February 11, 2016

Flooring Selection Made Simple

Going to the flooring store and trying to picture what in the world the various choices are going to look like in your home, with your furniture, curtains, lighting and paint, can be daunting. Even bringing home a sample doesn't always cut it as it only covers a small part of your floor so what may look perfect in one spot may not look as great once it's covering the entire floor. Flooring America has come up with a solution to this with the app My Floor Style. The app works for Apple or Android tablets and is easily downloaded in iTunes or the Google Play Store -- for free.

The app allows you to reimagine your room. Take a picture of your room and try out different flooring options (testing everything out can be addicting). You're able to see whether tile, wood or carpet look best in your rooms. Once you've decided, test out what colors make the flooring perfect for your family. Pick your favorites, save the photos, and compare to see what you like best. You can even share the photos you create with the new flooring with your family and friends to  get their opinions, too. The app also cuts down on all the hours you'd otherwise spend going through tons of choices at the store that might not fit once you bring them home.

While you're testing out the app, check out Flooring America's newly available Downs H20 vinyl plank flooring. It's a luxury flooring built to be water and pet proof. The premium-performance planks look just like hardwood to add some style and class to your space. Downs H20 comes in a bunch of styles and colors to fit your kitchen, laundry room, entry way, bathrooms or even living room and bedrooms. Really, it can go anywhere you want the look of hardwood without all the hassle.

Even if you're not getting new flooring for awhile, it's a fun app to play with to design your dream home. Then, once you are ready to replace your old carpet, hardwood or vinyl, you'll already have a good idea of what you like and what looks good in the space.

The app is crazy simple to use. Once you have it downloaded to your device, open it up and follow these directions:

Take a photo of the room
My Floor Style lets you take a photo of your room or select an existing photo on your tablet.

Outline and remove your floor
Remove the flooring from your photo by dropping pins to outline the edges.

Add a floor style to your room
Select a flooring category then choose from a wide range of swatches to easily drop the floor into your photo. You can then adjust depth, orientation and more with a simple tap.

Save and share your project
When you're finished, view before and after photos to compare, save your project to reference later, or even share your photo via email, text or social media to see what friends and family think.

Once you've found your top choices for your rooms, stop by a Flooring America in your area (they're all over the country) to ask any questions, make your final selection and purchase your new flooring.

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  1. what a smart idea! that looks so cool. i am SO bad at envisioning changes to my home and this seems like it would make it SO much easier.

  2. I've used the Sherwin Williams app for wall paint ideas, but a flooring app would be incredible! Thanks for sharing this idea because we are redoing our floors this year. Perfect!

  3. Wow, this is really awesome. You get to have an idea of how the house flooring would look like before finally picking the final design.

  4. This looks like such a must-have app! Love that you can see what the finished product will look like. Heading to download this now!

  5. What a cool app! Free and easy to use! I should try it :-) Thank you for sharing!

  6. This looks like a fun app to play around with. This would be such a fun way to help design some floors

  7. Now this is what I call luxury. You really know your stuff and I think this is a real smart idea!

  8. This is such a great idea for an app. It is so difficult to try to envision what a room will look like when you want to make a change like this, and flooring is a huge part of how a room looks, and thus, how you feel in it.

  9. This looks really cool. I had the worst time picking out flooring a while back.

  10. Such a great idea. I love simple design for my house

  11. Elizabeth O.2/22/2016 12:51 AM

    I always prefer wood over carpet, I think it's easier to maintain. These are nice selections though. It's always great to have different choices.

  12. Wow they are becoming creative with more apps! That's very useful and a great idea!

  13. This sounds like a great app. This will make mixing and matching easier because you can see the result right away.

  14. I like the idea of getting a sense of what your room could look like, trying different colours etc before actually picking the one you want. I know in the past we have been nervous about changing things because we don't know what it will end up looking like.

  15. Wow did not know there is an app like this. Will definitely check this out. Thanks for sharing dear!

  16. This is really neat and smart. I want new flooring and my landlord has agreed to it. I'm going to tell him about this.


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