Paint experts Dulux launch their own Colour of the Year annually, the result of a collaboration between their own colour specialists and a team of top international design experts. According to Dulux, what has emerged from their trend forecast this year is that we’re all reassessing what really matters in our lives. With that in mind, the Dulux Colour of the Year for 2021 is Brave Ground – a warm, natural neutral and a versatile shade that lets other colours shine.
Brave Ground is an easy colour to use that will work in most interiors. Pair it with spicy shades of orange and yellow for warmth in a dark dining room, or use red and pink to make it pop. Mix it with soft creams and greys for an easy-to-live-with work area, or use shades of blue and green for a Skandi feel.
Brave Ground from Dulux is available in a range of finishes for a variety of uses. Prices start at £1.90 for a tester pot, available from Dulux.
Accessories and furniture in Brave Ground colour
If you’ve chosen to decorate your home in Dulux Brave Ground, then here are some ideas for furniture and accessories to incorporate into your new colour scheme.
Set of two Tulip dining chairs in warm beige, Pepper Sq.
The Tulip chair’s classic design will suit both modern and traditional interiors, and the neutral colour means they won’t look out of date. Available in several other colours as well, they cost £439 for a pair from Pepper Sq.
Harbour Stripe throw, Tori Murphy
Throws and cushions are a great way of dipping a toe into a trend, and this ecru and mushroom throw is an ideal choice. Made from 100% Merino lambswool, it’s woven in Lancashire, washed in the Yorkshire Dales and made in Nottingham. Hand finished with a traditional blanket stitch, it was £180 now down to £126 in the summer sale from Tori Murphy.
Go Solo Ottoman in Brave Ground, Made Below
This ottoman is handcrafted and upholstered in fabric from one of England’s oldest mills. The frame is made from sustainable British wood and the legs are hand-turned. The piece is complete with firm foam filling – perfect for resting a tray of tea on top! All Made Below furniture can be customised by colour and size as all pieces are made to order. This Go Solo ottoman is in the official Dulux colour and costs £458 from Made Below.
Ludlow linen effect upholstery fabric, Yorkshire Fabric Shop
If you love sewing then why not make your own accessories from this linen effect fabric in cream beige? It’s suitable for upholstery, cushions, curtains and more and as it’s 100% polyester it’s also good value and durable. £11.99 per metre, available from Yorkshire Fabric Shop.
Natural Walberswick stripe cushion, Garden Trading
Soft texture, simple design and neutral tones make this cushion a simple choice. It’s woven from natural and lightweight recycled cotton and costs just £16 (was £20) from Garden Trading.
Beige frills rug, Rose & Grey
We love the artisan texture of this chunky rug, which features a woven pattern and soft tassels. The large size and thick pile are perfect for adding warmth to a reception room, dining room or bedroom. £385, available from Rose & Grey.
Eivissa round jute rug, Pepper Sq.
This unusual braided circle shaped jute rug is made with natural fibres. Naturally hardwearing, it’s suitable for high traffic areas such as hallways or kitchens and costs £139 from Pepper Sq.
What other colours go with Brave Ground?
If you’re looking for other colours to go with Brave Ground, there are plenty of options available.
Brave Ground has undertones of brown in it, so looking out for other colours with similar undertones is always a good option.
Brave Ground is a neutral colour, so it naturally combines effectively with other neutrals, such as beige and cream. Try using different shades of neutrals to create layers and depth in your interior.
Combine it with grey
It might not seem like the most obvious combination, but the warm tones of the neutral Brave Ground work amazingly well when combined with warm greys. Try painting two walls in Brave Ground and one wall in a grey colour and add metallic silver accents.
Use it to balance bold colours
The earthy tones of Brave Ground can be used to balance darker bold colours in a room, such as black, navy and deep charcoal. For example, it could be used to paint skirting boards to balance dark walls. Small touches of black also work well alongside a largely Brave Ground painted room.
Try Brave Ground with sage green
Sage green is a really popular paint and home decor colour and works well used alongside Brave Ground. They’re both earthy tones and sage green is calming and relaxing. Try using a combination of sage green and Brave Ground on the walls and add plenty of natural materials, textures and indoor plants to a room.
Use Brave Ground with white for contrast
The bright and sometimes stark colour of white paint can be toned down by using Brave Ground. It provides a contrast to bright white and helps add a grounding element to decor.
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