Calling All Interior Design Students: Sherwin-Williams Design Competition Now Open

The annual Student Design Challenge offers prizes and recognition for emerging talent

CLEVELAND (Feb 13, 2018) – The 2018 Sherwin-Williams Student Design Challenge is accepting submissions for residential and commercial projects through March 15. The eighth annual competition celebrates emerging talent and gives students a chance to be nationally recognized for their work with cash prizes up to $2,500, including $1,000 for their design school.

“Sherwin-Williams is proud to encourage excellence among the future leaders of the interior design industry,” said Sue Wadden, director of color marketing for Sherwin-Williams. “The Student Design Challenge provides students a unique opportunity to showcase their work to top designers and celebrates their creativity.”

Wadden will be judging the contest, with help from Nancy Fire in the residential design category and Vanessa Deleon in commercial design. Fire, co-founder and creative director of Design Works International and design director of HGTV HOME, is known for her trend-forward print and fabric designs. Deleon is the owner of Vanessa Deleon Associates. Her modern-glam aesthetic has been featured on NBC, HGTV, Bravo and more.

To enter, students can easily submit an original residential or commercial design project online. Separate submissions can be made for each category, and students may enter as individuals or as a design team of up to three students. There is no fee to enter. 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. The two first-place winners will also have their work featured in the 2018 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 eExtra email newsletter.

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


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