• Nicola Cummins

'Brave Ground' How to use Dulux colour of the year 2021

So, it's official Dulux has gone with a neutral tone for their colour of the year 2021!! '"having the courage to embrace change" and follow their recommendation, start with a natural neutral and add some colour. With 4 palettes to compliment this new shade 'expressive', 'trust', 'timeless' and 'earth'.


Dulux colour experts have chosen Brave Ground™, a bolstering shade that connects back to nature and the simple things. A warm, earthy tone, it creates a feeling of stability, growth and potential; and provides a firm foundation for change and creativity in your home. 



Dulux is often more realistic in it's colour predictions than Pantone, and tries to reflect our changing tastes so here it is, Brave Ground by Dulux.


I'm always researching new trends, and we have seen a shift away from grey in the recent year or so. This is more earthly, warmer and suits those past trend colours of 2020 of 'Classic Blue' and 'Tranquil Dawn', so if you've invested already in those colours within your schemes, this new shade should simply sit within it too, so no need to completely overhaul or alter your whole palette.


If you follow me over on Instagram, you'll find me posting daily musings of the studio, behind the scenes and sharing ideas, and coincidentally I posted a few days ago that Neutrals were the basis to get right, but were having a warmer moment! See my post here on Neutrals


I asked for your Neutral shades recommendations and some great suggestions were;

Farrow and Ball: Wevet

Little Greene: Slaked Lime


These tones are much fresher and brighter than the new Dulux shade, but you could definitely use alongside. If you're looking for a similar shade to Brave Ground - try Dolphin by Little Greene


'Brave Ground' How to use it?

There are lots of ways you could incorporate this shade into your home, you could add this shade on wall units / wardrobes, wall colour or on textiles and accessories to add in more earthy materials and those tactile pieces that connect us with our natural surroundings.

Dulux colour of the year 2021 Brave Ground


1. Restyle

Want to know how to style a room using this colour, just to give it a little update without redecorating completely - then take a look at this gorgeous room below. This was an image I shared in my last blog post from Ferm Living, which shows how you can use those tones found in the new 'Brave Ground' shade, it's relaxed, sophisticated and warm.


Top Tip: Add a few scatter cushions and throws in this new shade, in your already neutral scheme + voila!

Image Credit: Ferm Living


2. Redesign

Considering using this colour on the walls? Here's a design scheme to show you how to create a modern scheme using this colour on your walls, staying in the earth palette, add lots of texture, reeded details and keep black accents to create a really modern, edgy design!


  1. Curtains: Jane Churchill 'Tarka' £79 per meter

  2. Wall lights: Gubi 'Cobra' available from Nest £347 each

  3. Storage Cabinet: 'Haze Vitrine' by Ferm Living £1489

  4. Scattters: Sanderson 'Lemur blue' cushion from John Lewis £45

  5. Sofa: 'Squishmeister' sofa in oat brushed cotton, from Loaf £1725

  6. Vase: 'Contrast Vase' from Zara Home £49.99

  7. Rug: 'Pebble' by Floor Story £4000

  8. Vase: 'Lua glass vase' by Nkuku £39.95

  9. Candle: Gold candle from Next £14

  10. Side Table: 'Donato' from La Redoute £100

  11. Accent chair: 'Leather folding' from Zara Home £349.99

Let me know what you think about the new shade, and if you're thinking about using this colour in your home?


Virtual & At Home Appointments are available. If you'd like help with a colour consultation to make this colour work for you, a complete room design to get the look, or advice on how to style this new trend in your home Initial appointments are FREE let's have a virtual cuppa to discuss how we can make your home cosy this autumn.


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