Whether you are working on a new construction or remodeling, when it comes to flooring, you may be wondering should flooring be the same throughout the house? Of course, everyone is entitled to their opinion on this matter, but there is no real reason that you need to have the same flooring throughout the house. While it isn’t necessary, or even desirable to have the same flooring through your entire home, there are a few things to keep in mind when planning your layout.
Include Transition Pieces You can technically start one type of flooring right where the other type ends but for a professional appearance, you should use transition pieces. The transition pieces are often made from one of the materials you are using. For example, if you are going from hardwood to carpeting, your transition piece may be a strip of hardwood. Transition pieces create a polished look and make the different types of flooring look intentional.
Consider Height Differences Moving from one flooring surface to another shouldn’t present too much trouble, but if there is a height difference you may increase the risk of trips and falls. If there is a height difference between two rooms, make sure that it is clearly visible to reduce the risk of tripping.
Think About the Future Flooring has a long lifespan, so you should choose something you like. If you feel strongly that all of your flooring should match, but can’t swing it quite yet, go ahead and choose what you love in the areas you can afford. You can always change out other rooms later. You may actually find that you enjoy the visual interest that different flooring selections provide.
As you can see, there are no rules when it comes to flooring. Selecting the style that you like, installing it neatly, and using transition pieces will create a polished look. Flooring is a significant investment, so it makes sense to choose something you love.