Deck the walls with new colours

Winnipeg Free Press - Section G - - HOMES - CON­NIE OLIVER

WE Cana­di­ans take our home en­ter­tain­ing se­ri­ously. Ac­cord­ing to a coun­try­wide survey of Cana­dian paint­ing habits con­ducted by lead­ing brand CIL paint, liv­ing rooms and kitchens — the most popular rooms for en­ter­tain­ing guests — are sec­ond and third, re­spec­tively when it comes to the most fre­quently painted rooms. The survey found in the pre­vi­ous 18 months, 23 per cent of cus­tomers gave their liv­ing room walls a fresh coat of paint while 22 per cent painted their kitchens. “Based on the survey re­sults, it seems Cana­di­ans want to put their best foot for­ward when en­ter­tain­ing in their home, and that in­cludes deck­ing their walls with paint,” said Ali­son Gold­man, brand man­ager for CIL paint. At the same time, they want bal­ance in their lives, she said, not­ing the bed­room came first in the survey at 24 per cent. “What this demon­strates is that while we’re a hos­pitable bunch, Cana­di­ans also want a re­lax­ing room to re­treat to at the end of a so­cia­ble day,” said Gold­man. In­ter­est­ingly, only two per cent of survey re­spon­dents said they re­cently painted their din­ing rooms, re­flect­ing a grow­ing trend to­wards en­ter­tain­ing in less for­mal spa­ces, Gold­man said. “Guests of­ten end up gath­er­ing in the kitchen, and liv­ing ar­eas are be­ing in­creas­ingly de­signed as open­con­cept spa­ces con­nect­ing to the kitchen, so it’s not sur­pris­ing that this is where home­own­ers are fo­cus­ing their paint ef­forts,” she said. With hol­i­day time ap­proach­ing, Gold­man of­fered th­ese 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 decor, she said, es­pe­cially for those typ­i­cally 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. Rec­om­mended colours of CIL paint in­clude In­dian Sum­mer (30YR 26/330) orange or Jade Frost (50GY 53/033) green for the kitchen, and Hid­den Har­bor (70BG 32/238) blue or Soft Wine (30RR 49/067 SE02) vi­o­let for 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) by CIL paint — 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) by CIL paint, 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 decor this hol­i­day sea­son by com­bin­ing bril­liant colours you typ­i­cally see on giftwrap, 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. The best part of paint­ing for the hol­i­days is that you not only get to en­joy the decor after the hol­i­days but you’ll also be ready for your next big event

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The hol­i­days are an ideal time to in­tro­duce splashes of colour into your decor.

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