Dulux announces Brave Ground as their Colour of the Year for 2021

Brave Ground - a warm earthy tone to provide a firm foundation for creativity in the home

Dulux have recently announced that their paint colour of the year for 2021 will be "Brave Ground", a warm, earthy greyed off natural which can be combined with a range of other hues without dominating to add depth and interest.

"Dulux Colour of the Year 2021 brings a bolstering, balancing feel to any room"

According to Dulux, Brave Ground was considered a shade that "enabled people to draw upon the strength of nature to help them find the courage to embrace the future" and there is no doubt that the global pandemic that we have faced in 2020 has had a profound influence on all of our lives and this is reflected in the influences on future colour and design trends.

As we move forward in these uncertain times the home takes on a multifunctional role as a place where we work, learn and relax and the interior becomes even more important to us than it has before, as a way to inspire us, comfort and protect us. Brave Ground provides a foundation for us to be creative in our homes and adapt where we need to.

McAlister Textiles cushions featuring the "Brave Ground" hue


To provide inspiration for our "new normal" Dulux have put together a series of 4 colour palettes to illustrate how Brave Ground can be combined with other shades. 

These palettes show the versatility of the Dulux 2021 Colour of the Year and how different looks can be created using the same base shade. Using the Dulux colour palettes and lifestyle imagery as inspiration, the McAlister team have put together a series of mood boards using selected products to illustrate these themes:

Timeless Colour Palette

Timeless Colour palette courtesy of Dulux. Products featured from left to right: Arizona Curtain in yellow ochreNavajo Cushion cover in Yellow & Grey, Plain chenille cushion cover in Mustard Yellow, Elva Yellow doorstop, Hamleton Cushion cover in Natural, Rhumba Fabric in Taupe Beige, Rhumba boudoir pillow in Burnt Orange

The Timeless Palette works well in both traditional and modern settings - combine textural and geometric fabrics with artisanal crafts in natural materials and finishes.


Expressive Colour Palette

Expressive Colour palette courtesy of Dulux. Products featured from left to right: Matt Velvet Blush Pink Curtain, Blush Floral 43cm x 43cm Velvet Cushion, Matt Velvet Coral Pink Cushion, Rhumba Taupe Beige Decorative Zipper cushionPlain Chenille Taupe Fabric by the metre, Matt Velvet Coral Pink Throw, Elva Pink doorstop

Team the natural hue of Brave Ground with bold pinks and reds. This palette works especially well with modern designs, graphic and geometric patterns and light wooden finishes.

Trust Colour Palette

Trust Colour palette courtesy of Dulux. Products featured from left to right: Rhumba Taupe made to order curtain, Plain Chenille Cushion in Taupe, Savannah Cushion in Beige, Matt Velvet Draught Excluder in Caramel, Textured Chenille Beige Cushion, Matt Velvet Fabric by the metre in Caramel, Rhumba Fabric by the metre in Taupe Beige 

Combine the Dulux Colour of the Year with a mix of soft natural shades to create a warm and inviting feel. The tones work well with mid century furniture and rich textures such as velvet. Copper accents further enhance the cosy look.


Earth Colour Palette

 Earth Colour Palette courtesy of Dulux. Products featured from left to right: Rhumba Taupe Beige made to order Roman Blind, Savannah Boudoir Pillow in Green, Palm Leaf Draught Excluder, Plain Chenille Cushion in Navy Blue, Leaf Print Piped Cushion in Green, Savannah Fabric by the metre in Duck Egg, Savannah Fabric in Beige.

Bring the outdoors in with nature inspired shades of blue and green teamed with the earthy tones inspired by Brave Ground. Complete the look with natural wood, vintage furniture, retro ceramics or glassware and of course an abundance of indoor plants.

Whatever look you choose these easy to use palettes will give you the confidence to be your own interior designer!

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