You 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

Covering 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.