Gwinnett Tech Interiors Student Wins National Design Competition

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When Gwinnett Technical College Interiors student Dale Carithers sets out to design a room, she concentrates on making it clean and functional with the space telling a client’s visual story. That’s exactly what she accomplished when the Dacula resident submitted her design for a beachside resort to the Sherwin-Williams 2015 STIR Student Design Challenge. Her design was selected out of numerous entries for the nationwide contest as the winner in the commercial division. Carithers will be featured alongside her work in an upcoming edition of STIR Magazine and was awarded $2,500.

“Tranquility is the concept for the beachside resort, featuring a very smooth neutral color palette,” she said. “The purpose of the soft colors is to enhance the feelings of peacefulness in a customer’s experience.”

As a part of the contest, student designers had to include at least three Sherwin-Williams colors. Carithers went with colors related to the natural elements of earth, wind and fire. The colors are complemented with details of fireplaces, large windows to bring the beach atmosphere inside and furniture that uses the same color palette. Carithers also chose the colors of her design to enhance the emotions and experiences of potential customers to her beach resort. Her goal, she said, is always to create a beautiful space for people to enjoy.

Gwinnett Technical College offers its Interiors program at both the associate degree and diploma levels. Classes are offered at the college’s Lawrenceville Campus and focus on the full range of skills needed for effective, successful interior design. Carithers is on schedule to graduate next year, but has already started her own design firm and is working with her first client. Additionally, she is a designer relations contractor for AmericasMart during the markets.

“Being in this school and in this program has open several doors for me already,” Carithers said. “Gwinnett Tech has given me a solid foundation of knowledge as well as a deeper understanding, passion and love for interior design. Now I can walk through those doors with confidence, prepared and excited about what’s on the other side.”

Gwinnett Technical College offers more than 150 degree, diploma and certificate program options that can be completed in two years or less. For more information, visit or call 770-962-7580. Fall semester begins August 19.