• Make Fall Colours Work for Your Home Office

    Coolest shades of season energize work, study spaces, according to SICO paint
    LONGUEUIL, Quebec, July 25, 2016 – Back to school means back to work for adults and kids alike. What better time to update your home office or study area to boost not only your decor, but your family’s productivity as well? That’s the message of leading brand SICO® paint in unveiling its fall 2016 palette. 
    “Fall is a time of new beginnings, and this season’s pick-me-up shades are perfect for infusing new life into work areas—from vibrant reds and blues, to greyish greens, sun-kissed yellows and classic black-and-white combinations,” said Geneviève Paiement, brand manager for Sico paint, a brand of PPG.
    Topping the list of the Sico paint brand’s coolest autumn colours are: Sockeye (6063-73) and Sun-dried Tomato (6057-85) reds, New Moon (6009-73) blue, Grand Piano (6210-83) black, Citrus (6098-54*) yellow, Cool Current (6199-42) green, and Furtive Mauve (6175-21) and Grayish (6240-21) greys.
    “The palette includes trending colours that match every taste. But when selecting hues for home offices or study areas, it’s important to also take into account the user’s personality and the type of work that will be done in the space before committing to a colour scheme,” Paiement said, explaining that colour choices may affect both a person’s mood and work performance.
    For example, if you’re seeking stimulation, motivation or creativity, choose warm and cheerful hues such as reds and yellows, she explained. If you’re easily distracted, she recommends surrounding yourself with soft, muted colours that promote concentration, such as grey-blue, grey-green, pale purple or beachy taupe.
    “For those in doubt, stick with green, the most popular and safest choice when it comes to painting a home office,” Paiement said, citing Zen Green (6168-73) as the Sico paint brand’s top green pick for a home office. “A deep green with a hint of grey, Zen Green promotes both a sense of calm and rejuvenation at once, delivering an excellent backdrop for thought development and productivity.”
    Paiement offered this advice to refresh your work space with this season’s palette:
    Mix it up: A home office or study area is a perfect place to have fun with colour. Try using two or three paint colours to add interest. For smaller areas, stick with different shades of the same hue to infuse character while visually enlarging the space. Use painter’s tape to create patterns such as chevrons, stripes or squares on the wall to tie multiple colours together.
    Go beyond walls: Reserve vibrant colours for furniture and accessories to create a distinctive look for your work area. The edge of a bulletin board, a filing cabinet, desks or chairs can come to life with a fresh coat of paint. Use energetic colours, such as the Sico paint brand’s Citrus (6098-54*) yellow, in surprising ways – on alternating desk drawers, a lamp base or the back of a bookshelf, and even inside drawers and cabinets.
    Maximize space: If your home office space is at a premium, use colour tricks to visually open up the area. Consider painting walls and trim the same colour. Painting built-ins the same hue as the rest of the room will make the shelves appear as if they are floating. Another way to fool the eye and make the room look bigger is by painting the bottom half of the wall in a darker shade than the top half. If your office space is part of another room, paint your desk wall a standout colour and add an area rug to define the work area. 
    Match your style: Choose paint colours according to the overall theme of your home office, including furniture. If your desk and accessories are modern, stick with grey tones – such as the Sico paint brand’s Furtive Mauve (6175-21) or Grayish (6240-21) – as well as whites and blacks, and accent the room with bursts of colour. If you prefer an antique or rustic feel, go with the season’s popular golden yellows, reds or brown sand tones to preserve their charm. Surround yourself with favourite keepsakes, such as books and art pieces, which can serve as inspiration and bring more colour to your space.

  • Lighten up on home decor this season

    Soft, subtle colours trending for spring and summer: SICO paint
    LONGUEUIL, Quebec, March 17, 2016 – In spite of the warmer weather, there’s no better time to chill. Calm and relaxing living spaces are all the rage in home decor this season, with trendy walls sporting soft and subtle colours, according to leading brand SICO® paint in unveiling its spring and summer 2016 palette.
    “From yellow-tinged whites to pale, floral-like pastels anchored by dark grey and black accents, the season’s paint palette is a reflection of the public’s increasing desire for tranquility and balance,” said Geneviève Paiement, brand manager for Sico paint, a brand of PPG. “The cocooning trend is back in full force, as consumers choose to create home-based sanctuaries and cut through the technological, political and economic clutter of the outside world by lightening up their surroundings.” 
    Topping the Sico paint brand’s list of popular colours for spring and summer are Himalayan White (6090-11*) creamy white, Alpine Morning (6163-31) soft green, Zuni Landscape (6073-21) light coffee brown, Cotton Duck (6186-63) taupe, Basalt Grey (6208-63) steel, Flanders Lake (6169-73) slate, Venice Skyline (6082-31) dusty rose and Violet Ambiance (6013-31) mauve.
    “The contrast between soft and dark tones delivers a sense of stability to a room,” Paiement said, adding that soothing, powdery pastels also work well with earthy neutrals to create an aura of wellness, purity and peace. 
    She offered this advice on incorporating the season’s trendy colours into your decor: 
    Pick a room, any room: No longer are pastels confined to nurseries, kids’ rooms or feminine-style decor. Today’s pale hues work well in any space, from kitchens to living rooms, and can actually appear masculine when paired with bold colours and patterns. Add warmth, charm and depth to a kitchen, for example, by painting cabinets in a soft colour rather than traditional white. Or make a living area appear larger yet cozy by painting the walls a soft blue and decorating with navy blue or turquoise patterned fabrics.
    Incorporate the unexpected: Use contrasting colours in surprising ways to bring interest and flair to a space. A pastel-painted room, for example, can come to life by painting an accent wall a dark grey or slate colour and adding industrial-inspired pieces, such as black-metal Iight fixtures, furniture or accessories. A room with pale walls can also be energized by introducing a bright punch of colour, painted on the wall behind an open bookcase or around a piece of artwork, or incorporated into furnishings.
    Play with finishes: Pair matte and high-gloss pastel paints side by side for a rich, current look. For example, create a chic powder room by painting the walls in alternating sheens of the Sico paint brand’s Venice Skyline (6082-31) dusty rose, using stripes or colour blocking patterns. Or, make a statement with a piece of furniture painted a high-gloss version of the pastel wall colour. Another option is to apply pale floral-patterned wallpaper on one wall and paint the rest of the room a shade pulled from the design. 
    Combine with wood: There’s something breathtaking and Zen-like about soft pastels mixed with the warmth of wood. In a room featuring natural wood furnishings, trim or decorative moulding, choose a pale pastel tone for the walls and natural fibres and textures for furniture, throw pillows and rugs. Complete the nature-infused decor by bringing in flowers, plants and floral printed-accessories.
    To view the spring and summer 2016 colour palette by Sico paint, get design inspiration from top home decor bloggers, and use a leading-edge virtual tool to try out the colours in your own – or sample – room settings, visit 
  • Paint Colour Trends

    Go for Gold in 2016 with SICO Paint
    LONGUEUIL, Quebec, Sept. 30, 2015 – The year ahead is a golden opportunity to bring deep, lustrous yellow into your home decor. Yellow-gold is the “it” colour for 2016 and a huge decorating trend, delivering a warm, nurturing aura to living spaces, according to leading paint brand SICO® paint.
    Citing Buckwheat Yellow (6113-54) as the brand’s Colour of the Year, Mathieu Hamel, assistant brand manager for Sico paint, a brand of PPG Architectural Coatings, explained that golden yellow is reminiscent of both sun-kissed wheat fields and the dazzling vintage glamour of the 70s.
    “It’s reflective of a less complex time in history and of people’s increasing quest to return to cocooning, moving away from the fast-paced urban and social-media world in search of more natural living, simplicity, peace and refuge,” he said, adding that walls, furnishings, accessories and hardware will all have the golden touch in the year ahead.
    When it comes to stylish colours, however, all that glitters is not only gold. The other colours trending for 2016 are equally nature-based, soothing and nurturing, Hamel emphasized.
    Think muted brights – hues that are toned down with an infusion of grey, such as earthy greens, warm browns, rustic reds, easy-going blues and soft neutrals. “Each of these colours pairs well with golden yellow, delivering a grounded, livable and spa-inspired decor that is a far cry from last year’s brighter colours,” he explained.
    With an overall theme of “voyage,” the Sico paints 2016 collection features colours such as: Natural Green (6164-73), Cobalt Shadow (6008-83) indigo, Norwegian Spruce (6158-52) teal, Tomato Peel (6057-53) salmon red, Ancient Lava (6208-73) grey, and Shiatsu (6222-31) sand.
    Explaining that the “voyage” theme stems from consumers’ increasing desire to journey away from the noise and pretense of today’s modern world, Hamel said “people are longing to kick back and be themselves, and are making colour choices that reflect that desire.”
    Translated into home decor, that desire “to chill” means that living spaces in the year ahead will be more relaxed, low key and authentic, he said. “Furnishings in a room don’t have to be arranged perfectly, and in fact, it’s preferred if they aren’t,” Hamel pointed out. “Our homes are our protection and the one place where we can truly be ourselves, and the new colours help us easily achieve that carefree feeling.”
    To view the Sico paint 2016 palette first-hand, experiment with the colours using the SICO DECO COLOUR LAB® virtual tool program, and get design inspiration from top home decor bloggers, visit
  • No Stain, No Gain

    SICO Paint unveils three simple steps to a beautiful, long-lasting deck
    LONGUEUIL, Quebec, June 23, 2015 – It’s no secret that Canadians savour summer, sparing little expense to beautify their backyard living spaces after a harsh winter. When it comes to creating a long-lasting lavish outdoor décor, it all starts with a properly-stained and well-protected deck, according to leading paint brand SICO® paint.
    “Outdoor living continues to be a strong trend as more and more people extend their indoor décor outside, adding everything from furniture to kitchens to accessories,” said Mathieu Hamel, assistant brand manager for Sico paint, a brand of PPG Architectural Coatings. “The richness of a wooden deck is a perfect backdrop for a stylish and welcoming outdoor space that will both provide a relaxing haven and wow your guests.”
    Before embarking on a deck-staining project, however, Hamel cautioned that in order to protect your investment for the long term, it is important to adhere to a proper plan. He recommended following these three steps to guarantee professional-looking, enduring results:
    1. Product and colour selection: Decide what look you would like to achieve. If the wood on your deck is worn and you want to hide it, but still keep its texture, a solid stain is the way to go. If you’d like both the wood grain and texture to show through, a semi-transparent stain or translucent wood finish is the product to use. When using a semi-transparent stain or translucent wood finish, remember that the type of wood used for your deck will affect the colour outcome. For example, a yellow-toned stain will look different on red cedar than on treated pinewood, which has a green tinge. Keep in mind that the wood hardness and porosity, as well as the amount of wood stain applied, may alter the colour as well, so test the stain on a small piece of the wood or in an inconspicuous area before starting.
    2. Preparation: How you prepare the surfaces to be stained will make or break your project. Start by removing any wood fibres, dirt and contaminants from your deck using a high-quality exterior wood cleaner. Allow the wood to dry slightly, brush away loosened debris and rinse with a pressure washer. Next, tighten any loose screws, scrape away bits of flaking wood and sand all surfaces. For easy-to-follow, step-by-step instructions, Sico paint has launched a how-to video that walks homeowners through the entire staining process in just five minutes. Accessed at, the video is full of tips on surface preparation and how to achieve best results when staining.
    3. Application: To give your exterior wood maximum richness and depth, select a top-quality product, and know that less is more when it comes to applying stain. Never use more than two coats in order to ensure the stain adheres to the shape of the wood without cracking or peeling. Always use a brush instead of a roller, so you get into all the nooks and crannies of your deck. If you prefer to stand while staining, simply apply an extension pole to your brush. Always brush in the same direction as the wood grain, moving from unstained to stained wood. If more than one person is doing the staining, assign each person a separate section of the project to ensure consistency with technique and even colour application. When staining a deck, for example, have one person work on the main surface and another on the steps or vertical beams.
    No matter how eager you are to be done, it’s important to wait the prescribed drying time, Hamel said. Typically, stains require up to 24 hours to dry in clear weather. He emphasized that before starting any staining project, it is critical to carefully read the application instructions on the product being used.
    Sico paint offers a broad range of staining products in a variety of colours and finishes, including Sico Solid Wood Stain, Sico Semi-transparent Wood Stain, Sico Translucent Wood Finish and Sico Semi-transparent Wood Protector.
    To view the full selection of Sico paint products and stain colours, and learn more about choosing the right stain for your job, visit
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