'Brave Ground' Is A Colour Of The Year (But What Is It?)
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‘Brave Ground’ Is A Colour Of The Year (But What Is It?)

New year, new walls

New year, new walls. Dulux’s colour of the year 2021, Brave Ground, is the inspiration you need for your next home renovation project.

Brave Ground Interiors Inspiration

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Every year, when brands like Dulux and Pantone announce their annual colours, it’s a temperature check for the state of the world at large. This was never so apparent when Dulux revealed its colour of the year for 2021: Brave Ground.

‘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,’ describes Dulux on its website, encapsulating how we’re all feeling at the start of 2021 as we take stock of the new world around us, and look ahead to a (hopefully) brighter future.

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Brave Ground is a cosy, cheerful colour; it’s warm and unchallenging, a cocoon against the harder edges of the world. The earth tones reflect how we’ve become more attuned to the rhythms of nature and the seasons as our world slowed down in 2020. They also speak of new beginnings and the first flush of spring – ideal for letting creativity bloom in your home.

Here’s some inspiration for incorporating Brave Ground or a similar neutral, nature-inspired palette into your home in 2021.

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Toned down

Tonal neutral shades make a more modern alternative to bright white walls, while also bringing low-key cosiness to a family space. Stella sofa, £1,540. sofa.com

Cosy corners

Plush textiles and a smattering of different textures add warmth and comfort to any home. Add a mirror to bring light to a dark space.


Level up

Enhance proportions of small spaces by playing with non-traditional furniture and lights placed at different levels.

Chalk paint by anniesloan.com

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Lightbulb moment

Lighting is an all-important counterpart to neutral shades like Brave Ground. Bring warmth and creative inspiration with cleverly placed lamps and light fixtures.

Davey Lighting at originalbtc.com

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Au naturel

Choose natural textures like wicker, raffia and linen to enhance your space’s connection to nature.



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A real classic

Take your neutral, Brave Ground-inspired walls to another level by switching paint with antique-washed motif wallpaper. Home accessories in similar tones will build layers of warmth and interest.


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On the curve

Comforting rounded edges and curvaceous silhouettes provide a pleasing, modern counterpoint to earthy walls.

Sofa, ligne-roset.com

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The Midas touch

Luxe up a neutral palette with splashes of rich gold and decadent champagne hues.

Tables, jonathanadler.com


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