Happiness Is Just A DIY Project Away

Did you know that the International Day of Happiness is celebrated worldwide every 20 March? In 2011, special advisor to the United Nations, Jayme Illien conceptualised the idea for a new global awareness day for happiness and two years later, the first International Day of Happiness was observed on 20 March 2013.

Celebrated to raise the awareness that happiness is a basic human need, the International Day of Happiness encourages you to do anything that makes you happy. For many people around the globe, being at home is the happiest thing in the world, but what if we said that it’s possible to make your home an even happier place to live in?

Planning a painting project for your walls by adding some colour and patterns to it is a good start. You can even involve the whole family, turning this project into a fun activity to bond over. One of the easiest patterns to put on a wall is the honeycomb pattern. Not only is it pleasant to look at, it can be arranged in numerous ways, depending on the shape and size of your wall. Here is a step-by-step guide on how to add honeycomb patterns to your home.

To start, you’ll need several things:





Three different paint colours;
Paint rollers, standard and small;
Paint tray;
Measuring tape;
Pencil;
Plain paper;
Ruler;
Spirit level;
Masking tape;
Paint brushes, and;
Scissors


In this tutorial, we opted for three different colours – Dulux’s Colour of the Year, Spiced Honey or also known as Crème Brulee (00YY 26/220), Global Waters (50BG 11/123) and Thundercloud (10GG 26/046).



First, paint the area of your wall with a single base colour. For our example, we went with Global Waters, but if you have another colour in mind, you could use the Dulux Visualizer app to see how different colours would look like on your walls, before you commit to a purchase. Once the base paint has dried, it’s time to mark the “trajectory” of the honeycombs.



To create the “trajectory” for the honeycombs, use a masking tape. Ensure that the tape is straight by using a spirit-level. When you’re happy with the general placement of the honeycombs, you can now start creating the templates for the honeycombs.

 

Use a ruler and pencil to draw and cut out a triangle that is equally long on all sides. Using this triangle, create as many hexagons as you will need for this project.

 

Once that is done, use masking tape to mark the outer edges of each hexagon, and remove the hexagon for a stencil. If you would like to create an outline instead of a solid shape, repeat this step using smaller hexagons inside of the stencil.



You’re now ready to paint! Use a small brush or roller to fill in the shapes with the paint colours of your choice. You could use the same colour for all your honeycombs, or even mix things up a little by using different colours.



While the paint is still a little wet, remove the masking tape to see the honeycomb pattern!





Now that you know how to add a honeycomb pattern to your wall, you can add a dash of sophistication to any room in your home. With plenty of ways to arrange the honeycomb and the freedom to go with any colour that tickles your fancy, there’s plenty of possibilities to explore and put a smile on your face.

For more ideas and inspiration on how to use colour paints to spread cheer and happiness, visit www.dulux.com.my 

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