Entries open for 2020 Dulux Colour Awards

Entries are open for the 34th Dulux Colour Awards, a program that celebrates “exceptional and innovative use of colour” in interiors and exteriors of commercial, public and residential spaces.

The awards are open to Australian and New Zealand architects, interior architects, interior designers, specifiers and students of interior design or architecture. They recognize practitioners who are using colour as the “hero” and strategic feature in design.

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“When used effectively, colour has an amazing ability to establish the mood and environment of a space, be it public, residential or commercial,” said Andrea Lucena-Orr, Dulux colour planning and communications manager said.

“For the 2020 Dulux Colour Awards, we are hoping to see a wide range of entries using both Dulux and Porter’s Paints – it allows us a valuable opportunity to identify emerging talent, design movements, as well as celebrate pioneering employment of colour.”

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Entries can be made across six categories, with category winners given the chance to take home the Australian Grand Prix title, while New Zealand entrants will compete for the New Zealand Grand Prix.

The Grand Prix winner of the 2019 awards was the Giraffe Learning Centre by Supercontext Architecture Studio, which the jury praised for its “strategic use of bold colour” and its avoidance of colours that are either too saccharine or institutional.

Entries are being accepted until 27 February, and the winners will be announced at a gala function at Melbourne’s Plaza Ballroom on Wednesday 6 May 2020.

The categories are:

1. Commercial Interior – Workplace And Retail

Interior paint finishes of any commercial or industrial building e.g. offices, studios, factories, retail outlets, pop-up shops, shopping centres.

2. Commercial Interior – Public And Hospitality

Interior paint finishes of any commercial or industrial building e.g. community centres, museums, theatres, places of worship, cafes, restaurants, fitness centres, hotels, one-off installations, events, education and healthcare facilities.

3. Commercial And Multi-Residential Exterior

Exterior paint finishes of any commercial, industrial, education facility or multi-residential apartment building.

4. Residential Interior

Interior paint finishes of a private residence, including single and


5. Single Residential Exterior

Exterior paint finishes of a private single residence.

6. Student (Years 1 – 6)

Paint specification by architecture or interior design students who are currently attending or have just completed (within the past 12 months) a course by a recognized University or College.

For further information, head here.

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