Dulux have revealed their much-anticipated Colour of the Year for 2021. So what shade is going to be so hot next year? Well, it's 'Brave Ground', a pale, earthy brown with a soothing feel that we could all use after the past six months...


Brave Ground is the 18th Colour of the Year, taking the mantle from this year's Tranquil Dawn. As ever, the shade was selected by a specialist panel of colour designers, trend forecasters, design specialists, architects and editors from around the world.

'The colours on our walls are the backdrop to how we live our life,' explains Marianne Shillingford, Creative Director for Dulux UK.

'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.'

At YourHomeStyle, we think the choice of Brave Ground makes perfect sense, with the popularity of natural aesthetics showing no signs of slowing, and the emerging popularity of desert-inspired colour schemes like Sante Fe Style. And of course, that warm, grounding tone will be welcome touch of cosiness as we look towards an uncertain future.

We've put together a guide to using earth tones in your home decor. From taupe to terracotta, we've got tips on nailing a neutral and natural colour palette.

In you're wondering how to incorporate the shade into your home, Dulux's experts have also come up with four suggested colour palettes showing different ways to use Brave Ground in your decor, whatever your style:


DULUX announces Colour of the Year 2021 - BRAVE GROUND - Earth Palette - 1

Echoing the tones of the sea, the sky and the soil, these earth shades provide a connection to the natural world around us. Bringing the outside in, they are authentic and grounding colours that work naturally together.


DULUX announces Colour of the Year 2021 - BRAVE GROUND - Trust Palette - 1

Earth tones from across the globe, these unifying shades reflect everyone. Warm neutral greys and browns, these colours complement each other and encourage connection, collaboration and a sense of harmony in the home.

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DULUX announces Colour of the Year 2021 - BRAVE GROUND - Timeless Palette - 1

Inspiring shades of yellows and ochres, alongside soft neutrals, these are tones that can help create a backdrop that embraces old and new. Energising without being overpowering, they bring positivity and balance to a space.


DULUX announces Colour of the Year 2021 - BRAVE GROUND - Expressive Palette - 1

Stand-out shades of reds and pinks, balanced with soft neutrals, these are colours that can add verve and vitality to our homes, allowing us to create an individual space that energises, surprises and reflects who we really are.


For more decor ideas, check out out Latest Trends section.


Rebecca MessinaEditor, YourHomeStyle.uk

Rebecca is the Digital Editor of Your Home and HomeStyle