H&L Colour-topia – Jamaica Observer


Pure National Ltd Managing Director Theresa Lindo’s monochromatic blue painting was the winning design. (Photo: Karl Mclarty)

Although Very Peri — a brand-new blend of blue and violet declared by Pantone as its 2022 colour of the year selection — remains the hottest thing in home design, interior designer Cecile Levee says, “the colour you love is the colour you use. Don’t worry about trends”. Good news for the do-it-yourselfers comfortably seated inside H&L Rapid True Value, Lane Plaza, on Sunday, October 23 for Colour-Topia, a Jamaica Observer Design Week conversation with the charismatic Levee. The event was hosted by Dr Terri-Karelle Reid.

And, because painting and colouring for adults is having a moment right now, several art and design fiends ditched their usual Sunday plans for an afternoon of function, fabulosity and fun!

Around for over 90 years, H&L Rapid True Value is one of the leading home improvement spots in Jamaica. And with 10 stores islandwide, six paint brands and over 11,000 colours, and a paint bar that mixes just about any colour, the retailer has become Jamaica’s number one paint destination.

But it wasn’t all about paint! Regency Blinds — a premium blinds and shades manufacturer since 1983 — is the newest member of the H&L Rapid True Value family, joining them just over a year ago in July 2021. General Manager Craig Fongyee added to the design conversation sharing the latest trends and technologies available.

H&L’s EasyCare paint line was top choice as Levee demonstrated, among other things, how to create eye-catching designs on walls with painter’s tape. The vision, a bit blurry at first, became crystal clear as Levee’s fun wall of shapes was revealed. Oohs and aahs all around for the colour savant’s blasé approach to design. “Paint is the least expensive design element. Don’t be afraid if you mess up, you can just paint it over,” said Levee.

This notion, spawned a Picasso moment for six women who desired something a little less ‘colour between the lines’ and a lot more easel, paint brush, and acrylic colours. The five-minute ‘paint off’ proved to be a highlight of the event, with attendee Theresa Lindo’s Picasso moment earning her bragging rights as top artisan.

The interactive session wrapped with a raffle for a H&L Rapid True Value $50,000 gift card, and the opportunity to get first dibs on sale items.

Host Dr Terri-Karelle Reid (Photo: Karl Mclarty)

Armed with a fresh roller, interior designer Cecile Levee was ready to explore the 2023 paint trends at Colourtopia. (Photo: Karl Mclarty)

Neahlis principal Lisa McIntosh checked out the shade Daredevil at the Berger Colour Library. (Photo: Karl Mclarty)

Karen Booker Dezign Group principal and EdgeChem brand ambassador Karen Booker was in the market for fun shades from the EdgeChem Color Glow line. (Photo: Karl Mclarty)

With Cecile Levee keeping a keen eye, paint specialist at H&L Rapid True Value Lane Plaza Cornel Drummonds applied a coat of True Value EasyCare Paint in the shade Commuter Gray. (Photo: Karl Mclarty)

Levee used precise strokes to fill a diamond outline with True Value EasyCare Paint in the shade Forsythia. (Photo: Karl Mclarty)

Cecile Levee revealed her colour-blocked diamond grid, a design she says is perfect for children’s bedrooms and other fun spaces. (Photo: Karl Mclarty)

In an effort to demonstrate how to create patterns and designs with painter’s tape, Cornel Drummonds painted over the taped design with the shade Key Largo from the True Value EasyCare paint line. (Photo: Karl Mclarty)

Once the paint dried, H&L Rapid True Value Sales Representative and paint expert Bobby Blake slowly removed the tape to reveal a clean, modern design. (Photo: Karl Mclarty)

Jamaica Observer Limited Deputy Managing Director Natalie Chin (left) and Guardian General Customer Experience & Marketing Officer Moniesha Bryan were on trend in blue. (Photo: Karl Mclarty)

Oppein Jamaica CEO Tanya Buxani showed off her artistic streak. (Photo: Karl Mclarty)

Anticipation was high as participants in the paint competition presented their work for judging. (Photo: Karl Mclarty)

Public relations manager at Nestlé Anglo-Dutch Caribbean Garfene Grandison brought his mum Desrene Grandison out for some Sunday evening fun. (Photo: Karl Mclarty)

Though paint was the focus, window treatment solutions were also on display thanks to Regency Blinds General Manager Craig Fongyee. Here he shares the versatility of the Zebra Shades (Neolux). (Photo: Karl Mclarty)

Lanco General Manager Sid Lewin and sales representative Shadé Parchment were spotted at the swatch station. (Photo: Karl Mclarty)

Winner of the H&L Rapid True Value raffle Supreme Court mediator Josina Jackson (left) received a $50,000-gift card from Hardware & Lumber Limited Deputy CEO Olive Downer. (Photo: Karl Mclarty)

In conversation were (from left) H&L Rapid True Value General Manager Kerry Edwards; Berger Paint Jamaica Trade Marketing Officer Melissa Brown Ellis; and Jamaica Observer Limited Managing Director Julian Rogers. (Photo: Karl Mclarty)