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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.

Nippon Paint workshop at HOMEDEC
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 Nippon Paint
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.

my masterpiece, created with Nippon Paint
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.

huai bin, ringo, at Nippon Paint
Huai Bin, Cheesie, Ms. Wong Meng Lee, and Redmummy‘s husband’s creations

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.

cindy, cheesie, redmummy
KY, Cindy, Cheesie, BeautifulNara, Redmummy

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.

Stay tuned!

Discuss : Things I never knew about colors and walls

  1. OMOMOMOM-OMGGGGG!!! First!!!!!!!11111oneoneoneee

  2. Actually wanted to asked, what is your painting about,scenery ? or abstract… hehe trying to be artistic

  3. hohoho… mine 2 ugly u dare not show izzit! LOL

  4. Jess,
    Of course I tried to do something I cannot do. 😛

    Tey Cindy,
    Hahahah I ran out of space! :X

  5. okay u are so extra- ordinary ! Haha

  6. WA CHEESIE’S PAINTING SO CUTE ONE!!!!!!!

  7. I also need a room makeover! Haha yeah, how come Cheesie’s painting so cute one?

  8. Wah, your drawing and Cheesie’s nice! I don’t think i can come up with something like that 😀

  9. oooo.. so that’s how the painting come about.. lol… i didn’t know that was done using nippon..

  10. Jess,
    Hehehe awesome ok!

    Cheesie,
    Hoi self praise again!

    JD,
    Don’t make her tail rise again! 😛

    Chef Mel,
    Hehehe thank you thank you, but my end result is more awesome, will be posting that soon!

    haze,
    hehehe now u do, my awesome designer miss long!

  11. You living room is going to be awesome. Haha!

  12. Lyrical Lemongrass

    My my my, what soothing colours you’ve chosen. If I didn’t know better, I’d have thought cheesie chose them. 😛

  13. Huai Bin,
    Yess, it will be glorious!

    Lyrical Lemongrass,
    Hahhahaha I have my, you know, sensitive sides n all 😛

  14. ooh can’t wait to see your wall!

  15. eiling,
    hehehe be patient it’s ze awesome

  16. Jaclyn Chew

    CHEESIE >.<

  17. Jaclyn Chew,
    Wah all u gals gang up la!

  18. i think among all of us
    ky painted better ahahhahaaa
    siot aa ko ky
    u shud become a painter lar

    or cindy painted for u?
    or ringo?

    HB- yours and the rest too are wayyyyyyy better than reddaddy!!

    ok im clean, i dont do the ugly painting by RedDaddy!
    taaaaaaaaa

  19. you are way artistic than i thought!!

  20. Redmummy,
    Hahha thank you very much, but wait till you see the actual completed wall!

    hitomi,
    Thanks, but I’m like, way back if compared to haze!

  21. POH HUAI BIN! Fuck you! You’re such a bastard! You know what have you done!! You go to hell!! You definitely will have a very very miserable ending, you’ll die in full suffering very soon and go to hell!! Please stay away from him!! Those who are closed to him will also have bad ending!! I hate you POH HUAI BIN!!!!!! @#%@#@%^……

  22. Warth,
    Heh, if u’re gonna write comments like this, please leave a name and a person, being anonymous gives you 0 credibility.

  23. did they say anything about white? dark white, light white… i love white.

  24. lb,
    Hahahah I’d want to see dark white!

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