The Dulux Colour of the Year 2021 – Brave Ground's new palette has been revealed

The Dulux Colour of the Year 2021 has a new palette and it's warming, cocooning, and welcoming... just what we need right now!

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The much awaited Dulux Colour of the Year 2021 was revealed back in September,  and since then this lovely warming neutral has only grown on us. Brave Ground proves that beige is back and it has had a glow up – so when we saw a new colour palette had been announced this month we had to share.

In case you weren't aware, along with the Colour of the Year, Dulux also creates pallets around that colour to show you how it would work with other hues. Today, they revealed the Trust Pallete – made up of warm greys, clay hues and terracotta, this is the cocooning vibe we could all do with right now. 

Keep scrolling to find out how you can bring this new palette into your home, plus see what other colours you can combine with Brave Ground – for what might on first appearance be considered a base colour, it can be surprisingly bold when mixed with the right hues. 

For more living room ideas, don't miss our inspiring guide.

Dulux colour of the year 2021

Mix Brave Ground with a completely neutral colours of the Trust palette for a sophisticated but cosy feel to your living room 

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Marianne Shillingford, Creative Director, Dulux UK, says: 'The colours on our walls are the backdrop to how we live our life. 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. 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.'

Dulux Colour of the Year 2021: Brave Ground

Used with steelier shades and let Brave Ground bring warmth and vitality to yout space

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Alongside the Colour of the Year, the experts identified four complementary colour palettes to make it easy to bring the colour into different spaces within the home or workspace. These palettes - Earth, Trust, Timeless and Expressive - will help people create an environment where Brave Ground either stands strong or helps other colours to shine. 

Dulux Colour of the Year 2021: Brave Ground

Brave Ground is a wonderful shade for a living room, especially when mixed with warmer space shades from the Timeless colour palette

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For the 18th year, Dulux once again welcomed a panel of colour designers, trend forecasters, design specialists, architects and editors from around the world to come together at the AkzoNobel Global Aesthetic Centre with one goal in mind - to define one colour that encapsulates the moment.

Dulux Colour of the Year 2021: Brave Ground

Combined with Dulux's Colour of the Year 2020, Tranquil Dawn (the green, above left), a living room will feel cool and earthy

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Heleen van Gent, Head of AkzoNobel’s Global Aesthetic Centre, adds: 'It’s been challenging this year to transform the key global trends into inspiring colour palettes. We’ve seen unprecedented global change, with all of us facing experiences that feel out of kilter with the modern world.' 

Dulux Colour of the Year 2021: Brave Ground

Brave Ground softens deeper, more dramatic shades like Night Seas from the Earth palette

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'At the same time, we’ve rediscovered more positive things: solidarity in communities, strangers’ generosity, and the realisation that together we can do extraordinary things. We’re finding the courage to pick ourselves up and move forward. Our homes provide a sanctuary: a place to restore, repair and recalibrate ourselves on the road to recovery.'

Lucy Searle
Lucy Searle

Lucy is Editor-in-Chief of Realhomes.com, having worked on numerous interiors and property titles. She was founding Editor of Channel 4’s 4Homes magazine, was Associate Editor at Ideal Home. She has also written for Huffington Post, AOL, UKTV, MSN, House Beautiful, Good Homes, and many women’s titles. Find her writing about everything from buying and selling property, self build, DIY, design and consumer issues to gardening.

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