It’s a great age we live in! Advances in technology have made almost every part of life easier, and picking new hardwood floors is no exception. There are many useful virtual tools online that can help you decide on a specific type of hardwood floor, match it to your house’s current color scheme, and determine how much flooring you will need.
Room Design Tools
Room design tools allow you to choose from a number of different room features and mix-and-match them until you come across a combination you like. The latest and most advanced room design tools feature 3D technology and allow you to take a virtual tool through your newly designed room. Choose from features such as hardwood flooring, counter tile, furnishings and appliances. Most virtual room designers also allow you to save your designs and compare different feature combinations.
Color Design Tools
A virtual color design tool is a simpler version of the room design tools. If you aren’t designing a whole room and only want to match wood floor types to paint colors or molding types, color design tools are the way to go. Most effective color design tools feature specific panels representing different parts of a room, such as flooring, molding, cabinets and wall paint. Simply pick the color and style of the room features you want to match and then compare and choose a complementary flooring type.
A good online materials calculator can be an invaluable tool for any hardwood flooring project. Flooring calculators help you determine the square footage of the area you are working on so you know exactly how much materials you will need. It’s important to remember that exact square footage isn’t always available at hardwood flooring retail outlets. Some retailers sell by the bundle, so make sure to purchase more square footage than you actually need. It’s always better to have materials left over than to not have enough to finish the project.