Dulux Colour of the Year 2021 - Brave Ground

Paint brand Dulux this month announced its colour of year for 2021 - Brave Ground. It’s an earthy beige brown which is meant to create a feeling of warmth & stability in your home. Focusing on this year's challenging circumstances, Dulux’s in house colour specialists worked with a team of top international design experts, trend forecasters & editors to explore the latest global trends & how they will impact all parts of our lives.

The key topic that emerged from the trend forecast was unanimous - “embracing change”. We’ve all had to dig deep this year to find the positives and move forward with faith in ourselves, work with others & our community to build on the past and embrace the future. The team stressed that it take courage to embrace change, and they hope that through their creative insights that they can nurture a supportive, positive network. So, Brave Ground - a warm, natural neutral is highly versatile and a great foundation for many colour palettes.

Brave Ground - How to Use it?

The warm, natural neutral is highly versatile and a great foundation for many colour palettes. As it has been designed to be an easy colour as a foundation tone, it works well with a magnitude of colour arrangements across your home. From wall colour, drapery to decor accessories - this new muted tone is easy to mix into any existing colour scheme.

Decor Accessories:

The summer saw a real shift towards embracing nature in materials & colours. We saw warm terracottas & rusty reds which complimented luscious deep hues of greens & sunshine yellow. With summer now fading & winter approaching, swap out the brighter tones within your home with the new dulux colour. This will allow your space to reflect the changing season, and serves as a muted palette that you can punctuate with new colours in the future.

Textiles & Drapery:

A great way to add this neutral palette into your home is through fabrics, cushions & window dressings. Brave Ground works brilliantly paired with dark wood stains, off-whites & black accents - for minimalists this colour is an easy tone to work into your palette. It would be a great choice of colour for a new sofa fabric, bed linens & cushion covers. For the maximalists, it works perfectly with bold reds & deep blue hues, giving space to bolder shades to shine - the perfect companion.


From living spaces to hallways & bedrooms - it's a great accent colour for those who aren’t into bold deep hues, while also great as a natural pairing for existing darker palettes. Below are 4 colour palettes designed by Dulux to show ways of embracing the new colour into various different schemes - so let’s be brave & embrace the change!