Now in its 32nd year, the annual recognises the exceptional use of colour in nine categories from designers and architects across Australia and New Zealand.
Of a whopping 305 entries (a record-breaking number for the competition), 124 finalists have been selected, and will now be judged by a panel of design industry experts, including David Flack of Flack Studio, Miriam Fanning of Mim Design, David Hicks of David Hicks Design, Katelin Butler of Houses Magazine and Murali Bhaskar of Boon Goldsmith Bhaskar Brebner Team Architects.
Whereas last year pastel palettes dominated, according to Dulux colour planning and communications manager, Andrea Lucena-Orr, this year, there’s been a spike in tonal blues and soft denim hues, particularly in bedrooms and kitchens. Meanwhile, a surge in bright punches of turquoise and yellow have injected a playfulness into living rooms, kids spaces, bathrooms and kitchens.
We are THRILLED many homes from the TDF archives feature among the finalists in the residential category of this iconic award! (Goes to show, the TDF community is always on trend..!). Expertly updated by Mihaly Slocombe, the Geelong home on Matthew Dickens and Zytel Hircoe has been shortlisted in both the interior and exterior categories for its cheery application of Dulux’s ‘Joyful’ yellow throughout the family home… whilst architectural designer Lisa Breeze was bang on for this year’s denim-blue trend, with a bold use of Dulux’s ‘Buoyant’ blue throughout her laid-back yet sophisticated Fitzroy North townhouse.
Stay tuned to find out the winners this May!