The 2019 Sherwin-Williams Student Design Challenge

Future designers: Enter the Challenge Now!

Click on the button below to start your entry for the 2019 Student Design Challenge.

Entries are accepted through March 15.

What is the SDC?

The Sherwin-Williams Student Design Challenge (SDC) is a professional competition that celebrates excellence in interior design by students in both residential and commercial categories.

Stand Out & Be Rewarded

Demonstrate your excellence for a chance to win in two interior design categories: residential or commercial.

1st Place

in each category

$2,500 cash prize and a feature in STIR magazine


2nd Place

in each category

$1,000 cash prize


3rd Place

in each category

$500 cash prize


Two Facebook Fan Favorite winners (one in each category) will receive a $100 Sherwin-Williams Gift Card.

$1,000 will be awarded to the design school attended by each grand prize winner.

Free Color Tools For Every Entrant

New for 2019: Every student will get a FREE ColorSnap® Palette Guide and the Colormix® 2019 Forecast & Fan Deck just for entering!

Save These Dates

Mark your calendar — key 2019 contest activities are happening on these dates:

February 1 to March 15: The contest will be open for entries

April 2019: Facebook Fan Favorite design winners will be announced

May 2019: Sherwin-Williams SDC 2019 contest winners will be announced

Meet the Judges

Each member of our Judges Panel is a highly respected expert in the field of interior design.

Sue Wadden

Sherwin-Williams Judge

Director of Color Marketing, Sherwin-Williams

Patti Carpenter

Residential Judge

Principal, carpenter + company/Trendscope

Global Trend Ambassador, Maison & Objet Paris and America

Martyn Lawrence Bullard

Commercial Judge

Principal and Owner, Martyn Lawrence Bullard Design

Accept the Challenge

Here’s how to enter the Sherwin-Williams Student Design Challenge:

Step 1:

Create a color rendering of an interior space: residential or commercial.

Step 2:

Include at least 3 Sherwin-Williams colors in your palette.

Step 3:

Write a thoughtful description of your project that includes an explanation of how color contributes to the design (175 words max).

Submission Guidelines
  • Only 3 renderings allowed per entry
  • Use any Building Info Modeling software or draw by hand – as long as your design effectively illustrates the use of your palette
  • Provide Sherwin-Williams color names/numbers either on your renderings or in your project description
  • Submit final files in JPG, PNG or PDF format only (10 MB max)

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