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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!

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