6 Simple Ways to Create Flooring Transitions That Work

There’s a lot to be said about installing various types of floor in the same room. It’s a great way to define different areas of open-plan living space. And it breaks up the monotony of a larger space.

But to make this look work, you need to get creative. Some color and texture contrasts don’t always sit well together. And that’s why flooring transitions are so important.

What is Flooring Transition?

Flooring transitions

The basic idea is to gradually move from one area of flooring to the next. The right choices can leave your home looking like a mood board — filled with color, personality, and different textures. Of course, there’s no right or wrong involved here. But there are some tried-and-tested ideas the experts at Flooring Express want you to know about.

1. Utilize Contrasting Colors and Shades

A big problem many homeowners talk about relates to a lack of contrast between floor types. Imagine you’re laying light oak in the living room and a slightly darker oak in the kitchen. If the shades are similar – even slightly so – it might appear that you ran out of the initial flooring and replaced it with the next best thing. People may also think you simply picked up the wrong flooring in the store.

Transitions Light Oak for the hall and Dark Walnut for kitchen

2. Transition by Direction

You don’t always need a third type of flooring or an accessory to define a clear transition. Whether you’re laying laminate, hardwood flooring or vinyl planks, you can create a visually stunning transition simply by switching to a different direction of flow.


Imagine you’re laying laminate flooring in your dining area. You’re keen to stick with the same flooring in the adjoining kitchen, but you want to create a boundary. All you need to do is lay the laminate widthways in the living room, and lengthways in the kitchen.

3. Gradual Color Transitions

This method is perfect for tiled bathrooms. And it works best with mosaic tiles. The idea is to gradually move from one color to the next using different shades. The best way to describe it is with an example.

Gradual color transition

Let’s imagine you’re laying two tile colors in your bathroom. In the area where your shower is located, you have black tiles. The area where your sinks are has white tiles. You can either move from black to white in a single line or implement a gradual transition with shades of gray. This should leave you with a narrow transition line – making the jump from black to white a little less harsh.

4. Floor Strips

One of the trickiest transitions to get right is one that must bring two very different types of flooring together. Think about the transition between carpet and laminate, for example. This is a common transition between kitchens and living rooms. But to end carpeting abruptly looks ugly and unfinished.

Laminate and Carpet combine transition

Making this type of complex transition isn’t easy, and is usually best left to specialists. An expert from Express Flooring can assess your needs and arrange for the work to be carried out to a very high standard. Just give them a call to book an appointment.

5. Curved Wood and Laminate Transitions

Who says flooring transitions need to be linear? They can be curved. In fact, they often look better this way in large, open-plan living areas. This is a modern concept that is very difficult to achieve with expert help. But it’s great for making an interesting feature out of your flooring.

Curved wood and laminate transition

6. Mosaic Strips

Introducing a third type of flooring to create an eye-catching transition creates something very special. This particular method of transitioning can work with absolutely any floor pairing. Whether you’re separating laminate from carpet or hardwood from tile, mosaic tile strips look amazing.

Mosaic transitions in the bathroom

Where possible, it’s best to choose a mosaic color that sits somewhere between the two main floor types you’re separating. For example, if you have oak wood flooring transitioning into white tiles, a gray mosaic strip is perfect.

Executing flooring transitions correctly can make a huge difference to the overall look of a space. Don’t take any chances. Call in the experts to get the job done properly.

Working with us is a simple four step process.

  1. Call us. Tell us the type of floor you want and the color and space, etc. in order to schedule your free in-home appointment
  2. Meet Our Design Consultant and Select Your Flooring
  3. We Measure the Area and Provide a Quote For Material AND Installation
  4. If You Love Everything, Then We Can Install It The Next Day!

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6 Simple Ways to Create Flooring Transitions That Work was last modified: February 20th, 2019 by Express Flooring