The holidays are just around the corner. Chances are, you’ve walked into the kitchen to the smell of freshly baked cookies, Christmas décor, a thawing turkey and a Shepherd’s Pie recipe stuck to the fridge. Or perhaps, you were scrolling on e-commerce websites for sales, searching for the perfect Christmas gifts for loved ones. The excitement of Christmas festivities approaching is unlike any other feeling

Although Christmas in Malaysia is unlike that in other countries (it doesn’t snow in Malaysia), the feel & vibe of it is similar throughout. Christmas is a time where families spend time together, sing Christmas carols, exchange gifts, snap #OOTDs in ridiculous-looking Christmas sweaters (or in our case, funky outfits) & most importantly, enjoying a lovely home-cooked feast. This year, however, some of us would want to make our Christmas celebrations extra special

AkzoNobel, the leading global paints and coatings company & maker of Dulux, has an idea on how you can make that happen. Drawing inspiration out of the Expressive palette from AkzoNobel’s ColourFutures 2021 colour trend-forecast, let us take you through on how you can add Christmas ambience to your home year-round

First & foremost, let’s see how you can spruce up your dining area this Christmas. This room-set is inspired by an expressive shade of red and balanced by the soft neutral tone in AkzoNobel’s Colour of the Year 2021, Brave Ground. The colour split of the wall is placed higher to give the room a warmer atmosphere, creating a homely feel ~ a subtle but outstanding ambience you can adopt for the year. The colour combination also adds verve & vitality to your dining area, making it an ideal space for you to catch-up & enjoy the friendly family banter

If you are interested to replicate this, here are the colours which are used in this room set:

Tea Dance / 10YR 21/436

Brave Ground / (also known as Wright Stone 10YY 30/106)

Expressive colours are all about empowering people to be themselves & there is no other place more suitable for this than your living room. Sitting in the living room & spending time with your family and friends is an ideal setting to just be yourself. It’s the best place to reminisce or even watch Home Alone for the 100th time. The light shade of pink in this room-set creates a relaxing feel & when complimented with the warm tone of Brave Ground, provides a unified & balanced atmosphere. The pairing of expressive colours encourages us to stay grounded and balanced throughout the year. And with Christmas around the corner, add in a mini Christmas tree to amplify the holiday vibe & to stash your presents

This room-set used:

African Glow / 12YR 40/146

Brave Ground / (Wright Stone 10YY 30/106)

Last, but not least, as some of us are still working from home, this might be a good opportunity to spruce up your workspace with Christmas colours. The shades of pink, red & brown work brilliantly together, with this room-set being a picture-perfect example. The colours are positive, energising & could help boost your creativity & free-thinking while working. Also, this is a space where you can really express yourself & bolster a sense of self. The Christmas inspired colours also work to provide a positive & creative environment all year-round

If you are interested to replicate this, here are the colours which are used in this room set:

Tea Dance / 10YR 21/436

Brave Ground / (Wright Stone 10YY 30/106)

Canterbury Lane / 70RR 17/372

So now that you have a general idea on what to do in preparation for Christmas, we can’t wait to see you add a fresh new colour to your home. Regardless of any combination you decide to go with, it will amplify the mood & create a perfect setting for the Christmas celebrations

If you would like to find out more about the Colour of the Year 2021 or explore the colours brought to you by Dulux, all you have to do is point your browser to https://www.akzonobel.com/en/generic-content/color-year-2021 or www.dulux.com.my

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