Dulux Colour Expert, Palesa Ramaisa, explores the inspiration behind the Dulux Colour of the Year for 2021 and how to use the warm, natural neutral to transform your home to bring the balance we’re all yearning for.

Combine Colour of the Year 2021 with a mix of soft, natural shades to give a relaxed and inviting feel to a home office.

What has emerged from the Dulux trend forecast this year is that we’re all reassessing what really matters in our lives. We’re taking stock and finding a new and positive way forward by having faith in ourselves, working together, building on the past and planning for the future. It takes courage to embrace change and our homes can help provide a solid and supportive foundation, as well as giving us the scope to be creative.

After experts translated these insights into one key colour that reflected the mood of the moment – they saw a trend of balance emerge.

Later taking the form of the Dulux Colour of the Year for 2021 Brave Ground™ – this warm, natural neutral brought about a nurturing and balancing feel It’s also a versatile shade that lets other colours shine. But how can you use it to transform your home?

Dulux Colour Expert, Palesa Ramaisa has created a few trendy, easy-to-use colour palette suggestions, all centered around the Colour of the Year, so you can express yourself in any number of ways and be brave enough to take that first step…

Let’s take a deep breath

Ramaisa’s first tip is to combine Colour of the Year 2021 with Timeless tones to create a balanced backdrop for entertaining.

“You can create a relaxed and informal dining area by pairing Brave Ground™ with colours from our Timeless Palette. Try pairing Brave Ground™ with Creme Brulee. This palette creates a firm foundation for any furnishings – traditional or modern; and works well with artisanal crafts and natural materials,” says Ramaisa.

Big Bold spaces

Palesa’s next suggestion is mixing warm shades of red and pink with the Colour of the Year 2021 for a bold bedroom look.

“Have the courage to be individual by pairing Colour of the Year 2021, Brave Ground™ with the bold pinks and reds of Expressive colour palette. Think Canterbury Lane, Tea Dance or Downing Street. These colours look great styled with modern furnishings, graphic patterns and light wood floors.”

Her third tip is to combine Colour of the Year 2021 with a mix of soft, natural shades to give a relaxed and inviting feel to a home office.

“Combine Brave Ground™ with the earthy colours of the Trust colour palette for a warm and welcoming feel. Subtle and smart, tones in White Bucks, Light Taupe and Urban Road work well with mid-century furniture and rich finishes, such as copper, marble and velvet.”

Lastly, you can create a connection back to the natural world with Dulux 2021 colour trends.

“Bring the outside in with our Earth colours – think shades of blue and green in Approaching Storm and Neptunes Depths, balanced with Dulux Colour of the Year, Brave Ground™. These tones work well styled up with natural wood, reclaimed furniture, shapely ceramics and indoor plants.”

No mater your personal style, it can sometimes be really rewarding to step out of your comfort zone and embrace a little change. If you are unsure the Dulux Visualizer app is a perfect companion to help provide a little guidance.


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