How to transition from one tile to a different tile

SVWillowDecember 12, 2012

Our Florida house on a slab is mostly an open floor plan. It has tile in the entry way continuing through to the kitchen and family room in the back, but the living room and dining area are carpet. The wall colors for this area are the same. We hate the carpet, and would prefer tile. We can't remove the existing tile floor as it goes under the cabinets, and we'll never be able to match it. (16" x 16" neutral brownish color with a slightly irregular surface, laid straight with a darker brown grout.) We have two openings that connect directly to the now carpeted areas: a large one directly from the entry way, and a smaller one from the kitchen.

What colors, size, etc., should we be looking at? Similar or totally different? How should we transition from one tile to another? We'd also consider going with wood, but we'd end up with three different floor coverings in a small house. Suggestions? Will also post this in the Home Decorating Forum.

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Sure, you can replace the existing tile and do the carpeted areas if you want to deal with the mess and expense. It's not at all an undoable proposition. It's commonly done.

If you want to break it up and put tile where the carpet currently is, it's better to have a coordinating color but not a "matchy" color. If you do something too close to what exists, it looks like you tried to match and missed. It also works to use decorative listellos or different sizes of the new tile to create a pattern that separates the two areas.

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