The season of paint color trends for next year starts as per today with the first Color Of The Year 2021 by Dulux who presents Brave Ground. Think of the feeling of being surrounded by clay, soil, or sand and the need for down-to-earth decisions and environments. Think of a timeless hue, easy to combine, one that makes you feel good and is flexible at the same time. A hue that can be used in any single room in your home, which is not too fashionable and provides a feeling of comfort and safety.
One of the most popular posts of the past 12 months on Eclectic Trends has been our forecast on The Universe Of Brown as Color Of The Year 2020, we are happy to see that this color spectrum still goes on.
An expert panel of trend forecasters, architects, color designers, editors, and design specialists came together at the Dutch HQ of paint company Dulux to discuss not only color but socio-economic movements in current times.
The past year has seen how we live and work utterly transformed. We have gone through the most uncertain of times, so it’s understandable that we see reassuring, natural tones returning, which can be used to create the calm and sanctuary people require.”- Heleen van Gen, head of AkzoNobel's Global Aesthetic Centre, Netherlands
This year’s color spectrum is called The Courage To Embrace Change.
Alongside the Colour of the Year, Dulux includes four complementary color stories to combine Grounded Brown or use alone.
Please find the palettes of Earth, Trust, Timeless, and Expressive below with one selected example.
In the mood for some more energetic and also subtle hues? The Expressive Palette is made for stand-outing out applying red and pink hues. These can be balanced with more neutral tones if you love warm expressive colors but don’t need to be energized 24/7.
Yellow has been around for some time now in several tints and shades, from bright to earthy, presenting warmth and energy spending moments without overpowering. This palette reminds of longer days, a sunflower field, and harvest in late summer. The first three neutrals add light and a timeless backdrop.
The name is self-explanatory, the palette echoes the sky view of our planet, including the (cloudy) sky, lakes, and oceans. The greenish and blue palette colors starts again pastel neutrals to finish with an almost black shade.
We feel most connected to nature, its greens and browns, its where we disconnect and recharge. The spectrum of browns represents comfort, feeling safe, and grounded. It reminds of a cozy blanket, a cup of tea or coffee, a good book, and a weekend retreat in a cabin.
All images: Dulux