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In open-plan homes, the entryway may not have any logical starting and stopping point for a flooring change. In this home a tile rectangle large enough for a handful of people to stand on defines the entry area. The tiles form a path leading to the hallway. Hardwood is used for the remaining areas.
A couple of things I like about this example: The darker shade in the diamond pattern is very close to the color of the wood flooring, so they work well next to each other with regard to color. The diamond pattern is also a nice contrast to the linear pattern of the wood.
This designer made a similar decision but reversed the materials, with wood chosen as the walkway and stone leading off into the adjoining rooms. I like that the direction of the wood runs across the hall so it doesn't look like a bowling alley. I also like that the direction of the wood and the stone tiles are perpendicular to each other.
Here stone wraps around the island to protect the floor from kitchen spills during prep work. It continues on past cabinetry and the stairway, creating a durable walkway.
The main living areas of an open-plan home can have flooring changes handled in a number of ways as long as they make sense and don't make the room feel chopped up. In this home, there is an angle in the room with carpeting for the living area and stone for the dining area. The stone and carpet being very close in color minimizes the visual impact of the flooring change so the room still flows uninterrupted.
Elevation changes are great places to change the flooring and define areas without dividing them. The light wood flooring contrasts sharply with the gray tile, giving clear definition to the two levels.
Even when your level changes are farther apart, you still want to keep in mind how the flooring choices look if they can be seen together. The view from this upper level takes in both floors.
It can be tricky to use two kinds of wood flooring in the same house. If they are too similar in grain and color, it can look like an unsuccessful attempt to match them. This home shows a beautiful use of two kinds of wood flooring. They work together beautifully for a few reasons:
1. They are strikingly different in color, yet the lighter flooring has a variety of colors pulling in some of the deep color of the darker wood flooring.
2. They are on different levels, so there is a clear place to stop one and start the other.
3. They define different areas of the home.