HO! HO! HO! Christmas is undoubtedly one of the most celebrated festivities not only in Malaysia but worldwide. The spirit of Christmas surrounds love, joy and togetherness. Just imagine a picture perfect moment – where family members and friends gather around for Christmas, and the day is filled with nothing but good food, exciting chattering and laughter, all in the comfort of your own home.
Most often than not festivities are used as a platform to host gatherings with family and friends to further strengthen bond. People often see Christmas as just greens and reds, but it can be much more than that. This Christmas, try playing around with colours that can be more calming and relaxing, and the usage of red can be minimised in your home as the colour of choice this festive season. Imagine a Christmas tree without the red decorations, but instead replaced with purple decorations and the calming effect that it will bring fourth for you and your loved ones.
If you are thinking of giving your loving home a makeover this Christmas and would like some new ideas, the AkzoNobel ColourFutures™ 2017 ‘New Romanticism’ colour trend might just be something that you would like to explore. The ‘New Romanticism’ palette is set around earthy greens and soft lavender colours which will help you to create the perfect vibe and inviting mood for your home, creating a space for calm reflection.
The first impression of your home begins with your living room. The living room is undoubtedly the most informal and recreational space in a home. Apart from the bedroom, the living room is the most common space for quality time with your loved ones.
The colour green does not have to be all earthy and boring. Green is a highly versatile colour in which you can jazz it up with other colours such as lavender and blues.
Infuse your living room with decorations that personifies your style. You can add in decorations such as contrasting floor mat, cushion cover, or you can even add some lush botanicals to give your living room a lusher effect. The unified colours of green and lavender would help to calm the nerves and to relax, making guests feel calm with their surroundings.
Kitchen and dining area
The kitchen is regarded as the heart of the home, where family and friends love to gather and most of all, have a wonderful dining experience together. Your kitchen or dining area should be warm and inviting.
Soften your kitchen with light colours such as light green, blue or a colour that is unusual for kitchen – light lavender or light blue that will help to stimulate conversations. If your kitchen cabinets are of brown or white, you can try to jazz it up with green colour to bring out that chic feeling to add a jolt of energy to the kitchen.
If you are watching your diet, refrain from using the colour red in your kitchen or dining area as red is a powerful colour that would stimulate your appetite!
Bedroom is undeniably one of the spaces in a home that we spent the most time in. On average we need at least 6-8 hours of sleep on a daily basis and on weekends, some of us would even stay in our bedroom to catch up on a little ‘me time’ or even reading our favourite books. If you have a light coloured wall in your bedroom, you can try to add wall designs that are green in colour or plants to bring nature into your room. If you would like to enliven it further, try weaving in elements of purple to give you the relax sensation that you need or even natural colour such as brown to help increase your sleeping quality!