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Tips for Combining Tile Flooring Styles in Your Home

Posted by Daltile Team on Oct 7, 2015 8:30:00 PM

Installing several styles of flooring in your home is a worthwhile investment that will add texture and dimension to your space. Although you can blend tile with other flooring materials, mixing various types of tile flooring offers many unique benefits. The number of types—whether you go with ceramic, stone, concrete or wood-look tile—you choose to blend will depend on certain factors, such as the style and size of your home. To add multiple types of tile flooring to your home, first determine how you can accomplish it in a cohesive way.

Here are a few tips to help you get started on your design:

Stay Consistent in Open-Concept or Small Homes

In a small or an open-concept home, furniture groupings, rather than walls, often define the main living areas—the kitchen, dining room, living room, and entryway. By laying one type of flooring, such as natural stone, ceramic, or wood-look tile, throughout the open span, you will create a nice visual flow. If your space features special elements like bay windows or a breakfast nook, try using the same tile in different sizes to define these areas without creating too much contrast. Visual consistency maximizes square feet by making the expanse appear connected. But your flooring decisions shouldn't just be about uniformity; practicality counts, too.

Acacia Valley in Alder 9 x 36 and 6 x 36

Keep Your Flooring Choices Practical

Before you mix and match tile options, contemplate the purpose of the flooring. This will help you to determine where different types of tile flooring should be used. For example, does the flooring help to marry a fireplace, sofa, and statement chair? Does it have to be durable enough to withstand scratches from moving dining chairs? And should it be able to handle spills, sloshes, bubbling pots, or drippy boots? If you want light-colored tile throughout your home, it may not be practical for the mudroom because it will show dirt. In this case, you could use the same tile but in a darker shade to give your home a cohesive look, while still staying functional.

Use a Different Material in the Same Shade

If you plan to use stone or porcelain tile in the main living areas, you may need to choose a different material for the bedrooms. When you step into a bedroom, you typically expect a relaxed, inviting atmosphere, and the use of a different flooring tile can help translate this different vibe. For example, you may want to incorporate wood-look tile for visual warmth in your bedroom. Wood-look tile, such as Yorkwood Manor glazed porcelain, touts the appearance of vintage, rustic planks, and Saddle Brook glazed porcelain is as elegant as it is durable. As long as the different flooring colors easily blend—brown natural stone and brown wood-look tile, for instance—your eye will travel from room to room without interruption. Another benefit of pairing different types of tile is that similar thicknesses or heights are often available, allowing for an effortless transition. This smooth transition will give your home a more spacious feel.

 

The amount of tile flooring you use in your home can affect the overall feel of your space. Small, minimalist, and open-floor-plan homes typically benefit from staying consistent, but that doesn't mean you can't vary the kind of tile you use. It's also important to choose a flooring material for each room that's practical, and try to pick materials that are in the same color range. These tips will help you design a cohesive home that always feels inviting to you and your guests.


Topics: Wood Look Tile, Trends

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