living, and cherish the home as the place where we can truly be ourselves.

Authentic: This theme celebrates the timeless beauty of the natural world and delivers a sense of peace and contentment. In a society that is increasingly becoming more automated, this grouping of colours demonstrates a growing appreciation among the public for the earth, its materials, and creativity. Highlighted by timber, clay, earth and denim tones and enlivened by a dash of inspiring yellow, the authentic palette builds on the notion that “less is more,” and that the process and pride of creating something of quality is just as pleasurable as the end result. Popular Sico colours in this group include Seashore Pebble (6230-31) sand, Avocado Soufflé (6104-21) cream, Galley (6171-41) blue, Cloak (6232-83) brown and Apple Cider Vinegar (6097-32) yellow. Used on their own or easily paired together, these enduring shades are intended to deliver a relaxed, harmonious and pleasing feel to treasure in the home.

Dare to Be Creative with SICO Paints – Photo Courtesy of Gail Bergman PR

Dazzling: The most energetic expression of simplicity is featured in this fun and imaginative group of colours. Think clean pastels and zingy tints, such as Sico’s Red Candy (6051-52) hot pink, Lemon Tart (6098-42) brilliant yellow, Pastis (6121-42) lime green and Splashdown (6150-42) turquoise. Ideally applied on a backdrop of neutrals – as a colour block or accent wall – each of these colours exudes an air of freshness and vitality, verging on fantasy. Charming, fun and slightly childlike, this palette is refreshingly simple, yet brings back a sense of poetry and pleasure into our lives and a smile to our faces. Unexpected colour combinations – like lime green and cocoa accents on a yellow background or turquoise and bubblegum pink used to liven up neutral walls – will increasingly be in style.

According to Sico, colour zoning – or using punch colours to accent walls and map out areas – is another trend that will make a major comeback in the year ahead, helping to bring out the best of the 2011-2012 colours.

“Everything about next year’s colours is charming, soft and inviting,” Pépin says. “Delivering a breath of fresh air to the home, the new palette combines a lightness of spirit with a gentle informality in a way that brings meaning back into our lives.”

For more information about Sico’s colour trends for 2011-2012, or to view the new colour palette online, visit http://www.sico.ca.

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STROKE OF GENIUS


CIL Introduces Quicker, Easier Way to Paint

with Unique All-In-One Paint, Primer, and Tray Combo

Concord, Ontario – April 26, 2010 – CIL Paints has come up with a way to make the painting process even easier. The leading Canadian paint brand has introduced a unique all-in-one paint, primer and tray combination that makes painting projects faster and cleaner.

Called the CILUXTM Quick Roll Container, the product comes in a seven-litre (1.85 gallons) easy-to-carry bucket that doubles as a tray, complete with pre-tinted paint and a built-in raised grid to remove excess paint. Users simply pull off the lid, stir the paint and roll their brush right from the container, without having to pour the paint into a separate tray.

“All you need is a paint roller and the CILUXTM Quick Roll Container provides the rest, it’s that simple,” says Martin Tustin-Fuchs, Marketing Manager for CIL Paints. “With the Quick Roll Container, there’s no wasted paint or risk of spills in transferring the paint to a tray, and besides rinsing the roller after it has been used, there’s no clean-up required.” What’s more, he adds, it offers a one-step application thanks to the product’s advanced built-in primer formulation and, for many applications, only one coat of paint is needed.

The Quick Roll Container is part of the recently-introduced ultra-premium line of interior CILUXTM paints, exclusively available at RONA stores across the country. Featuring 100-percent acrylic latex formulations, CILUXTM paint contains such advanced technologies as Ceramic Microspheres that provide an ultra-tough, wear-resistant coating, and CIL’s Advanced StainBlock protectionTM that provides exceptional washability, helping to maintain a freshly-painted look for years to come.

“CIL is all about making the paint process easier for consumers and the Quick Roll Container is one more example of how we’re doing just that,” Tustin-Fuchs says. “The CILUXTM Quick Roll Container is a foolproof way to make painting faster, simpler and longer lasting.”

Sold in two of CIL’s best-selling colours – Swiss Coffee and Brazil Nut – the Quick Roll Container retails for $59.99 and is available at major RONA stores across the country for a limited time only as of late April.

For more information or to locate a store location near you, visit www.cil.ca or www.rona.ca.

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Sico Paints 2010-2011 Colour Forecast


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Sico - 1 - November 6, 2009

More Lively Colours Making a Comeback

as Canadians Seek New Beginning

Longueuil, Quebec – November 5, 2009 – Move over neutral colour schemes.  More lively hues will be making a comeback in home décor in 2010-2011 and it’s all about using colour as a mood-lifter in the midst of challenging times, says leading Canadian paint brand Sico Paints.

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