The assembling of a scheme for a room consists of obtaining samples of color and fabrics, as well as photographs or sketches of all furniture, fixtures, and bar rails suggested by the decorator for use in the room. The conscientious decorator will always give his client the full benefit of his knowledge of the market and source of supply in assembling a scheme.
He will visit every wholesale house which might have in stock the type of furnishing to be used in the room. He will not merely go to one place – he will go to all and finally select the most fitting and the finest.
Every decorating scheme submitted to a client should consist of the following things:
- A sample of color for walls and woodwork
- Sample of floor finish and covering
- Pull length sample of fabrics ( Glass curtains, overhanging, all upholstered furniture )
- Color samples for accessories ( Lamp shades, cushions )
- Sketches of any cabinet work to be done
- Photographs or actual sample fixtures for lighting
- Photographs of all furniture to be suggested.
There are certain facts to be taken into consideration regarding each of these items.
1. A sample of color submitted for the walls and woodwork should be an actual paint sample and it should be made up by whomever the decorator intends having do the painting of the room. A sample of color for the walls should never be submitted to a client in a fabric texture, as the difference in the texture is apt to make a difference in the color. Therefore, for any surface in the room which is to be painted, there should be a paint sample made and submitted.
2. If the floor is to be refinished, there should be an actual sample of the finish presented to the client. If the floor is to be carpeted a full-sized sample of the material to be used should be included in the scheme. In dimensions, this sample should approximate the average door mat.
3. A full length sample of all fabrics to be used for glass curtains, overhanging and upholstery should be submitted. By a full length sample is meant the usual yard and a quarter length offered by the majority of wholesale houses.
It is a waste of time for the decorator to select samples, present them to clients, work and estimates based upon them and present his order to the wholesale house only to find that the materials were not even in stock when the samples were originally selected. While the wholesale houses try to take great care to see that all samples are removed from the racks when the materials are out of stock, and salesmen usually check this before giving samples to a decorator, there are the usual errors to be expected. Therefore, the decorator should verify the stock on any selected sample.
4. Cuttings of color should be submitted for all accessories such as lamp shades and cushions. If there are going to be many cushions of one color in the room, it may be wiser to submit a full-length sample. Cuttings submitted should be in the texture in which they are to be used in the room. Any difference in texture is possibly misleading to the client.
If the piece is a special order the decorator should definitely determine just how long the making of it will require, before submitting it to the client. The wholesale house marketing the piece gives to the decorator the yardage for both upholstery and slip cover.
The yardage is figured on the basis of an all-over or small design or plain material. If the decorator is submitting a fabric of large design, it may require more material. If the fabric to be used in the piece of furniture is a 36-in. width instead of 50-in. it will take half again as much material. In other words, a chair that requires six yards of 50-in. material for upholstering will require approximately nine yards of 36-in. material.
Note: As mentioned before, all photographs should be clearly marked with the retail price. Wholesale prices should never appear on price tags or photographs unless they are in code. The above items make up the physical element of a decorative scheme submitted to a client. The decorator, having assembled his two schemes, proceeds to present them to his client.