Finalists announced in Dulux awards

27 March 2020


St Kilda Residence by Doherty Design Studio. Photographer: Derek Swalwell.

More than 450 entries were received for this year’s Dulux Colour Awards, the winners of which will be announced in the coming months.

A panel, made up of leading names from Australia and New Zealand’s design and creative industries selected 107 finalists. Finalists were selected across six categories: commercial interior - public and hospitality; commercial interior – workplace and retail; commercial and multi-residential exterior; residential interior; single residential exterior; and student.

“Architects and designers have set a new precedent with this year’s awards program submissions,” says Andrea Lucena Orr, Dulux Colour Planning and Communications Manager.

“They have exhibited original and masterful use of both colour and texture in their design approach, creating sophisticated interior and exterior spaces.”

She says there has been a shift away from cooler whites and neutrals which had previously dominated residential and commercial interiors. It has been replaced with rich brown-based hues such as soft terracotta, beiges, earthy greens and warm greys.

Perfect Storm by Green Anvil Co, Killing Matt Woods, Set for Art. Photographer: Kat Lu.

“We have seen the emergence of textures, such as concrete effects, patinas, French Wash and Suede Effects in both commercial and residential spaces. Repetition of these textures paired with unexpected tones was apparent, such as yellow, red and coral in the form of accent walls, cabinetry, doors, skylights and trims; not to mention the use of murals and graffiti walls in commercial settings to promote creativity and clever ways to minimise paint wastage.”

The judging panel includes Adele Winteridge, Director of Foolscap Studio; Jean-Pierre Biasol, Director of Biasol Design Studio; Jonathan Richards, Director of Richards Stanisich Architecture; Kathryn Robson, Director of Robson Rak Architects & Interiors; and Toni Brandso, Director of New Zealand’s Material Creative.

Braeside House by Lynne Bradley Interiors. Photography: Anson Smart.