Designing your new reception area can be exciting, but there is also a good chance that you are feeling overwhelmed by the choices. It can be hard to wrap you head around all the different styles, fabrics, finishes and other decorative details. You want to get it right and create a stunning area that greets your guests and sends a clear signal about what kind of company you are. With so much riding on the first impression, you may find yourself second guessing every design choice you almost make.
The good news is that BTOD.com offers free fabric and finish samples that you can check out in person and test in your reception area so that you can avoid buyer’s regret. Here are 9 reasons why you need to take advantage of this service before you make your purchase.
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1. Computer monitors can be deceiving.
Online shopping makes everything more convenient. You can order an entire building of furniture right from your desk, but if you go this route, be ready for potential surprises. Even subtle differences in monitor settings can affect the way colors appear. Just try looking at the same color on your computer and your smartphone and you will quickly realize that not all screens are created equal. For true color accuracy, you will want to see fabrics in person.
2. You can monitor the effects of interior lighting.
Have you ever loved a paint color in the store, covered your entire living room in two coats and then realized it isn’t the right shade of blue? Your eyes didn’t deceive you. Interior lighting can have a significant effect on how colors appear in different rooms. You will want to test out different fabrics and finishes to make sure they look just as good in your building as they did in the showroom or online.
3. See how colors change throughout the day.
Natural light will also cause colors and fabrics to take on different hues. You also need to consider that the sunlight streaming in through your windows will change throughout the day as the sun rises and falls. Placing some swatches and samples in the room will allow you to see exactly how everything will look in full sun or the evening when rays are coming in at more of an angle.
4. Make sure it matches your paint.
You may have noticed that manufacturers have gotten pretty creative with their color labels. How about sea lavender or duck egg blue? While blue ashes may have seemed like the perfect color for your reception furniture upholstery, you may find that once the shipment arrives, it clashes terribly with your sand dune beige walls. There is just no substitute for seeing it all put together in person.
5. Make sure it matches your carpet.
Trying to match carpet with fabrics and finishes can create its own host of problems. You may end up with clashing colors or colors that are so similar that your furniture seems to disappear. It is easy to become so obsessed with the wall colors that you completely forget that you also have to take the flooring into account for your overall design.
6. Try out some textures.
Matching textures can be just as tricky. While color and finishes certainly convey different messages, texture can also make a big impact on the feel of a room and the comfort of your guests. It is difficult to really get a feel for texture simply by looking at images. You will want to be able to feel the fabric and make sure that it isn’t too rough or coarse for the type of look you are trying to create. Every detail matters. Take the time to experiment with different swatches and samples.
7. You might be surprised.
While you might have your heart set on a certain fabric, you might be surprised that you don’t love it quite as much in person and another option that you dismissed from the start is the new frontrunner. You probably have a clear sense of your personal taste, but exposing yourself to new ideas and different options may allow you to expand your vision a little and consider other options. Having the chance to try different color and texture combinations may completely transform your original idea and leave you with a better end product.
8. You can save yourself a lot of time and money.
The big day has arrived. The delivery truck has pulled up to your building and people are busy unloading and arranging your new reception furniture. You the plastic wrapping off the first chair and think, “Is this what I ordered?” The problem is that you just spent thousands of dollars on custom made furniture that doesn’t quite fit your vision. There is no turning back. You can either try to get used to your new furniture or take a huge loss of both time and money in order to produce a new set of furniture.
Avoid the hassle. Get it right from the beginning and order with confidence. Take advantage of swatches and make sure that you are spending your money wisely.
9. They are free!
Really, there is no good excuse for not ordering swatches and samples. In most cases, they are completely free. You can order all the samples you want and spend hours trying out different combinations before you buy. Companies want you to choose their furniture, so they are going to make the process as easy as possible. Leverage this to your advantage and take your time choosing the best fabrics and finishes.
For many people, online shopping has been a lifesaver, but there are some situations where it is better to see it all in person before you buy. Your reception chairs represent a big investment and you will want to get it right. Taking the time to order fabric swatches and color samples can ultimately save you time and money and ensure that you are 100% pleased with the final product. And with a $0.00 price tag, you have nothing to lose.
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