20 Hot Ideas for Threshold and Transition Flooring for 2019

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The same flooring material can’t always be used throughout the space, presenting both opportunities and challenges for that critical area where one material meets another.

Current design trends for flooring transitions and thresholds are embracing mixed media, juxtaposing materials for contrast in color, texture, and form. Traditional, rustic, and vintage styles still hold appeal, and neutral color palettes continue to prevail, especially on the lighter side of the spectrum. That presents opportunities to use texture and hue for subtle, space-defining elements.

1. Strong Border Forms

With contemporary open plan concepts for homes, flooring plays a major role in differentiating space. Shaped, curved or diagonal lines create a distinct border for strong definition.

2. Hexagon Tiles

Hexagon tiles strike a bold note for rooms where a durable, water-resistant material is desirable, such as under a freestanding bathtub or in the kitchen. Rendered in vintage black and white, modern hexagonal tiles are both sophisticated and retro, meeting the current trend for the creative blending of old and new.

Transition with Hexagon Tiles

3. Patterns

Chevron, herringbone, and basketweave patterns are traditional wood flooring patterns that are attracting new attention. Changing the direction of the wood pattern forms an elegant transition from one space to another.

4. Wood and Tile

These two materials harmonize easily and are frequently positioned together, due to different characteristics.

Color palettes are easily integrated between the two materials and transitions are easily accomplished using border and buffer zone techniques.

Wood and Tile Pattern Transition

5. Buffer Zone

Use a buffer zone between two types of flooring to soften the transition, especially when the two materials are so similar they could appear to be a matching error. Use sparingly to interrupt the visual similarities.

6. Mosaic Bands

Colorful mosaic tile brings the appearance of handcrafted charm and high visibility to the transition. Applied strategically, a mosaic band accents the transition between two materials, without overwhelming the space.

7. Tile Borders

A band of tiles is another method of transitioning between one material and another, especially effective as a buffer zone between two similar materials.

Flooring Transition with Tile Borders

8. Wood Borders

A simple wood border effectively separates two different materials or types of wood flooring. Choose from a variety of options, from a narrow, elegant stripe to wide, rustic planks.

9. Irregular Shapes

Offset linear, predictable forms with an irregular border at the transition point for a contemporary accent.

10. Trickling

 This technique can be used with a variety of flooring materials and methods, including hexagonal tiles and different wood patterns.

Trickling Transition

11. Textural Contrast

Play up the contrasting textures at the threshold or transition, while staying within a similar color palette, when you want to avoid a “busy” appearance of combining different types of flooring. Tile and wood combinations are especially effective for this approach.

12. Light and Dark

For prominent areas, such as the entryway, where you want to draw attention to space, the contrast between light and dark colors, as well as textural differences.

13. Use Furniture for the Transition

Bridge the difference between two types of flooring with furniture and fixtures. A kitchen island and stools, for example, disrupts the hard line between one material and another to soften the impact.

Use Furniture for the Transition

14. Wood to Wood

Different types of wood flooring are very common over the life cycle of the house. Careful transition and threshold treatments avoid the appearance of a mismatch. A strong wood border, buffer zone, or accenting the border with tile are effective techniques for separating similar wood flooring types.

15. Contrasting Sizes

Large sizes in plank flooring and tiles are a popular trend in flooring and can present visual contrast to differentiate between materials.

16. Easy Installation

Trims designed for flooring products, instead of a separate metal track, offer ease of installation.

17. Concrete

Concrete is a pliable material that is practical and blends with the trend toward a chic industrial aesthetic in contemporary architecture. It can be used in transitions as a contrasting element to traditional or rustic styles.

18. Contrasting Colors in Finishes

Lighter colors in flooring, such as whitewashed, blanched and blond products, are very popular now. Contrast at the threshold or transitional space with strips or buffer zones of dark wood, such as fumed wood flooring.

Contrasting Colors Transition

19. Contrasting Textures in Finishes

Interest in raw, rustic, finishes is high for 2019. Use the transition or threshold to update more traditional matte or satin finishes in adjacent flooring with the more handcrafted look of planks.

20. Mix It Up

You don’t have to restrict your choices for threshold and transition materials. Modern flooring products are increasingly versatile, with an expanding palette of choices in color, texture, and form to suit your style preferences.


Express Flooring can help you select the best transition and threshold approaches for your project from the wide range of products we have available. Call Us to schedule an in-home appointment.

20 Hot Ideas for Threshold and Transition Flooring for 2019 was last modified: March 5th, 2019 by Express Flooring