floor transition living room Iriana Shiyan

At Floor Coverings International in Austin, we’ve seen rooms in all sorts of shapes and sizes. Most of the time, there’s an obvious place where one type of flooring ends and another begins. However, in larger open spaces within your home, the choice can be less clear. Open floor plans where the kitchen, living room and dining room are connected have become more popular in modern homes. If your home is set up like this, read on to get some easy tips on where to transition your new floors.

  1. Hallway entries.

If there is a small hallway between each space but no door, this can still be a good place to transition from living room carpet to dining room hardwood or entryway laminate to kitchen tile. Line it up with the entrance to the hallway on whichever side your prefer.

  1. Define a portion of the space.

When no clear hallway or entrance is available in a large open space, your flooring can actually provide a great way to define where one part of the space begins and another ends. For example, you can easily show which part of your great room is meant for food preparation by defining the kitchen with a rich tile floor.

  1. Choose similar colors.

If the transition has to happen in a tricky place, choose flooring in similar colors to help minimize the effect. Cream carpet against cream stone tile blend together easily, letting the two spaces flow together.

  1. Keep it simple.

It’s best not to have more than two types of flooring visible in your home at one time. If an area requires three types, try starting with one flooring, beginning another, and then returning to the first type of flooring in the third space. This is a great way to create continuity in your home’s décor.

Call Austin’s Floor Coverings International today for more great advice and a free in-home consultation!

Photo Credit: Iriana Shiyan