Flooring transitions are a very important step in the interior design of your home. Just like living rooms set the mood to relax and make conversation, your flooring transition will bring a new personality to every space and define boundaries between rooms. The great thing about these transitions are that you can choose from numerous designs and materials to customize it to your very own style. Additionally, homes with open floor plans are becoming increasingly popular. This means that the flooring transitions are more visible and it will be easier to distinguish particular areas in your home. When getting ready to renovate your flooring, you must be aware of which transitions strips to use. Also, know which flooring materials you’ll use to make the overall transition.
Why Flooring Transitions?
When thinking of flooring transitions, relate it to a picture frame or the fence you build in your backyard. They protect the space (in this case, the expansion gap) and make it look whole. Without flooring transition strips, dust and dirt can build up between floorings, and your home will look uneven and incomplete. However, the strips will allow for a beautifully seamless transition from your kitchen to your living room, for example. Not to mention, it aids in safety by reducing the likelihood of tripping between two uneven surfaces, or stubbing your toes within the gaps (to all you bare-footers out there). Flooring transitions are perfect for multi-flooring homes. While you may want to install hardwood in the kitchen, you might find carpet to be perfect for the adjacent living room. It can be done with transition strips!
If you’re new to interior design, you may be wondering what transitions strips are and how to go about choosing the right materials to install it. As far from your mind as these strips may be in the overall project, they will make your home achieve a seamless and smooth transition throughout. The main and most common transition strips include:
- Reducer: This is used between floorings of different height to level them and provide a smooth transition.
- T-Bar: Shaped like a “T”, these strips are used between two hard surfaces of the same height.
- Stair Nosing: Strips that protect the edge of each stair and give it a finished, professional look.
- Quarter Round: Create a smooth transition from floor to walls and cover the expansion gap on baseboards
- Baseboard: A decorative feature that borders each room and creates a finished-look perimeter.
You can find transition strips in a variety of materials that fit perfectly in your home. Whether you are using them to transition from carpet to carpet, hardwood to tile, carpet to hard flooring, or simply to accentuate doorways, you will find the perfect strip. The materials for flooring transitions come in vinyl, wood, metal, and rubber (most likely for commercial spaces).
Designs for Flooring Transitions
Now that you’re aware of the purpose behind flooring transitions, where do you start with its installation? Every flooring project starts with a plan of what you want to achieve. First, know where the transition will take place. Then, decide which flooring materials will be transitioning. Finally, choose the best material and type of transition strip to fit your home. If you’re one to make a bold statement, this will be a fun task. Some homeowners will venture into the world of creativity, while others will rather keep it simple.
Irregular Transition Patterns
There’s no limit with interior design. Creativity is its forte. New trends such as parquet, herringbone, and other geometric patterns are becoming increasingly popular. As you transition from your kitchen to your family room, throw in some hexagonal or checkered tiles to make the ultimate statement. Transition borders can be done in a straight line or in whatever form you dream up.
The very first thing you see when you open your front door is your entryway. There’s no question that it’s the perfect place to be daring! If the majority of your home will have carpet or hardwood flooring, install a unique design of tiles in your entryway. It separates the area from the rest of your home, and with enough creativity, will express the style and overall personality of your living space as soon as one steps in.
Another popular trend and must in interior design is contrast among colors. The way green plants bring life to a white space, is the same way that contrast in flooring transitions will embolden each room. An example of this is a transition between white tiles to dark hardwood, or even carpet to hardwood.
Begin Your Next Project
Flooring is the base of every home. It is important to keep every aspect in mind whether it’s installation, colors, materials, transitions, and size preference. Every detail matters and with Go Mobile Flooring, we can help bring all those details to life. Our wonderful installation team will help guide you through the whole process. If you are unsure where to start, we bring our mobile showroom containing all our selections of hardwood, laminate, carpet, vinyl, and tile to homes in the Tampa area. Contact us today to learn more.