Nov 21

Colour Outside the Headlines: Pink for girls and blue for boys?

Blue is for boys and pink is for girls. That’s what we’ve grown up thinking. But do the colours we’re exposed to at an early age stick with us throughout our lives – will the two colours always separate men and women?  A variety of studies have looked at colour preferences for men and women in different age groups.

At a young age, pink and blue do play a big role with children. Girls begin to love pink and boys are set on rejecting it. Children starting to become aware of gender differences use colour to help define each other. Studies show that colour also affects how adults interact with children. If the child were wearing blue, the adult would assume it was a boy and played more physical games with them, but would be much gentler with a child wearing pink.

But as we get older, colour preferences by gender begins to disappear. In a study with adults, both men and women chose the same favourite colour – blue. With women, pink doesn’t even feature high on the list!

So when it comes to painting your child’s room, does this change what colour you’ll use? Although pink and blue are still very popular colours, we’ve seen a lot of different, but great colour choices! Yellow, purple, orange, red, and more. When they’re old enough, maybe see what colour they want – their answer may surprise you!

We may not know everything about early childhood development, but we do know colour!


Colour Outside The Headlines explores the world of colour, inspired by today’s news and hot topics. Visit your nearest Home Depot to discover how your world can change through colour with CIL Paints


Nov 20

Colour Outside the Headlines: Using Paint For Solar Power

As of right now, it’s only a concept. However, a major car brand is working on how to use paint for more than just aesthetics. What we could soon be seeing is a car’s paint job being utilized as one big solar panel to collect energy. If that’s not advanced enough, the paint can also capture energy from electrostatic created when wind meets the surface.

This is all in testing and no actual car exists with this technology, but something as simple as paint can now be utilized in a much greater way.

At home, paint serves a simple purpose – to make our walls, fences, and such look beautiful. When you think of technology, paint isn’t necessarily the first thing that comes to mind. The biggest hoopla over paint in the past little while was finally getting an all-in-one paint and primer! But it looks as though researchers are looking outside the box a bit to see how else paint can effect and improve our lives.

Will we eventually see a commercial paint product that can also help generate power? By the way things are looking, it could be a real possibility over the next 10 years. Would you paint your home with solar power paint?

We may not know everything about generating power from paint, but we do know colour!


Colour Outside The Headlines explores the world of colour, inspired by today’s news and hot topics. Visit your nearest Home Depot to discover how your world can change through colour with CIL Paints


Nov 19

Colour Outside the Headlines: Fall Turns to Frost

As hearty as we Canadians are, winter always seems to sneak up on us just as we’re getting used to shuffling through a carpet of red and yellow leaves. Much of the country has experienced its first snowfall already, and that blanket of crisp white is taking over.

Much like the temperature outside, the smallest shift in colour temperature can make a big difference in how your room looks and feels.

We often refer to colours as being “warm” or “cool.” Warm colours – such as fall colours – give a different feeling than cool colours like purple and teal.

What about white? It’s the go-to wall colour for many people, but finding the right shade of white requires the same considerations as any other colour.

The differences are subtle, but a warmer, creamier white can provide a softer feel, while a slight blue tone can add a brightness and more modern appearance to a room.

As always, consider your room’s lighting, and how it works with your décor and style of home, to find a shade of white that will suit you for years to come.

As for that covering of white outside? We’ll just have to wait for its natural lighting source – the sun – to melt it away come spring.

We may not know how cold it will get this winter, but we do know colour!


Colour Outside The Headlines explores the world of colour, inspired by today’s news and hot topics. Visit your nearest Home Depot to discover how your world can change through colour with CIL Paints.


Nov 17

Survey Shows Living Rooms, Kitchens and Bedrooms Painted Most Often + Tips to Deck Your Walls for the Holidays

Canadians take their home entertaining seriously. According to a country-wide survey of Canadian painting habits we conducted, living rooms and kitchens – the most popular rooms for welcoming guests – are among the top of the list when it comes to most frequently painted rooms.

The survey, which polled a sampling of managers across the country where our CIL paints are sold, found that in the previous 18 months, 23%of customers gave their living room walls a fresh coat of paint while 22% painted their kitchens.

Based on the survey results, it seems we Canadians want to put their best foot forward when entertaining in their home, and that includes decking their walls with paint.

At the same time, we want balance in our lives. The bedroom came first in the survey at 24%, demonstrating that, while we’re a hospitable bunch, Canadians also want a feel-good room to retreat to at the end of a sociable day.

Interestingly, only 2% of survey respondents said they recently painted their dining rooms, reflecting a growing trend towards entertaining in less formal spaces. Guests often end up gathering in the kitchen, and living areas are being increasingly designed as open concept spaces connecting to the kitchen, so it’s not surprising that this is where homeowners are focusing their paint efforts.

With holiday time approaching, here are some tips to add cheer to your home’s most-used rooms.

Spread joy through colour. The holidays are an ideal time to introduce splashes of colour into your décor, especially if you’re hesitant to do so. Simply paint an accent wall with one of this season’s trending colours to transform a room from ordinary to extraordinary. Try Indian Summer (30YR 26/330 MC08) orange or Jade Frost (50GY 53/033 DL48) green for the kitchen, and Hidden Harbor (70BG 32/238 MC30) blue or Soft Wine (30RR 49/067 SE02) violet in living areas.

Paint a holiday memory. Think back to your childhood holidays to find colour inspiration for your rooms. If you enjoyed building gingerbread houses, for example, paint your walls a warm brown – such as Natural Cashmere (70YR 39/154 SE10)  – and bring out pops of green, pink and yellow through pillows, throw rugs and other accessories. Or, if decorating trees with tinsel evokes fond memories, try a metallic-like tone, such as Silver Trophy (30BB 53/012 SE51), on your walls.

Create a winter wonderland. A wintry white theme highlighted with silver and blue accents never goes out of style. Give walls a fresh coat of neutral paint and glitz up your room with sparkling metallic or crystal accessories. Top neutral colours by CIL paint recommended for the season include Drifting Snow (10BB 83/014 SE51) and Winter Bird (30YY 78/018 DL50).

Break with tradition. Have some fun with your home décor this holiday by combining brilliant colours you typically see on gift wrap, ornaments and other decorations. Consider striking colour combinations such as deep purple and burnt orange, brown and pink, or blue and gold. For example, use alternating blocks of contrasting paint colours to make a kitchen backsplash pop and add extra punch by picking up on the same colours in table linens, place settings, candles and other accessories.

Holiday Living Room Soft Wine (30RR 49:067 SE02)  - CIL

The holidays are an ideal time to introduce colour into a décor, especially for those typically hesitant to do so. Start with painting an accent wall with one of this season’s trending colours, such as Soft Wine (30RR 49/067 SE02) violet, pictured on the walls of this living area.

Holiday Kitchen Harvest Spice (70YR 29:559 DL11) orange and Purple Haze (50RB 09:156 DL38) - CIL

Deck your walls with colourful paint this season to transform a room from ordinary to extraordinary. Pictured on this kitchen wall is a combination of Harvest Spice (70YR 29/559 DL11) orange and Purple Haze (50RB 09/156 DL38).

The best part of painting for the holidays is not only that you get to enjoy the décor even once the party is put away, but that you will also be ready for your next big event.


Nov 13

Ask an Expert: Exterior Trim Update Before & After

A customer asked me for a recommendation on a paint colour to update the exterior trim of her suburban home:

Q – I have a red brick Tudor style home with brick on the main level and stucco with wood trim on the second level and new white windows and a beige roof. What colour would you suggest for the wood trim on top? I don’t care for dark colours but my front door is red. I am thinking of taupe. Do you have any colour suggestions?

While the red front door (including the painting out of the aluminum screen door the same colour) is exactly the focal point this home needs to draw the eye away from the garage doors, a little update to the trim colour was also needed:

A – Traditionally the trim that divides a stucco facade into different sections would be painted a dark colour such as chocolate brown. However, you may wish to choose a tone slightly lighter intensity than the brick but darker than the stucco. Look to the taupe tones in your brick for the best match, but Obelisk 20YY 45/114 SE45 is likely a good choice with the right intensity and would add a modern touch to the facade with a slight contrast to the stucco.

Painting all of the trim that is currently in the pink tone this colour will help give the entire home a fresh look and will coordinate with the red of your front door better. I also suggest painting the garage door in Obelisk so that it visually recedes more and helps to make your front door more the feature.

When sending me a colour and design question at, including a photo of your home or space helps me immensely in choosing a suitable paint colour for your project.

And equally so, we love receiving an after photo showing the success of your finished paint job. Just look at these before and after shots. Job well done!

Susan | CIL Colour & Design Expert

Obelisk Before & After - CIL Paints


Oct 20

Ask an Expert: Exterior Colours for a Historic Home

Q – I would like to change the colour of my historic house, which has a small balcony on the second floor. The challenge is that the tin roof is an antique blue. The house is now white, with black shutters and the balcony is blue like the roof. What colours would you recommend for the walls, the balcony and the shutters? I would like something original, but not too provocative.

Painted House - CIL

A – Your home is beautiful and the historic details will be the showpiece with the selection of the right shades to coordinate with the dark roof. A multi-coloured palette will add interest to the facade and highlight the details with balance. From the photo it looks like your roof is close to our CIL paint colour SE30 Global Waters / Eaux internationales 50G 11/123, and so I suggest the following two options for colour schemes for your home’s exterior:

Scheme 1:

  • Walls / siding: SE30 Mild Wind / Vent doux 70BG 56/061
  • Window / door trim: DL51 Silk Moon / Lune Soyeuse 30BB 83/001
  • Lower porch columns: DL51 Silk Moon / Lune Soyeuse 30BB 83/001
  • Lower porch horizontal band (fascia) under porch roof: DL51 Silk Moon / Lune Soyeuse 30BB 83/001
  • Porch railing / lower horizontal pieces on railing (lower and upper porches): SE30 Global Waters / Eaux internationales 50G 11/123
  • Porch spindels (lower and upper porches): DL51 Silk Moon / Lune Soyeuse 30BB 83/001
  • Gingerbread trim on lower porch: DL51 Silk Moon / Lune Soyeuse 30BB 83/001
  • Decorative rackets on dormer: DL51 Silk Moon / Lune Soyeuse 30BB 83/001
  • Triangular outer band on dormer: SE30 Global Waters / Eaux internationales 50G 11/123
  • ’1911′ on dormer: SE30 Global Waters / Eaux internationales 50G 11/123
  • Lower door: MC11 Copper Coin / Monnaie de cuivre 70YR 19/432
  • Upper door: DL51 Silk Moon / Lune Soyeuse 30BB 83/001
  • Shutters: SE30 Global Waters / Eaux internationales 50G 11/123

Scheme 2:

  • Walls / siding: MC17 Indian Corn / Maïs indien 20YY 65/285
  • Window / door trim: DL46 Artesian White / Blanc artésien 83/025
  • Lower porch columns: DL46 Artesian White / Blanc artésien 83/025
  • Lower porch horizontal band (fascia) under porch roof: SE30 Global Waters / Eaux internationales 50G 11/123
  • Porch railing / lower horizontal pieces on railing (lower and upper porches): DL46 Artesian White / Blanc artésien 83/025
  • Porch spindels (lower and upper porches): DL46 Artesian White / Blanc artésien 83/025
  • Gingerbread trim on lower porch: DDL46 Artesian White / Blanc artésien 83/025
  • Decorative rackets on dormer: DL46 Artesian White / Blanc artésien 83/025
  • Triangular outer band on dormer: SE30 Global Waters / Eaux internationales 50G 11/123
  • ’1911′ on dormer: SE30 Global Waters / Eaux internationales 50G 11/123
  • Lower door: DL07 Classic Burgundy / Bourgogne classique 09YR 05/305
  • Upper door: DL51 DL46 Artesian White / Blanc artésien 83/025
  • Shutters: DL07 Classic Burgundy / Bourgogne classique 09YR 05/305

As there is a lot of detail in these schemes and on your house, you may wish to ‘try’ these colours out with our online visualizer tool: Simply upload this photo of your home to use the tool and to see how these colours will look on your house.

Susan | CIL Design & Colour Expert


Aug 28

CIL Décor Experts on the Road


We at CIL know how difficult it can be to pick a paint colour that’s perfect for your home. Have you ever wished you could get some free, professional advice about paint, colour and décor?

CIL makes is beautifully simple to solve your decorating dilemmas with our Décor Experts on the Road program. 

Free, One-on-One Décor Consultation!home_depot_logo2

Every Thursday evening between August 28th and October 16th (varies by region) from 6pm to 8pm, one of our on-the-road experts will be in-store at selected Home Depot stores across Canada to give you free, one-on-one advice about choosing paint colours and decorating your home. Learn more about our on-the-road experts and check out the schedule below to find out when one will be at a store near you.



What should you bring?

Our experts will help you identify your style and favourite colours, but do come armed with any inspiration you might have for your décor  - magazine clippings, a favourite photo, a piece of art, a colourful throw cushion – anything that speaks to you and your style.

Can’t get to a store for a complimentary consultation?

Just email our resident colour, décor and product experts at anytime for a complimentary answer to your decorating and painting questions. And be sure to follow all of the decorating action with #CILontheRoad!


Meet our CIL on the road Décor Experts



AB | Calgary

Heather Eigler

Heather’s blog, Home to Heather has been voted as the Best Parenting Blog and as one of the Most Influential Canadian Mom Blogs. 


Meet Heather at these Home Depot stores:

Aug 28 – Calgary Marlborough

Sept 4 – Calgary Chinook

Sept 11 – Calgary Country Hills

Sept 18 – Calgary North Hills



AB | Edmonton

Angie Pitre

Angie has been featured in Style at Home magazine online and has been named as Blogger of the Month 2014 in Canadian Living magazine.


Meet Angie at these Home Depot stores:

Aug 28 – Edmonton Clairview

Sept 4 – Edmonton West End

Sept 11 – Edmonton South Common



BC | Vancouver

Monika Hibbs

Monika is a fashion and lifestyle blogger who has been featured in Style at Home and on HGTV.


Meet Monika at these Home Depot stores:

Aug 28  – Langley

Sept 4 – Terminal

Sept 18 – North Surrey

Sept 25 – Burnaby



MB | Winnipeg

Jennifer Ashley

Jennifer’s blog, Pretty Little Details, showcases her contemporary home décor skills and expertise in colour selection.


Meet Jennifer at these Home Depot stores:

Aug 28 – Winnipeg North

Sept 4 – Winnipeg St. Vital

Sept 11 – Winnipeg Crossroads

Sept 18 – Winnipeg Polo Park



ON |  Toronto North

Lisa Canning

Lisa is known for her innovative design solutions and has worked on a number of popular shows such as Property Brothers and For Rent.


Meet Lisa at these Home Depot stores:

Aug 28 – Toronto Yorkdale

Sept 4 – Toronto Dufferin & Steeles

Sept 11 – Richmond Hill

Sept 18 – Newmarket

Sept 25 – Rexdale

Oct 2 – Woodbridge

Oct 9 – Toronto Caledonia



ON | Toronto South

Emma Reddington

Emma is the home editor at Chatelaine magazine and runs the popular blog The Marion House Book.


Meet Emma at these Home Depot stores:

Aug 28 – Toronto Stockyards

Sept 4 – Toronto Gerrard Square

Sept 11 – Toronto Leaside

Sept 18 – Toronto Curity

Sept 25 – Scarborough Ellesmere

Oct 2 – Scarborough Eglinton East

Oct 9 – Etobicoke South


Jo_AlcornON | Halton Peel

Jo Alcorn

Jo is the style editor for Canadian Home Trends magazine and an HGTV personality who specializes in design trends.


Meet Jo at these Home Depot stores:

Aug 28 – Brampton North

Sept 4 – Brampton East

Sept 11 – Brampton

Sept 18 – Mississauga Britannia

Sept 25 – Mississauga South

Oct 2 – Oakville

Oct 9 – Mississauga West


Jenn BrouwerON | Toronto East Durham

Jennifer Brouwer

Jennifer is an interior designer with a passion for décor and over 13 years experience in the industry.


Meet Jennifer at these Home Depot stores:

Aug 28 – Ajax

Sept 4 – Scarborough Morningside

Sept 11 – Pickering

Sept 18 – Peterborough

Sept 25 – Oshawa

Oct 2 – Bowmanville

Oct 9 – Whitby South

Oct 16 – Whitby North



ON | South

Courtenay Hartford

Courtenay’s popular blog, The Creek line House, showcases her skill with home renovation and rustic décor.


Meet Courtenay at these Home Depot stores:

Aug 28 – Waterloo

Sept 4 – Cambridge

Sept 11 – Guelph

Sept 18 – St. Catharines

Sept 25 – Ancaster

Oct 2 – Hamilton Mountain

Oct 9 – Hamilton

Oct 16 – Burlington



ON | East

Mary Taggart

Mary is known for her inspired home décor and design expertise as the editor-in-chief of Ottawa at Home magazine.


Meet Mary at these Home Depot stores:

Aug 28 – Nepean

Sept 4 – Barrhaven

Sept 11 – Kanata

Sept 18 – Kingston

Sept 25 – Gloucester

Oct 2 – South Keys

Oct 9 – Orleans

Oct 16 – Cornwall




Jul 28

Ask An Expert: Coordinating with Beige Vinyl Windows

Q – I have a stucco house with beige vinyl windows. I am totally lost on what colours I can go with, as they all seem to clash with the windows. I have included a few photos that may help. What colours would you suggest?

beige windows - CIL Paints

A – Thanks for including photos with your question as this definitely helps in recommending suitable colours for your home’s exterior. To choose a palette that works with the colour of the windows, try to find as close a match of this colour to one of the colours in our CIL master palette and then use that colour’s family as a base to build on.

From the photos you sent, it looks like the window colour is similar to Autumnal Equinox 10YY 73/042 in the MC42 colour family. If so, choose Fretwork 90YR 57/070 for the stucco. Paint the decorative trim around the windows, the garage door and trim and the trim around the base of your home, and the decorative elements on the chimney in Council Bluff 90YR 43/101. Paint the facia board that runs underneath the eaves troughs in a darker colour in this colour family to coordinate with the roof colour – Otter Brook 80YR 11/151. Paint the front door a standout colour to draw visitors in, such as DL06 Orient Express 96RR 08/311or MC49 Covered Bridge 30GG 130/46.

As it’s difficult to suggest an exact match from the colour read of a photo on a computer, pick up the colour cards at your local CIL retailer, and see if the MC42 colour family works with the colour of the windows. If not, perhaps it reads a little closer to Natural White 50YY 83/028 in the MC46 colour family, and if so, select the other shades for the elements of your home from this family accordingly. Or select a number of colour cards to determine which is the best match.

Susan | CIL Design & Colour Expert


Jul 24

Ask An Expert: Toning Down Pink Brick on a Pair of Semi-detached Houses

Q – I would like to paint the outside of my house but I’m not sure what colours would look best. I really want to make the right decision. I want my house to look great. It’s a semi-detached home but I will be painting my neighbour’s side as well to match. I need your expert opinion!

Currently, everything is pink and in my opinion there is a little to much pink. I would like to paint the garage door, all the trim as well as the little amount of wood siding on the second floor. The rest is brick. 

I uploaded the picture in your online system which it a great system and tried to choose some colours but I am just not good at matching colours. Its not one of my strong points. 

I would really appreciate your help in giving me advice of colours that would look great. In return, I will buy all CIL paint for the project!

Pink Brick House - CIL Paints

A – It is fantastic that your neighbour and you are coordinated in painting your semi-detached homes together, as an integrated colour scheme that works with the integrated design of your attached homes will make both sides look their best. The tricky part, as you note, is the peachy pink tone of the bricks. It is quite intense but it can be worked with in creating a welcoming scheme.

As green is the complementary colour to red (pink) I suggest going with a neutral palette with green undertones rather than pink. For the garage doors and the surrounding trim you’ll want to choose a similar intensity as the brick to help these recede somewhat and draw the focus more to the other interesting elements of the facade and the front doors. While it is always a challenge to get an exact read of a brick colour via an image on a computer, a grey green taupe such as MC47 Toasty Grey 30YY 51/098 looks like it would be a good choice.

Paint the horizontal facial boards that run beneath your eaves troughs and the soffits in the same colour as the troughs, the colour and intensity of which looks similar to MC47 Plateau Grey 40YY 20/081. This will add a stronger horizontal element visually to the facades.

Paint the front doors and the shutters in MC47 Dark Cavern 40YY 08/107 or move closer to the green end of the spectrum with SE48 English Pinewood 90YY 19/075 or SE21 Plantation Green 90YY 13/177.

Paint the remaining trim and details, and the siding in MC47 Pillar 40YY 67/087.

To further play down the wall of garage doors and to draw visitors towards the front doors, add dual large planters similar to that of your neighbours, on either side of the porch entry.

Pick up the colour cards at your local CIL retailer, and see which of these selections works best for your home.

Susan | CIL Design & Colour Expert


Jul 04

Colour Outside the Headlines: Canadian Success on the Grass Court

Canadian tennis fans have had a lot to cheer for over the past two weeks! A Canadian woman is making history at one of the greatest tennis tournaments in the world. This will be the first time a Canadian woman has advanced to the Wimbledon final. On the men’s side, a Canadian tennis favourite played in the semifinal match today. Although he lost the tough match against one of tennis’s greatest, his success helped make this year’s Wimbledon one to remember for Canada.

Have you noticed how all the players are wearing white? It’s not a coincidence! At this tournament, dress codes state that all players must be dressed in attire that’s almost entirely white, shoes and undergarments included. The only colour acceptable for a player’s attire is a single trim of colour around the neckline and cuff of the sleeve.

Despite the rules, many players have tried pushing the boundaries by getting colour into their outfits! Last year, one of the world’s best male tennis players was caught with bright orange soles on his shoes. The 2012 women’s champion accented her white dress with a headband, wristbands, and undershorts in magenta. Even tennis stars can’t resist adding some colour!

We may not know everything about enforcing a dress code, but we do know colour!


Colour Outside The Headlines explores the world of colour, inspired by today’s news and hot topics. Visit your nearest Home Depot to discover how your world can change through colour with CIL Paints.


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