Ringing In Christmas And New Year With A Dash Of Bright Skies

“Out with the old and in with the new” is a reference that connects all Malaysians when it comes to 2021. For most of us, 2021 was a year of “waiting and seeing” as we reassess what really matters: family, friends, home and the world around us. However, good things come to those who wait and, in this situation, the only forward – is upward.  

Yes, upward. The adage that once you hit rock bottom (we’re not saying you have) the only way is up – rings true. While most of us have not reached this point, we are collectively looking to move forward and upward, looking ahead to brighter skies and a more joyous new year. 

Therefore, with Christmas and New Year upon us, what better way to get started than through some rigorous decorating to express ourselves and reinvent our personal spaces.

Yes, it is that time of the year where redecorating and rejuvenating the home takes precedence. Whether you’re planning on a colour scheme full of red, green, and gold, or something a little more timeless, we have some suggestions on how to transform your living space into a room that will stand the test of time, inspired by AkzoNobel’s Colour of the Year 2022 – Bright SkiesTM and its complementary palettes. 

Living Room

Said to be the heart of the home, the living room is often where everyone spends most of their time. Be it with family and friends or a relaxing afternoon with a cup of coffee – the living room is the first space to set the mood and atmosphere as it is the central point of focus in your home during the holidays.


The muted red of AkzoNobel’s Santa Rosa (10YR 37/143) helps you make a statement for the holiday which sets the mood in a space where people tend to gather and interact with each other. With the festive season around the corner, additional décor pieces such as a Christmas tree in the living room will definitely amplify the holiday mood.


Christmas doesn’t mean everything has to be red. Green is another prominent colour during the Christmas season. Signifying growth and renewal, green can be correlated with strengthening bonds which oftentimes is formed in the living room. The Creme Brulee (00YY 26/220) and Pale Clover (30GY 41/173) ensure your living room remains timeless, perfect for every bonding session.

Dining Room

When it comes to decorating the dining room, bold colours is one way to go. The dining room is also a space where people interact and mingle over meals, which is why this room deserves equal attention as well. You can choose to go subtle with the colours and add a hint of festive touch or opt for a traditional red Christmas decor theme and go all out.


Adding a dash of colour in the dining room can go a long way in jazzing up the room with some holiday spirit. Subtle accents like the red around the window helps to enhance your space, adding a touch of fun and excitement to a room that will already be filled with it. The colour showcased in this room set is Rich Blush (29YR 27/355).


Looking for something that can withstand the test of time? Try beige! The colour showcased in this room set, Brave Beige (00YY 63/067) is the colour of choice when looking for something inspiring and inventive. Having a bright backdrop with mix and match blocks of colour will never go out of style.


The bedroom is the first place you wake up in the morning and should be cheerful and bright to start the day. Living rooms, dining rooms and even kitchens are the common decorating spaces during the holidays, the bedroom often gets overlooked when it comes to redecorating the space for a fresh look.


Create freshness and openness by using soft greens, Khaki Mists (30YY 17/209) and grey blues, Brooding Storm (87BG 27/077) on lower walls and woodwork, and painting an upper section in Blueberry Mash (14BB 55/113). This will draw the eye upwards, creating a feeling of extra height. The colours give off cool tones which can add a feeling of comfort within the room. 


This room set is inspired by cooler tones such as, Grey Jeans (45GY 55/052) and Blueberry Mash (14BB 55/113) which instantly gives your bedroom an uplifting and refreshing feel. The green resembles the leaves from the Christmas tree and the blue suggests the colour of bright skies on a Christmas morning.

Regardless of the colour scheme you choose, our main goal is to inspire you to transform your living spaces and breathe new life into your home. With the year 2022 quickly approaching, the time is now to create a more rejuvenated home to welcome a fresh new year. For more creative suggestions and to find out more about the colour pallets or explore more colours brought to you by Dulux, please visit www.dulux.com.my or https://www.akzonobel.com/en/about-us/initiatives/color-of-the-year-2022.

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