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Dulux Colour Awards 2017 | Finalists Announced


Now in its 31st year, the iconic Dulux Colour Awards has had another record-breaker this year with 286 entries. Narrowing the field down to 88 finalists across Australia and New Zealand, the Awards once again recognise the two countries' diversely creative and outstanding use of colour across commercial and residential spaces. Dulux Colour Planning and Communication Manager, Andrea Lucena-Orr, said the 2017 submissions were exciting, inventive and unexpected, in line with this year’s theme of ‘Bold, Forward, Tilted'.

Recognising inventive colour application in built environments, the 88 finalists were selected across nine categories. For today's post I've chosen four finalists to share with you from the Residential Interior categories. Embracing moodier palettes and deeper colour tones, which were cleverly off-set with elegant light greys, whites and soft pinks, Andrea says there was a strong modernist influence evident, and minimal colour schemes with metallic shades applied in subtle ways.

107 Cambridge – 2017 Dulux Colour Awards Finalist in the multi residential interior finalist

Located in the heritage precinct of Collingwood, this project's designers were given a brief to design 90 New York loft-style apartments, discerning of the area's origins. Blending industrial heritage with contemporary comfort and bespoke detailing, the stunning interior features a predominantly monochrome palette which adds to the sense of space and light. Contrasting with industrial black metalwork and glints of aged perforated brass, I also love the addition of timber and textural elements.   

Architecture: Elenberg Fraser

Photography: Tom Blachford

Dulux colours used: Natural White, Black Ace

Northcote House - 2017 Dulux Colour Awards Finalist in the single residential interior category

An incredible renovation that fuses old and new with the addition of a contemporary extension, I love the light-filled open plan kitchen, dining and living. The perforated yellow stairs add a fun pop of colour.  

Architecture & Interior Design: Taylor Knights

Photography: Sharyn Cairns

Dulux Colours used: Softsun, Vivid White™, Domino, Colorbond® Night Sky®

Bondi Residence - 2017 Dulux Colour Awards Finalist in the single residential interior category

Another tremendous transformation, this home features beautiful contrasts between light and dark. The elements and colour palette work in perfect harmony, providing energy with femininity and softness with impact. 

Design & Decoration: Lara Ette

Photography: Francoise Baudet

Dulux colours used: Oolong, Moorland, Lexicon®, Blue Sou'Wester, Bleaches

Belmont House - 2017 Dulux Colour Awards Finalist in the single residential interior category

Beautifully elegant, this home's gorgeous colour combinations are enhanced with exquisite furniture and lighting. 

Architecture: Kennedy Nolan

Photography: Derek Swalwell

Dulux colours used: Leaf Tea, Ahoy, Calf Skin, Emerson, Natural White

The 2017 Dulux Colour Awards finalists will now be judged by a panel of design leaders, including; Ryan Russell – Director at Russell & George; Maurice Terzini – Restaurateur and Fashion Designer; Fiona Lynch – Director at Fiona Lynch Interior Design; Timothy Hill - Director at Partner’s Hill; and Shelley Ferguson – Editor in Chief of Your Home and Garden (NZ).

Dulux will be announcing the results on the 10th of May. 

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