The Dulux Colour of the Year 2021 is... Brave Ground – here's 5 ways to use it

The Dulux Colour of the Year 2021 is warming, cocooning, and welcoming... just what we need for the year ahead, right? Here are five ways to use it at home

Dulux Colour of the Year 2021: Brave Ground
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The much awaited Dulux Colour of the Year 2021 is here! It's Brave Ground (above and below) and we love it. The experts at Dulux identified this warm and grounding neutral shade as the colour to enable us all to draw upon the strength of nature to create nurturing spaces that will help us find the courage to embrace the future – we all need a bit of that at the moment, right?

That aside, Brave Ground is the perfect base colour around which to build a scheme. Keep scrolling to see five wonderful ways to use this tone. For more living room ideas, don't miss our inspiring guide.

Dulux Colour of the Year 2021: Brave Ground

Used as an accent tone with the Earth Palette, it's the perfect backdrop for a calm home office

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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 the steelier shades of the Trust palette, Brave Ground brings warmth and vitality

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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 (above), 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.'