How do you arrange your corner samples?

Tommy P

MGF, Master Grumble Framer
Nov 16, 2003
Mid North Indiana
This may have been discussed before.....seems like it, but can't find the thread. We are preparing to move our moulding samples to another wall with our remodeling. I have never really come up with a "system" for their arrangement. I know there has to be a better way than what we are doing currently. We carry LJ, Decor, Omega and a couple of other smaller lines. Probably about 900 samples. We presently put them in place by company and somewhat by style groups. They are coded alphabetically for pricing. But I know there has got to be a better way....putting them back is an issue also.

How do you arrange your corners??? By color family? By company? By price, etc. Just curious...any comments appreciated.

We have the majority of our frame samples on the wall by color. We currently have approx. 2500 samples on our wall. It is so much easier when a customer wants, let's say, a red frame, to go right to the red section instead of roaming around searching for them.

We break up the wall visually by inserting framed art between some of the columns of samples. We will frame the art in a moulding that relates to the area where it is hung.

We also have some of the moulding sample group by family. These tend to be very specific styles like bamboo, rustic/country and ethnic.

This particular way helps us to facilitate the sale and also helps after the sale when it is time to put stuff away!
I have my samples arranged by color and style


by profile



I also paint the edges of the samples with acrylic paint that has been thinned down to a transparent level to ID vendors
Larson - Yellow
Williamson - Red
AOR - Orange
I don't put prices on the moulding. Too much trouble. Eye candy, eye level. The lower the price, the lower on the wall.

Arranged mostly by color-natural, cherry, walnut, mahogany, black, gold, silver. Then by type-rustic, colored, shabby-chic-mostly types that don't fit a specific color catagory. Metals are arranged by profile, but I might change it to color soon.

I know at a glance which moulding belongs to what company, so I see no need to keep them by vendor. If someone wants walnut, it is all in one place.
I arrange by tone: woods (light to dark), blacks, silvers, golds. And style: rustic, ethnic, colors, etc.

I don't worry about the vendor, but I do notate "where" the sample lives with a column number. This keeps the part-timers from putting a black in with the golds (it happens). Or, worse yet, just leaving it on the design table for me to put away.
My samples are divided. Closed corner on one half of the wall, in the following order:
gold with black
light woods to dark woods
Chop wall:
lights and whites
darker woods
golds compiled on two sliders

nielsens are on a seperate little wall.

I hate my current set up, and as soon as I have the chance, I want to rearrange. I'm just not happy with how it looks. It may have something to do with the fact that there are a ton of samples, and the closed corners are larger than the chop samples. Or, it may be that I just have too many on the wall. I just have a hard time throwing any of them away :rolleyes: