Judging Criteria

Entries will be judged by an external panel of design professionals. They’ll determine how colour has been used to enhance and transform the project through two elements:

  • Creativity
  • Innovation

All colours and shades will be considered from the Dulux range, including black and white. The rationale behind the choice and use of colour are also key determining factors in the judging process.

Categories and prizes

Individual projects can be submitted into multiple categories where applicable.

Residential Interior

The interior paint finishes of any building used as a private residence, including single and multi-residential projects. $1000 (AUD) prize

Commercial Interior – Workplace and Retail

The interior paint finishes of any commercial or industrial building such as offices, studios, factories, retail outlets, pop-up retail and shopping centres. $1000 (AUD) prize.

Commercial Interior – Public and Hospitality

The interior paint finishes of commercial or industrial buildings such as education or healthcare facilities, community or fitness centres, museums, theatres, places of worship, cafes, restaurants, one-off installations, events, hotels and accommodation. $1000 (AUD) prize.

Commercial and Multi-Residential Exterior

The exterior paint finishes of any commercial, industrial, education facility or multi-residential apartment building. $1000 (AUD) prize.

Single Residential Exterior

The exterior paint finishes of any building used as a single private residence. $1000 (AUD) prize.

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 at a recognised University or College. $500 (AUD) prize.

Grand Prix

Australian and New Zealand projects which have won in their individual categories are eligible for the Australian Grand Prix or New Zealand Grand Prix. $5000 (AUD) prize or $5000 (NZD) prize, respectively. Student projects are ineligible for the Grand Prix award.

Key Dates 2021

3 March 2021

3 March 2021

Entries Open – 3rd March. You’ll need to complete the entry form. This includes a project description highlighting how Dulux colour has been used to enhance the space. We recommend using high-quality digital images.

17 March 2021

17 March 2021

Judges announced – 17th March. Our panel of industry judges for 2021 will be announced.

24 May 2021

24 May 2021

Submissions close – 24th May. This will be your last chance to enter the Dulux Colour Awards. Entries close at 23:59 PM AEST.

23 June 2021

23 June 2021

Finalists announced – 23rd June. You’ll be notified by email whether or not your project has been shortlisted.

31 August 2021

31 August 2021

Winners announced Livestream – 31st August at 4.30pm.


Dulux Colour Awards 2021

Colour Awards 2021 Finalists Announced

See which projects have impressed our panel of judges in 2021.

Read the full list of our T&Cs here.

See the finalists