Charleston Hardwood and TileThere are many ways to mix hardwood and tiles to create a flooring combination that is both impressive and durable. At Floor Coverings International of Charleston, we love providing our customers with unique ideas for their Charleston home. If you aren’t sure if this type of flooring is right for your home, consider a few of the most common mixed floor designs below.

Using Different Tiles to Divide Open Rooms

Many homeowners use different types of flooring to divide open rooms. Dividing the kitchen and dining room using two different types of flooring is perhaps the most common option. Hardwood flooring is used for the dining area while tile flooring that is impervious to water damage is installed in the kitchen.

The dividing line between these two rooms does not necessarily have to be horizontal although such a line is tidy, aesthetic, and classy. A diagonal line gives the room a bit of extra flair. A curved line is sure to stand out, especially if the two flooring materials are two very different colors.

Dark brown hardwood flooring is typically paired with either white or light gray tiles to create a distinction between two rooms. Stone tiles are ideal if the room is meant to have an old-fashioned or natural look. Luxury vinyl tiles can be made to look like just about any type of stone; alternatively, a homeowner can use marble, granite, slate, travertine, or another type of natural stone tile.

Charleston Hardwood and TileCreating a Hallway Pattern

Mixed hardwood and tile flooring can also be used to create an interesting pattern in a hallway. In most cases, tile flooring is used for the center of the hallway while the hardwood floor is used near the sides. This design is both good looking and practical as the tiles are often easier to clean and more resilient to dents and dings than many types of hardwood. Even so, this isn’t the only trendy hallway pattern that can be created with these two flooring materials. Rectangular hardwood tile planks can be arranged in a crisscross pattern around square flooring tiles to create a classy hallway flooring pattern.

Creating a Special Effect in a Single Room

You can use mixed flooring in a living room, dining room, family room, bedroom, or even the bathroom. The dividing line between the flooring is often used to delineate certain areas of the room but this doesn’t always have to be the case. Mixed flooring can create a pattern similar to a rug in any given room; alternatively, you can use primarily one type of flooring material for the room while using another flooring material for the sides or the entrance to the room.

These are just some of the many ways you can use mixed flooring to create a unique ambiance in the home. Consider the options to see which one is best for your home and work with our flooring professionals to create a design that best suits your tastes, needs, and budget. Schedule your free in-home design consultation with Floor Coverings International of Charleston today to learn all about your different options. We proudly serve the greater Charleston, Mount Pleasant, the Lowcountry areas.

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