There are four reasons I always order sample swatches before I make my purchases.
First, it gives me time to compare them in my home and get clear on which one I want. There is less pressure because you are not committed with the choice even if they make you pay for the sample. One store I was at said it would take 8 weeks to get a swatch. I have no idea if that was true, I suspected he was just trying to boost the sale but I didn’t argue. ***Instead of waiting 8 weeks I went to the paint store, gathered up all the color swatches I thought matched the color of the fabric I was looking at, went back to the furniture store and compared them. And I took pictures to help me with the color. Thank god for cell phone cameras!! They really make the job easier. Once I had paint chips of the matching shade I then went to the fabric store and bought a swatch of fabric that was the same color. Now I had something I could work with in my room at my leisure.
Second, I need an accurate color sample so I can color coordinate other items for the room such as carpet. I must tell l you it is very rare for someone to have accurate color memory, not to mention seeing the colors in your home are completely different than seeing them in the store.
Third, you will want a record of the colors/patterns in your room for your color board. This is what interior designers do! A color/pattern board is a collection of what you selected and will keep the vision fresh in your mind while you wait the 8 weeks or so for the item to be made. We can easily forget what we purchased and having a concrete sample of it helps us to hold the vision.
Last, you can compare your samples with the finished pieces to be sure you got what you ordered. Mistakes do happen and if they do you want to have proof of what you originally ordered.
If you are working with a small budget and can’t go custom, your fabric selection will usually be limited to what you see on the showroom floor. So your sample color swatches will come in real handy allowing you to match the showroom item to what is already in the home. When you find the style you like, make sure it’s comfortable and then check to see if you like the color it comes in. Once you can match these three (style, comfort and color) you are on your way. Be sure to ask if they will order you a sample of the fabric. If not, do my paint chip-fabric store trick*** mentioned above.
I hope you find these tips helpful when you do your search for fabric. If you have questions drop me a note and I will b sure to answer them. Thanks for reading my blog!
’till next time,
Ginger – Marie
Your Personal Space Coach©