Pairing Several Floorings in Your Home

Most homeowners don’t want the same flooring installed throughout their entire home. Tile is great for a bathroom, but not exactly cozy enough for a living room.  And, hardwood flooring is a beautiful choice for a dining room, but isn’t a practical choice in a utility closet or mudroom.  

For many homeowners or designers, coordinating multiple floorings in a single home can prove to be a challenge!  Hastily picking flooring could backfire when the final product lacks a cohesive look, which could require costly alterations to remedy.

So, first things first, determine the type of flooring you want in each room of the house.  Focus on what would be the best fit for the function of the space, rather than the colors and brands you might want. Dividing the home by type will make it easier to tackle this gargantuan task, breaking it down into simple steps that are achievable.  

Once you’ve figured out what type of flooring to be installed in each room, you can then decide on the different colors, shapes and brands.  It’s important to think these through, and try hard to imagine how the colors and types will meld together once installed.  

While sticking to the same “family” of colors and hues can work well, it’s also an interesting design element to use starkly different colors. In the picture above, a light tile is paired with a rich hardwood flooring in a kitchen setting, creating a welcoming and functional space.  However, when sticking to a similar color scheme, be sure that each is distinctive enough from the others, so that it’s clear the differences are intentional.

Here are a few more examples where two floorings are used together beautifully:

Transitions:
When using different flooring for different rooms, there will be certain spots in the home where the two will meet.  These intersections usually fall in doorways, as that’s the most natural transition.  However, with the growing popularity of open floor plans in new homes, these seams can sometimes be used to help divide a space where there are no walls.

Since different types of flooring will come in different heights, it’s extremely important to consult a flooring professional when choosing the ones you’d like for your home. Planning ahead of time will ensure that transitions can be installed seamlessly, without creating a tripping hazard.

Featuring many different types of flooring in a home can be done, and can look stunning when done the right way.  Enter your zip code in here to connect with a qualified flooring professional near you.  With over 450 local dealers carrying the most proven brands in the industry, you’ll have no problem integrating stunning flooring throughout your entire home!