Brave Ground has been chosen as the Dulux Colour of the Year 2021 as it offers a comforting, soft, safe option in a world full of uncertainty. It’s been described as a ‘warm, grounding neutral shade’ and we agree – there’s nothing offensive or radical but that doesn’t mean this colour can’t have an impact in your place of work.

We asked the MPL Interiors design team how they would include Brave Ground in their next office fit out project and here are the top 5 suggestions:

1. Pair it with grey: many of us aren’t over our grey obsession just yet but despite what you might think, beige and grey actually work very well together. The warm tones of Brave Ground really complement light grey shades, such as Dulux’s Polished Pebble or Farrow & Ball’s Dimpse. Try two walls in Brave Ground and two walls in a dove grey.

2. Mix n’ match different beiges: Brave Ground makes a fantastic backdrop shade but you can add depth and interest to a room by picking out features and painting them in different shades of beige. Highlight structural columns and pillars in Farrow & Ball’s String or Cord, or paint alcoves in Johnstone’s Quail Ridge or Cosy Beige.

3. Balance bold colours: Brave Ground can be used to temper darker, bolder shades, including navy blue, deepest charcoal and even black. Use picture or dado rails to divide walls, with the lower half painted in the darker colour and beige above, or confine Brave Ground to paintwork for a contemporary alternative to white.

4. Keep it for accessories only: think about using beige as your main colour when choosing accessories. As it’s a shade that reflects nature, it works well with wicker, cork and wood for a relaxed feeling. Or look for highly-textured beige fabrics – waffle, hessian, mohair and pleat, for instance – to create layers.

5. Pair with metallic elements: Brave Ground – or any shade of beige, for that matter - can be quickly upgraded by introducing metallic aspects. Warm metals work best – old gold and copper especially – so be generous when it comes to light fittings, picture frames, wall art and door furniture.

If your commercial premise is in need of a decor refresh and you’re a dedicated follower of interior fashion, contact MPL and we can start creating some mood boards for your workplace.