Ideas for Tile Flooring Transitions

April 2, 2011
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When designing the floors of our home, we usually want variations of flooring for each room.  Some would want wood floors for the living room, ceramics on the kitchen, and stone on the patio.  The dilemma with this concept is the transition of the floor from one room to the next, especially if there are no walls or door separating both rooms.  Just shifting to the next type of floor at the borderline appears too drastic and most would prefer to do some sort of design transition that would segregate the two areas.

There are methods that can be employed to soften the change.  It can be as simple as a borderline of tiles or as complex as creating a pattern mixing both types of tiles until they can be segregated.  Both would work better than having no transition at all.

A basic transition line usually involves a borderline of similar tiles but smaller than those on both areas.  It can either be the same color as the next room or a combination of the colors of tiles in both rooms.  A third color that complements the tiles of both areas will also work.

Another alternative would be to shift the orientation of the tiles at the borderline.  The most common would be to make a diamond pattern for the borderline.  Again, it can be a diamond pattern line at the edge of each room using the same color.  Or the diamond pattern can use the 2 colors alternately.   A more complicated transition would be a zigzag borderline pattern for the transition involving the 2 colors with smaller tiles.  It can also be a swirl rather than a zigzag, as long as it visually distinguishes the shift.

Transitions are also used for a change in flooring materials.  However, a borderline combining both materials would not always be possible.  A recommendation from the builder would also do wonders considering their experience.

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