Swatch It To Me: Why Ordering Swatches is the Key to Designing Your Space

by | May 26, 2024

Swatches are the unsung heros of home decor projects, and they can help take your home decor project to the next level! Swatches are like little snippets of magic, helping you envision the perfect colours and textures for your space before fully committing. Let’s explore the best practices, tips, and tricks for ordering and using swatches, plus some ingenious ideas for repurposing them afterwards! ✨

  1. Ordering Swatches:
    • Since colours can vary widely from what you see on screen versus the product you get in person, it’s always a good idea to order samples and swatches before committing to a full order
    • Consider getting samples from a few different suppliers if you’re unsure about specific tones or materials. This can help you compare and find the perfect fit for your vision.
    • If you’re drawn to a certain brand or designer, start with their swatches to see how their colours and textures align with your style.
  2. Tips and Tricks for Evaluating Swatches:
    • Place them on your wall. It may sound obvious, but the beauty of swatches is getting to road-test the material on your actual surfaces, with real lighting conditions. Take off the backing and put them up.
    • Lighting can make all the difference. Once your swatches arrive, place them around your space at different times of the day to see how they look in various lighting conditions. Natural light can reveal different nuances in colour and texture, so be sure to study them in the morning, afternoon, and evening. Otto Studio’s swatches and wallpaper are repositionable, making this easy to do!
    • Compare against existing furniture and decor. Place swatches against different walls, fabrics, and existing furniture to see how they complement or contrast with your current decor.
    • Add to a moodboard to plan your dream space. Consider creating a mood board or collage with your swatches to visually see how they work together and evoke the atmosphere you’re aiming for.
  3. Things to Consider:
    • Colour: Look at how the swatch colour complements your existing furnishings and the overall vibe of the room. Does it bring the right energy and warmth? Is it calming or invigorating, depending on the room’s purpose?
    • Texture: Run your fingers over the swatches to feel the material. Consider how the texture adds  interest to your space – is it adding the right amount of depth? Will your artwork, wall hangings and furnishings play a nice contrast?
    • Durability & Adhesion: Evaluate its durability by testing it for stain resistance, wear, and tear, and repositionability. Otto Studio’s wallpaper is thick and easy to reposition, but not suitable for all wall surfaces. Check out our blog post for more information.
  4. Repurposing Swatches!
    • Once you’ve made your design decisions, don’t toss those wonderful swatches! There are so many fun and crafty ways to repurpose them. We love a good DIY!
    • Framing swatches as small art pieces is our favorite thing to do with swatches! They can be turned into a stylish gallery wall or set them atop a mantle for a pop of colour and texture.
    • Covering books and furniture surfaces, or even covering switch plates are some of the fun ways we’ve seen people use their swatches

Remember, swatches are not just about finding the perfect wallpaper, they’re also about infusing your space with personality and joy! So, have fun experimenting and exploring the possibilities. Once you’re ready to order, make sure to check your measurements and order a little extra to allow for adjustments.

We hope these tips ignite your creativity and make your next home decor project an absolute thrill!