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Sherwin-Williams Now Accepting Student Designs

Monday, February 11, 2019

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The Sherwin-Williams Company (Cleveland) officially opened up submissions for its Student Design Challenge last week. The annual competition challenges students to create interior design projects for a chance to win cash prizes and receive national recognition.

“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.”

Courtesy of The Sherwin-Williams Company

The Sherwin-Williams Company (Cleveland) officially opened up submissions for its Student Design Challenge last week. Nia Gibbs, of Ringling College of Art and Design, won first place in the residential category for the rendering shown above in last year's competition.

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 principal and owner of Martyn Lawrence Bullard Design, an award-winning interior design firm.

New this year, every entrant will receive a free ColorSnap Palette Guide and the 2019 Colormix Forecast and Fan Deck. 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 each win a $1,000 cash prize and third-place winners will each win a $500 cash prize. There will also be two Facebook Fan Favorite winners for each category 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, and all winners will be featured on the Sherwin-Williams Facebook page and in a future issue of the STIR email newsletter.

Those looking to enter should:

  • First, create a color rendering of a residential or commercial interior space;
  • Second, include at least three Sherwin-Williams colors in the palette; and
  • 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 the contest, which closes March 15. Winners will be announced in May.

For full rules and submission instructions, visit


Tagged categories: Aesthetics; Color + Design; Color + Design; Competitions; Contests; Design; Education; Interior design; North America; Sherwin-Williams

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