Interior of the Year awards

Interior of the Year, last year's supreme winner and winning kitchen, Natalie Du Bois
Jane Ussher

Interior of the Year, last year's supreme winner and winning kitchen, Natalie Du Bois

Entries for Interior of the year 2016 are now closed.

The country's leading home interiors title, NZ House & Garden, is delighted to announce the 2016 Interior of the Year awards: our search for the country's most beautiful single room. These prestigious awards can be entered by homeowners, interior designers or architects. 

Enter here 

Entries will be in six categories. 

Best kitchen
, sponsored by Liebherr 

Best living room, sponsored by Warwick

Best bathroom, sponsored by Axor​

Best bedroom, sponsored by Sheridan

Best outdoor space, sponsored by Fletcher Window & Door Systems

Best "out of the ordinary" space, sponsored by Resene: this is a new category to celebrate creative spaces that are more than just a room (although they may be that too). We're looking for original she-sheds, hobby studios, sleepouts, tiny homes, caravans... 


Category winners will receive a trophy and $1000. The Supreme Winner, chosen from the category winners, will win a trophy and a three-night stay at luxurious Kauri Cliffs.

Entry and judging mechanism:

To enter you must submit a portfolio of up to six images of the room and a completed entry form. You may enter more than one room, but each room must be a separate entry.

Entries can be completed online via this website, or by mail (with images sent on CD or as prints). Post entries to: Interior of the Year, NZ House & Garden, PO Box 6341, Wellesley St, Auckland 1141.

Images submitted online must be either JPEG or PDF format. Photographs should show only the interior of the room you are entering. You must include at least one overall shot showing the entire room, or a large portion of it, so that judges can get a sense of the complete space. Other shots might show corners of the room or concentrate on interesting design features or details. No more than six images will be considered. If more than six are submitted, only the first six will be considered.

When you are filling in the entry form, please take care to include the names of all people who substantially helped in the creation of the room (designers, colour experts etc), so that we can give them credit for their work.

The prize will go to the person nominated on the form as the entrant: this may be the homeowner, the interior designer or the architect, or other person who had a major input into the creation of the room. If the entrant is NOT the homeowner it is their responsibility to get the permission of the homeowner to enter the competition.

All entries must be received by 5pm on Wednesday 29 June 2016.

2016 Interior of the Year judges; Sally Duggan, Richard Brunton, Natalie Du Bois and Wendy Shacklock

2016 Interior of the Year judges; Sally Duggan, Richard Brunton, Natalie Du Bois and Wendy Shacklock


Sally Duggan

As the editor of NZ House & Garden, Sally sees inside hundreds of Kiwi homes every year. She says her criteria for selecting winning rooms for the Interior of the Year awards will be the same as for selecting homes for the magazine. "It doesn't matter what style it is – classic, modern, country, contemporary, eclectic – as long as the space looks fantastic and works well for the people who use it."

Richard Brunton

Richard took over as art director on NZ House & Garden in 2012, after returning from a 13-year stint overseas: six years in Melbourne studying then working in a design studio, and seven years in publishing in London. He has a passion for interiors and an eye for good design honed by years spent perusing interior design publications and browsing antiques and furniture stores in London, Melbourne and Auckland.

Natalie Du Bois

Natalie Du Bois is an international award winning designer, since her first award win in 2000 she has gone on to win 20 more design awards, her latest being the 2015 Interior of the Year Supreme Winner. This year she joins the competition as a judge, "I am thrilled to be a member of the Interior of the Year judging panel for 2016". Natalie runs her interior design business, Du Bois Design, specialising in in luxury kitchens and bathrooms. 

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Wendy Shacklock

Wendy Shacklock is an award-winning architect, a graduate of Auckland University and a Fellow of the NZ Institute of Architects.  She has run her own Auckland-based practice for 20 years, creating exceptional houses for exceptional people.


Judging process: Preliminary judging will be based on the photographs submitted by the entrant. Finalists will be chosen in each category. Finalist rooms will be re-photographed by NZ House & Garden photographers during July and August 2016 and published in the November 2016 issue of the magazine. Entry in the Interior of the Year award automatically implies permission for NZ House & Garden to photograph and publish images of the room, as well as to photograph and interview either the owner or the professional responsible for the room's design

Final selection of the category winners and of the Supreme Winner will be made on the basis of NZ House & Garden's photographs. 


Judges will be looking for rooms that work, in both a visual and a functional sense, and would appeal to the readers of NZ House & Garden.

We'll be looking for rooms where the spaces and the interior decoration complement one another and deliver a cohesive creative statement: beautiful rooms that speak about their owners and the way they live. To be eligible for entry, homes must be lived-in and fully furnished.

Factors taken into consideration will include colour use, texture, use of space, creative ideas, the vision/story behind the room and how the creator of the room has overcome space or budgetary limitations.           


Entries close: 29 June

Finalists announced: 8 July

Photography of finalists: July/August

Winners announced: 20 October (TBC)

For further information, email

Terms and conditions:

Interior of the Year is a promotion run by NZ House & Garden magazine, owned by Fairfax New Zealand Limited.

By submitting photos and information, the entrant is agreeing to the following terms and conditions:

Entrant is the photographer and homeowner or has the photographer's and/or homeowner's consent to submit the photographs and grant the rights set out in these terms and conditions.

Any photos and personal information submitted by entrants may be published by NZ House & Garden should the entrant become a finalist or winner of the competition (this does not include phone numbers or addresses).

The supreme winner of Interior of the Year will receive a trophy and a three-night stay at Kauri Cliffs. The winners and finalists will be chosen by Fairfax Media and selected judges. The judges' decision is final and no correspondence will be entered in to with the judges.

All taxes and any other charges or expenses associated with the prize will be for winner's account.

The winners of each category will be published in the November 2016 issue of NZ House & Garden and in other Fairfax Media publications. 

The winners will be announced at an event in October 2016. Finalists and winners photos and information may be used by Fairfax Media across other publications and media channels (both in print and online) to promote the competition.

By entering the competition entrants agree to allow Fairfax Media to shoot photos of the relevant rooms, and to photograph and interview either the owner or the professional involved in the room's design.

Fairfax Media reserves the right to cancel the competition at any time and without explanation.




 - NZ House & Garden

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