During the HOMEDEC weekend at KLCC Convention Center, I had the privilege of attending a workshop hosted by Nippon Paint with a bunch of usual suspects. I went with the “not another boring event!” mentality, but came out with a host of knowledge about colors and living spaces I didn’t have a clue about, it was a very pleasant surprise to say the very least.
attending the very informative presentation – Redmummy, HB, CityGirl
The workshop started out with a presentation by Ms. Gladys Goh of Nippon Paint, in an almost classroom like environment, we learned about colors.
Color to evoke emotions, one of the things I never thought about, for example:
- Yellow – Happy
- Purple – Romantic
- Light Green – Refreshing
- Light Blue – Soothing and Calm
- Maroon – Passionate
- Red – Energize
So for example, it is appropriate to paint a study room light blue, but you wouldn’t want it to be all romantic and purple. Make sense, no?
colors galore, with small tubes for painting decals too
Next we also learn about color schemes. Again, this is something that I’ve never really given any thoughts.
- Monochromatic – the simplest and least imaginative, a single color in combination with different hues that gives a cozy, relaxing, and sooth ambiance. Easy to not go wrong.
- Adjacent/Analogous – picking a few colors within 90 degree of the color wheels (colors that are close to each other.)
- Complementary – using colors that are opposite to each other in the spectrum, like blue and orange to create contrast of cool & warmth.
- Triadic – this is probably the most daring one, choosing 3 different colors that forms a triangle on the wheel, for example, green, yellow, and maroon. This can create a vibrant theme but if you’re not careful, the living room might turn out to look like a kindergarten.
look at my creation, hohoho
Other than the roles of colors and color schemes, there were other useful tips in painting. Some of these are just common sense that we often overlooked.
For example, always paint the ceiling, follow by walls, then windows and doors before proceeding to floor (yes, some people do paint their floor).
Other good habits in painting smart is to ensure that you always paint the difficult area first. Paint the edges, corners, and high spots before proceeding to the main area. Keep strokes continuously and do it in the same direction (up-down or left right), and always paint two coats or more.
After the lecture we were each given our canvas to experiment on some wall arts.
Now some of you might say that wallpaper and stickers are and easier solution. To a certain extend, they are, but with our climate, wallpaper is usually not a very long term solution, same goes with stickers.
For those with a braver soul looking for a more permanent solution, using real paint for wall art is the way to go. We use a variety of different colors and the tools provided (brush, masking tapes, foams) and created our own wall art.
With some masking tapes I did some square thingy on my canvas and also experimented with drawing a tree free hand. I think the results are alright, a little more care and thought with it I’m sure I’ll be able to come up with something better. Huai Bin’s wall art was probably one of the weirdest, while Cheesie of course, stamped her canvas with pieces of cheese (then added a really fat rat).
Next up would be my living room make over with a fresh coat of paint and some wall art. I’ve actually found a designer to aid me in the wall art department since I basically accepted the fact that my designing career won’t really go anywhere.