We all love interior design and, let’s face it, some rooms have more wow factor than others.
That’s exactly what the 2018 House & Garden Top 50 Rooms represents: residential design heaven.
After countless hours of deliberation, the votes have been cast and the winners selected for the annual Australian House & Garden Top 50 Rooms edition.
It’s the 20th anniversary of the magazine feature and the results are as diverse as they are stunning with this year’s candidates run from drop-dead gorgeous bedrooms to theatrical bathrooms and killer outdoor rooms.
House & Garden’s 20th Annual Top 50 Rooms, sponsored by Warwick Fabrics, celebrates the cream of Australian residential design.
This year saw rooms submitted by more than 160 proud homeowners and designers.
From beautifully functional kitchens to ingenious living spaces and dream bedrooms, the rooms reflect the depth of Australia’s design talent, and the lifestyle aspirations of Australians.
Australian House & Garden editor in chief Lisa Green said: “We were delighted by the quality and diversity of this year’s rooms.
“The line-up of entries was excellent, with style and comfort levels fully explored and every room in the home represented.
“The materials palettes and design ideas we are seeing are ever-more sophisticated, driven by the lifestyle expectations of increasingly design-savvy homeowners.
“We love publishing this annual collectors’ edition. It’s a wonderful record of residential design excellence at this moment in time.”
Alongside Green, an esteemed judging panel was tasked with the tough job of sifting through the entries: Australian House & Garden houses/interiors editor Kate Nixon; interior designer and blogger Dana Tomic-Hughes of Yellowtrace; colour expert Lucy Sutherland; and Janey Ridge of Warwick Fabrics.
Six states, as well as the ACT, are represented in the Top 50, with a blind judging process ensuring each room was judged purely on its visual appeal.
The judges each assigned their top three rooms in each category, with points tallied to arrive at category winners.
The 2018 award categories and winners are:
Best Use of Soft Furnishings – Nina Maya Interiors, NSW
Best Use of Colour – Enoki, SA
Best Use of Materials – Madeleine Blanchfield Architects, NSW
Best Indoor-Outdoor Connection – Splinter Society, Vic
Best Use of Lighting – Studio Prineas, NSW
Best Kitchen – Brett Mickan Interior Design, NSW
Best Bathroom – Coy Yiontis Architects, Vic
Best Outdoor Room – Dalecki Design, WA
Room of the Year – Louise Walsh Interior Design, NSW/Qld
There was also a special Hall of Fame award for leading interior designer Meryl Hare of Hare + Klein, who was part of the line-up in the very first Top 50 Rooms two decades ago in 2008 and again has a project in 2018’s Top 50 edition.
The Top 50 Rooms Awards were announced in Sydney on October 4 at a gala lunch held at Vaucluse House and MCd by Deborah Hutton, whose new kitchen recently featured on the magazine’s cover.
Top 50 Rooms is proudly sponsored by Warwick Fabrics, along with Blum, Victory Curtains & Blinds, Parisi, Porter’s Paints, James Hardie, Maison & Objet Paris and Voyager Estate.
Louise Walsh, winner of Room of the Year, receives a trip for two to Paris for the Maison & Objet Fair in January 2019 courtesy of Cathay Pacific.
H&G readers can vote for their favourite room. An online vote will determine the People’s Choice Award, with the winning entrant receiving a $3000 Warwick Fabrics prize package, along with a Mantra Hotels & Resorts stay.