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How to make different types of flooring work together

July 3, 2017

When we envision our dream homes, we imagine walking through perfectly decorated rooms and feeling that there is a cohesive style present - a sense of theme that ties all the different spaces together. We want to feel harmony in our homes, and flooring can help create that feeling. 

Variations in design
The rooms of a home have different functions, often demanding different types of floors. A bathroom, where heavy moisture is present, needs a different kind of floor compared to the living room. High-traffic areas of kids' playrooms also need different types of floors, ones that are more durable and scratch-resistant. Stairwells and arches can also signify the end of one functional area and the beginning of another. The mood or design scheme of a room can also demand different flooring types - for example, a lively family room can call for a different style of floor than a quiet library. 

floorIt's important that multiple floor styles work together in harmony.

Making it all work
When using multiple types of flooring throughout your home, it's important to ensure they will mesh together. Even though one type of room may command a different floor than another, if there is no common design thread tying them together, the effect is jumbled and not very aesthetically pleasing. Here are a few tips for how to make different types of flooring work together in harmony:

Use similar tones and colors
One great way to unite all the rooms of your home is to use flooring in similar colors. For example, you could have a light-brown hardwood floor in the entryway, which then leads to a medium-brown wood floor in the living room or family room. Smaller rooms that are offset by doors, such as studies or libraries, can use a darker wood, but keeping things in relatively the same color family helps make your overall home design scheme cohesive. 

"One great way to unite all the rooms of your home is to use flooring in similar colors."

In spaces that are prone to moisture, such as bathrooms and kitchens, use durable, water-resistant flooring. If you are using tiles or stone in these spaces, you can still create flow and connection with the floors of the other rooms in your home by using materials in the same color family. You could use white tile in the bathroom, and then use light-colored wood flooring in the adjoining bedroom. 

Create the right mood 
Letting the function of a room guide the type of floor you use is a smart strategy. Think about the mood you want to create in each space, and ensure the type and style of the floor reflects that to avoid any clashes. In a family or entertainment room, you could choose rich, earthy hardwood floors to create a warm and comfortable feeling. Bedrooms can benefit from soothing white or cream-colored wood floors, while rich cherry and auburn shades are elegant and inviting in parlors and dining rooms. Once you've determined the various moods you want to create, you can select a color palette for your home's overall aesthetic.

Carry color throughout your home 
Another way to tie together various floor types and styles throughout your home is to use decorative accents and furniture in similar colors to the floors. For example, if you are using grey stone in the kitchen and bathrooms but medium- to dark-hardwood throughout the rest of your home, add rustic wood touches to the cabinets or counters in the kitchen and bathrooms to echo the hardwood found in the other rooms and support a cohesive theme. 

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