Apr 13

Our Culinary Collection Will Have You Salivating

Our Culinary Collection of paint colours features 20 taste-bud-tempting hues compiled from our complete master palette. This collection celebrates a return of colour that complements the still so popular white kitchen, yet embraces the rich-in-colour bohemian, retro and return-to-nature trends in home decor, making it simple to create your own tasty scheme that satisfies your style.

And it’s not just these gorgeous colours that make your mouth water – there’s actually a bit of science behind what colours work best in a kitchen. Psychological studies show that warm, uplifting colours, such as yellow, red and orange, and soft shades of grey, violet, blue and green, are more conducive to appetite-building, entertaining and conversation, and we took these findings into account when developing our Culinary Collection.

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Modern kitchens: The continuing popularity of greys in home decor serves well in the kitchen too, working alongside stainless steel appliances and accents. Start with a grey as the foundation colour of your scheme, such as Oyster Bay 90YY 63/044 SE48 or Barley Beige 30YY 68/024 DL50, then accent this neutral with your favourite pop of colour in a feature wall, architectural details, on the backs of the cabinets or in your accessories.

Country kitchens: Burnt Pumpkin 24YR 12/447 DL08, Persimmon Berry 60YR 26/605 DL10 and Cabbage Patch 90YY 62/264 MC21 are all homey colours that work well with wood elements in a country kitchen. Not sure which colour will work best with the wood of your cupboards or floors? Simply identify the predominant undertone of wood and choose a paint colour with the same base: for golden, orange or reddish undertones, choose a warm-toned wall colour; for grey or ashy undertones, choose a cool colour like blue or green.

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Small kitchens: Minimizing the contrast between colours in your small kitchen will help to make it appear larger. Peach Punch 56YR 48/398 CP10, Ripe Banana 39YY 66/628 DL18 and Citrus Fruit 70YY 52/532 DL21 are all of similar tonal value but add a zesty bit of colour to a small space. Or choose colours that are beside each other on the same colour chip, automatically lowering the contrast between the two shades. As well, put vertical space to work to maximize storage by extending upper cupboards to the ceiling.

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Windowless kitchens: Even without any natural light you can bring some brightness of the outdoors in with a soft yellow like Citron Ice 53YY 83/348 CP19. Add a balance of lighting sources, including task lighting beneath upper cabinets, pot lights and other overhead lighting, and use high gloss white paint on doors and trim to reflect the existing light.

Develop your own colour recipe: To build your own culinary palette and create a kitchen that satiates, take into account the colours in other elements in the room, matching to a shade in your counter, floor or upholstery as a base, making sure to balance the light, dark and medium tones in the overall scheme.

Perhaps you’re bit timid in adding a bold colour to all your walls or cabinets? Try painting just your table, chairs or other decorative element for a zingy or spicy hit of colour and interest.


Jan 29

CIL Paints 2015 Colour Palette is All About Self Expression

2015 is all about letting loose – at least in your home. That’s because the 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. Our 2015 colour palette can be likened to an artful collage dominated by rich, bright tones and supported by saturated, nature-infused neutrals – intended to be used together in creative ways according to your individual preference. Like the styles we’re seeing on the fashion runways, the home décor trend in 2015 will be all about mixing, not matching, and anything goes.

With ocean blue as the standout colour of the year, you can use our 2015 colour palette as a starting point and adapt it to your personal tastes.

Here’s what’s trending for 2015 for each colour family in home décor:

Blues: Next year’s popular blues are neither too dark nor too light; rather, they are mid-toned. Think crisp, clear sky and sea: the shade of worn jeans. Upbeat and fresh, these blues are best suited for those who have a classic or traditional décor taste, especially when paired with light and dark greys and tans. Our CIL top blue pick for the year is Hidden Harbor (70BG 32/238 MC30).

Reds: Berry red – reminiscent of ruby slippers, Valentines and lipstick – will continue to accent home décor in the year ahead. Infused with energy, next year’s glamorous reds – such as Drum Beat (00YR/08 409* DL05) – coordinate well with chocolate brown, cream and tan, and they are fitting for those seeking to create an opulent look.

Oranges: Orange will tone down in 2015, taking on an easier-to-live-with flair. Conjuring up images of autumn leaves, pumpkins and spice, the new oranges – including Indian Summer (30YR 26/330 MC08)– are ideal for bohemian-inclined tastes. They work especially well on an accent wall and can be warmed up with sunny yellow or cooled down with ocean blue.

Yellows: Moving away from the buttercream hue that was popular last year, yellows in 2015 will be strong and dramatic. This vibrant yellow, such as Curry Spice (45YY 62/805* DL19), can be likened to the colour of a taxi cab, sunflower or happy face, filled with optimism. Geared towards a modernist style, it works best as a pop colour, particularly when combined with grey, white and soft blue.

Greens: Grey-toned pastel green, such as Jade Frost (50GY 53/033 DL48), will increasingly make its way into home décor in the coming year. Emitting a modern, oceanic feel, the new greens are both soothing and invigorating at the same time, perfect for the naturalist. We recommend pairing new greens with earth tones and wooden accents to bring comfort to living spaces.

Violets: Lavender will take centre stage in the purple family over the coming year. Think soft pastels, delicate accents, silk fabric, floral patterns and vintage pieces – dream décor for romantics. Our key violet for 2015 is Soft Wine (30RR 49/067 SE02).

CIL 2015 Trends Reds - Drum Beat 00YR:08 409 DL05

Berry red – such as Drum Beat (00YR/08 409* DL05)– will continue to accent home décor in the year ahead.

CIL 2015 Trends Yellows - Curry Spice 45YY 62:805 DL19

Yellows in 2015 will be vibrant and optimistic, delivering a modernist feel. Featured on the walls of this room is Curry Spice (45YY 62/805* DL19).

CIL 2015 Trends Greens - Jade Frost 50GY 53:033 DL48

Grey-toned pastel green, such as Jade Frost (50GY 53/033 DL48), will be popular in the coming year, emitting a modern, oceanic feel.


Jan 28

Ask An Expert: What’s a nice grey colour that isn’t too light or too dark?

Q – I have quite a bit of natural light on my main floor and want to try a nice grey paint colour but, nothing too dark. What are your suggestions? I have attached a couple pictures and, I also need advice on what colour to paint my kitchen to complement the grey. Thanks!

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A – From how the photos you sent of your home read on a computer screen, the colour of your sofa seems to be a slightly cool taupe, and as such would likely look best with a slightly warm grey. You’ll also want to be sure to select a colour that offers enough contrast to your sofa colour. Here are a few options for you to consider:

  • Barley Beige 30YY 68/024 or Zeppelin 30YY 46/036 from the DL50 colour family
  • Snowfield 00NN 72000 or Veil 00NN 53/000 from the DL51 colour family

If your kitchen is open to the other living areas, you may alternatively want to choose a colour for these spaces from the shades in your counter, as from the photos it looks like there may be some nice grey tones in there as well. This will instantly draw the scheme together. Along the same thoughts, you can match a CIL paint colour to one of the darker tones in the counter top for your kitchen walls.

Or, if you’re looking for a splash of colour in there as you have now, how about coordinating it with the zippy green of the throw and pillow on your sofa? With this thought, shades that will coordinate with the greys I’ve suggested above include Lime Twist 89YY 78/269 CP22 and Tart Twist 70YY 59/485 DL21. Or for a warmer shade to balance the grey, try Hurricane Lamp 50YY 71/369 MC20

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

Susan ~ CIL Colour & Design Expert

Do you have a question for our resident colour and design expert, Susan? Ask it now by emailing her at askanexpert@cil.ca. And send photos of your space if you have them!


Dec 12

Colour Outside the Headlines: The greenest office in Asia

There’s an engineering firm that has just claimed the title of greenest office in Asia. They use the colour green throughout their office but it’s not the colour that has earned them this distinction. The engineering firm recently gave their headquarters the ultimate environmental facelift, making their 6,000 square foot space water, energy, and carbon neutral.

Attaining that goal meant employing some extreme methods of energy conservation, but the end result is still a space that’s sleek, inviting, and functional.

When it comes to our homes, using green is a nice way to bring the comforts of outdoors inside. But there are also ways to use green, while also “being green.” Choosing lighter shades for your walls can actually help you reduce your energy use! Light-coloured walls can help brighten a room and reflect more natural daylight throughout your space.

We may not know everything about how to turn an office into the “greenest” office, 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.


Dec 11

Colour Outside the Headlines: Designed by a 4-year-old!

She has nearly 500k followers on Instagram, is the inspiration behind a popular fashion blog, and just helped design a collection for an extremely large fashion retailer. Did we mention she is only 4?

It’s the quite the feat, considering most of her peers are probably still learning their ABCs. But this special 4-year-old is using her eye for colour and design to create a special nine-piece collection with the retailer’s head of design. The two spent the day together creating, playing, imagining and turning stuff into ideas. The line is set to launch in late spring.

Young kids have a real knack for creativity. Have you ever asked your children for help choosing a colour for your walls or even for their own rooms? We can assume they might make a radical decision, but sometimes those decisions are better thought out than we think. Next time you’re picking out a colour at home, try getting some thoughts from your little ones.

We may not know everything about fashion, 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.


Dec 09

Colour Outside the Headlines: Seeing Colour in the Dark

From what we’ve been taught in science class, we need light in order to see colour. When light hits an object, the object absorbs some of the light and reflects the rest of it. The wavelengths of reflected light determine the colours we see. So in the dark, since there is no light, we don’t see any colour. Does that rule also apply to animals? We could assume yes, but we’d be wrong!

It has been discovered that many animals of all shapes and sizes actually can see colour even in near-total darkness. Some researchers now believe that seeing colour at night might be very common for many animals! It all comes down to the makings of their eyes.

For humans, our retinas have two types of photoreceptors, rods and cones. Rods are more numerous and are more sensitive than cones, however they are not sensitive to colour. The cones are what provide us with colour sensitivity. We have three types of colour receptors that are tuned to long, medium and short wavelengths of light. That’s what helps us see red, green and blue. Comparing the signals from all three receptors is how we’re able to see all the colours of the rainbow. With animals, their eyes detect light in a much different way. The helmethead geckoes, for example, don’t have any rods in their eyes! The cones in their eyes have evolved to become more rod-like, longer and more sensitive. They also have large lenses and a shorter focal distance to cut down how far light has to travel through the eye.

There’s a lot of science around it but to sum it all up, we’re finding out that it doesn’t take that much light for some eyes to see colour. So if you’re getting a new pet gecko for home, remember that they’ll likely be able to appreciate your colour choices!

We may not know everything about seeing in the dark, 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.


Dec 05

Colour Outside the Headlines: A Cup of Contrast

An Australian researcher recently determined that when people drink coffee from a white mug – as opposed to a blue mug or clear glass mug – they perceived the coffee as being richer or stronger.

What’s behind this? The researcher says it’s simply the contrast in colour between the coffee and the mug.

Contrast plays a factor in our décor taste, too. It can positively or negatively impact the appearance of a room, and is something to consider when your design ideas are brewing.

Bright white walls with a room full of dark furniture can be a difficult look to pull off. However, if you want your great aunt’s mahogany china cabinet to be the focal point of your space, surrounding it with light colours could be the best way to highlight it.

Painting is an easy way to revamp a room, but before you plan a whole new colour scheme, consider changing the contrast. Taking your walls just one shade lighter or darker than what you currently have can go a long way towards perking up your space.

We may not know how to make the perfect cup of joe, 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.


Dec 04

Colour Outside the Headlines: A Room’s Quirk Can Work

No matter how much we love our homes, there always seems to be that one room that keeps our creativity at bay. Whether it’s an inconveniently angled ceiling, a mysterious alcove that’s too small for furniture, or a support beam that seems doomed to always be in the way, there can be any number of little problems that require solutions.

Two of Canada’s hottest landscape architects are proving time and time again that unusual or awkward spaces in our urban centres are full of potential.

Thankfully, you don’t need to hire a famous architect to beautify your own challenging space. Colour is your first step towards rejuvenating any room, and that’s especially true when your room comes with a quirk.

Highlight the features you can’t change, and you’ll be inspired to work with them instead of against them. Once you start thinking big, you’ll not only give your room a new look, but you may even give it a new function.

We may not know what your homebuilder had in mind for that tiny alcove, 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.


Dec 02

Colour Outside the Headlines: Going Red For World AIDS Day

Yesterday the world united under one colour to help drive awareness for an important cause. This is the 26th year people have been donning red for World AIDS Day. It’s a disease that affects millions of people and a cause that many celebrities and brands stand strongly behind. One large tech company even changed their iconic white logo to red for the day.

The company has been a long time supporter of the cause. They’ve raised over $75 million dollars for the cause since 2006, but only decided to start ‘going red’ in 2012. There had been some reluctance to changing the iconic brand’s logo in the past, but recently they’ve changed their policies to allow for their logo to change colour for a good cause. They have also added green to their logo in support of Earth Day.

Colours play a large part in helping unite the world. Red unites us for AIDS awareness. Pink has become synonymous with breast cancer awareness. Yellow ribbons are worn as a sign of loyalty to family, friends, or loved ones who serve in the military. Light blue is what we use to bring awareness to prostate cancer. There are countless examples that demonstrate the impact of colour and how it helps to connect us to both people and causes.

We know a good gesture when we see one, and we definitely 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 28

Colour Outside the Headlines: The Power of Emoticons

We’re in the age of technology. Almost everything we want to do can now be done faster and easier than ever. However there’s one thing we still struggle with in this day and age, and that’s how to properly convey our emotions. Since we rely so heavily on our devices, communicating face-to-face or even over the phone isn’t as common as it used to be. So while we may joke about the heavy use of emoticons, they have actually become extremely powerful in helping us communicate online.

Emoticons made their first digital appearance in the early 1980s. It happened when a computer scientist realized his words were failing him when trying to communicate with others on a forum. Similar to how many of us struggle today, he had trouble conveying that some of his posts were actually meant as a joke. So one day he came up with this, “: – )”. It was the start of emoticons! Now we have thousands of little characters to help us communicate through a screen.

Colour is also something that helps us communicate without saying a word. The colour blue helps to communicate that someone is feeling down, green shows that someone is under the weather, red represents anger in a lot of cases, and yellow often means joy and happiness. There’s a lot of power in how colours can make you feel.

Have you ever thought about how you want someone to feel when entering a room? Whether it’s a combination of white and blue to help feel like you’re by the ocean, or a shade of purple to help turn a child’s room into a place of whimsy, colour says a lot to us without saying anything at all.

We may not know everything about emoticons, 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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