All you need to know about Dulux Colour of the Year 2021

A warm, natural neutral, Dulux Colour of the Year 2021, Brave Ground™, brings a nurturing, balancing feel to any room. Here’s why it’s a trending colour and we offer inspirational ideas for combining it with other shades to transform your home…

Every year, our colour specialists and a team of top international design experts discuss the latest global trends that will affect every area of our lives. We then translate these insights into one key colour that reflects the mood of the moment – a tone that’s set to have an impact on homes all over the world.

What has emerged from our trend forecast this year is that we’re all reassessing what really matters in our lives. We’re taking stock and finding a new and positive way forward by having faith in ourselves, working together, building on the past and planning for the future. It takes courage to embrace change and our homes can help provide a solid and supportive foundation, as well as giving us the scope to be creative.

Dulux Colour of the Year for 2021 is Brave GroundTM – a warm, natural neutral that’s an nurturing and balancing colour. It’s also a versatile shade that lets other colours shine. How can you use it to transform your home? We’ve created four easy-to-use colour palettes, all centered around the Colour of the Year, so you can express yourself in any number of ways and be brave enough to take that first step…

1. Combine Colour of the Year 2021 with Timeless tones to create a balanced backdrop for entertaining


Create a relaxed and informal dining area by pairing Brave GroundTM with our Timeless colours. This palette creates a firm foundation for any furnishings – traditional or modern; and works well with artisanal crafts and natural materials.

For more ideas and inspiration for using Timeless colours, click here.

Which colours?

2. Mix warm shades of red and pink with the Colour of the Year 2021 for a bold  bedroom


Have the courage to be individual by pairing Colour of the Year 2021, Brave GroundTM with the bold pinks and reds of  Expressive colour palette. These colours look great styled with modern furnishings, graphic patterns and light wood floors.

For more ideas and inspiration for using Expressive colours, click here.

Which colours?

3. Combine Colour of the Year 2021 with a mix of soft, natural shades to give a relaxed and inviting feel to a home office


Combine Brave GroundTM with the earthy colours of the Trust colour palette for a warm and welcoming feel. Subtle and smart, these tones work well with mid-century furniture and rich finishes, such as copper, marble and velvet.

For more ideas and inspiration for using Trust colours, click here.

Which colours?

4. Create a connection back to the natural world with our 2021 colour trends


Bring the outside in with our Earth colours – think shades of blue and green, balanced with Dulux Colour of the Year, Brave GroundTM. These tones work well styled up with natural wood, reclaimed furniture, shapely ceramics and indoor plants.

For more ideas and inspiration for using Earth colours, click here.

Which colours?

Brave Ground         10YY 30/106
Approaching Storm 90BG 11/101
Neptunes Depths    27BB 10/138

Want to combine more than one colour? Find out how to paint a vertical stripe.

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