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Celebrate Deepavali with a splash of colours

by Grace Sundram

Deepavali, also known as the Festival of Light dates back to Ramachandra in the seventh century where he was believed to be the seventh incarnation of the god Vishnu. As well as celebrating another deity, Lakshmi, the goddess of prosperity, happiness and good fortune. 

The Festival of Light is celebrated harmoniously among our Malaysian community however in recent light of the pandemic and the MCO orders, it’s definitely going to be a silent celebration. Since we’re spending more time at home, perhaps it’s a good idea to give our homes a splash of new colours inspired by the auspicious occasion, Kolams and the beautiful, colourful Sarees — green, red, and yellow.

If you didn’t know yet, AkzoNobel is the leading decorative paints and coatings company and maker of Dulux paint. With three colours that are inspired by Deepavali, it’s time to bring the celebration vibes to our home all year round.


Red in nature is an intense primary colour and is associated with fire, passion and is also seen as an auspicious colour during Deepavali. A shade of red for your bedroom would be perfect, particularly if it’s Marvelous Coral – a light brick red with a tint of pink that perfectly captures the brightness of Deepavali lights and decorations. This red paired with an earthy neutral colour will provide your bedroom with a harmonious blend of energy. To complement this colour, you could go with AkzoNobel’s Colour of the Year – Brave Ground (Wright Stone 10YY 30/106), which is a warm and grounding neutral shade that embraces change.


Green is a divine life-giving colour popularly seen in many Kolams and Sarees in various shades. Green hues are perfect for a room filled with natural light and placing fresh plants around the room will level up the soothing ambience. Zodiac Night is a deep and lively shade of green that can generate a peaceful and relaxing environment. Lighter shades of green like Windsurfer (10GY 74/325) contrast well to the deep hues of Zodiac Night. And to round it all up, you could add a breath of fresh air to your home office or living room by placing a snake plant in the room. Snake plants are known to be natural air purifiers that absorb toxins and produce oxygen, even at night.


In Hinduism, yellow garments worn by deities like Lord Vishnu and Lord Krishna, have influenced the colour to be associated with knowledge, happiness and peace. Design and aesthetic-wise, it is also a colour that can invigorate happiness from within and strategically brighten up a dark room. Keep the good spirits from Deepavali in your home all year round with a panel of Monarch Gold across an accent Brave Ground. The note of yellow across a neutral brown is a perfect contract that encapsulates a simple and elegant design for your bedroom or living room.

Making small changes in your environment can have a significant impact on your wellbeing. Have a safe and prosperous Deepavali.

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