Hari Raya is a time for renewal, whereby family and friends reaffirm bonds by catching up at each other’s open houses, over home-cooked food. It is because of this celebration that many families choose to spruce up their homes with a fresh coat of paint.
Riding on the spirit of fostering bonds, Dulux – the leading decorative paint brand of AkzoNobel and Dr Eric Leong, Malaysian renowned designer and also the Head of Interior Architecture & Design School of One Academy, have partnered to host a workshop and showcase how easy it is to embark on a project to give walls at home a new breath of life.
During the workshop, Lee Swee Chin, Head of Brand Marketing at AkzoNobel Decorative Paints Malaysia said:
“Today’s art jam initiative is part of our efforts to share the positive effects that colours bring, particularly during a festive season. With the Hari Raya celebrations coming soon, we hope that the tips and tricks shared today will be put to good use to make this year’s celebration extra special.
Having hosted and produced more than 10 well-received TV programmes that revolve around interior decoration and designing, Dr Eric Leong is one of the most recognised faces in the industry. We are thankful that he is part of this project and look forward to future partnerships with him”
Throughout the workshop, Dr Leong tutored attendees on how to create several easy-to-do designs, including batik, lines, gradients, and geometrical shapes. He also gave a demonstration on the use of Dulux Ambiance Special Effects paints to achieve the metallic brush effect.
More importantly, he shared several basic steps for a successful Do-It-Yourself paint project, in which he explained:
“The first step is to select a feature wall, which is usually the wall that faces the entrance and is the first wall that visitors see upon entering the home.
The next step would be to use a paint that adds texture to make that wall stand out even more. Dulux has the Ambiance Special Effects range, which mimics the look and feel of linen, velvet, marble and even metallic.
To really highlight the Ambiance Special Effects, we would recommend for it to be applied on one wall that you would like to be the focal point of the room. Choose complementary colours on the accompanying walls or you can always go with a standard paint for the base, and use the special effects paint for the additional designs. The general rule of thumb is to not use more than two colours for a single wall.
Once you have selected your colours and paint, the actual painting process can then begin. Make sure that each layer of paint is completely dry before applying the next. If you aren’t sure about what colours to use, just visit Dulux Malaysia website for some ideas, especially colours that complement ‘Spiced Honey’. You can also download the award-winning Dulux Visualizer app, which allows you to create real-time virtual impression of what your room will look, for free from the Apple App Store or Google Play Store!”
‘Spiced Honey’ (also known as Crème Brulee) is Dulux’s Colour of the Year for 2019 and one of the main colours used throughout the workshop. It is described as a versatile shade filled with warm and inviting tones of amber and caramel.
“This colour, when combined with complementary shades, can transform your living room into a space that is great for the family and for hosting friends during this Hari Raya season,” Lee concluded.
In conjunction with the upcoming Hari Raya celebrations, Dulux is hosting its ‘Ceriakan Raya-mu’ contest throughout 8 April to 26 May 2019. Customers who purchase selected Dulux paints during this period will automatically be in the running to win electrical appliances and furniture from the Ashley Furniture HomeStore. With this, it will help you complete your home makeover for your Raya celebration to enjoy with your loved ones.
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