Kitchen colours

CIL has warm Culi­nary Col­lec­tion

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

CIL paint is un­veil­ing its dig­i­tal Culi­nary Col­lec­tion of paint colours, fea­tur­ing what it calls a mouth-wa­ter­ing pal­ette of 20 hues, with names such as Adorable Peach, Bright Cherry, Cran­berry Zing, Curry Spice, Lime Twist and Olive Oil. “White kitchens have been trend­ing for a num­ber of years, but now we’re see­ing a resur­gence of colour in the kitchen, from cab­i­netry to coun­ters to walls,” said Alison Gold­man, brand manager for CIL paint, a brand of PPG Ar­chi­tec­tural Coat­ings, cred­it­ing the re­vival to cur­rent rich-in-colour bo­hemian, retro and re­turn-to-na­ture trends in home decor. “The kitchen is the most used room in the house and the area where fam­ily and friends tend to gather, so it’s the per­fect place to add colour and per­son­al­ity to a home,” Gold­man said. Still, it’s im­por­tant to choose kitchen colours wisely, she cau­tioned, as some are bet­ter suited for this multi-pur­pose en­vi­ron­ment than oth­ers. “Warm, up­lift­ing colours, such as yel­low, red and or­ange, and soft shades of grey, vi­o­let, blue and green, are known to be more con­ducive to ap­petite-build­ing, en­ter­tain­ing and con­ver­sa­tion,” she said, ex­plain­ing CIL paint took th­ese find­ings into ac­count when de­vel­op­ing its new pal­ette. This Culi­nary Col­lec­tion brings to­gether top kitchen-colour rec­om­men­da­tions from CIL’s ex­ist­ing paint lineup. “No mat­ter what the look or size of your space, the col­lec­tion has a colour recipe for ev­ery­one,” Gold­man said. For starters, she of­fered th­ese sug­ges­tions as good choices for: Mod­ern kitchens: Grey is all the rage in home decor th­ese days, and muted grey walls work es­pe­cially well in a mod­ern kitchen. Try Oys­ter Bay (90YY 63/044 SE48) or Bar­ley Beige (30YY 68/024 DL50) grey from CIL paint as a base, ac­cented — on one wall or through ac­ces­sories — by a favourite pop colour, such as turquoise, tan­ger­ine or rasp­berry. Other strik­ing wall-colour op­tions, par­tic­u­larly in kitchens with stain­less steel ap­pli­ances, are lemon yel­low or ap­ple green. If a full wall of th­ese bright colours is too much for you, paint them above your cab­i­nets only or even in­side cab­i­nets with glass doors to liven up the room. Coun­try kitchens: Com­ple­ment wood cab­i­netry by paint­ing the walls cosy shades of terra cotta red, such as Burnt Pump­kin (24YR 12/447 DL08) by CIL paint, warm or­ange such as Per­sim­mon Berry (60YR 26/605 DL10), or light sage green such as Cab­bage Patch (90YY 62/264 MC21), cre­at­ing a wel­com­ing space rem­i­nis­cent of open fires and roasted foods. Don’t know which colour to use? Sim­ply iden­tify the pre­dom­i­nant un­der­tone of your cab­i­netry or floor­ing — yel­low, or­ange or red, for ex­am­ple — and choose a paint colour with the same base. Small kitchens: Make a small space ap­pear larger by min­i­miz­ing the con­trast be­tween the walls and cup­boards. Choose a pal­ette of colours with sim­i­lar tonal value — such as Peach Punch (56YR 48/398 CP10) or­ange, Ripe Ba­nana (39YY 66/628 DL18) yel­low and Cit­rus Fruit (70YY 52/532 DL21) green from CIL paint. An­other op­tion is to paint a fo­cal wall a bolder colour and the other walls a lighter ver­sion of that colour. Use the kitchen’s ver­ti­cal space to stack rows of shelv­ing or add up­per cup­boards ex­tend­ing to the ceil­ing to max­i­mize stor­age and the vis­ual height of the room. Win­dow­less kitchens: If you can’t see the out­side from your kitchen, con­sider bring­ing the out­doors in through the use of colour, such as op­ti­mistic shades of light green and yel­low. A soft yel­low — such as Citron Ice (53YY 83/348 CP19) by CIL paint, for ex­am­ple — can sim­u­late the look and feel of sun­shine. Crisp, white paint on trim, ceil­ings, mould­ings and doors will help brighten the walls even more. For max­i­mum bright­ness, in­stall the right com­bi­na­tion of ar­ti­fi­cial light­ing in the room — in­clud­ing task, over­head and am­bi­ent light­ing — and use high-gloss paint on doors and trim to re­flect the ex­ist­ing light. “When choos­ing paint colours, take into ac­count the colour and de­sign of your cab­i­netry, coun­ter­tops, tiles, mould­ing, ap­pli­ances, light­ing and floor­ing,” Gold­man said. “And re­mem­ber that paint isn’t just for walls — freshly painted cab­i­nets, ta­bles, chairs and other dec­o­ra­tive ob­jects go a long way in help­ing to cre­ate a spec­tac­u­lar kitchen decor.” Have an ap­petite for paint­ing your kitchen? View the new Culi­nary Col­lec­tion by CIL paint at, where you can also ask CIL paint ex­perts all of your colour, decor and paint ques­tions.


When choos­ing paint colours, take into ac­count the colour and de­sign of your cab­i­netry, coun­ter­tops, tiles, mould­ing, ap­pli­ances, light­ing and floor­ing.

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