Please note that this post is sponsored by Floorpaper, but the content and opinions expressed within are from the HomeFlooringPros’ experience of using and interacting with the Floorpaper product.
I don’t know about you, but I personally find the hardest bit of a remodel is right at the beginning, when I’m trying to decide on materials and not sure what is going to look good in the space I’m updating. Unlike my partner, who can literally just look at one tiny 4×4” hardwood flooring sample and know it’s perfect, all I see is the current flooring and can’t quite work out how that sample will look in a larger, real-life scale. Needless to say, this has lead to rather a few frayed nerves and arguments! And that’s only the beginning of a project!
So, when the HomeFlooringPros were approached to test out the new Floorpaper Visualizer, my hand shot up to be the person to put it through its paces. The basic concept of the Visualizer is that you upload a photo of your room onto their website, choose a floor sample image and then it’ll magically show you what your room will look like when it’s all done! The Floorpaper Visualizer currently has no less than 2000+ floor sample images that come from actual, up to date, popular flooring brands, including Pergo, Shaw Floors, Armstrong (see below for more about the brands). This was clearly the perfect tool for an interior design dummy like me!
So how does the Floorpaper Visualizer work?
The great news, straight off, is that the visualizer is simplicity itself. The company recommend you use your mobile phone to access their software, so that’s what I did…
1. So the first thing to do is get onto your phone Internet bowser and go to www.floorpaper.co.
2. On the opening page I’m prompted to Take Photo Now. So I click on that button and a page comes up with a camera icon; I tap on that icon and I’m linked into my phone’s image gallery with an option to select one of my preexisting images, or to take a new image.
3. I opt for a new image, so choose the link to my camera and find a good spot to take a photo of the room I’m in. Then the Floorpaper Visualizer website prompts me to Upload the image or Take another one. I’m happy with my image, so I tap Upload and wait about 3 seconds…
4. The next page that comes is my image with a sample flooring superimposed into the image – it is absolute magic!
5. Under my image is a selection of buttons with other flooring samples. I have a bit of fun selecting different samples, and then they take just seconds to appear in my image. Right now I am in absolute interior design heaven – I can see exactly what my room will look like if I upgrade to a hexagon design vinyl flooring or a herringbone bamboo plank!
6. Each time I choose a different sample, I get the option on the top right corner of the image to either add that image to my favorites or return to the previous image; and I can also access some basic information about the floor choice including the brand, material, width, thickness and surface texture.
7. Scroll down the page a little and I see further options including Filters to make it easier to just use the flooring sample images you’re interested in and also an option to View Product Details. This is where the Floor Visualizer gets extra clever, because when I click that button I get linked directly to the flooring brand’s website page with all the in-depth product details. This makes it so easy to work out everything I need to know about a particular floor option, from seeing how it’ll look in my space to getting details about installation requirements and so on.
Sound’s too good to be true?
There’s only one thing you’ll need to consider, but for me it was a no-brainer… When you first go into Floorpaper you are only able to choose from 18 floor sample images. To get full access to all 2000+ floor sample images in the Floor Visualizer, you’ll need to upgrade from the free try-out version to the Pro version.
But get this, the cost is a one-time fee of just $5.99 for a total of 6 month’s access to all 2000+ floors across multiple brands.
By the way, there is a two-step process of getting the Pro version. First, after scrolling through the 18 initial sample images you’ll see a button saying Get More Floors (or you can choose the right-hand menu where you’ll see Register for Free). Tap on that you’ll be prompted to register your email address and password.
Once you’ve verified your email, you’ll then be linked back to Floorpaper and have access to 100 floor sample images for free. Those 100 floors are taken from across the range of brands and types of flooring currently integrated on the Floorpaper site. Certainly that’s quite a lot of floors, but to get the maximum range you’ll want to then upgrade to Pro (you should easily see the option offering you the link to the Upgrade page where you pay, but if not look to the right-hand menu to find the upgrade option there).
Why would I need all 2000+ Floorpaper Visualizer samples?
I agree, 2000+ seems a lot – but here’s the thing… Floorpaper currently showcase lots of different floors from lots of different brands, but when you consider that Floorpaper has over 300 types of Armstrong flooring alone, having access only to the free Floorpaper option with just 100 samples is never going to let you see the full range of available options. Your dream floor might not be included in those 100 freebies, and you’d never know!
What flooring bands and flooring types are featured on the Floorpaper Visualizer?
Currently the Floorpaper Visualizer can show you flooring from Armstrong, Cali Bamboo, Heritage Mills, Pergo, Shaw and US Floors; and the main types of flooring covered at the moment are bamboo, cork, solid and engineered hardwood, laminate, and vinyl. The Floorpaper team tell me that they are busy working to get more and more options such as tiles and carpet, and further brands incorporated into their Visualizer.
Last but not least: Top Tips for Using the Floorpaper Visualizer
So, if you’re at the beginning of a flooring remodel project and can’t get a sense of what you want your space to look like, this is the perfect new flooring tool for you! From the comfort of your own home, you can start working out what you like and don’t like.
Later on, save your room image on Floorpaper so that when you’re in your flooring store of choice and see a great looking floor you can then check to see if it’s already available on the Visualizer, and get a sense of what that sample will look like in your room, before you buy.
Finally, one big tip that I found out to maximize the Floorpaper Visualizer software – make sure to take a picture of your room from an angle that shows the most floor space. I know that sounds pretty obvious, but for an interior design dummy like me, it took me a while to connect those dots!