Tips for Combining Tile Flooring Styles in Your Home

Installing several styles of flooring in your home is a worthwhile investment that will add texture and dimension to your space. Although tile can be blended with other flooring materials, mixing various types of tile offers many unique benefits. The number of types you choose to blend—whether ceramic, stone, concrete or wood-look tile—will be dependent on the style and size of your home. To add multiple types of tile flooring to your home, let's first discuss how it can be accomplished in a cohesive way.


Here are a few tips to help you get started on your design.

Bathroom with white marble tile floor, soaker tub in front of wood look tile wall, shower with white and teal hexagon mosaic tile wall and white floor tile.

Select Practical Flooring Choices

The first consideration when selecting flooring is the purpose of the room and challenges the flooring will encounter.
For example, should the flooring be waterproof to handle spills or be slip resistant? Are there varying levels of slip-resistance required in the same room (main bathroom floor vs. shower floor)? Make sure the flooring has the appropriate DCOF required for your application. We suggest checking out this straightforward guide to DCOF.
If you prefer light-colored tile throughout your home, it may not be practical in areas that will likely collect dirt, such as a mudroom or entryway. For larger homes, this area can have a bold, contrasting color to add visual interest. For smaller homes or open room plans, use the same tile in a darker shade to give your home a cohesive look while remaining highly functional.
Shower with blue glazed porcelain wall tile, marble shelves & bench, brass & glass sconces, elongated hex mosaic marble floor tile.

Mix Materials in the same Shade

Often, each space in your home will have its own unique ambiance. Your dream home design may envision an inviting living room, pristine kitchen, elegant dining room, and cozy bedrooms. The flooring for each room can perfectly convey the room's character and mood while maintaining a unified visual effect for the entire home. When flooring colors easily blend, the eye travels from room to room without interruption. This is easily accomplished by selecting different flooring materials within the same color family. 
Regardless of your color scheme, Daltile has the largest collection of porcelain for your inviting living room, subway tile for your pristine kitchen, natural stone for your elegant dining room, and wood look tile for your cozy bedrooms.
Many of our tile offer the same thickness across different types of tile, which provides consistent footing throughout the home. In addition, the smooth room transitions will give your home a more spacious feel. (The product Sales Sheets provide thickness information.)
Great room open to the kitchen with vaulted ceiling, fireplace with gray tile, tile flooring that looks like wood, gray kitchen island and countertops.

When NOT to Combine Floor Styles

Sometimes, consistency is more important than dimension and interest. In a small space or two adjoining small spaces, different flooring styles can make them appear even smaller. Consider laying one type of flooring throughout to create a cohesive visual flow.
If the space features special elements, like a breakfast nook adjacent to the kitchen, consider using the same tile in different sizes to define these areas without creating too much contrast.
Also, with an open-concept home the furniture groupings often distinguishes each area from one another, removing the need to use flooring to add separation. Visual consistency maximizes your home's square footage by making the expanse appear connected.
However, flooring decisions should not simply focus on uniformity; practicality should be considered as well. Ensure the flooring is slip-resistant in areas likely to get wet, such as kitchens and bathrooms.

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