Working With Samples: Paint, Wallpaper, Flooring & More

If you are like me, you spend a fair amount of time on Apartment Therapy pouring over inspiring and endless design resources — so how do you take all of these ideas and filter them down to make decisions about your space?

The answer? Take advantage of samples where you can! The stress of picking the “right” color or material is lessened when you can stew on it. You can get samples of just about any material from wallpaper to flooring to tile, to paint. Paint samples cost $2-$5 each. If you don't have any extra white cardboard around you can pick up a package of 3 for $2 in the paint aisle. Wallpaper is either free or between $4-$5 a sample and flooring and tile can typically be checked out for free like a library book. Certain stores will even check out drapes without charging you.

For furnishings, like the wall sconces pictured above, I used ribbon to secure them to the wall temporarily. The room is still coming together and I am still undecided. Taking time to think about why something works or doesn’t work only helps to narrow in on right decision. As the old adage says: it's a journey not a destination.

Images: Tanya Lacourse

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