Dulux Colour of the Year 2021


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As part of Dulux’s Colour FuturesTM 2021 palettes, the brand has announced Brave Ground as its Colour Of The Year for 2021, an earthy tone that aims to reconnect us to nature.

Brave Ground (code CF21) serves as a solid base tone for building a decor scheme. The warm, neutral hue will pair well with a variety of contrasting and complementary colours.

“This warm, natural Colour of the Year provides a strong foundation for embracing change,” says Dulux Colour Expert, Palesa Ramaisa. “Brave Ground connects us back to nature and the simple things. It stands on its own as a beautiful, powerful neutral and can be used in a way that allows other colours to shine. Earthy and empowering, it evokes security, growth and potential to help us create environments that fill us with courage.”

“It’s been challenging this year to transform the key global trends into inspiring colour palettes,” explains Heleen van Gent, Creative Director of AkzoNobel’s Global Aesthetic Center (Dulux is manufactured by AkzoNobel). “We’ve seen unprecedented global change, with all of us facing experiences that feel out of kilter with the modern world. At the same time, we’ve rediscovered more positive things: solidarity in communities, strangers’ generosity, and the realisation that together we can do extraordinary things. We’re finding the courage to pick ourselves up and move forward. Our homes provide a sanctuary: a place to restore, repair and recalibrate ourselves on the road to recovery.”

Four colour palettes have been built around the Brave Ground shade:

  • Expressive: shades of red and pink, balanced against soft neutrals.

  • Trust: a collection of earth tones that aim to promote a sense of community and encourage collaboration.

  • Timeless: contemporary and traditional meet with shades of yellow against natural tones.

  • Earth: blues, greens and browns mimic the tones of the planet

For more information, follow Dulux on Instagram or search the hashtag #CF21.