Holistic Understanding

Multidimensional linkages to spatial perceptions of colour.

Colour and the Space are intrinsically linked. The colours in a space have a huge effect on the moods of the users, directly affecting their lifestyles. This course will be specifically looking at enhancing your holistic understanding of perceptions around colours through learnings from History, Culture, Nature, Science and Cognitive Psychology, linking them with spatial perceptions in Architecture and Interiors. It will further take you to the practical and application aspects equipping you to be able to make informed decisions in your projects/designs while using the element of colour.

Paint Academy's Colour Psychology Course Launch and talk by Ar. Serina Hijjas

Ar. Serina Hijjas is director of Hijjas Kasturi Associates and has over twenty years of experience in architectural planning and design. After graduating from The Bartlett School of Architecture and The University of Sydney, Hijjas joined Foster + Partners in London for a three-year stint before returning to Malaysia. Her work includes the Securities Commission Headquarters Building, Telekom Malaysia Headquarters, Shell Tower and the Malaysian Expo Pavilion 2015. Her approach to design is holistic, cognisant of placemaking and environmental sustainability, with a view in generating new strategies in every project.

Course takeaways

  • Enhance

    your holistic understanding of perceptions around colours through learnings from History, Culture, Nature, Science and Cognitive Psychology.

  • Link

    your multidisciplinary learnings to spatial perceptions of colour in Architecture and Interiors.

  • Apply

    your knowledge of theory to Application of Colour to be able to make informed colour choices in your designs.

Objective for the course:

The course aims at bringing in multiple perceptions of colour across different areas to strengthen juxtaposed understandings of subjective as well as contextual perceptions of colour thereby informing choices as designers, in order to be able to positively influence perceptions of users, indirectly influencing their lifestyles and well-being.


The course would cover the background of colour with learnings from science, history, nature, colour theory and cognitive psychology to link them with colour perceptions in Architecture and Interiors. The transition from theory to practice would then culminate in the application aspects of colour.

Methodology :

The course will follow a learn-and-test methodology, with the learners being tested for their own perceptions along the way to make the journey one of self-awareness borrowing cues from context.



Course curriculum

  • 1

    What is this course about?

    • Welcome!

    • Sneak peak into the course!

  • 2

    Test your Colour Perceptions

    • Pop Quiz

    • External Reference to Colour Perceptions

  • 3

    The Background of Colour

    • Scientific background of Colour

    • Basics of Colour- Colour theory

    • Colours in Nature

    • Quiz: Colours in Nature

    • History and Cultural Symbolism of Colour- Part I

    • History and Cultural Symbolism of Colour- Part 2

    • Activity: History and Cultural Symbolism- Know your Heritage.

    • Psychological Perceptions of Colour

    • Activity: Colouring Perceptions!

  • 4

    Spatial Perceptions of Colour

    • Introduction to Colour and Space

    • Perception Test: Child at Heart

    • Colours and their effects on childrens' behaviours

    • Learn, Colour, Play

    • Nippon Paint Child Wellness Range

    • Product Presentation: KIDZ Range

    • Perception Test: Heal with Colour

    • Heal with Colour

    • Perception Test: Colour and Wellness

    • Colour and Wellness

    • Activity: Colour and Wellness

    • Activity Details: Colour and Wellness

    • Perception Test: Peppy Workspaces

    • Peppy Workspaces

    • Home Colour Home

    • Activity: Home Colour Home

    • Assignment Details: Home Colour Home

    • Perception Test: Colour and Retail Therapy

    • Colour and Retail Therapy

    • Paint the town red! Connecting with colour!

    • Activity: Paint the town red!

    • Asctivity Details: Paint the town red!

  • 5

    Practice and Application of Colour

    • Introduction

    • Blobbies!

    • Role of Paint-Climate Sensitive Designs

    • How can paint protect your building against harsh weather?

    • Product Presentation- Climate Sensitive Designs

    • Well-Being in Indoor Environments

    • Product Presentation: Well-being in Indoor Environments

    • Quiz- Colour as an Influencer of Perceptions and Emotions

    • Colour as an Influencer of Perceptions and Emotions

    • Emerging Trends in Colour

    • Product Presentation: Emerging Trends

    • Basics of Paint: Functions and Parameters of Paint

    • Components of Paint

    • Quiz Time!

    • Paint Technology

    • Nippon Paint- A glimpse into processes

    • Manufacturing Process of Paint

    • Nippon Factory Visit: A walk-through of the paint making process

    • Applications of Paint- Properties of Paint

    • Application Tools!

    • Paint Application Process

    • Professional Painting Tips from Nippon

    • Painting with Nippon Momento Designer Series

    • Quiz Time!

    • Surface Defects and Remedial Action- I

    • Surface Defects and Remedial Action- II

    • Product Presentation- Remedial Measures

    • Product Presentation: Construction Chemicals

    • Safety Aspects of Painting

    • Types of Paint

    • Undercoats and Primers

    • Product Presentation: Undercoats and Primers

    • Painting Masonry Surfaces

    • Emulsion Paints

    • Product Presentation: Emulsion Paints

    • Distempers

    • Enamel Paints

    • Product Presentation: Enamel Paints

    • Product Presentation: Wood Coatings

    • Primers for Metals

    • Product Presentation: Primer for Metals

    • Quiz Time!

    • Conclusion

    • Concluding Activity

    • Concluding Activity

  • 6

    Bonus lectures by experts!

    • Talk on 'Designing for People' by Ar. Serina Hijjas from Malaysia

  • 7


    • Thank you

    • How to get your Certificate

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5 star rating

a great initiative to introduce such courses which the colleges do not cover much in its syllabus.

Angela Khangsarpa

5 star rating

It was a wonderful learning.

sayali surve

It's required to learn the detailed psychology of colours. This course helps exactly with that.

It's required to learn the detailed psychology of colours. This course helps exactly with that.

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