Ex­pert says clear sky blue top colour for 2010

Winnipeg Free Press - Section G - - HOMES - By Irene Seiberling

The fore­cast for 2010 is for lots of blue skies, says a colour ex­pert with a lead­ing Cana­dian paint brand.

“The No. 1 colour is a clear sky blue,” Jen­nifer Jones, mar­ket­ing com­mu­ni­ca­tions man­ager for CIL Dec­o­ra­tive Paints, said in a tele­phone in­ter­view from her Toronto of­fice.

“We’re see­ing this light blue com­ing out ev­ery­where… It sym­bol­izes op­ti­mism and new be­gin­nings,” she ex­plained.

“It’s also as­so­ci­ated with na­ture and the en­vi­ron­ment. So it gives us a feel­ing of get­ting away from it all. It’s re­fresh­ing; it’s sooth­ing — one of those feel-good colours,” she added.

Jones de­scribed the hot colours for 2010 as “re­ally lively and cheer­ful.”

“We’re go­ing to be see­ing more en­er­getic colours all around us in the com­ing year — not just in home decor, but on the fashion run­ways, in all types of con­sumer goods,” she pre­dicted.

“Peo­ple are be­com­ing a lit­tle more ad­ven­tur­ous with their colours,” Jones said. “And we’re en­cour­ag­ing them to con­tinue that.”

“In gen­eral, the colours have been a bit more muted in the last year or two,” she pointed out. “Now they’re a lot cleaner and a lot brighter.”

Here’s what Jones said we can ex­pect to see this year:

• The new reds are very vi­brant. They’re re­plac­ing the pre­vi­ously fash­ion­able neu­tral pinks and cof­fee-based reds. Clean, fu­tur­is­tic-look­ing pinks will be tak­ing the spot­light. And we can ex­pect to see a lot of co­ral tones.

• Or­anges are very bright. Think pump­kin and carrot tones, and rich earthy cop­per browns. Or­anges will have lots of yel­low tones in them — to brighten things up. They’re mov­ing away from last year’s red in­flu­ence. The new hues emit a bright and sporty en­ergy.

• Yel­lows are soft and clean for the most part. Look for sunny yel­low, cit­rus, honey, mus­tard and ba­nana shades. Used on their own or com­bined with shades of blue, the new yel­lows are re­fresh­ing and com­fort­ing with a hint of piz­zazz.

• Greens will have lots of yel­low in­flu­ence in them. Rem­i­nis­cent of new plant shoots and be­gin­nings, the new liq­uid-like greens ex­ude a feel­ing of re­newal, open space and fresh­ness.

• Pur­ples are very deep, very in­tense. The dra­matic vi­o­lets cre­ate a look that’s 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.

There are a lot more colours in the neu­trals this year, Jones pointed out. Warm neu­trals in­clude beige — rich beiges that are al­most brown. They’re not the washed-out, ul­tra-con­ser­va­tive beige of pre­vi­ous years. The new warm neu­trals are deeper, in­fused with yel­low-based earth, clay, sand and grain tones. For an ul­tra fash­ion­able look, these warm neu­trals can be com­bined with turquoises and teals.

“What we’re see­ing a lot of this year also is greys,” Jones said. “Grey is kind of the new beige.”

Fairly sat­u­rated greys are be­ing used as neu­trals, in­stead of beige, she said. These cool neu­trals — ash greys, near blacks and green slate tones — are be­ing used on walls, as well as the neu­tral ac­cent colour with greens and vi­brant reds.

The use of colour in peo­ple’s homes can help lift their spir­its, Jones said. And peo­ple will soon be able to se­lect a mood to paint their home in on CIL’s new web­site at www.cil.ca, which di­vides the colour pal­ette into four mood groups — each rep­re­sent­ing a feel­ing. They in­clude: a mel­low and com­fort­ing col­lec­tion, which fea­tures serene and invit­ing colours; a soft and el­e­gant col­lec­tion, with colours that cre­ate a calm and so­phis­ti­cated feel; a clean and play­ful col­lec­tion, which fea­tures cheer­ful tones, of­ten used in chil­dren’s rooms; and a deep and lux­u­ri­ous col­lec­tion, which has rich and dra­matic colours.

CIL has even de­vel­oped an on­line test to help peo­ple de­ter­mine what mood they’d like to cre­ate and what am­bi­ence they’d like to cre­ate in their home. A colour co-or­di­na­tor tool is also be­ing made avail­able. When a colour is punched in, the colour co-or­di­na­tor will rec­om­mend a bunch of co-or­di­nat­ing colours that are guar­an­teed to match. Peo­ple tend to ag­o­nize over the choice of paint colours, Jones said.

“One of the biggest prob­lems is peo­ple are afraid to ex­per­i­ment with colour,” she said.

For those ner­vous about in­tro­duc­ing a vi­brant colour into their home, Jones rec­om­mended start­ing with a small room or an ac­cent wall.

“Peo­ple want that wow fac­tor in their homes, but they get re­ally ner­vous when it comes to us­ing any­thing other than an off-white or a beige,” she said.

“We’re try­ing to give them the con­fi­dence to just try it.” Pick a colour that you love, Jones rec­om­mends. Don’t just pick a colour be­cause it’s one of the trends, she said.

“Make sure it’s a colour that you love and that it speaks to you. Per­haps it co-or­di­nates with some items that you have. Feel good about the colour you’re pick­ing,” she said.

“Our most im­por­tant sug­ges­tion is to en­cour­age peo­ple to try lively colours and bring their rooms to life,” Jones said.

“Be­cause it’s fun. Putting colour in is ac­tu­ally re­ally ex­cit­ing — and shouldn’t be so scary.”

— Canwest News Ser­vice

An airy light blue, left, will top the list of hot colours for the year ahead, says Jen­nifer Jones of CIL Dec­o­ra­tive Paints. Far left: Paint that ceil­ing egg­plant. It’s an in­ex­pen­sive, non­com­mit­tal way to add piz­zazz and stay au courant.

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