This website uses cookies to improve your experience navigating our site. By continuing to browse, you are agreeing to our use of cookies.

OK, I understand

Introducing The 2020 Dulux Colour Awards Finalists!

Interiors

There are numerous awards recognising the high calibre of Australian design, but only one that specifically focuses on the use of colour – the Dulux Colour Awards! For 34 years, these awards have recognised the innovative use of colour in built environments across the residential and commercial sectors.

We could all use a bit of colour in our lives right now, so join us as we share our highlights among this year’s residential interior and residential exterior finalists. 

31st March, 2020

Residential interior finalist: Art House by Studio CD. Photo – Anson Smart

Residential interior finalist: Canopy House by Leeton Pointon Architects + Interiors. Photo – Lisa Cohen

Residential interior finalist: Canopy House by Leeton Pointon Architects + Interiors. Photo – Lisa Cohen

Residential interior finalist: Canopy House by Leeton Pointon Architects + Interiors. Photo – Lisa Cohen

Residential interior finalist: Malvern Residence by Doherty Design Studio. Photo – Derek Swalwell

Residential interior finalist: Malvern Residence by Doherty Design Studio. Photo – Derek Swalwell

Residential interior finalist: Ruckers Hill House by Studio Bright. Photo – Rory Gardiner

Residential interior finalist: Ruckers Hill House by Studio Bright. Photo – Rory Gardiner

Residential interior finalist: Ruckers Hill House by Studio Bright. Photo – Rory Gardiner

Residential interior finalist: Ruckers Hill House by Studio Bright. Photo – Rory Gardiner

Residential interior finalist: Orchard House by Chelsea Hing. Photo – Rhiannon Taylor

Residential interior finalist: Orchard House by Chelsea Hing. Photo – Rhiannon Taylor

Residential interior finalist: Palladiana Party by Sally Caroline. Photo – Sharyn Cairns

Residential interior finalist: Palladiana Party by Sally Caroline. Photo – Sharyn Cairns

Residential interior finalist: Palladiana Party by Sally Caroline. Photo – Sharyn Cairns

Residential interior finalist: Brunswick Residence by Lucy Bock Studio. Photo – Derek Swalwell

Residential interior finalist: Glassbook House by Sibling Architecture. Photo –Katherine Lu

Residential interior finalist: Grey Lynn by Dessein Parke. Photo – Sam Hartnett

Residential interior finalist: Grey Lynn by Dessein Parke. Photo – Sam Hartnett

Residential interior finalist: St Kilda Residence by Doherty Design Studio. Photo – Derek Swalwell

Residential interior finalist: St Kilda Residence by Doherty Design Studio. Photo – Derek Swalwell

Residential interior finalist: St Kilda Residence by Doherty Design Studio. Photo – Derek Swalwell

Residential interior finalist: Thornton Residence by Doherty Design Studio. Photo – Derek Swalwell

Residential interior finalist: Thornton Residence by Doherty Design Studio. Photo – Derek Swalwell

Residential interior finalist: Northcote House by Sarah Wood Design. Photo – Dylan James

Single residential exterior finalist: Northcote House by Sarah Wood Designs. Photo – Dylan James

Residential interior finalist: Gillies Hall by Jackson Clements Burrows. Photo – Peter Clarke

Residential interior finalist: Gillies Hall by Jackson Clements Burrows. Photo – Peter Clarke

Residential interior finalist: Gillies Hall by Jackson Clements Burrows. Photo – Peter Clarke

Amelia Barnes
Tuesday 31st March 2020

The finalists of the 2020 Dulux Colour Awards have been announced, showcasing projects featuring an original and masterful use of colour and texture by trailblazing Australian and New Zealand design studios. And as always, the shortlisted projects have got us inspired to whip out the paint rollers! 

Every year, these awards highlight the ever-changing ways designers are using colour in Australian and New Zealand homes. In the last 12 months, there’s been a shift towards rich brown-based hues (as called by our interiors columnist, Lauren Li!) as a dominant interiors shade. Colours in this family join terracotta, beiges, earthy greens and warm greys as popular ‘new neutral’ shades, as designers continue to move away from cooler whites.

Also notable among this year’s projects is the use of texture, such as concrete effects, patinas, French wash and suede effects. ‘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,’ says Andrea Lucena-Orr, Dulux colour planning and communications manager. 

Several projects featured on TDF are among the residential interior and exterior finalists, including one of our favourite homes of 2019, The Quarter Deck by Studio Gorman, who won the category last year! Doherty Design Studio are the ones to beat in the residential interiors category with three finalist projects, including the vibrant St Kilda Residence and sophisticated Thornton Residence

The Dulux Colour Awards continues to grow every year, with a record 450 entries received in the 2020 program. On the judging panel this year are: 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. 

Keep an eye out for the winners announcement in the coming months!

This Week

Homes

A Biophilic Family Home Among The Trees

The newly-renovated Warrandyte family home of Millie and Dave Wells perfectly blends indoors and out!

Family

An Honest Conversation On Single Parenting By Choice + Donor Conception With Takeawei Ceramics Founder, Chela Edmunds

Chela Edmunds of Takeawei ceramics shares her story of becoming a mother to 18-month-old Ocean via sperm donor and IVF.

Architecture

A Casually Confident Beachside Home

A falling down period home in South Fremantle has been brought back to life with a new extension by David Barr Architects.

On The Market

An Interior Designer’s Glamorous Victorian Pad Hits The Market!

Chelsea Hing’s apartment in an 1890s Italianate mansion in St Kilda East is up for sale. This is *the one*!

News

A Father-Daughter Duo Explore Warlawoon Country In A New Show At Koskela Gallery

‘Ngaboo-lang’ by Rammey Ramsey and Kathy Ramsay comprises seven painted works exploring their ancestral land.
Sasha Aarons
  15 hours ago

Studio Visit

The Melbourne Artist Creating Ceramics Inspired By Ancient Mesoamerican Culture

From dub music to the Chinese Song Dynasty, the influences of Enrique Tochez Anderson stretch far, wide and into the past.

Stays

This Origami-Style Beach Shack Is The Perfect Coastal Getaway

This architecturally designed coastal retreat on Stradbroke Island looks out over the glittering Coral Sea. The most dreamy vacation destina...

Creative People

A Travel-Inspired Ceramics Collection That Will Take You On Holiday!

Queensland-based ceramics brand Marloe Marloe launches a new collection of vessels inspired by the seaside!

Shopping

Lockdown-Inspired Woven Outdoor Picnic Mats, From One Of Our Fave Local Stylists!

Stylist Nat Turnbull launches Laze, a new brand of outdoor mats for lounging and picnicking, with designs by Alice Oehr.

On The Market

This Elegant Victorian With An Eclectic Architect-Designed Extension Is For Sale

Period features meet unique, contemporary design in this Ascot Vale, Melbourne home.

News

Patricia Piccinini And Alpha60 Join Forces On A New Collaboration

The celebrated Australian artist and local fashion legends launch a new series of textiles titled ‘Hugs’, which are now installe...
Sponsored

Architecture

A New Melbourne Home That Follows The Sun

This Eaglemont home has been cleverly designed 'to almost disappear', by Architects Eat.

Travel

A Stylist's Bookmark-Worthy Guide To Byron Bay + The Northern Rivers Region

Stylist Jono Fleming shares his impeccable recommendations for the best eating, shopping, swimming and sleeping spots on the NSW North coast...
Jono Fleming

Tiny Homes

The Architect-Designed, Prefabricated Tiny House Of The Future

FABPREFAB have teamed up with TRIAS to create Minima – a series of prefabricated, small dwellings suitable as home offices, living spaces,...

On The Market

An Architect’s Iconic Carlton House Is For Sale For The First Time

Tube House, one of very few residential houses ever designed by acclaimed architects Denton Corker Marshall, is for sale in Carlton.
Amelia Barnes
  17 hours ago

View Comments

Similar Stories

Interiors

The Dulux 2020 Colour Forecast Is Revealed!

The new hues to know for the year ahead, from the utmost authority on colour!

Interiors

The Brightest Bungalow

A 1920s Californian style home in St Kilda gets a colourful makeover from Doherty Design Studio.
Miriam McGarry

Interiors

A ’60s Cronulla Home Gets A Colour-Rich Makeover!

Personality fills this renovated mid-century home designed by Lymesmith and Amber Road.
Amelia Barnes

This Week

Creative People

A Travel-Inspired Ceramics Collection That Will Take You On Holiday!

Queensland-based ceramics brand Marloe Marloe launches a new collection of vessels inspired by the seaside!

Family

An Honest Conversation On Single Parenting By Choice + Donor Conception With Takeawei Ceramics Founder, Chela Edmunds

Chela Edmunds of Takeawei ceramics shares her story of becoming a mother to 18-month-old Ocean via sperm donor and IVF.

Architecture

A New Melbourne Home That Follows The Sun

This Eaglemont home has been cleverly designed 'to almost disappear', by Architects Eat.

On The Market

This Elegant Victorian With An Eclectic Architect-Designed Extension Is For Sale

Period features meet unique, contemporary design in this Ascot Vale, Melbourne home.

On The Market

An Architect’s Iconic Carlton House Is For Sale For The First Time

Tube House, one of very few residential houses ever designed by acclaimed architects Denton Corker Marshall, is for sale in Carlton.
Amelia Barnes
  17 hours ago

Homes

A Biophilic Family Home Among The Trees

The newly-renovated Warrandyte family home of Millie and Dave Wells perfectly blends indoors and out!

News

Patricia Piccinini And Alpha60 Join Forces On A New Collaboration

The celebrated Australian artist and local fashion legends launch a new series of textiles titled ‘Hugs’, which are now installe...
Sponsored

Architecture

A Casually Confident Beachside Home

A falling down period home in South Fremantle has been brought back to life with a new extension by David Barr Architects.

Travel

A Stylist's Bookmark-Worthy Guide To Byron Bay + The Northern Rivers Region

Stylist Jono Fleming shares his impeccable recommendations for the best eating, shopping, swimming and sleeping spots on the NSW North coast...
Jono Fleming

News

A Father-Daughter Duo Explore Warlawoon Country In A New Show At Koskela Gallery

‘Ngaboo-lang’ by Rammey Ramsey and Kathy Ramsay comprises seven painted works exploring their ancestral land.
Sasha Aarons
  15 hours ago

Studio Visit

The Melbourne Artist Creating Ceramics Inspired By Ancient Mesoamerican Culture

From dub music to the Chinese Song Dynasty, the influences of Enrique Tochez Anderson stretch far, wide and into the past.

Shopping

Lockdown-Inspired Woven Outdoor Picnic Mats, From One Of Our Fave Local Stylists!

Stylist Nat Turnbull launches Laze, a new brand of outdoor mats for lounging and picnicking, with designs by Alice Oehr.

Stays

This Origami-Style Beach Shack Is The Perfect Coastal Getaway

This architecturally designed coastal retreat on Stradbroke Island looks out over the glittering Coral Sea. The most dreamy vacation destina...

Tiny Homes

The Architect-Designed, Prefabricated Tiny House Of The Future

FABPREFAB have teamed up with TRIAS to create Minima – a series of prefabricated, small dwellings suitable as home offices, living spaces,...

On The Market

An Interior Designer’s Glamorous Victorian Pad Hits The Market!

Chelsea Hing’s apartment in an 1890s Italianate mansion in St Kilda East is up for sale. This is *the one*!

Similar Stories

Interiors

The Dulux 2020 Colour Forecast Is Revealed!

The new hues to know, from the utmost authority on colour!

Interiors

The Brightest Bungalow

A 1920s Californian style home gets a makeover from Doherty Design Studio.
Miriam McGarry

Interiors

A ’60s Cronulla Home Gets A Colour-Rich Makeover!

Personality fills this renovated mid-century home designed by Lymesmith and Amber Road.
Amelia Barnes

The Design Files acknowledge the traditional custodians of the lands on which we work, the Wurundjeri people of the Kulin Nation. We pay our respects to Elders past and present.

First Nations artists, designers, makers and creative business owners are encouraged to submit their projects for coverage on The Design Files – we would love to hear from you.

Please email us here.