Flooring, flooring, flooring (maybe a slight reference to the Brady Bunch)…a crucial part to any design for a home, yet an element of the interior that is often “skimped” on when renovating. Many will go about a remodel only to patch the look together by mixing different floor types because they don’t want to spend the money to change it all out (good reason to have a plan up front!)*. The more floor types you have within a space, the smaller it feels. Why?! Similar to paint colors, every time you change a flooring type, your eye stops and therefore makes the space feel smaller than it actually is.
* Design professional top tip…don’t install the same type of floor next to one another when they have different finishes/styles (i.e. two different color tiles).
We are currently working on a project where we have the above…well…let’s say challenge (“problem” just seemed a little too harsh, LOL). The previous home owner (prior to our client’s purchase, of course) just kept adding different flooring types as they went along…the kitchen, family room, dining area etc. It even had two different types of travertine installed in the master suite (the bedroom and bathroom were different)! No Buenos! How are we remedying the situation? We are tearing out all the floors on the first level (except for the master bath) and installing a beautiful light colored wood floor throughout for that “beachy without bringing in the beach” feel (sorry, will have to post pictures of this one later…it’s still in process J). To answer your next question, yes, we are installing two different finishes/styles next to each other. In this case it’s the exception to the rule because they are contrasting materials (wood next to tile). So, whenever in a bind, keep this in mind (sorry if that was cheesy)! Also, for master bathrooms specifically, sometimes you want the material to be different so it becomes the “star” like the one pictured.
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