Are you looking for floor transition ideas ? then this article foor you
Formerly it was common to install a different floor in each area of the house since it was sought to give an independent personality to each room and, in addition, the variety of floors was not as much as today. However, thanks to technological advances and the wide range of floors available in the market, today it is possible to use the same type of floor in every corner of the house.
Even so, despite the fact that it is possible to have the same floor throughout the space, there are those who prefer to mix different types of flooring; either by design, for the purpose of demarcating specific areas, or because the flooring chosen for social areas cannot withstand the normal hustle and bustle of a kitchen, laundry area or bathroom.
This is the reason that forces us to think about the transition between floors, as it is essential to ensure that the place looks the way we want and remains firm to the chosen decoration style. The goal is to understand how to properly combine two different floors, whether you change their style, color, texture or layout.
Let’s first clarify that transitions can be created by choice or by necessity. When they are done on purpose, it is because they seek to highlight certain areas or be conditioned according to their use, since it is certain that places with higher humidity (bathrooms and kitchens) require a more resistant type of floor than that needed in a room or room . However, there are situations in which the transition is mandatory due to some type of architectural modification, for example, when you eliminate a wall that divides two areas, the result is an empty space and a type of floor on each side. How are you going to fill that void without making it look bad? That’s what we’ll solve next with these flooring transition ideas .
No matter what combination you want to do, it will always be feasible if certain parameters are followed to guarantee a wonderful result, both at a functional and aesthetic level. Without more to say, let’s get started.
1. TRANSITION BETWEEN CERAMICS AND LAMINATES
This is one of the most common transitions, whether using stone or ceramic combined with LVT vinyl or natural wood or laminate flooring. The first thing to keep in mind is that this mixture is popular on both floors and walls, especially bathrooms, and there are different styles that we will detail below.
Use of metal plates or sheets on floors and walls
In the past, a metallic sheet of chromed or golden hue was installed, about 5 cm wide, which was responsible for covering the gap between the tiles and the wood, currently it is preferred to install a wooden or PVC plate, the same color and texture as the laminate floor, creating a warmer and more aesthetic effect.
However, if you prefer to use metal plates, today you get thinner ones (about 2 cm or less) and in champagne or silver tones to make it look like a detail made on purpose. These plates are normally located where there is a door to help hide it while it is closed.
In the walls, the tile is usually used in the upper area and the wood in the lower area, normally it is divided right in the middle of the wall but this can go up or down a few centimeters, at your option. The plates are also used to hide the joints, preferably made of the same material as the laminate or wood.
Use of sheets of the same material as the floor
When you do not want to use a plate, it is possible to use a sheet of the same material, thickness and thickness of the laminate, located in a direction perpendicular to the direction of the floor, in this way a more uniform result is obtained, without protruding surfaces, and more aesthetic . The objective is that the separation of the spaces is seen and emphasized.
Using uneven laminate
When the division is caused by a small step, you can do something aesthetic by creating a strip with the sheets of wood that invades about 12 inches of the tiled area. This “invasion” helps make the transition subtle and with a high aesthetic value that will attract all the attention.
If you prefer to keep a minimalist style, you can make a direct combination without using any type of transition. In this case, both floors must be level and have the same type of texture, preferably, what changes is the color and resistance of the material. A visual wood texture with a marble type is often used to frame open kitchens that share space with the dining room and living room. The effect is similar to when a carpet is laid on the floor.
The vinyl floors are very well suited for these transitions as it offers a wide variety of colors and textures that blend well together while maintaining the quality of the product. But if you choose different materials … BEWARE! The quality of the detail in the transition must be very high since errors will be visible to the naked eye.
2. TRANSITION BETWEEN NATURAL STONE AND WOOD
When the transition is between stone and wood, perfect for houses with a rustic style, it is possible that, if the exterior of the house has a cobbled floor, it will extend a little beyond the main entrance to be a space of arrival and welcome, then the wood will welcome you warmly. This design is very useful on rainy days or when you arrive with dirty shoes as this area is perfect to leave your shoes or an umbrella, and then continue to the rest of the house.
The transition is simple, where the stone floor ends, a narrow transverse strip of PVC or wood is installed, or the same width as the tiles – depending on the design – and then the sheets of the same material are installed, in the desired direction.
3. TRANSITION BETWEEN WOODS OR LAMINATES
Curiously, the transitions are not always between different types of flooring, as it may be the case that the same material is used but areas still need to be demarcated or voids must be covered.
Rolled in one direction
In this case, a piece of the same material as the rest of the floor can be used, placing a tile perpendicular to the others so that a subtle visual cut is created that usually goes unnoticed.
Rolled in opposite directions
The transition can also occur when elongated pieces are installed that are located in a different direction between one room and another, usually at 90 ° although it can also go from diagonal to straight.
Even, the transition is necessary when a herringbone floor is designed in the rooms, which in the partitions of doors or small corridors can be difficult to install or causes greater waste of material. Sheets of the same material are installed there but in another direction that causes a stronger visual cut, that is, the herringbone flooring sheets go diagonally while the division sheet goes straight.
Finally, it is a less common but still existing option, it is to make a wide and super notorious transition zone in which, with the help of the same laminated material, a different pattern is created from that made in the other rooms. This option is ideal for small corridors where a rest area is created between rooms.
Laminate wood or LVT luxury vinyl floors give you the opportunity to create custom patterns, using the same material in different shades or textures. Among the most common finishes you can find marble, wood, concrete style, although in other models you can even get a fabric or leather look.
4. TRANSITION WITH INCRUSTATION
This type of transition has become popular in recent years, and it actually looks amazing. It is about embedding, in a daring way, one type of floor between the other, without drawing a straight and precise line, but rather playing with symmetry and the invasion of spaces in a pleasant and aesthetic way.
This transition usually occurs between small hexagonal tiles and straight sheets, however it is also possible to do it with tiles of other designs and textures. But, it can also be achieved using sheets of contrasting textures and colors of the same dimensions.
Although this design is pleasant and aesthetic, it is not very common since it requires a lot of detail during its installation, since, when using pieces of different shapes and sizes, it is necessary to make precise and different cuts in each sheet to fit the perfection and the result is exquisite.
5. PARTIAL TRANSITION
Instead of placing a mat to mark out an area, it is possible to install a floor of a different visual texture or color (which is complementary) to highlight a specific area of a room. In this case, vinyl floors are an excellent option since they are offered in a variety of colors that can be combined with each other, using the same material, texture and quality.
Ideally, the joints should be subtle and go unnoticed, but this effect is achieved depending on the type of flooring to be installed, since if the same material is used but with a different color, the same installation process is maintained without inconvenience, but if If you are combining wood with ceramic or vinyl flooring , you need to use additional accessories to cover the joints.
The advantage of using vinyl flooring is that, since they have the same installation method and the dimensions of the tiles are the same, the installation process is simple and the transition is not complex. That is why this style is so popular in educational institutions or in the health sector that require the use of vinyl floors demanding the demarcation of spaces.
6. TRIPLE TRANSITION
This is not a very common option since it involves using 3 different types of floors where the third floor is responsible for making the transition between the other two. The idea is that the third on the list has a decorative purpose, so it will be of a different material, color or texture from the others, but that it complements with the others and contrast.
7. CREATIVE TRANSITION
Similar to the inlay transition, the creative transition aims to add a touch of originality to spaces by creating eye-catching visual patterns and textures. It is possible that when making a creative transition, two different types of materials are used or that are of contrasting color, you can even play with the texture of the walls or create unusual designs where the above techniques are combined.
If you like, you can use hydraulic tiles and tiles to make these transitions, as their colors combined with light colored laminates make the tile designs stand out.
8. TRANSITION OF WOOD AND CEMENT
The use of polished concrete indoors has increased in recent years as it is coupled with an industrial and minimalist style. When it comes to thinking about transitions, combining cement and laminate floors has its advantages since fresh cement allows you to create particular shapes that will give a unique touch to your home.
With the different options that we have shared with you today, let your creativity flow and design the floor of your dreams. Transitions will help your space have your personality but with a touch of glamor and a lot of style.
9.Transitions between different soils
The most common is one that combines porcelain or stone flooring (for example in bathrooms and kitchens) with wood or laminate (in the rest of the house.
In these cases, the most common is to place the plate of about 5cm which used to be in chrome or gold aluminum (causing a rather edgy effect), but which today is placed in the tone and the material of the laminate parquet or in wood causing a much more aesthetic effect.
This type of plate is usually placed between rooms separated by a door , with which the edge of the same “hides” the plate when closed. Despite this, they have their drawbacks, as over time they tend to end up standing up somewhere, hindering the opening or closing of the door when it is hinged.
If instead metal is preferred, there are now much narrower plates and more modern metals like copper or champagne to mark the joint and give it a “made on purpose” look.
Although installing a plate is the simplest and most recurring option, a much more practical and aesthetic solution (especially when there is no door between the floor change) is to use as a transition nail slat of the same thickness and the same material of the wooden or laminate floor and place it at ground level , so that the two floors are on the same level and that the transition is more visual than physical …
Another option for less but very aesthetic is causing the transition to ‘show’, especially if we wish to emphasize the separation between rooms … Here you can create a kind of no little done same material as one of the floors (or another, as we want it to be noticed) of considerable width .
The aesthetic effect is indisputable, although on a practical level more than once we will stumble upon the small step of the past, but it is a good option when it is necessary to generate a transition between two floors at different levels.
And finally, we have the possibility of keeping the ground flat but without transition . These are the occasions when the floor change occurs directly, like a cut in the wood without the existence of a plate or an intermediate element (at least perceived, because it can be hidden).
The effect in these cases is as if we are placing a rug directly on the floor, and it is generally common in open kitchens and continuous or large tiled floors. Of course, you have to be very good in the placement …
10.Transitions between the same wooden floor
Transitions do not always take place between different floors. Sometimes you have to do it on the same floor, as we have already commented as an expansion meeting for very large or very long spaces, either because we are throwing partitions and you have to fill in the gaps or for some aesthetic reason. (eg to alleviate the feeling of a long hallway when the slats are all in a longitudinal direction).
In these cases, the most common is to use the same material as the floor and mark the transition with straight slats in the opposite direction to the line of the usual slat.
This option creates a kind of “visual cut” but since it is made of the same material, it goes more or less unnoticed in the general decoration.
Straight transitions are also often common in combination with herringbone floors . In these cases, the cutoff is more visible because in addition to the orientation, the format of the transition changes.
Finally, a less common and creative option is to generate a “ transition zone ” that is wider than the usual classic plank and generate a different design there from the rest of the slats. In this way, we create the feeling of a “rest area” between one room and another.
11.Orientation change as a transition
Sometimes the transition between two floors in two different rooms is not done by slats but by a change in orientation of the floor itself.
The most common in these cases is the change of orientation of the slats at 90 ° (i.e. from longitudinal to transverse or vice versa). Thus, in some rooms, the slats go one way and in others the other.
Sometimes the diagonal , which can be very creative.
Another very common option is to go from a herringbone floor to another straight line , either straight (the change in orientation to the straight blade does not in turn result in an intermediate transition)
… Or indirectly , in which case the change of orientation is preceded by a strip in the opposite direction to that of the other part.
12.Inlaid ground transitions
A very original, curious and daring way of joining two floors is to integrate one on the other .
In these cases, there is no “straight” transition as in the previous ones, but one soil mixes with another without being able to draw a fixed line.
These types of transitions weren’t seen 10 years ago, so it’s something relatively new.
The most common is the union between straight slats and tiles in hexagonal format
However, any other tile of a format other than the classic square or rectangular can be valid, like those of Japanese waves or the more classic ones.
In any case, the incrustation of floors is not the exclusive domain of the tiling. The slats can also be combined with each other or with other floors such as waxed concrete or concrete.
Although this is not typical, one way to create a transition between two floors is to use another third or a different placement format or color than the other two.
So instead of trying to disguise the board, it is praised as a decorative motif.
Among the materials, everything you can think of: marble, stone, metal, wood… The main thing is to look for something completely different from the other two floors and to find a contrasting color.
Sometimes we come across a floor that appears to be made of two different materials when in fact it is the same. These are visual effects that are deliberately sought after for different reasons.
The thing? The easiest: paint them!
15.Stairs and curbs
When we have a Staircase in the house and a wooden floor or the like , inevitably the meaning of the llama will change at some point.
In this sense, if a herringbone floor or in a straight line, the only way to make the transition is to assume the U-turn (which can …
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