Suppliers know their products better than anyone else, they can provide technical details, ideas and problem solving, pricing, and can provide designers with samples.
In relation to colours, physical colour samples are imperative and the only possible way to get a proper understanding of what will be utilised within a concept. They are the closest possible match to the real colour and can be referred to if the colour utilised on-site is not what was specified. Judging a colour using a computer screen will give a wrong representation of a colour, indeed screens vary in colour calibration. Colour sample will also allow you to check the colour under the appropriate light source, one that is as close as possible to the lighting conditions on site.
An easy way to get a first idea of the colour you would like for your project is to buy a fan deck.
It is important to liaise and create good professional relationships with suppliers to obtain good quality and cost effective product specification.
How suppliers impact you
Quality. Whether you purchase a component, finished product, or service, suppliers can positively or negatively affect the quality of your product. Higher quality increases customer satisfaction and decreases returns, which add cash to your bottom line.
Timeliness. Their timely deliveries are crucial to how customers view your reliability.
Competitiveness. They can keep you competitive and one-up on your competition based on their pricing, quality, reliability, technological breakthroughs, and knowledge of industry trends.
Innovation. They can make major contributions to your new product development. They are also working to be on the cutting edge of innovation of their product. The good ones will understand your company, its industry, your needs, and help you accordingly in your new idea execution.
Some suppliers have great websites that can become useful information resources (for Australia):
Rugs and carpets:
Open College,Diploma of Interior Design& Decoration, eBook Study period 5 – materials and colour -module 1