Dulux announces finalists for the 38th annual Colour Awards

by | Mar 25, 2024

The judging panel for the 38th annual Dulux Colour Awards has announced this year’s finalists from a record 527 entries. A total of 83 projects have been chosen as finalists by the five design industry professionals from Australia and New Zealand who serve as the judging panel.

Being one of the region’s most prestigious awards programs, recognising exceptional and innovative use of colour in built environments, the Dulux Colour Awards attract a wide variety of paint projects. This year, however, Dulux expanded on their previous seven categories: Commercial Interior – Public and Hospitality; Commercial Interior – Workplace and Retail; Commercial and Mult Residential Exterior; Residential Interior; Single Residential Exterior; and Student work for both Australia and New Zealand, with the coveted Australian and New Zealand Grand Prix awards representing the pinnacle across all categories. Now there is also the additional category in recognition of the burgeoning area of Temporary or Installation Design.

“Expanding our program to award innovative colour use in non-permanent projects, such as exhibition spaces, installations and display suites, acknowledges the level of creativity that is being applied in this sector. In fact, the sophistication of the projects in this category attests to the relevance of its inclusion. They are inspirational,” said Andrea Lucena-Orr, Dulux Colour and Communications Manager.

Overall, the judges were impressed by the deeply considered, intelligent design pervading this year’s suite of finalists, and having been part of the awards program team for many years, Ms Lucenna-Orr has a unique overview of the shifting colour and design trends.

“This year, biophilia – the affinity of humans with the natural world – is a strong theme, with earthy colours playing a dominant role in interiors. Olive greens, warm greys, muted taupes and dusky blues are coming into their own across several categories,” she said.

Macarthur Street Primary School, Ballarat by Searle x Waldron Architecture

From bold, saturated candy-like colours contrasting against one another to warm whites and soft beiges, the array of colours used on these projects is unique inside and out for each entry.

“It is thrilling to see that every surface, every element, inside and out, is being considered in the overall colour scheme when a designer or architect is devising the palette. From coloured ceilings in retail outlets to painted external details in commercial settings, they all have a role to play in defining a space, and this year’s finalists demonstrate a deep appreciation for colour as one of the most versatile, transformational design tools.”

The judges face a challenging task ahead. However, as five of Australia and New Zealand’s most experienced architects and designers, each adept at using color assertively in their own work, they have a keen eye for exemplary design, innovation, and execution.

The 2024 judging panel comprises Shaun Carter, Founder of Carter Williamson; Monique Woodward, Co-Founder of WOWOWA Architecture; Sarosh Mulla, Director of Pac Studio; Eva-Marie Prineas, Founder of Studio Prineas; and, Nick Travers, Co-Director of Technē Architecture + Interior Design.

The 38th Dulux Colour Awards winners will be announced at an exclusive event at Sydney Opera House Bennelong, during Vivid Sydney on Wednesday 29 May. For images and further information on this year’s finalists, judging criteria and terms and conditions, visit dulux.com.au/colourawards.