Dulux Colour of the Year 2021: Brave Ground

Each year, the experts at Dulux come together to discuss global trends in order to formulate the perfect colour to represent the transition into the new year, as well as the new year itself.


During this discussion, the unfortunate events of 2020 were openly discussed and it was agreed that the year had left everyone reassessing what really matters in their lives.


With its natural ability to bring a sense of calm and comfort to space through its neutrality, Brave Ground has been chosen as Dulux’s colour of the year 2021.


Dulux describe Brave Ground as “a bolstering shade that connects back to the nature and the simple things. 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.”

If you ask us, then we certainly think that the natural tones can help to create you a sense of sanctuary within your home and pair perfectly with many of the colour palettes here at Exeter Kitchen Store.


As the kitchen is, in many instances, the heart of the home, we believe that Brave Ground is not only a fantastic colour to create help create this sanctuary but also a great colour for a kitchen regardless of your style of kitchen.


Industrial Kitchens

An industrial kitchen can bring a huge level of individuality to your kitchen. We think that Brave Ground does a great job at complementing this kitchen style if done correctly. Important elements to think about during planning include lighting, the inclusion of exposed metal and the correct amount of rustic wood.


One option that works is our kitchen style of Remo in Hartforth Blue, as it does a fantastic job at complementing Brave Ground due to its natural tones and simplistic yet efficient design. We’ve thrown together some ideas to help you visualise what an Industrial Kitchen in these colours might look like!


An industrial kitchen design moodboard


If you need more inspiration, then get in touch with one of our designers and we’ll gladly help!


Check out our advice and ideas for a top industrial kitchen here!


Country Kitchens (Traditional)

The secret to a good country kitchen is charm and warmth! The use of softer grey colours and neutral shades is key as they are on-trend and go with pretty much anything!


Our kitchen style of Milbourne in Dust Grey perfectly captures the charm and warmth that every Country Kitchen should have! To modernise the look, why not include Odessa cup handles? Check out our ideas below to help you further visualise what’s possible with a traditional Country Kitchen!

A country kitchen design moodboard


If that’s not enough, then you can also check out our top tips for a traditional country kitchen here!


Minimalist Kitchens

Minimalist kitchens are super easy to create just because of their super nature! There are designed for an understated appearance and are based on the lifestyle choice of having only what you need.


To stay ahead of trends and to create a warm one-tone kitchen, go for light woodgrains alongside neutral tones such as Brave Ground to add texture and space to your minimalist style.


Check out these minimalist kitchen ideas in more depth here!


Maximalist Kitchens

The maximalist style of kitchen is the opposite of minimalist! That means more items, more colour and more expression. So how can you blend this style of kitchen with Dulux’s brave ground? The answer is the kind of colours you include and the accessories you feature!


Mixing and matching colours like Silver Grey, Dust Grey or Dove Grey would be a great place to start. When it comes to accessories, EKS have a great range of handles and doors that can work with the design you have in mind.


Check out some useful ideas and approaches for a maximalist kitchen here!