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Whether you live in the country or city; in a house, apartment, or mobile home, there are things to learn that will help make the space you live beautiful and functional. Interior Design is a great way to learn about design, color, texture, and space.  It will help you make your home a fun and comfortable place to be.

Design Decisions

Suggested for ages 12–18   

(Intended as multiple-year project)

Members can:

  • apply design elements and principles
  • plan your own room or space
  • identify your decorating style
  • use “green” design practices
  • create a new look for your space

State Fair Exhibit Rules

Each county may submit 3 entries total from 50242, 50243, 50244, 50245, 50246; 1 entry from 50247.

50242    Design Decisions, Beginning:

Any exhibit must have been created or redesigned by the exhibitor as part of their current Interior Design 4-H project. Exhibitors should be knowledgeable about various aspects of the project. Exhibits could include items such as, but not limited to, comparison studies of different products or techniques; made accessories, wall-hangings, window coverings, or furniture items; refinished or redesigned furniture; or a plan to solve some type of interior design problem. Exhibit should be appropriate to the exhibitor’s age, skills and ability in this project.

50243    Design Decisions, Intermediate:

Any exhibit must have been created or redesigned by the exhibitor as part of their current Interior Design 4-H project. Exhibitors should be knowledgeable about various aspects of the project. Exhibits could include items such as, but not limited to, comparison studies of different products or techniques; made accessories, wall-hangings, window coverings, or furniture items; refinished or redesigned furniture; or a plan to solve some type of interior design problem. Exhibit should be appropriate to the exhibitor’s age, skills and ability in this project.

50244    Design Decisions, Advanced

Any exhibit must have been created or redesigned by the exhibitor as part of their current Interior Design 4-H project. Exhibitors should be knowledgeable about various aspects of the project. Exhibits could include items such as, but not limited to, comparison studies of different products or techniques; made accessories, wall-hangings, window coverings, or furniture items; refinished or redesigned furniture; or a plan to solve some type of interior design problem. Exhibit should be appropriate to the exhibitor’s age, skills and ability in this project.

50245    Interior Design Innovation Class

Open to youth who were at least 13 years of age on 9/1/16 and are enrolled in Interior Design.

Demonstrate the skills and knowledge you have gained through the Interior Design project.  Your exhibit should not fit in the other exhibit options for this project. The exhibit may include, but isn’t limited to, original works, objects, demonstrations, digital presentations, programs, websites, games, apps, performances, or posters which you have made. Choose whatever method best shows what you’ve learned. Your exhibit should not fit in the other exhibit options for this project. You must furnish any equipment you need for your exhibit. Internet service will not be provided for the exhibit. All exhibits must include something visual, such as a printed copy of a digital presentation, which will remain on display during the exhibition. Electronic equipment will only be used during your personal judging time and will not remain on display during the entire exhibit period.

50246    Interior Design Clover Challenge

Open to 15- to 18-year-olds enrolled in the Interior Design Clover Challenge Project who have completed all levels of Interior Design.

Exhibits in this category should go “above and beyond” what the 4-H project books cover and should represent an accumulation of years of project study. The exhibit may include, but isn’t limited to, original works, objects, demonstrations, digital presentations, programs, websites, games, apps, performances, or posters which you have made. Choose whatever method best shows what you’ve learned. You must furnish any equipment you need for your exhibit. Internet service will not be provided for the exhibit. All exhibits must include something visual, such as a printed copy of a digital presentation, which will remain on display during the exhibition. Electronic equipment will only be used during your personal judging time and will not remain on display during the entire exhibit period. The completed Illinois 4-H Clover Challenge Agreement must be presented with the exhibit.

50247    Interior Design Ready4Life Challenge

Open to 11- to 18-year-olds enrolled in the Interior Design project

Exhibits in this category must include the following: a) a physical representation of the career or business product such as a model, prototype or display/portfolio that includes images of accomplished work; b) verbal or written explanations that demonstrate knowledge of the related career or business fields, potential careers, and the appropriate requirements for achievement in those fields. The judging criteria for this class values thoroughness of career and/or business exploration and pursuit above the workmanship of the physical specimen on display.