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MyFirstHouse
Mix and Match Flooring?
MyFirstHouse

Hi,
I am planning on replacing Vinyl and carpet on the main floor to something more durable and stylish.

Can I mix and match different types of flooring?

Combination 1:
Tile in Kitchen+breakfast nook, half bath, entry from the main door and garage door. Hardwood floor in Dining, living and family.

Combination 2:
Tile in Kitchen and half bath. Hard wood in breakfast nook, Dining, Entry from the main door and garage door. Carpet in Living and Family.

I am also attaching the floor plan of the main floor.

Please suggest.

A. Spruce
Re: Mix and Match Flooring?
A. Spruce

I'm not a fan of mixing too many different flooring together. I'm also not a fan of tile, particularly in a kitchen where long hours are spent preparing meals and other things. I had a floor plan very similar to yours a few years ago and I installed hardwood from the entry/garage through the kichen and nook. I did a 12" hardwood border in the family room with carpet in the middle. I did not have separate rooms for a study and formal dining room as it appears you do, I had one large open space. I turned this area into a rec room, however I did it in a manner that it could be reconfigured as a formal living room/dining room. The rec room also got a 12" hardwood border. If the bar were removed, the hardwood area was large enough to still accommodate a formal dining table.

Here are pictures of the wetbar and pool table that went into the area. Unfortunately, there aren't any specifically of the floor, but if you click through the images you'll get to see the floor from different angles.
http://www.softwindz.com/personal/Wet%20Bar/

MyFirstHouse
Re: Mix and Match Flooring?
MyFirstHouse

Spruce,
Thank you so much for the 12" border idea. I was worried about cleaning the area rugs in the dining and living rooms. If i have a border, i don't have to lift the carpet, just vacuum.

Question about the kitchen. I considered tile in kitchen because of diswasher accidents, ours is new built, and all new applicances, but am i being too nervous about water accidents ruining the wood?

sgbotsford
Re: Mix and Match Flooring?
sgbotsford

I can see merit in tile in kitchens. Then put down rubber mats if people aren't in the habit of wearing crepe soled shoes to work. This is usually only an issue when you are doing extensive sessions, such as during canning season.

I can see merit in a tile entry way, particularly if you live on a farm, have kids, or have a dog, or live in a wet climate. Having a tiled path to the closest bathroom has it's points too.

Breakfast nook? Nah.

Carpet and hard floors mean that the cleaning process is two stage. AND you are covering up beautiful floor with ho-hum carpet.

If you under heat your house, and people go barefoot, it's worth having small area rugs (medium bath towel size) underfoot where people spend time -- e.g. in front of the TV. Get small rugs that are designed to go through the washing machine.

Tile tends to be a cold floor underfoot. This is a win in a hot climate, a major lose in a northern climate: UNLESS you have under floor heating. However if you have a really well insulated house, then the floor is only 2-3 degrees warmer than the room, and will seem cold, due to ceramic/stone being about R1 per foot. Slippers and crocks then for indoor wear become standard.

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