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Tiling Tips: How to Mix Tile, Hardwood, and Carpeting

While tile is a beautiful flooring option on its own, it's also versatile enough to be used alongside hardwood or carpeting. And while you probably tend to base your design elements on personal taste, you'll also have to consider the flow of your home when mixing different types of flooring. Mixing floor types can create subtle visual cues and boundaries within your room that will determine where your furniture will eventually go, and how you will move throughout the room.

Here are some tiling tips to help you blend your tile with other floor surfaces in a way that makes decorative and practical sense:

1. Choose Similarly Colored Materials

By choosing tiles, hardwood, or carpeting that is in the same color family, you'll be able to avoid a high-contrast transition. For example, if you have a dark-colored wood in your living area, try pairing it with a darker tile, such as Daltile's Continental Slate in Moroccan Brown, in your bathrooms and kitchen. This will help keep the transition between rooms visually appealing, while also allowing each room to have the most functional flooring.

2. Stick to Neutral Colors

In addition to choosing colors that are similar, it's a lot easier to mix different types of flooring if they are neutral in color. There are many shades of gray, brown, and beige carpet, tile, or hardwood to choose from. Not only are these colors versatile, they will be

3. Incorporate Tile Beyond the Floor

Create a cohesive design throughout your home by incorporating a similar tile into every room—even in rooms with hardwood or carpet floors. You can do this in subtle ways, such as adding mosaic versions of the same tile to the fire place or the kick plates on your staircase. This will help connect the rooms, even though they have different floors.

4. Opt for Tile That Looks Like Wood

If you love the look of hardwood in your kitchen and want to continue it throughout the house, opt for tile that resembles wood. It's perfect for high-traffic and high-moisture areas like the bathroom and is available in shades ranging from light to dark, in a variety of finishes. Tile that looks like wood offers an elegant yet cozy look, while still being practical.

With these tiling tips, you can use different flooring materials throughout your home without disrupting the flow. Try opting for similarly colored materials, avoiding a transition strip, and incorporating tile that looks like wood to make sure every room complements the next. Your home will not only look beautiful, but it will be as functional as possible.

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