“Paint is a gift that keeps on giving, and enveloping a room in color is the easiest way to spread joy when entertaining at home for the holidays,” said Geneviève Paiement, brand manager for Sico paint, a brand of PPG. “This season, why not break with tradition and try an out-of-the-box color scheme that will remain fashionable long after the decorations are put away?”
Stylish holiday color combinations include rich brown mixed with blue-green, burgundy or mustard, earthy green and ivory paired with terracotta, and midtone blue coupled with grey and highlighted with dark metallics. Also popular are black-and-white combinations accentuated with a pop of color such as sun-kissed yellow, burnt orange, turquoise green or deep purple.
“Everyone goes all out when it comes to holiday food and menu planning, and creating a memorable decor to greet guests is really no different,” Paiement said, noting that even updating one room, whether it be a living area, kitchen, powder room or foyer, will help add cheer to the home.
Paiement suggested combining paint colors of equal depth and intensity for best results. If you’re hesitant about making color selections, she recommended testing them first on a large poster board or portion of the wall before committing. “Be sure to examine the colors at different times of day, as well with lights on and off, and remember to consider how they flow with adjacent rooms and hallways,” she said.
Top holiday color picks by Sico paint are Elegant Brown (6084-52) brown, Zen Green (6168-73) green, Waning Moon (6009-53) blue, A Simpler Time (6174-52) purple, Beijing Bloom (6065-74) orange and Cinnamon Heart (6056-75) burgundy. Paiement shared these examples as ways to incorporate this season’s colors into your home:
Chocolate, anyone?: Warm browns, such as Sico paint brand’s Elegant Brown (6084-52), are making a comeback in home decor and are the ideal way to add “instant cozy” to any room, Paiement said. For contemporary holiday decor, paint walls brown and accessorize with silver, turquoise blue and olive green. For a more classic look, incorporate gold, maroon and cream accents, such as gingham cushions, reddish-brown candles dipped in gold, or burlap ribbons and bows.
Mantel makeover: Who says fireplace mantels need to be white? In fact, light-colored mantels tend to get lost among holiday trimmings. By painting the mantel an unexpected color such as aquamarine blue, golden mustard, charcoal grey or moss green, you can create a vibrant focal point in the room and an ideal place to showcase ornaments, hang stockings or drape greenery. After the holidays, the colorful addition will help infuse new life and interest into the room.
Banister brilliance: Before hauling out the garland, take a good look at your staircase. Highlighting a white or light wood staircase with a pop of color painted on the banister, balusters or back of the stairs is an effective way to add wow factor to your holiday and everyday decor. Good color choices include Sico paint’s Cool Current (6199-42) greenish grey, Electric Night (6006-73) cobalt blue or Grand Piano (6210-83) black. The more saturated the color the better, in order to highlight architectural details in the wood.
Kitchen party: The kitchen is a great place to experiment with bright colors because wall space is limited. Burnt orange, mustard yellow and rich purple are popular choices for today’s modern white kitchen, Paiement said. Add surprising splashes of color inside drawers and cabinets and introduce black and white accessories for a contemporary, crowd-pleasing decor.
To view holiday colors by Sico paint, get design inspiration from top home decor bloggers, and use a leading-edge virtual tool to try the colors in your own – or sample – room settings, visit www.sico.ca.