As an interior designer, you are required to provide the client with as many options on finishes or paint colours as available. To do this one must form a good working relationship with the suppliers of these finishes. With each new season, paint companies produce new colour forecasts and it is imperative that you be up to date with emerging trends. Whilst you may not follow these trends religiously, they can provide inspiration and can be used as an accent colour in your proposed scheme.
To gain samples or colour registers from these paint companies many ask that you have an Australian Business Name or ABN. If this is not applicable to you most hardware stores stock a variety of paint swatches to help you get started. It is important to view the actual colour swatches and not the online colour as they are not the same. Also, the samples should be viewed in natural light or the light in which they intend to be used.