By Katrina ffiske

January can be a time to sit back and work out what needs doing at home – do walls need painting, sofas need rep lacing?

Did you know that every year Dulux has a colour of the year. This year it is a warm, natural neutral, colour called, Brave Ground. According to Dulux, the colour brings a bolstering, balancing feel to any room. “Every year, our colour specialists, plus a team of top international design experts discuss the latest global trends that will affect every area of our lives,” Dulux said. “We then translate these insights into one key colour that reflects the mood of the moment – a tone that’s set to have an impact on homes all over the world.

“What has emerged from our 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.”
Colour experts believe this is “a warm, natural neutral that’s an enabling and stabilising colour. It’s also a versatile shade that lets other colours shine. They suggest mixing Brave Ground with other colours on the tonal chart – 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 details and inspiration visit or stop by your local Dulux Decorator Centre at Unit 23, The Clarendon Centre, Dairy Meadow Lane, Southampton Road, Salisbury, SP1 2TJ, where you can pick up a sample pot and meet the team.