The ninth annual Student Design Challenge seeks best-in-class interior renderings

The ninth annual Student Design Challenge seeks best-in-class interior renderings

CLEVELAND (Feb. 4, 2019) – The 2019 Sherwin-Williams Student Design Challenge is now open and accepting residential and commercial project submissions through March 15. The annual competition challenges current students to create award-winning interior design projects for a chance to win cash prizes and receive national recognition from Sherwin-Williams.

“At Sherwin-Williams, we understand the importance of supporting the next generation of interior designers, and we’re pleased to encourage students by offering resources to help them succeed in this exciting industry,” said Sue Wadden, director of color marketing at Sherwin-Williams. “I continue to be inspired by the level of creativity we are seeing from designer students, and I look forward to judging the entries again this year.” 

  The 2019 judging panel includes Wadden, Patti Carpenter in the residential design category and Martyn Lawrence Bullard in the commercial design category. Carpenter is a principal at Carpenter + Company/Trendscope, a handmade textiles business, and a Global Trend Ambassador for Maison & Objet Paris and America. Bullard is the principle and owner of Martyn Lawrence Bullard Design, an award-winning interior design firm with work published in Architectural Digest, Elle Décor, The New York Times and Los Angeles Times.

Entering the contest

Students can easily enter the 2019 Student Design Challenge in three steps. First, create a color rendering of a residential or commercial interior space. Second, include at least three Sherwin-Williams colors in the palette. Finally, write a thoughtful description of the project that includes an explanation of how color contributes to the design. There is no fee to enter.


New this year, every student who enters the contest will receive a free ColorSnapÒ Palette Guide and the 2019 ColormixÒ Forecast and Fan Deck. The competition closes March 15 and winners will be announced in May. The top winner from each category will receive a $2,500 cash prize, and their design school will receive $1,000. Second-place winners will win a $1,000 cash prize and third-place winners will win a $500 cash prize. There will also be two Facebook Fan Favorite winners for each category announced in April who will receive a $100 Sherwin-Williams gift card.

The two first-place winners will also have their work featured in the 2019 edition of Sherwin-Williams STIR magazine, a print magazine dedicated to design professionals, and all winners will be featured on the Sherwin-Williams Facebook page and in a future issue of the STIR email newsletter. Previous winners can be viewed here.

The full contest rules and entry submission instructions are available at Additional information and updates are available on the Sherwin-Williams for Design Pros Facebook page at

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