Mix and Match Flooring


We match our outfits and we paint our house to match our personalities. Why not match flooring as well? Yes, there is such a thing as mixing and matching flooring and here is how you do it:


  • Identifying the Area


As with anything, you would need to identify where each flooring should be installed. Open floor plans may prove more challenging, but at the end of it, you would have an awesomely amazing, structured area, by giving identity to the different rooms.



Mix and match floors can help to define spaces such as which area is the hallway, and which is the entryway and even where the great room lies. Where children are concerned, areas having tile and those with carpeting, can help to distinguish which areas to avoid and which areas are free range.


For instance, they would know that spills can be made on the tiled area but if made on the carpet, stains would be tough to remove, risking having a very annoyed parent and an unsightly appearance.


  • Simplicity keeps the Flow


Having identified the area, it’s a good idea to envision exactly what you want, but, at the same time, you do not want your area to look like patchwork with too many floor transitions at the same location.


Keep it simple by having no more than two different types of flooring visible at one time. If the area is too large and there are three sections in the same line of sight, you can have three types of flooring, but you should start and end with the same type.


For instance, you can use carpet in one area, then tiles in the second area and finish off with carpet in the third area.


This transition will help to avoid having your home look like busy puzzle pieces and would keep the continuity flowing.


  • Focal Point Statement


To leave a lasting impression in your home flooring, create a focal point design that would leave a statement. Simplicity of the layout creates structure and flow but having a focal point design stands out in a good way.


Complement is the Key


The term is mix and match not clash or be matchy-matchy. Ensure that the flooring you choose complements each other.


For instance, you installed a dark wood flooring in the dining room area, but you wish to install tiles in the kitchen area. To complement the existing dark wood flooring, choose a tile with brown hues and a tile that is lighter in color, maybe off-white.


This way you can create a diamond pattern with the tiles and you can also create a focal point with this if you like. You contrast the dark flooring of the dining area with the light tiles in the kitchen and you compliment the dark flooring of the dining area with the dark tiles in the kitchen flooring. Thus, both floorings contrast yet complement each other.


Another good tip when combining old worn flooring with new flooring, choose a floor that would match the faded tones of the old flooring to that of the new flooring. If this proves to be difficult, you may want to install a t-molding in the transition area which can divide the space successfully, while keeping the flow.


  • Bordering

A tip to transition to different types of flooring is to create a border. By creating a border, transitioning from one style to another would not look unnatural as it would help to outline and define the different spaces.


For instance, let’s look at the example above with the darker wood flooring of the dining area to the lighter and dark tile colors of the kitchen area.


To transition between the dark dining area flooring to the kitchen, you may want to consider creating a boarder with the darker colored tile as this would help to complement the two areas as well as to keep a natural floor going from one area to the other, creating a cohesive look.


Mixing and matching your flooring can help you to give your home that designer look. Use the tips above so that your floor space does not clash with each other, creating a disharmonious look throughout your home.


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