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6 Steps to a Spectacular Ceiling

Don’t Forget the 5th Wall – Ceilings Need Love, Too!

When painting a room, it’s easy to get caught up in the basics: wall color and trim. People often get so overwhelmed with the “four walls” of their space that they overlook one of the most important areas of the room — the ceiling. Often referred to as the 5th wall, it’s a large, visible space that, if given some love, can totally transform a room.

Every wall is an opportunity. Imagine if Michelangelo skipped the ceiling!

The ultimate ceiling: The Sistine Chapel

Often less expensive than wall paint, ceiling paint is manufactured to dry faster and splash less, cover imperfections and is usually pretty easy to work with. Ceiling paints are created to be extra flat; this scatters the light and blurs imperfections on large surfaces. That’s why you don’t use ceiling paint on walls — the trade-off for that extra flat finish means it’s less washable. Thankfully, unless your Spiderman, you won’t have pesky fingerprints to clean.
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When preparing for your ceiling paint, pay special attention to the light and how it reflects upwards on the space. The green from your landscaping can influence how the color reads, just as a cooler blue tone can be case if you live near a body of water.

The white ceiling provides a finished feel and welcomes the natural light. Here, they upped the game with a gloss finish.

6 Steps to a Spectacular Ceiling:

  1. White: Usually the most obvious ceiling choice is white. It’s a safe choice that’s effective at making ceilings brighter, especially when the walls are lighter, giving it a traditional, clean feel. Typically, you match the ceiling to the same white shade as the trim. This is a great option for a bright, open areas like kitchens and bathrooms.
  2. Monochramatic: Another option is to paint the ceiling the same color as the walls, providing a monochromatic feel. Soothing to the eye, it adds an element of depth and drama, often making the ceilings appear higher. This affect will “erase” the boundary between the walls and ceiling.
  3. Use a percentage: Get creative and go a shade darker or lighter to add depth, dimension and interest. Darker ceilings will allow a room to feel a little lower and more intimate (best for higher ceilings), while a shade lighter than the wall color provides a lifting effect.
  4. Add a pop of color: Go crazy on the ceiling! Paint it a totally different color or create a design to make a statement. It’s your home after all, so it should reflect you and your creativity! Bright colors can add a sense of fun and whimsy to kids spaces without overwhelming the whole room.

    Kids rooms are the perfect place to let your creative juices flow!

  5. Shine on: Adding a gloss to the ceiling makes a major design statement by creative a reflective, minor-like surface. It can brighten the entire room, make the color seem more intense and make the ceilings seem higher. So chic.

    Kitchen ceiling painted in Cousteau gloss, C2-713

    C2 Paint LUXE offers the beauty of full spectrum color with a gloss sheen, and can be tinted to any color imaginable.

  6. Don’t forget porch ceilings: One of the most revered paint colors for porches is pale blue to add a classic design detail that gives the space personality. Though made famous in the south, this color is popular nationwide for a variety of reasons: some say it brings the outside in; others say it keeps away evil spirits and wasp nests…but most everyone agrees it’s a soothing color for relaxing outdoors.

4 Reasons You Need C2 Paint in Your Life

If you’ve painted a room in your house recently, you know that tackling a new painting project is both daunting and exhilarating. You’ve visited the big box retailers like Home Depot and Lowes and likely popped into your local Benjamin Moore and Sherwin Williams stores but found yourself overwhelmed by all the choices. You are a seasoned commitment-phobe after all, and the thought of committing to a color for your kitchen leaves feeling like this morning’s scrambled eggs. The decision about paint and color is much easier than you think and basically breaks down to two things: quality and color. There’s a simple way to achieve both in one product. It’s called full spectrum color.

1. Full Spectrum Color Philosophy:

To be fair, this means different things to different people but the philosophy at C2 Paint revolves around a few key factors, the first being the implementation of a one of a kind 16 colorant system. To keep things in perspective, most traditional manufacturers use 12 colorants or less in order to use the smallest amount of pigments possible, since this keeps costs low; other brands take that even further, using just 3 pigments max, plus black –which is not much more sophisticated than coloring the wall with a box of Crayolas.

Full spectrum paint colorant


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Back in the day, artists – knowing that black absorbs instead of reflects colors – used deep blues and greens to darken and add depth to colors, therefore ensuring that the colors were luminous and reflective instead of flat.  The same theory applies to C2 Paint. The finely ground pigments, sourced and owned solely by the company, create a high quality paint base that, when combined with the colorants, creates rich, electrifying colors.

2. Pre-edited Palette

Now that you’ve succumbed to the fact that quality paint is paramount, it’s time to choose the colors that will bring your project to life and reflect a space that is authentically YOU. Every 496 color in the C2 Palette is pre-edited—carefully vetted, named and chosen by color experts to represent a palette that is both harmonious with each other and with the colors found in nature. We leave the “in your face” fluorescent yellows and neon greens to others. Our colors bring the beauty of the outside, in. See C2’s palette here

3. Try Before You Buy

Trying to choose the perfect paint color based on a tiny 2 x 3 sample is both fearless and foolish. C2’s Ultimate Paint chips are pre-painted poster board-sized (18’ x 24”) paint sample sheets. It’s an innovative way to see your color in a large swatch that is…wait for it…painted with actual PAINT, not printed reproductions. It’s a surefire way for homeowners and designers to save time and money.

Ultimate Paint Chips are an easy, affordable way to test color.

Tiny paint pots, sample boards, or foam brushes can be quite cumbersome, messy, and frustrating to use. It was decided that the sample pots would be 16 oz. of C2 premium paint, which is enough for some generous wall samples. Homeowners and designers can agree that this is better than cheap 4 oz. jars. In fact, C2 sellers can often tint custom colors into sample pots for customers.

16. oz Sampler

It’s typically a good idea for homeowners and designers alike to sample the actual paint color on boards and view the color at different times of the day and in various positions around the room; this helps confirm that that color is the one you want. Many people will skip this important step, because it takes extra work. But C2 Paint has solved this problem in creating their pre-painted cards.

4. The Real Deal

If having the most outstanding color, extraordinary durability and quality, the best color selection isn’t enough to make you try C2 Paint on your next project, maybe letting you know that the company is the only paint cooperative in North America, meaning, it’s owned by individual paint dealers (the dealer is also the shareholder) who help designers and homeowners in their locale decorate their homes.

The C2 makers ensure that the color work is the most important part of the process, not just selling paint.

The product direction is set by a group of dealers who know what their discerning customers want, and their success is dependent on selling a high quality paint line that exceeds industry standards.
 

The Real Story Behind C2 Paint

“You’ll never sell a single gallon of paint.”

These words are a constant reminder that having a passion for change can be daunting, but for the founders of C2 Paint, they were pure motivation. Since its inception, C2 has dedicated itself to creating products that place artistry over automation, quality over quantity and creativity over corporate structure. For a company with big dreams and a plucky, independent spirit, the proof is most definitely in the paint.

C2 Paint is the brainchild of Thomas Hill III, a former paint chemist, who became frustrated by the poor quality of the products available in the industry. “At that time, paint was becoming just another commodity. The focus was less on quality and color and more on how they could make it cheaper, faster and more mainstream,” Hill recalls.

The visionaries behind C2 Paint


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So in 1998, he set out to do the impossible: start a paint brand that surpassed all others. He gathered a group of independent paint dealers and presented them with his proposition. This passionate, creative—and often rebellious—alliance formed the first and only dealer-owned paint brand in North America.

“We wanted to redefine what it meant to be a paint company … to avoid the trappings of a large corporate structure so we could concentrate on innovation, creativity and selling an exclusive, best-in-class product—all while maintaining our independence.”

Carefully crafted by hand, C2 was heralded as an instant classic, as evidenced by their timeless color palette and artistic philosophy.

The C2 Color Committee vets and names all colors

“Our product is designed for the savvy consumer who truly appreciates color and quality. C2 is NOT your conventional, off-the-shelf paint. But if you’re looking for innovative, handcrafted products that are user-friendly, C2 Paint will surpass your expectations. In the world of luxury paints, our quality and durability present an incredible value proposition.”

The beauty of nature is the inspiration behind every C2 Paint color, made with unique, finely ground, artist-grade pigments. The company approaches their craft like a fine painter would—using complementary colors to tone (instead of black), and applying multiple colorants to create unmatchable, luminous colors. Curated by design professionals, the harmonious 496-color palette makes choosing colors less stressful and more intuitive.

A family that plays with color together, stays together!

C2’s independence allows them to maintain the highest standards of quality—from raw materials and proprietary technology to performance and service. Exclusive offerings like color chips made with real paint, the Ultimate Paint Chip (the industry’s first 17″ x 24″ color tool) and proprietary full-spectrum color formulas have made many competitors nervous.

Ultimate Paint Chips are an easy, affordable way to test color.

“We’ve been targeted by some of the biggest names in the industry, but we consider that a compliment,” says Hill. “We’re not the type of people who back away from a challenge.”

“We’re dreamers and doers. And we will continue to create the most incredible paint colors and products available.”

Two decades and countless gallons later, C2 continues to dedicate its mission to making paint on its own terms. The company attributes much of its success to those that have supported its innovation and color philosophy—interior designers that insist on specifying C2, painters and contractors that entrust their reputation to C2, and discerning homeowners that choose C2 to beautify their homes. Together they have enabled C2 Paint to turn an impossible proposition into a colorful reality.

A family that plays with color together, stays together!

3 Simple Ways to Spruce Up Your Decor for Summer

Looking for a pop of color to spruce up your space this summer? Here are the quick color fixes to get you geared up for the warm weather.

1. Paint the inside of your front door: It’s like wearing your favorite rock star t-shirt underneath a business suit. Only those close to you can appreciate your unique style. With colors like Al Green (an energetic, yellow-green), Diva (a deep, sophisticated red) and Pond Shimmer (an eye-catching green blue from the Barry Dixon Collection)… your front door will become your newest work of art, and can change with the seasons – or your mood!

C2 Paint - Al Green

Paint the inside of the front door to add color and the element of surprise!


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2. Paint Kitchen Cabinets: They say the kitchen is the heart of the home, so use colors, and products, that last! C2’s revolutionary Cabinet and Trim Paint features patented Polywhey® technology — a safe, easy-to-use finish using recycled dairy whey protein. The result is a smooth, porcelain-hard finish that is one of the most eco-friendly and durable products in the marketplace (p.s. it’s also great for floors!)

Designers Catherine and Justine Macfee transformed this kitchen to achieve a farm-to-table feel with a modern twist. They took advantage of every surface, using Parchment (C2-915) for the walls and Filament (C2-798) for the cabinetry. To top it off, they artfully mixed a pattern on the floor, with Urbane (C2-808) and stripes of Filament for a personal touch.

Painting cabinets tell a color story in your kitchen

3. Paint an Accent Wall: An easy and effective way to add color to a room is to paint an accent wall using a super premium paint like C2 Luxe in a sophisticated, eye-catching color.  Draw attention to beautiful bookshelves, while adding contrast and energy to the space. Try a deep, powerful blue like Espionage (C2-742).

Deep, rich colors can create an interesting focal point

Leave a comment below and tell us how you spruce up your space for summer!
 

The Journey Back to Black: The Nuances of Dark Walls

There is something undeniably glamorous about a minimalist stance — the balancing act of reduction; the idea of “less is more”. But to eclipse color and blanket everything with black holds a magic of its own.   Currently, I am experiencing a great sense of relief and freedom with this intentional choice and, for the first time, refusing to get caught up in the drama and complexity that comes with layering color and forming harmonious, complimentary color palettes. As much as I love, adore and appreciate color — and its walk before me every minute of my day — there is something  currently refreshing and appealing in the choice to remove it all and surround myself with black, and the many discovering shades thereof. I see that I have always underestimated the value of black as an exclusive choice, perhaps fearing that this strikingly dramatic solo player might possibly overplay its hand.

Experimenting with varying shades of black.

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For me, black has always played the supporting role in a production. Though a valued and highly regarded team player in my cast of colour, it was never center stage. However, while walking this path of new discovery (also partly inspired by the purchase of my new home that begs for the unusual), I realise that black needs no partners; it has a mysterious and secretive world all of its own. It contains and absorbs all colour.

This black gloss powder room delivers the drama.


Many of you stand alone in the darkness, with the self-bravery and courage to venture out into this world.  For me, I am faced with my memory and fear of dark lake waters and being told to ‘jump in’. They say the dark waters represent the unconscious mind and your fullest potential, which especially at a young age are unknown and intimidating.
I’m inspired by the “dark side” of my friend, London-based stylist, retailer and designer Abigail Ahern  a who embraces the dark colors and adventurous interiors.

Ahern’s signature colour palette is an array of intoxicating, dark, inky “bottom of the lake” hues.


As I open myself up to black in its quiet, reflective solitude, I am learning to focus on its nurturing qualities – the richness of good soil, the lone flight of a raven across a grey misted winter sky, the surface of a long road that supports me each day in travel.

In my design, black supports and almost demands a lack of clutter and the introduction of furnishings and art that allows these pieces to shine bright like stars in the darkness.

And, I confess to going to personal extremes in my new-found respect of black by eliminating the flavoured creamers in my coffee that lined the refrigerator door. I am now a coffee-drinking purist with no ten word order for my morning java.

Black paint is like the color of my coffee


Taking my new affinity toward black personally by removing the creamer from my coffee!


Today, there are so many variations of the standard black-black that instead of feeling mired in the darkness, they highlight the subtle undertones: bruised blue-black, deep amazon green-blacks, black with a warm red or umber influence that looks like dark roasted coffee beans — all rich and intoxicating. 

C2’s line of “near blacks” represents a full range of the dark side with colors like Aperture, Stout and Baritone. The saturation of C2’s finely ground pigments provides a “black” with undertones of dark greens and blues that have much higher resolution and an intense depth.

black paint with white is a classic combination


The eternal classic pairing of black and white (featured: C2’s Aperture + Architectural White)


Embracing black is a process that I welcome and embrace, even knowing the challenges it poses. On a recent design collaboration for a public Buffalo Showhouse event, I used my new ally partnered simply with white. The classic combination was chic, classic and sophisticated. I partnered with Traci Ackerman of Red Disc Design and created a schematic around her Burchfield Penney wallpaper launch with the ‘Flowers at Night’ wallpaper.
wallpaper painted with black paint


With the historic 1921 design by Burchfield Penney we selected a contemporary C2 color palette of esoteric midnight black – Aperture, with a calibrated measure of Seraph – a soft blue grey tucked into window niches and the hallway.


The black and white schematic navigated me into a more minimalist aesthetic, which, given that I have moved home four times in the past 19 months, definitely has its pluses. Everything becomes so punctuated against a dark background — and needs careful curation. It is a more definite and orchestrated production in furnishing the space with a need to view and understand all the nuances and subtleties of light, texture and the combinations of finishes.  The identity of the space becomes a place for self reflection and peace for me.
How long this will last? I have no idea. The beauty of our homes is that they allow us to create a refuge that represents that particular chapter of our lives, and can change just as easily with the ebb and flow of time.For now, I’m enjoying and embracing “the dark side” for now, and all the teachings that came with this new direction.