A Look At Colour Trends And How This Year Is Braver Than Ever

Every year, the Global Aesthetic center works with colour representatives from 80 markets around the world. To ensure that the trends are right for the future, we gain insights from acclaimed international design experts and unpack the latest global trends that will affect every area of our lives. This research is then translated into insights that inform one key colour that reflects the mood of the moment for that year – a tone that’s set to have an impact on homes all over the world. We spoke to Dulux Colour Expert, Palesa Ramaisa to unpack the process that goes into these colour insights and look back at some of the most memorable colours and trends of the past decade.

“We started working with over 100 colours in 2004 to show the breadth of our colour expertise. Every Colour of the Year marks a moment in time and, viewed collectively, they can help tell the story of our age. The evolution of our ColourFutures™ palettes charts the changes in our consumers’ appetite for different colours, and also reflects what’s going on globally. You’ll notice that neutrals are becoming increasingly important, with a continuing interest in shades on the grey scale and warm neutrals that serve as the perfect canvas for most homes. Nearly two decades on from the very first ColourFutures, we’ve honed our colours down from 100 to 37, creating a curated selection that takes the complexity out of colour choice and makes it far easier for our consumers to select the shades that are right for them,” says Dulux Colour Expert, Palesa Ramaisa

If we look at the past decide we see clear trends of how people gravitated to certain shades.

  • 2004-2007 COOLER BLUES – Calming blues and purples played a dominant role in the colour palettes of this period
  • 2004-2021 NEUTRALS GROW -We’ve seen an increasing interest in neutrals, with earthy tones making more of an appearance
  • 2007-2013 OPTIMISTIC YELLOWS – Sunny shades became more prevalent, with people looking for positivity in their interiors
  • 2013-2021 MUTED TONES – The last few years have seen a growing desire for more neutral shades, with an increase in the popularity of greyish tones

“What has emerged from our trend forecast this year with Dulux Colour of the Year for 2021 is Brave Ground™ as we all reassess 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,” explains Ramaisa.

Dulux Colour of the Year for 2021 is Brave Ground™ – a warm, natural neutral that’s a nurturing and balancing colour. a versatile shade that allows other colours to shine.

“We’ve created four easy-to-use colour palettes, 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,” adds Ramaisa.

If you are looking for some inspiration on how to incorporate Brave Ground™ into your home Ramaisa outlines four inspiration styles that you can try in our own space:

1. Combine Colour of the Year 2021 with Timeless tones to create a balanced backdrop for entertaining


Create a relaxed and informal dining area by pairing Brave GroundTM with our Timeless colours. This palette creates a firm foundation for any furnishings – traditional or modern; and works well with artisanal crafts and natural materials. For more ideas and inspiration for using Timeless colours, click here.

 Which colours?

  • Brave Ground 10YY 30/106
  • Creme Brulee 00YY 26/220

2. Mix warm shades of red and pink with the Colour of the Year 2021 for a bold  bedroom


Have the courage to be individual by pairing Colour of the Year 2021, Brave GroundTM with the bold pinks and reds of Expressive colour palette. These colours look great styled with modern furnishings, graphic patterns and light wood floors.

Which colours?

  • Brave Ground     10YY 30/106
  • Canterbury Lane 70RR 17/372
  • Tea Dance          10YR 21/436
  • Downing Street   30YR 14/365

3. 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 GroundTM with the earthy colours of the Trust colour palette for a warm and welcoming feel. Subtle and smart, these tones work well with mid-century furniture and rich finishes, such as copper, marble and velvet.

Which colours?

  • Brave Ground 10YY 30/106
  • White Bucks   10YY 72/021
  • Light Taupe    90YR 48/062
  • Urban Road   15YY 33/043

4. Create a connection back to the natural world with our 2021 colour trends


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

For tips and colour inspiration, visit the Dulux social pages FacebookTwitter and Pinterest or Instagram.

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