The 2014 Dulux Colour Awards are now open, giving architects, designers, specifiers and students the chance to showcase their creative use of colour in both residential and commercial design.

Now in its 28th year, architects, designers and students are invited to explore how colour complements structure form in their entry submissions. Dulux colour and communications manager Andrea Lucena-Orr said the Dulux Colour Awards is a prestigious event, which celebrates the design excellence of Australian and New Zealand design professionals. “Each year, the entries we receive push the envelope on how colour is not only used, but how it’s perceived. In 2014, we’re looking forward to seeing architects, designers and specifiers, taking it that one step further with their innovative and inspiring application of colour,” she says.

Designed by McCabe Architects and Bird de la Coeur Architects, Atherton Gardens HUB Development, was crowned as the 2013 Dulux Colour Awards Grand Prix and Multi Residential Exterior winner. According to Michael McCabe, architectural project director at McCabe Architects, colour played a vital role in the design process of the Atherton Gardens HUB Development. “We entered last year’s Dulux Colour Awards to not only show how the use of colour can stimulate the daily lives of those living in social housing, but also to promote how colour can assist with how a building is perceived in a heritage context,” he says.

The categories in the 2014 Dulux Colour Awards are: commercial interior, commercial exterior, single residential interior, single residential exterior, multi residential interior, multi residential exterior, student, grand prix. Each category winner will receive $1,000 in prize money and a trophy. 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 $1,500, a trophy and a trip to a feted design event.

Entries for all seven categories are open now until 6 February 2014. Information on the 2014 Dulux Colour Awards and details on how to enter can be found at www.dulux.com.au/colourawards .