A design element that often gets overlooked is flooring transitions. Homeowners spend a lot of time painstakingly choosing the right flooring for each space in their house, but they neglect to consider the flooring transitions from room to room.
Flooring transitions can be especially challenging for homes that have an open floor plan. The kitchen floor is tile and you want hardwood in the living room, but with no wall to separate the flooring transition, how do you keep it from jarring the eye? Here are a few ideas for innovative and traditional flooring transitions that will design impact to your home.
Make the transition irregular
Use a stylish, eye-catching transition that will accentuate different zones in the home. This bathroom floor transition works not only because it is imaginative and novel but because the spacing and the floor pattern make sense. The flooring literally leads the eye down the hall, like clues on a trail we want to follow.
Another great idea? Press your flooring transition into service as a bath mat for the bathtub. It’s clever and gorgeous to boot! The pattern in the tile keeps the eye moving, which makes for a sensible choice when using a bold floor transition.
Make an accent border between the floors
Create a border line using one of the two materials or a new, matching accent tile. Here is an example of a classic look when it comes to flooring transitions. The tile is bordered by a hardwood transition leading to a hardwood floor. Borders add another design element to the flooring and help ease the transition from one material to another.
Use furniture as the transition
Place the sofa on the floor transition and it will be less noticeable. You can cover a floor transition with the kitchen island. And of course, doorways were the original transition piece. Using furniture as a way to transition from one flooring material to another is a great way to feature a beautiful kitchen island or sofa.
Add a buffer zone
If you’d rather the two types of flooring not meet at all, say in the case of having two different colors of hardwood, add a buffer with a different material such as tile. This is especially helpful if you remodeled part of your home and are adding new hardwoods to old hardwoods. This design technique subliminally prepares the eye for a transition. Also, it is a great way to add flair and color to your flooring.
Flooring transitions don’t have to be ho-hum; they can add interest and appeal to your flooring and your design aesthetic. To browse our myriad options, visit our showroom. Or, schedule an appointment with a flooring expert today!