How To Transition Between Flooring Materials

Let’s say you want to use different types of flooring in two rooms, but you have a rather open floor plan and the transition is highly visible. Should you scrap the whole project or stick to one type of flooring? Heck, no — it’s all about the transition.
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We were blown away after looking at the talented Paul Anater’s clever solution to a similar problem. During a redesign project, he encountered a 45-degree transition between two flooring materials: Brazilian cherry and tile. The easy thing to do, he writes, would have been “to run a 45-degree cherry threshold between the two rooms.”
But apparently Paul *hates* 45-degree angles in architecture, so a more sophisticated solution was needed. Before the flooring was installed, he drew an “S” curve to illustrate the transition.

The flooring guy was initially skeptical, but soon embraced the idea–and a gently curved strip of solid cherry was crafted and installed, creating a striking transition point in a highly visible area of the home.
The lesson? If you’re working with a similar problem area, go for the obvious. Have you ever seen someone wearing what you initially think is a crazy outfit, but they pull it off with such confidence that you’re soon admiring their fashion panache? It’s a similar concept with this sort of flooring transition. If you make it look obvious and like it’s meant to be a part of the room, no one will question your brilliant design instincts.
Have you encountered a similar transition dilemma in your own home? How did you solve it?
Photo courtesy of Paul Anater

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Katy Schamberger
Katy Schamberger is a Kansas City-based freelance writer, editor, blogger and author who weaves experience as a journalist, magazine editor and Chief Content Officer to create compelling, engaging copy that informs, entertains and inspires action. Oh, and she likes to take photos, too, especially of architecture, food and cocktails. Welcome!
  • Prefab Houses

    The picture’s absolutely beautiful.