Sico paint has unveiled 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 and Sun-dried Tomato reds, New Moon blue, Grand Piano black, Citrus yellow, Cool Current green, and Furtive Mauve and Grayish greys.
A home office is a perfect place to have fun with colour, from using multiple hues to creating patterns on the wall. Pictured on the wall of this study area is the SICO paint brand’s Sun-dried Tomato red on a backdrop of Furtive Mauve grey.
“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 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.”
Cheerful yellow, such as Citrus by SICO paint, is a good colour choice for a home office if you’re seeking stimulation, motivation or creativity.
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 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 or Grayish – 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.
The most popular colour for a home office, green – such as SICO paint brand’s Zen Green – delivers a calm backdrop for thought development and productivity. Have fun with it by painting chevrons outlined in black – such as Grand Piano by SICO paint – on an accent wall. Painted on the back wall is the SICO paint brand’s Grayish.
To view fall office colours by Sico paint, get design inspiration from top home decor bloggers, and use a leading-edge virtual tool to try the colours in your own – or sample – room settings, visit www.sico.ca.