‘Bold, Forward, Tilted’ is the theme of the 2017 Dulux Colour Awards, which invites architecture and design professionals and students to express themselves through colour.

The 31st annual Dulux Colour Awards program, a showcase of inventive colour application in built environments, is now open for entries. A program dedicated to recognising Australia and New Zealand’s diversely creative and outstanding use of colour across commercial and residential spaces, the 2017 edition of the colour awards will be judged by a panel featuring some of the leading names from the region’s architecture, design and creative industries.

Members of the 2017 judging panel include Ryan Russell – Director at Russell & George; Maurice Terzini – Restaurateur and Fashion Designer; Fiona Lynch - Director at Fiona Lynch Interior Design; Timothy Hill - Director at Partners Hill; and Shelley Ferguson - Editor in Chief of Your Home and Garden (NZ).

Open to architects, designers, interior decorators, colour consultants, stylists, and students of architecture and interior design, the 2017 Dulux Colour Awards invites entries across nine categories: Commercial Interior – Workplace & Retail; Commercial Interior – Public Spaces & Hospitality; Commercial Exterior; Single Residential Interior; Single Residential Exterior; Multi Residential Interior; Multi Residential Exterior; International; and Student.

Entries to the 2017 Dulux Colour Awards will be accepted until Friday 17 March.

Dulux Colour & Communications Manager, Andrea Lucena-Orr says the 2017 awards program will be an opportunity for architects and designers to be recognised for unique expression in projects that push colour boundaries. She added that this year will see the program take a new direction and celebrate projects showcasing innovative and forward-thinking colour possibilities.

Each category winner will receive prize money and a certificate. All entries, except for the student category, will also stand the chance of taking out the Grand Prix title. The Grand Prix winner will receive AUD$5000 cash prize and certificate.

The 31st Dulux Colour Awards winners will be announced and celebrated at a gala function in Melbourne on 10 May 2017.