When you think about flooring throughout your home, you probably don’t picture the same type of floor in each room. Each room has different traffic levels and uses, which must be considered. Mixing flooring in home settings requires a lot of forethought and planning. It’s an investment, and you want to make wise choices that match the room’s purpose. It’s equally important to be certain that mixing flooring doesn’t clash. We’ve created some tips to help ensure your rooms get the flooring they deserve, and it all looks good when it’s done.
The Difference Between Matching and Mixing Flooring in Your Home
Matching floors throughout your house means each room has a matching look and feel. Mixing flooring in a home means that the floors may not match, but they go together aesthetically. They may have similar coloring or textures. Think about coordinating an outfit. Your shoes don’t match the shirt or dress exactly. However, they complement each other while bringing out the finest qualities of each design. Mixing flooring in a home is similar in that you may choose different types of floors based on each room’s need, and they won’t match or clash with other floors.
Matching Flooring to Each Room’s Purpose
Every room in your home serves a different purpose and has different uses. You likely entertain guests in one or more portions of your home, but not in other areas. Preparing food stays in the kitchen, and you enjoy watching movies in a home theater or living area. Let’s take a look at some of the best flooring options for home’s various areas.
Foyers and Entryways
The area by your door sets the tone for the entire house. So, even though it’s a small area, it is worthy of much thoughtful planning. This is often a high-traffic area with access to the outdoors. Waterproof plank flooring or laminate flooring are durable and impact resistant. They are good options as they can handle lots of foot traffic and they are easy to clean and maintain.
Your home’s living areas are the most highly-trafficked area of your home. Everyone, including guests, visit the living room. Most of the time, the living area is adjacent to the foyer or entryway. You can extend the same flooring used in the foyer into the living room instead of mixing flooring in this area of the home. If you want to use different flooring options, make sure the hues blend well together. Soft flooring choices like carpet give the room a cozier feel. You may also want to choose hardwood or laminate. Add more color and charm by coordinating your furnishings with large area rugs.
Kitchens and Bathrooms
The kitchen and bathroom are two highly trafficked rooms. Guests and family members alike will spend time in these rooms. Both of these rooms handle lots of traffic, but they also need water-resistant flooring. Waterproof plank flooring offers a modern look and provides the durability and protection these rooms need. Plank flooring looks great next to carpeted areas when you mix flooring in your home.
You may want to choose laminate for a child’s bedroom. Its durability is unmatched. Hardwood or carpet are great options for bedrooms for adults. A hardwood floor has a special charm and can be highlighted with area rugs. For a master bedroom with a bath, carpet in the bedroom can be coordinated with waterproof plank flooring in the bathroom.
Tips for Mixing Flooring Types
Once you decide on the type of flooring material for each room, you’ll want to be sure it coordinates well with adjacent rooms or areas. Here are a few tips to help avoid clashes.
- Avoid Switching in Open Spaces – A single room shouldn’t have two types of flooring. Two types of floors can fit naturally along borders between two rooms. If there’s a natural divide between two areas, such as a kitchen and dining room, you can make a transition there. A carpeted hall can fade into the hardwood in a bedroom in the doorway. Make these types of barriers work for you.
- Be Aware of Colors – When mixing flooring throughout your house, be aware of the various hues. You want the flooring types to blend well and provide a sense of continuity throughout your home. When choosing carpet for adjacent areas, make sure the hues don’t clash.
- The Less-Than-Three Rule – The less-than-three rule doesn’t mean you shouldn’t mix multiple flooring types in your home. However, you do want to avoid mixing three different floorings right next to one another. When three different flooring types meet directly, it creates a busy space that feels cluttered. Try to stick to just two coordinating floor types to retain visual aesthetics.
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