How to Mix Flooring Materials at the Same Room

There are a lot of floor materials you may choose to utilize in exactly the exact same place, all which have various advantages and disadvantages, styles and patterns, and general thicknesses. When it comes to mixing different materials together in precisely the exact same room, color and patterns are of less importance than material type and thickness, since all of them need to flush with one another in the end.


So far as colours are concerned, you might mix and match according to your personal preferences, because there are no set-in-stone design rules. But certain colours complement each other, and others have been utilized to contrast for quite specific aesthetics. For instance, one might opt to utilize a dark all-natural stone such as brown granite using a light-colored hardwood floor such as pine for a contrasting look. Alternatively, a dark-colored wood such as cherry matched up against a dark-colored all-natural stone or rug gives you an overall synergy between both different floor materials.

Transition Strips

Transition strips typically are used between two materials that have distinct finish heights in which you cannot control the actual height of each individual floor perfectly, ending up having a lip in which the two match. You will find an assortment of different types to choose from, such as T-strips in which the vertical section sits between both materials and the top horizontal section sits on top. A reducer strip installed between carpet and tile using a ramp reduces the height from the tile into the carpeting. Other types of transition strips comprise custom tile patterns, such as transitioning the door, or thresholds strips made of marble. Transition strips can be wood, metal, rubber or plastic too, and you’ll be able to create custom strips if your floor isn’t defined by commercial specifications.


No two materials are the exact same thickness, which means the complete height of a given floor material will be different than that of the other. While not all floor materials need underlayment, it can be utilized to build up the height of the floor to match the other floor material. Take hardwood and tile, for example; the traditional thickness of wood far exceeds that of a traditional tile setup, where wood is around 3/4-inch thick, tiles are 1/4-inch thick, and the underlayment usually is 1/4 inch. In order to constitute the excess height, you can use 1/2-inch underlayment board to develop the tile so that its complete height flushes the exact same as the hardwood floor. Additional layers of subfloor can be added to increase the height where required below a particular finish material.

Drop-Down Flooring

In extreme cases in which a floor is designed around a particular subject, specific thicker-than-normal materials such as flagstone are utilized. Flagstone thickness varies due to the inconsistencies of nature, oftentimes ranging between 1/4 inch around 3/4 inch or thicker. It is not possible to flush flagstone material with carpeting or hardwood utilizing traditional installation procedures. Instead, a special section of this floor is created with floor joists that are lower compared to the remainder of the floor. This is known as a drop-down floor. The substance will be installed on the hardwood flooring first, then the dip floor is built up so so that the materials flush on top. Employing the flagstone instance, a bed of deck cement (also known as deck mud) is placed down at the drop-down area of thickness between 2 and 3 inches, and the flagstone substance is pressed down to the bed of brick till it flushes out using the hardwood. Other materials have various ways of being built up, which range from cushioning to layers of underlayment or even more subfloor layers.

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