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Introducing The 2022 Dulux Colour Awards Finalists!

Interiors

The finalists for the 36th annual Dulux Colour Awards have been announced!

Every year we look forward to these awards that celebrate colour, vibrancy, and daring design choices made inside and out. This year we’re particularly inspired by the bold makeovers we’re seeing across heritage projects, and the sophisticated use of layered neutrals in contemporary interiors.  

Take a closer look at our favourite residential finalists ahead of the final winner selection.

11th April, 2022

Dulux Colour Awards 2022 – Residential Interior & Exterior finalist: Autumn House by Studio Bright. Photo – Rory Gardiner

Dulux Colour Awards 2022 – Residential Interior & Exterior finalist: Autumn House by Studio Bright. Photo – Rory Gardiner

Dulux Colour Awards 2022 – Residential Interior & Exterior finalist: Autumn House by Studio Bright. Photo – Rory Gardiner

Dulux Colour Awards 2022 – Residential Interior & Exterior finalist: House K by Kart Projects. Photo – Rory Gardiner

Dulux Colour Awards 2022 – Residential Interior finalist: House K by Kart Projects. Photo – Rory Gardiner

Dulux Colour Awards 2022 – Residential Interior finalist: Bondi Terrace by Studio Quarters. Photo – Prue Ruscoe

Dulux Colour Awards 2022 – Residential Interior finalist: Erskineville House by Lachlan Seegers Architect. Photo – Rory Gardiner

Dulux Colour Awards 2022 – Residential Interior finalist: Erskineville House by Lachlan Seegers Architect. Photo – Rory Gardiner

Dulux Colour Awards 2022 – Residential Interior finalist: Grid House by Doherty Design Studio. Photo – Timothy Kaye. Styling – Bea+Co

Dulux Colour Awards 2022 – Residential Interior finalist: Grid House by Doherty Design Studio. Photo – Timothy Kaye. Styling – Bea+Co

Dulux Colour Awards 2022 – Residential Interior finalist: Grid House by Doherty Design Studio. Photo – Timothy Kaye. Styling – Bea+Co

Dulux Colour Awards 2022 – Residential Interior finalist: Nido House by Angelucci Architects. Photo – Dave Kulesza

Dulux Colour Awards 2022 – Residential Interior finalist: Private Residence Remuera by Space Studio. Photo – David Straight

Dulux Colour Awards 2022 – Residential Interior finalist: Private Residence Remuera by Space Studio. Photo – David Straight

Dulux Colour Awards 2022 – Residential Interior finalist:  Sorrento House by Fiona Lynch Interior Design. Photo – Dave Kulesza

Dulux Colour Awards 2022 – Residential Interior finalist:  Sorrento House by Fiona Lynch Interior Design. Photo – Dave Kulesza

Dulux Colour Awards 2022 – Residential Interior finalist: Rose Park House by Studio Gram. Photo – Timothy Kaye

Dulux Colour Awards 2022 – Residential Interior finalist: Rose Park House by Studio Gram. Photo – Timothy Kaye

Dulux Colour Awards 2022 – Residential Interior finalist: Malvern House by Lande. Photo – Derek Swalwell

Dulux Colour Awards 2022 – Residential Interior finalist: Malvern House by Lande. Photo – Derek Swalwell

Dulux Colour Awards 2022 – Residential Interior finalist: Mosman House by Lachlan Seegers Architect. Photo – Rory Gardiner

Dulux Colour Awards 2022 – Residential Interior finalist: Mosman House by Lachlan Seegers Architect. Photo – Rory Gardiner

Dulux Colour Awards 2022 – Residential Interior finalist: Caringal Flat by Ellul Architecture. Photo – Rory Gardiner

Dulux Colour Awards 2022 – Residential Interior finalist: Caringal Flat by Ellul Architecture. Photo – Rory Gardiner

Amelia Barnes
Monday 11th April 2022

The Dulux Colour Awards have announced their 2022 finalists, and once again, we’re instantly inspired by the projects on show! 

A panel of design industry experts from Australia and New Zealand have narrowed down this year’s entries to 103 finalists that represent the most innovative use of colour in the built environment. 

‘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.’

Andrea also notes the growing number of emerging architects and designers among this year’s finalists, indicating an exciting future to come for 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.]’

Judging this year’s awards are Adriana Hanna, director of Architecture at Kennedy Nolan; Cushla McFadden, director at Tom Mark Henry; Olivia Macfarlane, director at Undercurrent; Adam Pustola, principal at Lyons Architecture; and David Welsh, principal at Welsh + Major.

Above is a selection of our favourite residential across Australia and New Zealand, from an apricot-coloured makeover of a heritage Toorak apartment building facade, to rich and moody private residences. 

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 later in the year. 

Learn more about the 2022 Dulux Colour Awards.

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