Dulux have announced the finalists for the 32nd annual Colour Awards from a record 305 entries, with a panel of expert judges narrowing to 124 finalists in 9 categories from right across Australia and New Zealand.
Categories cover commercial, retail and residential and student interior spaces and, celebrates exceptional use of colour by Australian and New Zealand designers.
“We were thrilled to see such dynamic and inventive use of colour in this year’s entries,” says Andrea Lucena-Orr, Dulux Colour Planning and Communications Manager. “Architects and designers have really pushed the boundaries with colour application to create uplifting, engaging – and often thoroughly surprising – interior and exterior spaces.
Among the many simply breathtaking entries were homes comprising brand new, modern additions to the rear of a period homes – seeing the application of colour to both traditional and modern spaces within the same home.
Others incorporate textures of timber, brick and stone in the décor. The use of colour is exciting and bold, with striking tones making statements on ceilings and defining architectural details. Think apple green door recesses, external feature window flanging in citrus lime against a charcoal cladding and wrap-around surfaces with warm blues in bedrooms and hot pink in stairwells.
“Blue is emerging as a popular choice in residential interiors – warm denim tones are adding a relaxed elegance to bedrooms and kitchens, while funky turquoise is being used to energise and excite,” Andrea says. “Impactful tones of yellow are also making an appearance, often in unexpected places, such as ceilings and interior trims, adding a sense of unbridled joy into interior spaces.”
Newer homes in the mix express a lovely twist with a nod to classic architectural detailing – window frames, beams and balustrades highlighted with confident use of colour.
“Grey has lost none of its appeal, particularly in residential exteriors, but rather than opting for a single shade, designers and architects are layering up multiple shades of the one colour for a more sophisticated and interesting, tonal look.
“We were also very impressed with this year’s student entries, which delivered bold and original colour concepts and applications.”
We don’t know how the panel will decide on the winners – with so many stunning interiors it was hard to select these few to share. Go to Dulux for more stunning inspiration.
The finalists will now be judged by leading figures in the design industry where winners will be announced at a gala event at the NGV on10 May 2018. Each category winner will receive AUD $1,000 in prize money (winners of the Student category will receive AUD $500). All category winners, excluding for the Student category, will have the chance of taking home the Grand Prix title and AUD $5,000.
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