SICO paint by PPG unveils 2022 colour of the year: cool current

Soothing grey-green represents healing, regrowth, resiliency amid pandemic

TORONTO, Sept. 23, 2021 – After a year of stay-at-home orders and living in a largely digital world with too few IRL (in-real-life) moments, Canadians are craving authenticity, nature and meaningful human interaction. This reality has inspired SICO® paint brand by PPG to select Cool Current (6199-42) – a sophisticated, grounded, versatile and highly-adaptable grey-green – as its 2022 Colour of the Year.

Cool Current is a relaxed yet enticing green that represents regrowth, mimicking nature’s resiliency and blending in with nearly any environment, inside or outside. Emulating the feeling of soothing aloe vera or a fragrant plant, it brightens any space with organic liveliness.

“Not only have people’s life priorities shifted following a year of uncertainty amid lockdowns, but so have their colour preferences, with many homeowners eager to make uplifting changes to their living environments,” said Martin Tustin-Fuchs, senior marketing manager, Sico paint brand by PPG.

Tustin-Fuchs points to a recent survey that shows almost half of Canadians have already done or are planning to do home renovations as a result of the pandemic.

“We’re seeing a consumer revolution of sorts as people shift away from the stark, neutral palettes popular in the last few years and opt instead for more saturated hues that are guiding us into a new era of home design,” Tustin-Fuchs said. “This new era also includes a move from open concept living spaces to individual rooms to create privacy and compartmentalize working life from personal – a trend triggered by the rise in remote working and learning over the last year.”

As part of PPG’s annual Global Colour Forecasting Workshop, the company’s experts uncovered that consumers are more inclined to adopt more colourful selections after difficult inflection points throughout history, often seen during the Roaring Twenties or after the Great Depression. As part of this cyclical history, PPG is seeing post-pandemic optimism infiltrating commercial and residential design spaces so many can create a sense of escapism. Just as trends in the 1920s were marked by opulence, metallics, rich woods, layers, moody colours and angular shapes, today’s home decor is drawing inspiration from the Antiquity, Baroque and Renaissance eras of art, sculpture and architectural forms. This colourful embrace is thought to reflect an optimistic rebellion, which is a sign of personal expression or soothing self-care.

Resilience, the need for connection and inspiration from nature were recurring themes at PPG’s Global Colour Forecasting Workshop. This annual event brings together more than 30 PPG global colour stylists from the automotive, consumer electronics, aerospace, and home paint and stain industries. Over the course of several days, the stylists analyze the runway, lifestyles, demographics, geographies, global events and cross-cultural societal inspirations to determine what colours will resonate and represent the PPG global colour forecast, including the Sico 2022 Colour of the Year.

Among the other popular 2022 colours unveiled by PPG are equally-saturated rust, plum, grey-brown and greyish blue – such as the Sico paint brand’s Bombay Red (6060-83), Royal Velour (6041-83), Phenomenal Grey (6212-83) and Blue Ridge (6023-73) – all of which pair beautifully with Cool Current.

To incorporate the trending 2022 colours into your home, Sico paint brand by PPG offers these tips:
· Paint Cool Current on an accent wall, or all four walls, to create a sanctuary in a bedroom or encourage focus in an office.
· Visually separate living spaces and create boundaries by painting a wall or nook one of the popular 2022 colours and using a more subtle shade in the rest of the room.
· Pair any of the 2022 colours with brass accents and wood tones on an island or lower kitchen cabinets to infuse the space with added warmth and sophistication.
· Create a comfortable and grounded space by pairing Cool Current with natural materials and using it as a backdrop for unique architectural elements and furniture with curved forms.
· Use Cool Current as a complement to floor-to-ceiling emerald tiles in a bathroom or a luxe velvet green couch in the living room for an organic look.
· Complete your refuge and elevate the palette by immersing your home in plants in a variety of shapes, colours and sizes.

For more information about the Sico paint brand’s 2022 Colour of the Year, visit

DEWALT ATOMIC compact series 20V MAX lineup expands with new impact driver and impact wrenches

20V MAX* 1/4-In. 3-Speed Impact Driver Is The Shortest High Torque Impact Driver Ever From DEWALT

MISSISSAUGA, ON (September 30, 2021) – DEWALT adds to the growing ATOMIC Compact Series™ 20V MAX* portfolio with a new 20V MAX* 1/4-In. 3-Speed Impact Driver (DCF850), 20V MAX* 1/2-In. Impact Wrench with Hog Ring Anvil (DCF921), 20V MAX* 1/2-In. Impact Wrench with Detent Pin Anvil (DCF922), and 20V MAX* 3/8-In. Impact Wrench with Hog Ring Anvil (DCF923). Each tool boasts a short length and minimal weight for tight-space applications and user comfort.

At only 3.97-In. in length, the 20V MAX* 1/4-In. 3-Speed Impact Driver (DCF850) is 29 percent shorter. With a brushless motor that delivers 30 percent more max torque* at 1825 in-lbs., as well as 3250 RPM (no-load), the impact driver powers through heavy applications like larger fasteners and spade bits while providing access to tighter spaces like cabinetry and framing. Three LED lights provide optimum illumination while 3-Speed setting and a variable speed trigger allow for precision and control.

Each of the new 20V MAX* Impact Wrenches delivers up to 300 ft-lbs. of max tightening torque and up to 450 ft-lbs. of max breakaway torque, all at an astonishing weight of just 2.5 lbs. (tool only) each. At less than 5-In in length, the DCF921 brushless impact wrench is 28 percent more compact† for comfort and improved access when working in tight spaces. Glass filled nylon housings help resist the effects of harsh automotive chemicals and solvents making it ideal for use in a variety of construction and automotive applications including grooved couplings, pipe flanges, concrete anchors, brake repair, engine bay work, suspension repair and more. Precision Wrench™ Control provides added control when used in forward/reverse and TimberScrew™ Mode for performance in wood fastening applications.

The DCF921 and DCF923 each feature a hog ring anvil for easy socket changes while the DCF922 has a detent pin anvil for users who require additional socket retention. Users can also select LED brightness with the 3 mode select button.

The new DEWALT ATOMIC Compact Series™ 20V MAX* Impact Driver and Impact Wrenches will be available this fall where DEWALT products are sold. See below for additional information on SKUs and MSRPs. For more information on DEWALT products, visit

*Maximum initial battery voltage (measured without a workload) is 20 volts. Nominal voltage is 18.

**Compared to DCF885

***Rated torque vs. DCF885 Impact Driver with Rated Torque of 1400 in-lbs.

†Tool head vs. DEWALT DCF894 Impact Wrench

∆Tool head (front to back)

DCF850BATOMIC™ Compact Series™ 20V MAX* 1/4-In. 3-Speed Impact Driver (Bare)$199
DCF850P1Includes Tool, Belt Hook, (1) 20V MAX* 5Ah Battery, Charger, and Contractor Bag$349
DCF921BATOMIC™ Compact Series™ 20V MAX* 1/2-In.Impact Wrench with Hog Ring Anvil (Bare)$259
DCF921P2Includes Tool, (2) 20V MAX* 5.0Ah XR® Batteries (DCB205), Charger, Kit Bag, Belt Clip$479
DCF922BATOMIC™ Compact Series™ 20V MAX*1/2-In. Impact Wrench with Detent Pin Anvil (Bare)$259
DCF923BATOMIC™ Compact Series™ 20V MAX* 3/8-In.Impact Wrench with Hog Ring Anvil (Bare)$259
DCF923P2Includes Tool, (2) 20V MAX* 5.0Ah XR® Batteries (DCB205), Charger, Kit Bag, Belt Clip$479

Festool offers Limited Edition drill and accessory storage with new Systainer3 CENTROTEC Organizer

Specially-designed compartments enable easy storage, jobsite efficiency and secure transport.

Ottawa, Ont. – Festool Canada has unveiled the newest addition to its Systainer3 tool storage system, the Systainer3 CENTROTEC Organizer. The CENTROTEC Organizer enhances jobsite efficiency and allows Festool owners to easily store and transport all their CENTROTEC-compatible drill parts and bits in the newest, most innovative generation of Systainers. The Systainer3 CENTROTEC tool storage system includes an array of CENTROTEC brad point drill bits, short and long driver bits and a magnetic bit holder.

As part of the Systainer family, Festool’s CENTROTEC Organizer seamlessly connects to other Systainer products and generations. With a transparent lid for visibility, side-slots compatible with the Sys3 racking system and customized internal compartments, the CENTROTEC Organizer is the perfect storage solution companion for Festool’s line of cordless drill-drivers.

“Festool understands that organization and transportation are of the utmost importance for efficiency in-shop and on-site,” said Philip Strnad, marketing director at Festool Canada. “The new Systainer3 CENTROTEC Organizer adds another layer in Festool’s already-extensive lineup of storage and mobility solutions.”

Festool drills and drivers with CENTROTEC compatibility offer exceptional control and torque as the bits extend directly into the drill spindle so they become an extension of the motor. The CENTROTEC chuck allows for quick changes of drill and screw bits for more efficiency on the job.

The Systainer3 CENTROTEC Organizer includes:

· 15 plastic compartments – 50x50x68mm.

· 12x100mm CENTROTEC bits.

· 60x25mm CENTROTEC bits.

· CENTROTEC BH 60 CE-Imp magnetic bit holder.

· 6 CENTROTEC spiral wood drill bits: 1/8”, 3/16”, 1/4”, 5/16”, 3/8”, 1/2”.

The new Systainer3 CENTROTEC Organizer will be available in limited quantities at participating dealers only. For more information, please visit

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Valspar announces trend-worthy & progressive 2022 colours of the year

Livable colours inspired by global lifestyle trends

Toronto , Sept. 13, 2021 — Today, paint and coatings brand Valspar, announces its 2022 Colours of the Year with 12 trend-worthy and forward-thinking natural shades that evoke warmth, calm and comfort. With this palette, Valspar seeks to empower consumers to think positively about the future while creating spaces in their homes that provide solace and a comfortable feeling in the present.

When forecasting the 2022 Colours of the Year, the colour experts at Valspar observed global lifestyle trends that encompass culture, media, fashion, design, food, and technology. A home’s appearance can directly impact a person’s mindset and this year’s colours have been selected to bring a sense of soothing tranquility to the walls, ultimately blending the safety of the home with the calmness a beautiful shade of paint can bring.

“Colours can power moods, energizing us with confidence, strength, and curiosity – allowing us to express ourselves with colour anywhere – whether it be a full room, an accent wall, trim or furniture,” said Sue Kim, Valspar Colour Marketing Manager. “Valspar’s 2022 Colours of the Year provide consumers a wide range of naturally based warm colours that will not only help calm the nerves and boost the mood but also provide a confidence in what the future may hold.”

Valspar’s 2022 Colours of The Year help take the guesswork out of colour selection, so that consumers can easily navigate DIY projects and take charge of their physical spaces, to help foster their best mental space. No need to completely redesign a room when a fresh coat of paint can make it feel like a new space and improve the mindfulness of those who use it.

Each of the 12 Colours of the Year cultivate a sense of calm and comfort that creates the ideal backdrop for an optimistic outlook on what’s to come. Valspar has curated these 12 trending hues to include a range of shades that provide flexibility and can be incorporated into existing design elements of the home.

For the third year in a row, the 12 Valspar Colours of the Year were photographed in people’s homes, giving the colours and images an aesthetic that represents the lifestyles of today’s paint buyer.

The 2022 Colours of the Year
All 12 colours are available at Lowe’s stores and See below for the full list of colours and how they breathe life into spaces.

• Blanched Thyme 6001-4A – Calming and nourishing – this natural shade encourages a calm balance within yourself and your home.

Design tip: Natural greens remain an important colour to bring into the home as consumers continue to focus on their physical and mental well-being.

• Gilded Linen 6002-1A – Soft and cozy – this minimalist white gives you space to breathe and declutter your mind.

Design tip: This colour helps create coziness and helps a space feel more serene with added softness.

• Delightful Moon 3004-6A – A colour that radiates warmth – this shade has a new take on sophistication, expanding the natural tones we bring into the home.

Design tip: Warm shades of yellow, reminiscent of honeycomb, accomplish an uplifting feel in a sophisticated way.

• Lilac Lane 1002-4B – A fresh shade with beautiful versatility – soothing and restorative, it brings a new softness into the home.

Design tip: Shades from the purple colour family are associated with spirituality and creativity, crafting a space that promotes good mental health.

• Mountain River 4005-6C – A natural hue with depth – feels like an indulgent escape within the home.

Design tip: Deep and dark blues have duality. Used in small doses, they feel indulgent and luxurious. Used as an all over colour, they create a safe space that allows you to escape.

• Orchid Ash 4003-3B – Pure and clean – the simple quality of the shade creates a mindset for a hopeful future.

Design tip: Light and pure, cool shades shift feelings to the purity of the arctic.

• Grey Suit 4004-2A – Dependable and reliable – this warm grey works well in any setting, in any home.

Design tip: In a time of uncertainty, we are looking for dependability. The slight red undertone of this shade embraces the shift in temperature of colours being brought into the home.

• Subtle Peach 2003-8C – A simple pastel that brings us back to basics – its natural quality gives a lived-in attribute that feels clean and modern.

Design tip: There is a beauty in simple colours that feel slightly lived-in, embracing natural pastel shades for their uplifting and calming qualities.

• Rustic Oak 2007-7B – A warm shade reminiscent of copper – creating a space for us to feel protected and comforted.

Design tip: Evocative of shades from the 70’s and 90’s, this colour is rooted in nostalgia, comforting to younger generations in uncertain times.

• Sunset Curtains 1007-10B – We have embraced warm neutrals back into the home for comfort – a familiar hue that is reassuring.

Design tip: Tinted neutrals have comforting and tranquil qualities. The nostalgic feel of this shade is reassuring without being too overwhelming.

• Country Charm 3007-10B – Create a space to relax and unwind – with warm, comforting charm.

Design tip: Neutral shades that feel slightly muddy provide a space to create our personal sanctuary. This shade feels relaxing but with a nostalgic charm.

• Fired Earth 6011-1 – A classic shade with warm depth – this shade evokes a feeling of stability and comfort.

Design tip: Dark hues with a dose of warmth bring a newfound coziness, making us feel protected and comforted.

Free colour tools available from Valspar
For small changes to your home that can make a big impact, Valspar offers several colour tools to help you feel confident in your decisions. These tools, such as colour matching and colour expert advice, allow you to find your perfect colour faster. DIYers can also save a trip to the store by having paint chips sent straight to their home for free.

For more information on Valspar colour trends and tools, please visit: