Biophilic inspiration with Brave Ground, Colour of the Year 2021

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It's that time of year: Akzo Nobel has announced its colour choice for 2021.
Named Brave Ground, the Colour of the Year 2021 is a warming earthy hue that speaks of comfort and slowing down.

Colour swatch of Brave Ground - an earthy beige.<span class="sr-only"> (opened in a new window/tab)</span>

The inspiration behind Brave Ground

The choice of Brave Ground follows the same reasoning the led to choosing Tranquil Dawn as Colour of the Year 2020: an increasingly recognized consideration of the role of home on wellbeing.

This was already perceived given the restless pace of the society we live in. Then the pandemic hit, making everything even more unsettling.
Spending a lot of time at home has put an accent on the importance of an invigorating and restful atmosphere at home. And this has justified the choice of Brave Ground even more:
 

“[…] with the calming, restorative and natural tones of our ColourFutures 2021 palettes we hope to empower professionals to create spaces where occupants can reflect, recharge and recalibrate."
Cit. Marianne Shillingford- creative director of Dulux UK

 
Additionally, Brave Ground is meant to recall our connection with the Earth, reminding us all of the important steps we need to take as a society in order to save our environment.

 
For sure, Brave Ground can easily be incorporated into a biophilic palette. So let’s dive into some biophilic design inspiration!

Biophilic inspiration: dry soil with a colour recalling Brave Ground.<span class="sr-only"> (opened in a new window/tab)</span>
Credit: Ramin Khatibi (via Unsplash) (opened in a new window/tab)

Biophilic interiors in Brave Ground

Brave Ground recalls highly textural natural materials like wood and stone. As such, it inspires interiors rich in tactile stimulations, which celebrate natural irregularities.

Biophilic dining room in the tones of Brave Ground. Raw stone wall and chairs with a rope back.<span class="sr-only"> (opened in a new window/tab)</span>
Credit: K-Studio (opened in a new window/tab)
Wooden table with a live edge.<span class="sr-only"> (opened in a new window/tab)</span>
Credit: Forest to Home (opened in a new window/tab)
Biophilic bathroom with stone vanity top with a raw edge.<span class="sr-only"> (opened in a new window/tab)</span>
Credit: Montis Sastre Arquitectura (opened in a new window/tab)

 
Brave Ground evokes Mediterranean atmospheres, that can be translated into rustic or more streamlined designs.
It also speaks of the many uses of pottery. On shelves to add texture to a plain wall, or lined up on the ground as a divider.

Biophilic outdoor space with a rustic vibe: clean wood panelling with organic chairs.<span class="sr-only"> (opened in a new window/tab)</span>
Credit: OKU Hotels (via Instagram) (opened in a new window/tab)
Biophilic white outdoor space with Brave Ground accents.<span class="sr-only"> (opened in a new window/tab)</span>
Credit: Fredericia Furniture – Photo by Marian Strand (via Instagram) (opened in a new window/tab)
Pottery arrangement on a shelving unit.<span class="sr-only"> (opened in a new window/tab)</span>
Credit: Nathan Lindberg (via Instagram) (opened in a new window/tab)
Indoor-outdoor biophilic space with rustic pottery lined on te ground to define a corridor for walking.<span class="sr-only"> (opened in a new window/tab)</span>
Credit: Alejandro Borrego (via Instagram) (opened in a new window/tab)

 
Brave Ground fits equally well as a warm addition to contemporary interiors. Wood is certainly the first material that comes to mind. But rattan and straw can also contribute to creating a tonal palette around Brave Ground while introducing one more level of texture.

Grey hexagonal floor tiles intersecting with a wooden flooring.<span class="sr-only"> (opened in a new window/tab)</span>
Credit: WOW (opened in a new window/tab)
Hotel lobby with wooden pillars imitating the shape of tree branches.<span class="sr-only"> (opened in a new window/tab)</span>
Credit: Warrior-cgi (via Behance) (opened in a new window/tab)
Sitting area with oversized artwork drawing a bell-shaped curved on the wall.<span class="sr-only"> (opened in a new window/tab)</span>
Credit: Axel Vervoordt (via Instagram) (opened in a new window/tab)
Modern dining area merging Brave Ground accents with grey walls.<span class="sr-only"> (opened in a new window/tab)</span>
Credit: Mater (via Instagram) (opened in a new window/tab)

 
As the name suggests, Brave Ground is a particularly grounding hue in itself. It's also a colour that calls for texture. Here, juxtaposing tone-on-tone layers is the key to a calming atmosphere that engages the senses and recalls the richness of natural environments.

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