The AkzoNobel Dulux Colour of the Year 2021 has been announced as Brave Ground. Learn more about the colour and the supporting palettes.
Brave Ground is a warm clay colour. Earthy and organic. It's purpose is to connect us back to nature and support us. Marianne Shillingford, creative director at 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.”
As ever, I feel that the Dulux colour of the year works best when used in conjunction with the supporting palettes. Brave Ground is essentially brown, and there aren't too many of us who want one shade of brown slapped across all of our walls, but used with other colours it is a beautiful, grounding shade and really effective.
The Expressive palette features a mix of pinks. This will create spaces that are positive, energising and surprising. Pink can be used to bolster creativity, and give a sense of self. You can dial the look up or down, depending on the intensity of pink that you choose. A pale pink can be soothing and nurturing, whilst brighter raspberry shades will invigorate. In this palette, Brave Ground serves to stabilise and ground the scheme - so it doesn't feel too flighty. With a playful element, these colours would work well in a bedroom, kitchen or dining room.
The Timeless palette has a warm and upbeat feel, featuring yellows, golds and red ochre. This is a really rich, warm palette and has a classic contemporary feel. Use these colours to really warm a space up and give it a welcoming, encouraging vibe. The yellow will energise without quite the same impact or energy as orange or red - so it shouldn't overwhelm. The paler hues in this palette will form a beautiful, neutral background to any scheme. These colours would work well in a living room, or to warm up a north facing room.
The Earth palette is a collection of elemental colours representing the earth, sea and sky. It's a very calming and restorative palette. These are really authentic and natural colours and feel very peaceful - use these colours in any space where you want to introduce a sense of a calm retreat, such as a bathroom or bedroom, or a studio or workplace where you need quiet and reflection. The Brave Ground colour compliments the blue and green tones, continuing the natural theme as grounding earth. The palette will produce a very simple, classic, layered scheme.
The Trust palette brings together warm, neutral greys and browns. This palette is all about connection and a softness. Using different tones is the absolute, best way to scheme with neutrals. Layer them up to form a wonderful neutral canvas. A combination of the lighter and darker tones will look beautiful. The neutral tones are easy to live with, and will create a real sense of harmony in a home. Use this palette in any space where you want to achieve connection, collaboration and harmony, from the living room, or the dining room to a bedroom.
I hope my round up gives you plenty of inspiration on how to use this palette. I would never encourage you to use a colour just because it is 'on trend', but the complete palette of colour in Dulux Colour Futures 2021 most likely has something for everyone. Think about the feel you want in a space and the colours that will help you achieve that - and have fun with it.
As ever, I offer a Colour Consultancy service if you are stuck on the colours to use for best effect in your home. Do get in touch!
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