The world is moving online at a rapid pace. Virtually anything you can imagine can be done on the computer or a mobile device. But there are still some things that absolutely need to be seen up close and personal. One of them is the selection of blinds, wall treatments, and paint colors. HGTV makes it pretty clear that requesting samples of fabric and blinds are standard practice in the industry. But while samples are available, there are still a lot of people that make the mistake of trying to select materials and colors online. There are a number of reasons why you should always order a sample. The following discusses why you should avoid just clicking and opt to see and touch the product first when making your decision. 

It’s All About the Detail

Blinds and other wall treatments are made of a variety of materials. They have different textures and appearances in person that a computer screen just can’t adequately portray. Some materials have specially designed patterns while others have a different feeling, weight, and texture. These small details are important when determining what will look best on your wall. The texture of your wall may not work well with a particular blind or wall treatment. Once you’ve made a major purchase, the worst outcome is deciding that you don’t like the look and then have to start from scratch. Samples are a way to avoid such a mistake. Getting a number of samples so you can see, and touch the actual material first is the best and easiest way to make a lasting decision.

You Can’t Argue With Free

Most vendors will gladly provide samples at no cost. If there is no charge, then there’s no reason not to take advantage of seeing your options firsthand. With samples, you have a small representation of what you’ll get when you order the full product. Free samples come with no obligation and you can take your time to figure out what is going to be the best for your space.

Save Time and Money

Just when you think you know what you want, something just doesn’t quite work correctly. Blinds, paint, and other wall treatments can be a big project with a big price tag. Ordering the product you “think” you want, based upon what you see online may be all wrong when you get it in person. The time it takes to return the purchase, get a refund, or exchange it for another item could be better spent with some pre-planning using samples. Projects go much more smoothly when they are planned out. Asking for samples is standard and any vendor that isn’t willing to provide them is probably not worth your attention.

When You Don’t Know Where to Start

The different varieties of blinds, window and wall treatments can be very overwhelming. When you’re trying to get a project started, with all the different styles, colors, textures, price points, etc. many people don’t know where to begin. Looking at all the options on a screen is just about like trying to read a foreign language. Getting samples of several different options can and should be a way for you to get started and determine what you like and also what you don’t like. Just Blinds is committed to helping our customers get a feel for what will work best in their space. Contact us today to help you get your project off to a great start. We offer free on-site consultation to make sure that every customer gets the help they need and access to the best project planning available.