Finalists Announced for the 36th Annual Dulux Colour Awards

The finalists for the 36th annual Dulux Colour Awards have been announced, with a panel of design industry experts from Australia and New Zealand narrowing down this year’s entries to 103 finalists, whose projects exemplified the most innovative use of colour in the built environment across commercial and residential spaces.

Now in its 36th year, The Dulux Colour Awards 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 projects.  

“We were excited to see such an exciting and imaginative use of colour in this year’s entries,” says Dulux Colour and Communications Manager, Andrea Lucena-Orr. “Architects and designers have really  pushed the boundaries with colour application to create inspiring, engaging – and often surprising – interior and exterior spaces. 

“Across the commercial categories, deeper and darker tones are emerging, as well as simple vivid colours in reds, blues and greens. We have also seen rich, warm, earth-tones that bring an inviting feeling to public and hospitality venues.  

“Retro 80’s inspired pastel shades of pinks, apricot, lemon and green, offering a touch of excitement and fun, have been injected into retail and work spaces too. I love the joyous colours that have been woven  into these projects, by simply using hues that add life and a sense of delight to these settings,” says Andrea. 

“Deeper tones of blue and green were popular amongst residential interiors, showcasing diverse moods in areas and differentiating functional use in a space – from deep and dark, to bright and lively – applied to cabinetry, trims and walls to create a peaceful, relaxing interior setting. Impactful tones and washed walls are also making a presence, bringing a sense of moody sophistication to interiors,” added Andrea. 

“The student submissions were also outstanding, delivering courageous and inventive colour designs and applications.” 

Andrea also noted the growing number of emerging architects and designers in this year’s finalists, expressing her excitement for the industry and what this means for the future of colour design.  

“These emerging designers are already making their mark on the industry – foreshadowing a future where they will continue to push the boundaries of both their own practices and the wider architectural profession. We’ll be keeping a close eye on these emerging practices and their expanding portfolios in 2022 and beyond.” 

This year’s esteemed judging panel includes Adriana Hanna, Director  of Architecture at Kennedy Nolan; Cushla McFadden, Director at Tom Mark Henry; Olivia Macfarlane, Director at UNDERCURRENT NZ; Adam Pustola, Principal at Lyons Architecture; and David Welsh, Principal at Welsh+Major. 

The winners’ announcement of the Dulux Colour Awards will take place at a gala event in Melbourne and will be live streamed via the Dulux Facebook page. Details of the Gala Event will be announced in the coming months.

More information on the 36th Dulux Colour Awards.

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