• 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
  • Deep Floral Colours Trending in Paint for Spring and Summer

    Nature-Infused, Rich Pastels Budding in Home Decor, According to SICO Paint

    LONGUEUIL, Quebec, March 10, 2015 – Rich floral colours are expected to be in full bloom this coming season – not only in the garden, but in all elements of home decor. That’s the forecast of SICO® paint in unveiling its top colours for spring and summer 2015.

    Think deep pastel tones, such as blue hydrangeas, dusty pink roses, saturated orange and turquoise peonies, sunflowers, clay grey stones and reddish brown vines.

    “This season’s paint palette is filled with saturated colours, in both warm and cool tones,” said Mylène Gévry, marketing manager for Sico paint, a brand of PPG Architectural Coatings. “It’s all about bringing colours of the garden inside and using them in creative ways.”

    Topping Sico paint’s list of hot colours for spring and summer 2015 are Impetuous Blue (6022-41), Ningxia Pink (6052-52), Dynastic Orange (6065-64*), Blueberry Flower (6525-23 ▲), Dark Lemon (6098-64), Cotton Flower (6186-31), Stainless Steel (6241-21), Cayman Blue (6151-52), Sargasso Sea (6146-42) and Aperitif (6039-73).

    “The back-to-basics, return-to-nature trend firmly planted in home decor the last couple of years is now moving away from neutral tones toward more colourful – while still soothing – elements of nature,” Gévry said, crediting the fashion world for the infusion of rich tones into interior design.

    “The fashion runways are filled with deep pastels, both on their own and in bold, oversized floral patterns that are trending right now,” she said. ”This rich, floral influence is spilling over into all facets of home decor, from fabric and furniture to drapery and accessories.”

    To meet growing consumer demand for colour-infused decor, Sico paint recently introduced the MUSETM line, billed as the brand’s best paint for rich colours. A paint-and-primer-in-one product, Sico Muse paint features a revolutionary TOUCH RESIST TECHNOLOGY™ paint innovation that gives colour surfaces unprecedented richness and depth while providing maximum resistance to scratches, marks and stains.

    “If you’re going to paint with colour, this is the product to use,” Gévry said in launching the new product. She explained that Muse paint is Sico paint’s highest-quality, best-performing and most sophisticated product to date. “Because the product is ultra-smooth and deep in hue, it will add a wow factor and an unbelievably luxurious, fashionable and artistic feel to any room.”

    To incorporate this season’s blossoming colours into your decor, Gévry recommends looking outdoors for inspiration:

    •    Think about what colours in nature make you feel good. What outdoor settings make you feel most relaxed or energized – your garden, the woods, the countryside or the sea? Narrowing the feeling you’d like to achieve, and the element of nature you’d like to replicate, makes it easier to choose colours.

    •    Pick a main colour for your room, and then add other hues in unequal amounts. A good rule of thumb is to use the dominant tone in about two-thirds of the room. For example, if you select a turquoise blue as the dominant colour, you may want to paint an accent wall a darker blue, and your trim, doors and ceilings in white, cream or a lighter shade of one of the blue colours.

    •    When developing a colour scheme, consider the “temperature” you want to create indoors.  Yellows, oranges and pinks are warm colours, whereas blues and greens are cool tones – something to bear in mind if you’re looking to warm up a room on the shady side of the house, or cool off an area with southern exposure.

    To view the Sico paint spring and summer palette first-hand; use the SICO DECO COLOUR LAB® program, a leading-edge virtual tool, to try them out; and get design inspiration from top home decor bloggers, visit

  • First-of-its-Kind Technology Helps Decor Lovers Show Their True Colours

    SICO paint offers tips on decorating with colour with launch of new MUSE paint

    LONGUEUIL, Quebec, Dec. 2, 2014 – When it comes to colour, you can never be in too deep. That’s the inspiration behind a unique product from SICO® paint that has been launched in response to the growing trend of vibrant home decor.

    Called Sico MUSETM, the paint-and-primer-in-one product features a revolutionary TOUCH RESIST TECHNOLOGY™ paint innovation that gives colour surfaces unprecedented richness and depth while providing maximum resistance to scratches, marks and stains.

    “If you’re going to paint with colour, this is the product to use,” said Mylène Gévry, marketing manager for Sico paint, a brand of PPG Architectural Coatings. She explained that Muse paint is Sico paint’s highest quality, best performing and most sophisticated product to date. “Because the product is ultra-smooth and deep in hue, it will add a wow factor and an unbelievably luxurious, fashionable and artistic feel to any room.”

    With the tagline “Inspired by the grandeur of your ideas,” the product was introduced to meet increasing consumer demand for high-quality, long-lasting colour-infused paint, Gévry explained. “Bolder colours are more in vogue than ever in home décor – even neutrals are more colourful than in the past,” she said. “This is a clear indication that people are becoming comfortable expressing themselves with colour in their homes, and we’ve delivered a product that enables their creativity to come alive in the most beautiful way.”

    Gévry pointed to technology, such as animated computer screens and digital art-infused consumer goods lining store shelves, as the reason people are gravitating toward colour. “As well, from photo-rich social networks to trendy pastimes like digital scrapbooking, consumers are getting used to letting their personalities shine through and it’s spilling over into home decor choices,” she said.

    With the launch of Sico Muse paint, Gévry explained that room makeovers are easier – and the results far more striking – when you start with a rich-coloured canvas in place of a blank one. She offered this advice on decorating with colour:

    Red. Known to energize and increase appetite, red is a good choice for kitchens and dining areas – particularly warm, brown-toned red, which breathes new life into tired wood or white cupboards. In smaller spaces red works best painted on one or two walls for effect, while in large areas the colour can be featured throughout the room. Coupled with a glitzy glass backsplash, it gives kitchens a modern look, yet appears more traditional paired with faux stone. In a dining room, a red wall paired with creamy yellow-white wainscoting creates an ideal backdrop for a trendy harvest table.

    Yellow. With the growing popularity of all things bohemian, bold yellow is making a comeback. Bright, warm yellow makes a strong starting point for a cheerful and welcoming space. For a dramatic effect, dress up a room with yellow walls by introducing hot pink, teal blue, deep purple and lime green accents such as fringed throw cushions, floral drapery, soft shag area rugs or chintz china pieces. For furnishings, consider rustic antiques, padded headboards, tufted foot stools and painted wood – the busier the pattern, the better.

    Grey. At one time, grey was considered dreary, but times have changed. This year’s “it” colour, grey – especially when used in different levels of intensity within a room – creates a chic, sophisticated look. Ideal for a bedroom or living room, charcoal walls provide a dramatic feel that can be complemented easily with paler grey furnishings and accessories. Extremely versatile, grey goes just as well with metallic finishes as it does wood, stone and ceramics, and it is livened up with shades of yellow, blue and coral.
    Blue. Deep, saturated turquoise blue is on trend this year and provides a dramatic yet calming background to any room, particularly living areas and bathrooms. Paired with grey and yellow accents, blue walls make a family room warm and inviting. In the bathroom, blue goes well with brown, yellow and green to create a breezy, light and airy spa sensation. To bring out the best of this year’s popular blue, consider light grey carpet, hardwood or wood laminate for the room’s flooring.

    Available in soft matte and soft gloss finishes, Sico Muse paint – a 100 per cent acrylic, low odour interior latex paint – is mildew-resistant, highly washable and durable with excellent hiding power and stain resistance, even on bold colours. Available in all colours of Sico paint, the new product can be found at more than 1,200 retailers across the country.

    To learn more about Sico Muse paint, get design inspiration from top home décor bloggers, and use a leading-edge virtual tool to try Sico paint colours in your own – or sample – room settings, visit the new

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