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Mix Or Match: 4 Tips For Choosing Floors For Different Rooms

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Leonel Darwin
R ARCHITECTURE (cover image), Collov Home Design, Alyona Tec

Designing a custom home can be fun, especially when choosing amongst the different flooring options to suit your house. Flooring, among others, is an expensive investment; hence, the need to get it right.

Interior design experts agree that the different areas in the house require different flooring types as well. Mixing and matching them to achieve a fit is highly advised.

So, before going to a store near you and settling on flooring options for your custom home, consider using the following tips in your search:

   1. Check Out Different Flooring Choices

Flooring comes in different options for you to pick the best type based on your budget, lifestyle, and taste. Each kind comes with its pros depending on other rooms' needs and location.

Some great choices for flooring may include engineered wood that has the look of natural wood, is durable which makes it last longer, and can be found at affordable prices. Additionally, it has excellent moisture resistance, making it less prone to warping with multiple installation methods for aspiring do-it-yourself enthusiasts (DIYers). But if you prefer having the real deal, hardwood flooring from oak, cherry, maple, or walnut will be the appropriate choice.

On the other hand, a more affordable option that offers an alternative to carpets and is way cheaper than both hardwood and tiles is laminate flooring. This option isn't only affordable and easy to clean, resistant to scratch, and comes in several styles and colors. However, it's also prone to moisture damage, doesn't have a convincing look of wood, and makes a hollow sound.

For a highly water-resistant flooring that makes your rooms’ floors durable, fade-resistant, and easy to maintain, then vinyl flooring offers you all that. Meanwhile, you can opt for a natural stone for natural beauty and quality, including marble, travertine, sandstone, and granite.

In checking out your options, it’s advised to shop around different home improvement stores in your area. Consult with on-site flooring and home design experts to discuss your expectations and home flooring needs to land on the appropriate flooring(s).

Different Flooring Choicesimage © Alyona Tec

 2. Choose Flooring That Fits A Specific Room’s Theme

Try different contrast in styles, colors, and textures that can liven up your home, giving each room a personal touch to it. To achieve the best results, you'll need to begin with finding an aesthetically pleasing theme.

Settle on a style that may range from modern, urban, coastal, rustic, contemporary, antique, and curated. Take into account your property’s overall style and decide based on what inspires you the most.

   3. Check Out Flooring Transitions

When mixing and matching, it gets tricky to have the floor look that it’s flowing seamlessly from one room to another.

Floor transitions act as a seam between flooring made of different materials, such as vinyl, tile, hardwood, and many more, and make sure that they mesh with one another. These transitions give a cleaner look while protecting the edges of the flooring from wear and tear brought by foot traffic. They also show where one room begins or ends by bridging the gap of two floors made of different thicknesses.

Some types of transition strips include a T-strip which unites two floors of the same height and is comes as aluminum or wood. If you're considering mixing a hard-surface base such as tiles that'll transition to a soft surface, pick floor reduces vital for softening the height difference. For a cost-effective transition between flooring made of sheet vinyl and low pile carpet, a Bevel bar will be the most appropriate.

As a reminder, before settling for different flooring options, consider the type of transitions that are best suited for your choices.

     4. Consider A Specific Room’s Function Before Deciding

When it comes to choosing the floor, different functions of the room will influence the type you will need.

For instance, living rooms are mainly the central room that gets busy while offering an open and easily accessible space for everyone’s pleasure. As a result, you'll need durable and easy to clean floors as they’ll undergo a lot of staining and wear and tear from everyday use. Install several options in the living room, including wood, vinyl, laminates, tile, and stone.

For toddlers or teenagers' rooms, comfortable, durable, and easy to clean flooring should be the top priority. And for younger children who may spend most of their days playing, you'll need to install soft and warm floors that can withstand stains and the like. As a homeowner, it’s recommended that you opt for floor designs that are functional, safe, and fun such as wood, vinyl, laminate, and carpet.

Lastly, the main bedroom floors can be covered using durable and inexpensive options that create a soothing and relaxing touch. For instance, you can get prefinished solid hardwood that'll increase the value of your home and is easy to install.

modern house living roomimage © Collov Home Design


In conclusion, choosing the ideal flooring that greatly complements your style and theme can be challenging. As a result, it's highly advisable to get expert input from qualified associates who will readily lend their expertise and guide you towards making the right decision.

This way, your design aesthetic will come to life and match perfectly with your vision.


Author Bio
Leonel Darwin is a home improvement specialist and a real estate manager. He likes to share his ideas and inspiration by writing blog posts and guest posts. He also shares some of his creative work on his social media accounts. Leonel loves playing with his three cats and swimming during his free time.

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