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Transitioning Between Floors in the Home

19 July 2018 | Helpful Tips and Hints, Interiors, Renovating

In most homes, different types of flooring are used throughout to show a change in zone or area. The challenge lies in making these flooring transitions flow. Follow the advice of Lauren Pearse from Rylo Interiors to transition from one type of floor covering to another in a way that feels natural and looks good.

Complementary flooring colours

Colour

Lauren’s first suggestion is to choose floor coverings in colours that work well together. A common underlying hue to all the flooring in your home ensures the eye isn’t immediately drawn to the change.

Threshold to room from hallway

Thresholds

Sometimes, there isn’t an obvious spot to transition between floor coverings. However, doorways or narrow openings from one room to another make for natural-feeling transition points as they usually designate the start of new room.

Change in flooring elevation at stairs

Elevation

Even a slight change in floor elevation can be a good opportunity for a flooring transition. Using a change in elevation as a transition point also enables you to install two types of flooring in the same area without it being too jarring. To do this effectively, choose floor coverings that contrast gently in either tone or texture.

What not to do

Now you know what to do, but it also pays to know mistakes to avoid when transitioning between floors. The first pitfall of flooring transitions is choosing high-contrast floors. This goes against the goal of creating a transition that flows. It also has the unfortunate effect of making spaces feel smaller. Secondly, Lauren says not use too many types of floor coverings on each level. Consistency in the flooring goes a long way in encouraging the eye to take in the space as a whole rather than scrutinising all the changes between floor coverings. Lastly, try to avoid using transition strips. If you can get the two floor types to butt together seamlessly, this will reinforce the sense of cohesion and flow.

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