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Red circles on pastel pink walls with neutral accents

Combining Dulux Colour of the Year with bold pinks and reds

To help you transform your walls with the latest looks, we’ve put together four easy-to-use color combinations, centered around Brave Ground. The stand-out reds and pinks of the Expressive palette can help you stamp your personality on a space and get creative…

Dulux Colour of the Year 2021 is a warm, natural neutral that lets other shades shine. Bolstering and balancing, it works brilliantly with our Expressive colors – one of the easy-to-use palettes we’ve created to help you transform your walls.

A mix of stand-out pinks and reds, combined with subtler shades in the same tone, Expressive colors are perfect for adding verve and vitality to your home. This is a palette that energizes and surprises, with pops of color held together by grounded neutrals.

Whether you choose to paint a feature wall or experiment with one of our easy paint techniques, these Expressive colors will help you stamp your personality on a space, creating an impactful, on-trend look that will work with any furnishings.

Here are four easy and inspirational ideas for using Dulux Colour of the Year, Brave Ground with these Expressive colors:

  1. Go graphic on a bedroom wall
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Red circles on pastel pink walls with neutral accents

Create a statement on your bedroom walls by teaming pastel pink and subtle accents of Brave Ground with geometric circles in bold shades of red. It’s the perfect way to make you feel upbeat and inspired at the start of the day.

Which colors?

10YY 30/106 E7.10.53
70RR 17/372 A5.33.39
67RR 66/044
10YR 21/436 B8.38.44

  1. Transform your living room with a two-tone paint effect
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Living room with paneled pastel pink and Brave Ground wall

Topping subtle pink with a stripe of Dulux Colour of the Year, Brave Ground, creates an individual and impactful look in a living room, and it works well on plain or paneled walls. Bring in accessories in bolder pinks and reds to add a pop of energy.

Which colors?

10YY 30/106 E7.10.53

12YR 40/146 C0.10.60

  1. Create some curve in the kitchen
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Living room with paneled pastel pink and Brave Ground wall

Painting a simple arch a few shades darker than your wall color is an effective way to highlight focal points in a room, such as doorways. Find out how to master this paint technique by watching our How to paint an arch video . Pick out the inner doorways in a bold, contrasting color – such as the bright red, shown here – and add a two-tone wall, using Brave Ground and a lighter shade, for a creative and colorful kitchen.

Which colors?

10YY 30/106 E7.10.53

12YR 40/146 C0.10.60
67RR 66/044 AN.02.77
70YR 45/133 D5.10.65
10YR 21/436 B8.38.44

  1.  Get creative and paint yourself a study
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Bright pink study framed with contrasting walls painted in a neutral shade

Using Expressive colors is all about thinking differently. Here a brilliant pink, set against Dulux Colour of the Year 2021, has been used to define a fun and functional workspace in an open-plan room. Accessories in bright, toning colors complete the look.

Which colors?

10YY 30/106 E7.10.53
70RR 17/372 A5.33.39