The 2019 Sherwin-Williams Student Design Challenge

To those who accepted the Challenge: We applaud you!

The Challenge is now closed — check back in May to see who’ll be making SDC history.

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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