Dulux Trade has announced the winners of its highly acclaimed Select Decorator Awards at a ceremony held at Belton Woods Hotel in Lincolnshire. Open to members of the Dulux Select Decorator scheme, entrants for this year’s competition were required to submit details of their best projects, complemented with statements from their clients. Entries were then judged by a panel of painting and decorating experts from the Dulux Academy, Dulux Colour Team and Professional Team.

Since 2009, the annual competition has supported and championed highly skilled painters and decorators that take the utmost pride in their work. Rewarded for showcasing the best workmanship, product knowledge and project management skills in the industry, winners receive up to £1,500 in Bonusbond vouchers and a Dulux-accredited accolade to enhance their reputation.

Becky Davidson, Senior Brand Manager at Trade Marketing UK, said: “We are thrilled for all the winners of the Dulux Select Decorator competition. As well as showing untiring dedication to providing the best possible experience for their customers, all of our winners this year have demonstrated exceptional technical skills that have helped transformed spaces in their own unique ways. They all thoroughly deserve their accolades, but we would also like to congratulate Robbie Dodds, who was 'highly commended' in the Exterior project category.”

This year’s winners

Category: Interior Project costing over £3,000 and Grand Winner

Winner: Peter Smith from Bannockburn, Stirling


Peter Smith was awarded not only the prize for the 'Interior Project costing over £3,000' category, but also the accolade of overall Grand Winner for his project on behalf of a long-standing client. The homeowners had spent the last three years restoring a large, neglected Victorian building and entrusted Peter to complete the decoration work in the dining room.

Peter was involved from the outset, and worked alongside builders and other tradesmen in order to prepare the room before the extensive paintwork and wallpapering could commence. Peter's highly professional approach throughout left the homeowner delighted.

"Peter demonstrated a remarkable degree of patience and tolerance in a situation which would really test any tradesperson. ‘Labour intensive’ doesn't even begin to describe the process of this project, but Peter just got on with the work without complaint. Peter is such a gentleman and nice person to have working in the house - he is so obliging in every way - you simply cannot fault his customer service." – Dominic Farrugia, Homeowner.

Category: Interior Project costing between £1,500 and £2,999

Winner: Anthony Nolan from Selby, North Yorkshire


For his winning entry, Anthony was enlisted to apply the finishing touches to a project spanning almost 11 years to convert a former 1840s Parish Council Building and School. The homeowner had conducted thorough research into the building in order to do justice to its heritage and required a decorator capable of doing the same.

"This project deserved an experienced hand and attention to detail. Anthony’s can-do attitude made what seemed to me to be a huge and complex job, a lot easier. It was a pleasure and a relief seeing my ideas come to life, and the quality of his workmanship, his knowledge of techniques, products and materials gave me reassurance and guaranteed a quality finish - all within budget too. I'm thrilled with the outcome." – Andrea Hall, Homeowner


Category: Interior Project costing up to £1,499

Winner: Andrew Sheasby from Littleover, Derbyshire


For his award-winning entry, Andrew Sheasby completed the redecoration of a living room for a new customer following a recommendation. This project involved significant preparation work to both the walls and woodwork before the wallpaper application and paintwork.

"The workmanship, timekeeping and sheer professionalism was such a pleasure to encounter. Andrew has ideas which showed enormous artistic ability. The end product is now the envy of my friends and I am absolutely thrilled with it. I will certainly be contacting Andrew again to do more work for me in the future." - Brenda French, Homeowner


Category: Interior Project costing up to £1,499

Winner: Martin Connor from Sutton Coldfield,West Midlands



The second winner in this category was Martin Connor who was approached about his winning job after the homeowners saw the high standard of the work he had completed on a nearby new housing development. Thoroughly impressed by his quality finish, the homeowners tasked Martin with the renovation of their hall, stairs and landing and were not disappointed.

"Martin's attention to detail was meticulous, faultless. I would and have recommended Martin to anybody looking for a superior finish to any decoration work they need done " - Homeowner.

For more information on the Dulux Select Decorator scheme, please visit: http://www.duluxtradepaintexpert.co.uk/services/dulux-select-decorator