Dulux Colour of the Year 2014

Let's Colour Awards 2014

Welcome to the Dulux Let's Colour Awards, the ultimate celebration of colour! In every aspect of our lives, from the homes we live in to the clothes we wear, we're surrounded by inventive, original and imaginative use of colour. With the heritage of Dulux rooted in colour, we've decided it's time to recognise the talent which makes the world a brighter place.

Now in its second year, we’ve had a stellar line-up of judges. Reflecting the diversity of categories, their backgrounds span interiors, fashion, beauty, technology, design, retail and the arts and each is an expert in their field. Our judges personally handpicked the shortlist and then sat down together at our dedicated Judging Day for a lively debate to decide upon the winners.... However, it was the public who crowned The Color Run the winner of the ‘Colour Moment of the Year’ category as this was decided solely by public vote on social media, so thank you to all those who cast their vote!

The 2014 Winners

The winners of the Dulux Let’s Colour Awards 2014 across all the categories were announced at our colourful ceremony in March, find out more about each of them and their use of colour below:

Curiousa & Curiousa ‘Triptych stacks’

Triptych Stacks

Curiousa & Curiousa

Esther Patterson, the founder of Curiousa & Curiousa, designs free-blown bespoke glass lighting. Based in Derbyshire, Esther is passionate and committed to working with UK based craftspeople and suppliers. Esther says, “Glass is such an amazing material, I enjoy designing simple shapes to show off the pure beauty of coloured glass, which for me has a magical quality with endless possibilities.”

The Triptych Stacks were originally commissioned by the Hayward Gallery, this specific collection was inspired by the colours and cityscapes of Asia and Morocco. The three designs are made of free-blown stacked glass in a vibrant colour palette balanced with slices of dark walnut discs.

“I fell in love with this lighting brand last year at TENT London, immediately drawn to the colourful hand blown glass executed with such a sophisticated edge to make this traditional technique so intriguing. Lighting plays such a fundamental role in any space so getting it right is essential to how you use the space and the mood it evokes. This unique lighting collection gives hand blown glass a new lease of life with colour at the very heart of their appeal. I can really see this range projecting a positive impression with colour onto any space.”

Rebecca Thompson, Senior Colour & Design Manager, Dulux

Roksanda Ilincic, SS14 Collection

SS14 Collection

Roksanda Ilincic

Roksanda Ilincic has been showing her womenswear collections on the London Fashion Week runways since 2005, and her label has fast become a go-to for women who desire an elegant but unmistakably modern approach to dressing. With a bold use of colour and a signature take on shape, Roksanda’s designs effortlessly blur the line between day and eveningwear and encourage bold uses of colour in both. Her latest collection showcases chic wardrobe staples through her unique but innately feminine approach to luxury fashion with a striking edge.

“Roksanda Ilincic’s designs always incorporate bold colour in a way that is usually difficult to pull off in the fashion world. Although she uses bright, neon hues, all of her designs are effortlessly sophisticated and undeniably chic. She blurs the line between different types of styles, adding flashes of uplifting colour throughout. Her Spring Summer 2014 collection was a ray of sunshine at London Fashion Week, with an array of citrus shades juxtaposed with elegant silhouettes and girly hair accessories. The venue was designed to match, with colour being the centre point of the show, creating a stunning effect for guests who were truly immersed in a world of colour.”

Fleur de Force, Fashion & Beauty Blogger

Flaster Concrete Tiles

Flaster Concrete Tiles


The distinctively designed Flaster Floor Tiles by IVANKA are made from ultra durable material and come in 18 different colour ways. The combination of top notch design credentials and durability has earned the company contracts with the likes of design-led department store Liberty London and most recently G Star Stores.

The contemporary design is inspired by traditional Moroccan tiling and parquet flooring. The expansive number of colours and small, medium and large tile components offers endless possibilities to transform your space with a unique pattern, completely personalised to you. The company’s website also offers a fun interactive tool to create your own Flaster floor.

“I love the fact IVANKA has created floor tiling in such imaginative colour ways. It really makes this flooring fun – and gives someone the opportunity to play with the colour combinations to create their very own, unique floor design which ties in with their interior scheme perfectly. Really impressed with their level of innovation to re-imagine what could be a very practical product into a thing of beauty.”

Jimmy Macdonald, Founder, TENT London

Madam Butterfly by the late Anthony Minghella

Madam Butterfly

English National Opera

The late Anthony Minghella’s Olivier Award-winning take on ‘Madam Butterfly’, produced for and performed by English National Opera, was hailed by the Sunday Telegraph as ‘the most beautiful show of the year in operatic London’. The story documents a clash of cultures and a tragic love story between a young Japanese girl who falls in love with an American naval officer. This iconic opera was strongly inspired by Japanese culture and was brought to life with colour through elaborate costumes and spectacular sets.

“With its breath-taking mix of cinematic images and traditional Japanese theatre, its riot of colourful costumes, stunning sets and unforgettable use of puppetry, Minghella’s production brilliantly delivers what The Independent called ‘the simplest and the most sumptuous thing we’ve ever seen in this theatre’. Colour truly brought this culture-clash tragedy to life and this is why I’ve nominated Madam Butterfly for best use of colour in the Arts.”

Marianna Shillingford, Creative Director, Dulux

Florance Fox

Florence Fox

This year’s Let’s Colour Awards, Dulux teamed up with The Guardian for a new and exciting partnership to celebrate the positive emotional impact colour has on our lives.

Through the established Guardian Camera Club, we gave all photography enthusiasts the chance to respond to the assignment ‘Colour Stories’ and to show what colour means to them personally through a series of original images. Through this we’ve witnessed the breadth and scale of what colour means to us as individuals, how fundamental it is to our lives and how colour can be captured in so many different ways - everyone really does have their own colour story to tell.

The Guardian Camera Club photography competition saw over 200 entries and the winning entry was selected as Florence Fox. Florence’s portfolio is a self-acclaimed search for the bold colours of the world, matching or clashing them with vintage fashion pieces and having a whole lot of fun. Florence prides herself on her friendship with writer, model and general fashionista Rosalind who is featured in some of the shots and shows how wearing a certain colour makes them both change the way they feel emotionally. These childhood friends continue to get together to shoot photographs that explore colour, fashion and seasons at every opportunity.

Alex Box

Alex Box

As the Creative Director for cult make-up brand Illamasqua, Alex Box is instrumental in shaping the brand’s product development, imagery and creative vision from conception to execution. Her masterful work with shade, texture, contrast and bold use of colour brings to life the fantasy and creativity inherent in everyone, inspiring them to explore and express their alter ego.

Having studied and exhibited as an installation artist in her earlier career, Box explored her interest in the relationship between the body and the environment. As a make-up artist she went on to explore this relationship between art, science, nature and the magical. Today Alex creates looks for designers from Gareth Pugh and McQueen to Anne Valerie Hash and Chanel. Leading the field in experimental beauty she regularly collaborates with photographers including Steven Klein, Nick Knight, Karl Largerfeld, Rankin and Solve for magazines such i-D, Numero, Vogue, V and 10.

“Alex Box is the most amazing artist with her canvas being the skin of her subjects, for that alone, she gets my vote. Alex uses make up as a palette for expression and you just can't help but feel encouraged to experiment with colours and beauty trends after seeing her work.

Her new Illamasqua collections never fail to disappoint and she champions a real individualistic style in her own make-up and fashion choices. As a stylist, how can I not love the fact Alex really LOVES colour?”

Angie Smith, Celebrity Stylist & Fashion Consultant

Colour Run

The Color Run

‘The Color Run’, also known as the ‘Happiest 5k on the Planet’, is a unique colour race that celebrates healthiness, happiness, individuality, and giving back to the community. The run is less about your 10-minute-mile and more about having the time of your life. A five-kilometre un-timed race, where thousands of participants are doused from head to toe in different colours at each kilometre. The fun continues at the finish line with a gigantic ‘Color Festival’, using more coloured powder to create happiness and lasting memories, not to mention millions of vivid colour combinations.

“Fast becoming a global phenomenon ‘The Color Run’ truly is the happiest 5k on the planet. The run showed the people of the UK how much fun you can have with colour and the positive impact it can have on our lives. Capturing the energy of a music festival, the fun of carnival and the healthy glow of exercise, this event was unique in allowing a whole new generation to discover the pure and simple joy of colour.”

Marianne Shillingford, Creative Director, Dulux

Michael Craig-Martin

Michael Craig-Martin

Known for his intensely colourful paintings, installations and public displays - colour is at the centre of artist and painter Michael Craig-Martin’s work. Born in Dublin, Ireland in 1941, he was raised and educated in the United States, studying Fine Art at the Yale University School of Art. At Yale he studied under Josef Albers, whose famous colour course taught artists to investigate colour and its interactions in an almost scientific way.

As the ultimate catalyst of creativity and innovation, Michael received a CBE for his services to art in 2001. He is well known for his use of intense and vivid colour in his work and during 2014 this can be viewed at exhibitions including; sculptures at Chatsworth in Derbyshire and prints at the Alan Cristea Gallery in London.

Melinda Ashton Turner, Interiors Stylist & Blogger, Colour Field

The Judges

Get to know the panel of experts who had the tough job of compiling the shortlist and the even harder job of selecting the winners.

  • Amber Graafland
  • Angie Smith
  • Chloe Macintosh
  • Corinne Julius
  • Elliot Wagland
  • Emily Peck
  • Fleur de Force
  • Jack Tomlin
  • James Barnett
  • Jimmy MacDonald
  • Jo Elvin
  • Karen Haller
  • Louise Smith
  • Marianne Shillingford
  • Melinda Ashton-Turner
  • Neil McLellan
  • Rebecca Thompson
  • Romy Westwood
  • Sandie Dawe
Amber Graafland

Amber Graafland, Best Use of Colour in Fashion & Beauty

Fashion & Beauty Director, Daily Mirror

Amber Graafland has several years of experience in both fashion and beauty at the Daily Mirror newspaper, where she currently sits as Fashion & Beauty Director. Amber writes a weekly Fashion Clinic page and shoots regular fashion spreads for the paper. The main focus of the Daily Mirror's fashion is to inspire readers and to give them fashion tips, advice and ideas, where colour always sits front of mind. Furthermore, Amber also works as a brand consultant for several high street stores and is an authority in reporting on celebrity fashion trends and news.

Angie Smith

Angie Smith, Colour Ambassador

Celebrity Stylist & Fashion Consultant

Angie Smith is a trusted and sought-after fashion and celebrity stylist. With a background in menswear, Angie worked at FHM and FHM Collections for 5 years, leaving to pursue a freelance career in 2006.

Her work has featured in Italian Vogue, Dansk, Schon, British Glamour, British Grazia, Empire, Industria, The You Magazine, The Telegraph Magazine and The Observer.

Angie has styled the likes of Joss Stone, Dannii Minogue, Abbey Clancy, Alexandra Roach, Emma Roberts, Emilia Clarke, Miranda Hart, Karen Gillen, Daisy Lowe, Emilia Fox, Petra Ecclestone, Pixie Geldoff, Zawe Ashton , to name but a few.

Chloe Macintosh

Chloe Macintosh, Best Use of Colour in Homes & Interiors

Creative Director, MADE.com

Parisian born, but has resided in London for the past 16 years; Chloe is the co-founder and Creative Director at Made.com.

Spurred from her early training in Architecture, she has pursued a career in design and product development. For 10 years she worked as an Associate Partner in Norman Foster's London practice developing projects with a highly influential client list. In 2007, Chloe joined Brent Hoberman to develop the design tools for his new home project mydeco. In 2010, Chloe co-founded the savvy business model of MADE.com, with Ning-Li and Julien Calléde, aimed at savvy Londoners who appreciate good design but at a fair price.

Chloe currently directs all collections and product development at MADE.com, as well as directing and styling all the distinctive interiors shots for both online and offline marketing campaigns.

Corinne Julius

Corinne Julius, Best Use of Colour in the Arts

Arts and contemporary craft journalist and broadcaster

A freelance journalist, broadcaster and critic with a special interest in contemporary craft and design. Corinne is a contributor to BBC Radio’s arts programmes including ‘Front Row’ on Radio 4. She writes and reviews regularly for the Evening Standard’s Homes & Property, Blueprint, Crafts, Craft Arts International and Country Life. Corinne has been a judge for many applied arts and design awards including the ‘Jerwood Applied Arts Prize for Metalwork’. She has been a Trustee of Contemporary Applied Arts, is a lecturer at a number of arts universities and at the Sotheby’s MA in Decorative Arts. Furthermore, in 2008 she was made an Honorary Fellow of the Royal College of Art for services to design and craft. Corinne is also the chair of the Visual Arts & Architecture Section of the Critics’ Circle.

Elliot Wagland

Elliot Wagland, Colour Moment of the Year

Group Picture Editor, the Huffington Post

Following extensive stints as a picture editor for The Daily Mirror, The Daily Mail and the Mail Online, Elliot currently has a new home as Group Picture Editor for both the Huffington Post and AOL UK.

At the Huffington Post, Elliot continues to develop his passion for all things online, bringing the news to large audiences through traditional sources as well as social media, blogs, image galleries and video portals.

With over 15 years experience, he has created close working relationships with the most talented picture editors, photographers, influential news publications and picture agencies throughout the world. Working for Huffington Post, Elliot has gained extensive knowledge of the industry but is always looking for ways to improve and extend what it does, including nurturing up and coming talent within the industry.

Emily Peck

Emily Peck, Best Use of Colour in Homes & Interiors

Director of Editorial, ACHICA.com

Emily is a design, lifestyle and technology journalist with over 15 years experience in the industry both writing and editing.

During her career, she has held staff positions as Features Editor at Ideal Home and Features Writer at Beautiful Homes, BBC Good Homes and Beautiful Kitchens.

She is currently Director of Editorial at ACHICA.com, is a Contributing Editor at Wired UK, and as a freelancer has regularly written style articles for the likes of Grand Designs, Woman & Home, Livingetc, Ideal Home, Real Homes and House Beautiful to name a few.

Fleur de Force

Fleur de Force, Best use of Colour in Fashion & Beauty

Beauty Blogger

With over 1.5 million subscribers across her three YouTube channels and over 100 million views to date, Fleur is one of the most popular beauty bloggers and YouTube personalities in the world. She’s a highly respected British fashionista that delivers splendid beauty advice, but it’s her daily online video diaries know as ‘Vlogs’, that serve as a backstage pass to her life.

Initially, YouTube was intended to serve as a creative outlet while she attended the London School of Economics, but once she began interacting with the global fashion community, she was hooked. In 2012 she was awarded the 'Best Beauty Blog' Award by Marie Claire magazine, and more recently her Vlog was named 'Best Vlog 2013' by Cosmopolitan.

Jack Tomlin

Jack Tomlin, Colour Innovation in Technology & Design

Contributor, Gizmodo UK

Jack Tomlin is a journalist and presenter who writes for the popular website Gizmodo UK, which is primarily famed for its focus on technology and gadgets but also reports on the world of science and smart design.

Jack graduated from the University of the Arts London where he was constantly immersed in the cutting edge of art and design at world famous colleges such as Central Saint Martins and London College of Fashion.

Tomlin is a true believer in the power that great design has to uplift people’s lives and always aims to spread this message through his commentary and reporting

James Barnett

James Barnett, Contribution to Colour

Production Co-ordinator, Selfridges Windows Team

James has worked in the production and styling of the world famous Selfridges window displays, loved immensely by both tourists and Londoners alike, for the past three years. His role consists of working with brands to formulate and give direction on window creatives, as well as the day to day running of the windows themselves – building, sourcing, installing, maintaining.

A practising visual artist outside of the role, James has also worked with Team Saatchi, the Barbican, LOVE magazine and London Fashion Week.

Jimmy MacDonald

Jimmy MacDonald, Colour Innovation in Technology & Design

Founder, TENT London

Some people call themselves creative entrepreneurs, Jimmy MacDonald is just that. With a career profile spanning creative director, internationally recognised design exhibition founder & organiser and interior designer, Jimmy was recently listed as one of the ten most important figures in the British design industry, just ten years on from design school. He is best known for TENT London, one of the must-see exhibitions during the London Design Festival which, with over 280 exhibitors from 26 countries, attracts over 20,000 visitors annually.

Jimmy also sits on a number of international design awards panels across several design disciplines including industrial design and digital and advises governments on design promotion and the development of their creative industries sector.

Jo Elvin

Jo Elvin, Colour Ambassador


Australian-born Jo Elvin first headed to London in 1992, and in 2001 launched the now legendary GLAMOUR magazine. Within a week of hitting the shelves in March 2001, it needed to hastily print an extra 50,000 copies to keep up with demand.

In her 16 years of working in British magazines, Jo has won a plethora of awards for GLAMOUR and other titles she has worked on, including the coveted BSME award for Editor’s Editor of the Year. Her role has also brought with it many colourful experiences – from flying in a RAF jet to interview Tony Blair, to being pursued by the paparazzi in LA with Teri Hatcher, , and all sorts of other ridiculousness (like judging Miss World!) in between.

Jo is also a regular contributor on GMTV, as well as appearing in many other TV series such as ‘The Apprentice You’re Fired’ and the E4 series, ‘Great British Hairdresser’ with James Brown and Abbey Clancy.

Karen Haller

Karen Haller, Colour Innovation in Technology & Design

Applied Colour Psychology Expert

Karen Haller is a leading international authority in the field of applied colour psychology, specialising in business brand colour and interiors. Having studied colour for over 20 years she is fascinated by how colour affects us, influences us and makes us feel and behave.

Karen consults, trains and heads campaigns for prestigious global brands. She also works alongside product creators, architects, designers and those specialising in workplace performance to enhance the professional services they offer their clients.

As a published author, Karen is regularly featured in national magazines and newspapers, such as The Sunday Express, Metro, Cosmopolitan and GLAMOUR, as well as speaking on both radio and TV. She is also a contributing author of the leading industry book ‘Colour Design: Theories and Applications’.

Louise Smith

Louise Smith, Best Use of Colour in Fashion & Beauty

Senior Global Colour Designer, Dulux

Louise Smith is an international colour and design expert with over 10 years' experience in colour design, photography and art direction. As a member of the Dulux aesthetics centre, Louise works with a team of colour experts from around the world to forecast influential trends for years ahead. She has a passion for colour and creates colour collections, inspirational imagery and design ideas to inspire people in 40 markets all over the globe.

Marianne Shillingford

Marianne Shillingford, Best Use of Colour in the Arts / Colour Moment of the Year

Creative Director, Dulux

Having run her own design business for over 20 years, Marianne has a wealth of experience in the interiors industry ranging from colour, design and decorating expertise to product development, training and communication. She is also the Design Director of the Dulux Design Service – a national network of highly skilled interior designers for the domestic and light commercial sectors.

As Creative Director of Dulux, Marianne brings a practical, fun and unpretentious approach to the world of interior design, with a genuine passion for helping people make their homes more beautiful. She has great communication skills with a wealth of experience in delivering entertaining and informative advice on the subjects of colour, interior design and decorating.

Melinda Ashton-Turner

Melinda Ashton-Turner, Contribution to Colour

Interiors Stylist & Blogger

Melinda has been working as an Interior Stylist and Art Director for more than 20 years, working both on-staff and as a freelancer for the leading UK interior magazines, such as Elle Decoration, Homes & Gardens, Livingetc and House & Garden. She has also penned weekly columns for both the Sunday Times and The Guardian newspapers.

Melinda has worked on numerous advertising campaigns, given talks, held workshops and Guardian Masterclasses, conceptualised events and consulted for leading brands and writes the popular ‘The Colour Field’ blog. Furthermore, Melinda was nominated as Interior Stylist of the decade and has designed an award winning carpet collection.

Neil McLellan

Neil McLennan, Contribution to Colour

Acting Editor, Livingetc

Colour fan, fabric fiend and chair freak, Neil McLennan brings more than 20 years’ experience in lifestyle journalism to the Livingetc editor's chair. After holding senior positions at ELLE, the Evening Standard's ES Magazine, Marie Claire and TimeOut London, he worked as Lifestyle Director on hugely successful launch of Grazia, before joining Livingetc six years ago as Deputy Editor.

Rebecca Thompson

Rebecca Thompson, Best Use of Colour in Homes & Interiors / Colour Ambassador

Senior Colour & Design Manager, Dulux

Rebecca Thompson is the UK colour expert for Dulux. She is responsible for developing beautiful new colour ranges, creating the inspirational Dulux photography and producing the Dulux Let’s Colour Magazine, packed full of exciting decorating ideas. With a background in Textile Design, Rebecca has a natural affinity with colour and works with key global trends to identify the perfect palettes for the UK. She knows exactly which colours work best in order to maximise space, giving all the advice needed to achieve stunning results and ultimately improve our homes.

Romy Westwood

Romy Westwood, Best Use of Colour in the Arts

Fair Director, Affordable Art Fair

An integral member of the Affordable Art Fair team, Romy Westwood headed up the launch of the very first Hampstead fair in 2011 which saw 17,000 people through the doors and £2.6m of art sold. Originally from Lancashire, Romy first studied Architecture in London then, following some time abroad, she returned to the capital to graduate from Central St Martins with a degree in ceramic design. After graduating, she became a full time practising artist, setting up a studio in Hackney Wick in 2005 and exhibiting in both London and New York.

Romy's colourful career history also includes a stint as a barrow-girl in Barnes, an usher at The Coliseum and even a time as part of a burlesque circus troupe in San Francisco. Living in East London's art hub, Hoxton, Romy surrounds herself with art she loves.

Sandie Dawe

Sandie Dawe MBE, Colour Moment of the Year

Chief Executive, VisitBritain

Sandie Dawe is Chief Executive of VisitBritain, the national tourism agency responsible for marketing Britain worldwide & developing Britain’s visitor economy. During her 25-year tourism career, Sandie has led marketing, business development and publicity strategies to grow the value of tourism to Britain, including cruise, culture and heritage, business and sports tourism. Most recently she led VisitBritain’s strategy to maximize the tourism benefits of hosting the Olympic & Paralympic Games.

An active spokesman, she regularly appears on conference platforms and in the media, championing the interests of the tourism sector. Before joining VisitBritain she worked in media, book publishing and tourism, including the BBC World Service, Book Marketing Council, the English Tourist Board and the London Tourist Board.

In 2008 Sandie was awarded an MBE for services to the tourist industry in the Queen's Birthday Honours.

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Let's Colour Awards 2013

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