The Importance of Samples

The Importance of Samples.

Many people tend to get excited when decorating their home and may often rush to select and then purchase paint colours and materials without having them tested at first. This is where samples are needed. Whether  wooden floors, tiles for the bathrooms, or paint colours for the walls, samples – i.e. portable pieces of the real material – can be very efficient in providing a real-life perspective, and can save you a lot of time and money, when used to test before making a final purchasing decision.


True Colour

Not every digital or even printed image reflects the real product. So when you are working of images (on screen or even printed), you can easily be mislead, and you will find yourself changing your mind once you see the real material. There are tons of different shades and almost always digital images alter the colour of the material in question. Εach screen may be tuned differently and resolutions differ. In addition, one specific colour never looks the same when applied on a different surface or texture. For example, a Sky Blue paint, coded RAL5015, will look different if painted on a smooth plastered wall or a cement surface. That is why material samples are of major importance.

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Interaction with Light

Colour and light are two factors that absolutely determine the success of an interior design. These two elements must be combined in the right way, so that they complement each other harmoniously. Any choice should take into account the fact that colour can look different depending on the angle of incidence of natural or artificial light. This is why, being able to test real samples of the materials you are considering in your actual interior is very important. Remember to check them during various times of the day in order to be sure of the lighting compatibility.

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Feeling and Texture

Even in the best cases when the image (digital or printed) represents a very accurate version of the real material, it still cannot convey the texture nor feel of the surface. No matter how clear or accurate the image is, nothing but a real sample can convey the unique feeling of wood, tile, marble or even fabric. In addition to texture, the material – whether smooth or rough – has a certain temperature that can only be experienced first hand, literally, or even feet, in case of floors. No image can ever replace the actual feeling of a surface. 


Samples that simulate the combination between colour, textures and lighting can help visualise and test, in order to create a successful interior design. That is why having a preview is very important. Living in a structured and coherent interior can help you focus on your daily life while feeling calm and grounded. Architects and interior designers should be able to help you create the lifestyle vibe you need to support the very unique character every person wishes for their residence.

If you are renovating or building your house or just refreshing your interiors, get in touch with us. We would be happy to help with any questions you may have.


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