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Falling For Colour – Aug/Sep2016

Falling For Colour - Aug/Sep2016

Lower temperatures and less humidity make September a perfect month for painting.

September may be the month in which summer starts to slip away, but take heart—Labour Day doesn’t spell a definitive end to warm weather. And for homeowners who lazed their way through the dog days, there’s still time to tick items off the to-do list. Temperate fall days with low humidity are, for example, perfect for painting.

Here are some tips, tricks and trends that may inspire you to tackle painting projects—inside and out—before the days get dark and cold.

Front-Of-House Facelift

Because an exterior paint job can seem a daunting task, DIY/colour expert Leigh-Ann Allaire Perrault says formulating a plan is critical.

“People underestimate either how much it will cost or how long it will take. Once you put it on paper, though, you can create a functional task list that can also generate a shopping list, costs and a schedule,” says Allaire Perrault

There are ways to reduce the budget on an exterior refresh, she insists. To prove it, she took on the recent makeover of a North Toronto bungalow with dingy, dented aluminum siding, a tired front door, pitted concrete steps and rusting railings.


Her first suggestion is to “work with what you’ve got, because if it ain’t broke, you don’t fix it.” Here, that meant choosing a palette of cream, mauvegrey and black that complemented the drab brown roof and brickwork, rather than replacing either.

Top on this homeowner’s to-do list was the siding. Painting it was not a DIY- job they relished and replacing it was not in the budget, so they enlisted SprayNet, which applies proprietary coatings on aluminum and vinyl siding, stucco, aggregate and brick that are solar-reflective, weather- and peel-proof.

SprayNet claims that its water-soluble, eco-friendly solution outperforms the factory paint of brand-new siding. The cost for an average house will be in the neighbourhood of a few thousand dollars, far less than that of replacing siding, windows and doors.

Refreshing the porch was a more manageable DIY project, suggested Allaire Perrault, so it was treated with Rustoleum’s Deck & Concrete Restore 10X Resurfacer—a liquid coating that forms a non-slip, barefoot-friendly surface over wood and concrete. Railings, shutters and a tired light fixture were sprayed in crisp black, which matched new cast-iron planters, while a new door with a beautiful leaded pane from Home Depot added handsome punctuation to the creamy neutral used on the house.

Inside Job

Whites and dainty blush tones may be hot for 2016, but colour never goes out of style. In fact, bolder hues are nipping at the heels of oh-so-safe neutrals, says Mylène Gévry, marketing manager for Sico paint.


“People are becoming comfortable expressing themselves with colour inside their homes,” she says.

Gévry likes red in kitchens, especially when paired with a glass or stone backsplash and creamy white accents. In smaller spaces, she suggests it works better on one or two walls.

Because coverage is key to highly coloured rooms, Gévry recommends a paint-andprimer- in-one product that’s smooth and deep in hue. Sico’s MUSE fits the bill, she says, and offers resistance to scratches, marks and stains.

Painless Paint Projects

Sometimes, all a room needs is an interesting accessory or accent to make it come alive. Creating one is easy with decorative Chalk Paint by Annie Sloan, the U.K.-based artist who launched her paint line in 1990.

Water-based, non-toxic and extremely low in volatile organic compounds (VOCs), Chalk Paint sticks to most surfaces, including walls, wood, concrete, metal, plastic, fabric, earthenware, and stone—indoors or out.


Sanding and priming are rarely needed, and the paint dries so quickly that a second coat can be applied in far less than normal wait times. (One coat is often sufficient.) When dry, a soft wax is applied to the surface to add a touch of sheen and increase durability.

The whole process is so simple that an old piece of furniture can be transformed into a statement piece in the course of a morning, leaving you the afternoon to get outside and enjoy what’s left of the late-summer sun.

Green Spaces

Trend watchers say green—in all its glorious incarnations—is poised to take centre stage in the world of design.

Why green, and why now? “Why not?” answers design consultant and blogger Margot Austin.

“It’s a colour of optimism and we need that more than ever before,” she says. “It’s also a crowd-pleaser in that it plays well with other colours. Green is, after all, nature’s neutral. And it comes in so many different moods: you get a very different feel from a chartreuse than you do a deepmoss green.”

SOURCES Leigh-Ann Allaire Perrault,,,,,