Transitioning from One Type of Flooring to Another

Arlington pic 3 e1474315880296 300x225 - Transitioning from One Type of Flooring to AnotherYou may have a home with one type of flooring throughout the entire house, but it is more likely that your flooring needs vary depending on the room of the house. Most people do not have carpeted bathrooms but often have carpet in the bedrooms. Likewise, hardwood flooring may be in your entryway or living room but you may have tile in the kitchen. The transition between types of flooring may happen naturally when rooms are clearly divided with doorways, but with the popularity of open floor plans it can make these transitions very noticeable.

Switching between flooring types can be jarring but it does not have to be with good planning! Here are some tips for floor transitions that blend seamlessly.

1.Make it Irregular

Floor transitions that happen with a straight line can actually be more jarring to the eyes than an irregular transition. Use the patterning or shape of your tiles or the planks of your floorboards to create a transition that meets at a geometric or diagonal line instead of a straight one.

2. Use Furniture

3 20 6 225x300 - Transitioning from One Type of Flooring to AnotherCovering the seam between two flooring types can tie the room together and help define the space, particularly in a room with an open floor plan. An island or breakfast bar in the kitchen can separate the tile floor of the kitchen from the hardwoods in the living room seamlessly.

3.Add a Buffer Zone

If you have two styles of flooring that clash with each other, consider creating a buffer zone of another flooring material that can tie the two looks together. Tying everything together with an accent tile can also add visual interest and depth to the space.

4. Carry the Border Across

If your flooring transitions right where a new design feature starts, such as the island in the kitchen, consider using a thin border of the other flooring material before transitioning to the new flooring type to help bridge the transition. A small border of tile around the base of a kitchen island before hardwood begins can tie the look across different rooms.

5. Choose Similar Colors

If you are trying to make the bridge between types of flooring look natural without dividing up the room too much into chunks, use flooring colors that are similar. Beige carpeting in the living room that is similar in shade to the stone tile color in the dining room can keep your floor plan feeling open.

Making Wood and Tile Work Together

Making Wood and Tile Work Together

Adding flooring to your home doesn’t always mean replacing an entire home’s worth. Sometimes you have to update one room while another room remains with the original flooring. The contrast can be quite beautiful and increase your home’s value if done well. Keep in mind when wood floors are laid beside tile, there is a crucial second step that must be considered.


When wood flooring is laid next to tile there is a small, unavoidable gap between the two types of flooring. This is typically called a grout line or a grout gap and will be filled in order to achieve a Meltzer_stair_pic_4-15-16seamless look between the two types of flooring. This narrow seam is not only natural, its necessary for there to be a smooth transition from one type of flooring to another. So, who fills in this gap?


Many people assume when a flooring company comes in to replace their flooring, and it is incorporated into a space that also has tile, that the flooring company fills in the gap. Unfortunately, that’s a common misconception. After the flooring company is done laying the flooring, the tile company must then come back to grout this space. Why, you ask? Because the tile company that installed your tile will have a record of the exact type and color of tile and grout used in the original installation., Using the original grout color will maintain consistency and hide the new grout line.


The good news is, if you hired us to do your tile AND your flooring, you’re in luck! However, if you did not hire us to do your tile, it’s a good idea to schedule the tile company to come after the installation. Talk to us about when to schedule them to come out; the wood will need a little bit of time to cure. Of course, if we’ve done your tile, we will schedule the grout application when we schedule your installation.


Talk to us about your new project, and where the flooring will meet tile. We will help you select the flooring that will best match the tones in your tile so that both types of flooring pair well withDubas pic 3 each other. It’s a common mistake to choose a flooring that clashes in color with the existing flooring, and when it comes to floors, it’s not easy to hide a mistake!


Don’t spend additional, unnecessary money; talk to our professionals and we’ll have your room flow look seamless and spectacular!