Brave Ground - Dulux colour of the year 2021

Bearing in mind, everything that has happened to us in 2020, it won't come as a surprise that a warming neutral has been won the accolade for 2021.


Dulux colour experts have chosen Brave Ground™, “a bolstering shade that connects back to nature and the simple things. A warm, earthy tone, it creates a feeling of stability, growth and potential; and provides a firm foundation for change and creativity in your home".

The colour of the year is chosen by a panel of experts, made up of colour designers, trend forecasters and architects from around the world. The panel – chaired by Heleen van Gent from AkzoNobel’s Global Aesthetic Centre – determine the chosen colour by looking at emerging global trends and insights.



Lift, nurture, comfort us

“The colours on our walls are the backdrop to how we live our life,’ explains Marianne Shillingford the Creative Director at Dulux UK .”For many of us, lockdown has served to emphasise how important our home environment has become. It has been the place where we work, learn, relax. It can lift us up, nurture us, comfort us.’

‘We continue to live through uncertain times’ she goes on to say poignantly. ‘In 2021, the warm and grounding tones of Brave Ground will allow us to find certainty in the strength from the very ground beneath our feet. Emboldening us to go forward and begin to live again and giving us the flex to adapt to the ever changing circumstances we face.’


Warming neutrals

There has been a revival of muted beige shades replacing the popular cooler grey tones of recent years We are going through uncertain times and need to feel cocooned in our homes by creating a sanctuary to shut the door on the world. Using earthy tones combined with plants is an easy way to achieve a nurturing interior.


Warm up your dark blue


We are moving away from all the many shades of grey and dark blues towards warmer tones. Try warming up your dark blue scheme with Brave Ground, using complementing textures such as jumbo cord, large open knit throws, plants and bamboo.



Brave Ground seems to be versatile enough to work with any colour. Seen here in a green WFH space. Green gives an interior a natural look with calming qualities which could explain it’s popularity in the home at the moment. Adding dark wooden furniture, metals, a sisal or coir with rug with plenty of plants give this study area a cocooning and safe feeling.


Other colour options for 2021?

A couple of my favourites shown below are deep, rich mulberry hues, plums. Stylish and welcoming by day and effortlessly cosy and luxurious at night. Or try Olive green, which looks great with neutrals and black accents. Olive green has a green/grey undertone, a great option for east or north facing rooms.



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