The 2018 Sherwin-Williams Student Design Challenge

Future Designers: Enter the Challenge Now!

Click on the big button below to start your entry for the SDC. Entries are accepted through March 15 — so get movin’!

The Sherwin-Williams Student Design Challenge celebrates excellence in interior design by students in both residential and commercial categories.

Keep Your Eyes on the Prize

The contest gives away prizes for two categories: residential design and commercial design.

First Place

in each category

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


Second Place

in each category

$1,000 cash prize


Third 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 the first place winners attend.

Mark Your Cal!

Or set your phone reminder—the contest dates are as follows:

February 1-March 15: Contest open for entries
April 5-April 12: Facebook Fan Favorite judging
May 2018: Winners announced

Judging You

Our three fabulous judges include:

Sue Wadden

Sherwin-Williams Judge

Director of color marketing, Sherwin-Williams.

Nancy Fire

Residential Judge

Co-founder and creative director of Design Works International and design director of HGTV HOME.

Vanessa Deleon

Commercial Judge

Owner of Vanessa Deleon Associates, featured designer on NBC, HGTV, Bravo and more.

Good News! It’s Actually Easy to Enter.

We promise. There are only three simple steps:

  1. Create a color rendering(s) of an interior space: residential or commercial.
    • You can use any building info modeling software — or draw it by hand — as long as it effectively illustrates the use of your palette.
    • You don’t need to go wild with view, angles and elevations; you can only submit three (3) renderings.
    • Your final files need to be in JPEG, PNG or PDF format, no larger than 10 MB.
  2. Include at least three Sherwin-Williams colors in your palette.
    • You can provide the color names/numbers either on your rendering or in your project description.
  3. Describe your project (in 175 words or less), explaining how color contributes to the design.

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