Last edited 08 Sep 2020


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A swatch is a sample of different design variations of colour, fabric, metal, vinyl, wallpaper etc – that are grouped together to facilitate selection for a particular application. They are used by designers, and individuals (when undertaking home improvements) and are useful when planning an interior design.

A colour swatch contains different colour shades for the purpose of colour matching. A fabric swatch contains different styles of fabric, while a wallpaper swatch has different wallpaper designs.

A paint manufacturer may group its many colours in a colour swatch that will contain all the available colours on thin cards, one colour per card, bound at one point to allow the cards to form a circular fan, thereby aiding colour comparisons. A fabric swatch will have samples that are bound together on one side, thereby allowing them to be viewed like a book.

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