Dulux Colour of the Year 2021

September 2020

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 bolstering, balancing feel to any room. Here’s why it’s the colour of the moment, plus inspirational ideas for combining it with other shades to transform your home...

Every year, our colour specialists, plus 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 Ground – a warm, natural neutral that’s an enabling and stabilizing 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 Ground 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.

Which colours?

Brave Ground
Spiced Honey

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

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

Which colours?

Brave Ground
Berry Pop
Lost Coral
Terracotta Army

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
Colour of the Year 2021 with soft natural shades

Combine Brave Ground with the earthy colours of the Trust 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.

Which colours?

Brave Ground
Paper Chain
Pressed Putty
Woven Nest

4. Create a connection back to the natural world with our 2021 colour trends
Colour of the Year 2021 with blue and green

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

Which colours?

Brave Ground
Mysterious Teal
Night Seas

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