As a prominent interior designer, Amber has her fair share of frustrations. She was upset with the money, time, and material wasted in the traditional paint sampling process. Paint manufacturers provide small paint swatches to designers, but they are not truly accurate to the final paint color or texture because they are not produced with real paint. This leaves many designers and home owners with the hindering task of painting blank sample boards (or the wall directly) with sample-sized quantities of paint, which takes time away from what they truly need to be doing.
Taylor was wrapping up his last semester in college and needed an idea for his final course. Taylor and Amber realized they could solve both of their problems together. Amber knew she needed a pre-painted solution to sampling color with her clients, so that became Taylor’s project. Taylor and Amber talked with thousands of other designers, weighing ideals with practical applications, as they honed their final solution. Due to the overwhelming response to the concept, Taylor decided to continue the project after graduation.
Taylor launched a large-scale manufacturing facility in 2017 to produce hand-painted, peel-and-stick paint samples for a national market of designers, contractors, and DIY consumers. Samplize has grown exponentially year over year since then, and is now a large employer in the Chattanooga area. Samplize continues to grow through active marketing, word of mouth, repeat buyers, and partnerships with major paint retailers and manufacturers.
The samples have the same effect as paint on a wall surface because they are produced with genuine manufacturer paint. They provide the kind of accuracy and texture that was only before achieved through purchasing sample paint and doing all the work in-house. Best of all, the samples eliminate environmental waste created by surplus sample paint, which is rarely disposed of in the correct way.
Co-Founder & CEO
Taylor earned his BBA from Belmont University with a major in entrepreneurship. He previously ran a web design & marketing company and is a frequent traveler and artist. Taylor is responsible for the research, design, marketing, logistics, operations, and strategy behind Samplize.
Co-FounderAmber is a prominent interior designer in the Nashville area and runs the retail storefront, Providence Interiors. Samplize was built from her initial vision and solution to her own problem. She is also an artist and can often be found on the beach with a glass of chardonnay.