Should wood floors match throughout the house? Have you ever had this question in your mind? If the answer is yes, there is a chance that some part of you think that it would be dull or at least too ordinary to have the same hardwood flooring for all the rooms in the house.
Is it true? We do not think so.
The answer to that question is totally personal. It means preferences and different types of necessities are included as the points for each homeowner to consider.
In this post, we will share the four most common choices of wood floor design for residential needs to help you decide whether you want the same hardwood flooring for the whole interior or pick something more unique than that.
- Matching Appearance of Wood Flooring for All Rooms
- Wood Floors with Various Patterns Throughout the House
- Home Interior with Wood and Other Types of Floors
- The Combination of Wood and Other Flooring Material in a Room
- Dark Wood and Dark Grey Porcelain Combination
- Unique Combination of White Terrazzo and Hardwood in a Curvy Entry Floor Design
- Bathtub Area with Ipe Wood Floor in a Bathroom with Acrylic-Sealed Concrete Floor
- A Trendy Combination of Multicolor, Hexagonal Tile, and Medium Tone Hardwood
- Bold and Fun Medium Tone Hardwood Floor and Black and White Hexagonal Tile Combo in a Transitional Half Bath with
- A Contemporary Bathroom with Curve Wood and Mosaic Natural Stone Tile Floor
- Clean Lines in the Combination between Bamboo Wood and Multitone Slate Tile Floor
- Columns to Add a Clearer Function in the Combination of Engineered Walnut and Beige Stone Tile Flooring
- An Open Kitchen with Grey Tile That Is Different from the Natural Cherry Wood Floor in the Dining Area
- A Rustic Kitchen with Reclaimed White Oak Floor and Unique Warm White Color Tile for the Cooking Area
- Dark Hardwood Floor with Multitone Natural Stone Tile as The Pair
- Two-Tone Diamond Pattern Tile and Dark Hardwood Floor Combination in a Contemporary Entry
1. Matching Appearance of Wood Flooring for All Rooms
The first choice is to match the appearance of hardwood flooring in all the rooms you have in the house. It means the material, species, and even the color are all the same.
This choice is the easiest one because you do not have to experience the difficulty of thinking about the combination to pair with the wood floor. At the same time, you can get a great uniform look.
Another good thing about it is the installation will be less troublesome. The installer just needs to repeat the same pattern until all the floor surface is covered with the specific hardwood material chosen. Something like this can save money, too, because the more complex and complicated a wood floor design, the higher the installation cost will be.
We will show you some examples of interiors with uniform hardwood floors in all the rooms in the following. Although we say so, you must know that bathrooms are often excluded in such design since it commonly needs a different floor type due to the damp environment.
A Split-Level Transitional Interior with Light-Tone Wood Floor and White Walls in All Rooms
This first design example comes from an interior renovation project done by Ardesia Design. The wood floor that you see here is brand new, and it covers almost all parts of the house. Since no clear bathroom flooring images are shared, we do not know about the type used there.
This picture shows an open, split-level kitchen, dining, and living interior in which a bright wood floor is chosen. The first thing that catches our attention about this selection is how it becomes an excellent part of the color scheme dominated with neutral tones, including off-white and bright wood tones.
We also love how the wood floor choice looks compatible with the post and exposed beams. The colors are not precisely the same, but they sure complement each other nicely.
The living area is also a part of the open floor plan we talked about previously. Here, there is no change in the floor and the walls and ceiling. The difference is located in the color of the seats.
The chairs have white covers in the dining room shown in the previous picture. Here, the sofas are more on the beige side. No matter what, both choices still look amazing being paired with the bright wood floor and the neutral theme.
The uniform value of the wood flooring is at the next level in this interior. One of the most significant proofs is located in the staircase design.
As you see in this picture, the wood floor and steps here look different. However, it is the same choice. The different visuals can possibly be caused by lighting or some other factors.
This is the second floor of the house. As you can see, the floor here is also the same. From this picture, you can see how the steps also use a material that looks exactly the same as the floor.
Medium-Tone Oak Wood Floor in a Beach-Style Interior
This beach house interior designed by GMT Home Designs is the following example of a uniform wood floor. FYI, the type used here is oak with a medium tone.
The first part we want to show you from this fabulous interior is the living. It has a medium-tone oak floor that becomes an excellent background for the beige L-shaped sofa, the custom cabinetry, and the standard stone fireplace.
From this picture, we also seem to find evidence that a medium tone wood floor can look fantastic being in touch with some pooping, bright color, such as the sapphire blue door that adds a refreshing touch to the beach-style interior. As a matter of fact, the floor emphasizing the blue hue is even better here.
This one is the open kitchen area that shares the same wood floor type as the one you previously saw in the living room. The countertop choice here is a smart one. Although the hue is not the same, it looks highly compatible with the wood floor tone.
The overall look gets even better because there are blue accents everywhere. Those include the rug, decorations, and even the ceiling.
Still, on the same open floor, there is a dining area complete with a table, four chairs, and a custom L-shaped bench. While everything included in the color scheme is more or less the same here, we want to focus more on using an area rug here.
When the wood floor in a home interior is in uniform design, especially when the plan is open with no walls, a rug can help differentiate the room function. Here, together with a table set, the rug shows the role of a dining room.
The mudroom of the beach house also shows the same wood floor and color scheme. The uniform hardwood floor is decorated even until the smallest corner of the house.
Lastly, we want to show you the shared kids’ bedroom. Here, we still find the exact floor type. Although so, we are sure that you also notice the massive difference in the color scheme. The cause is none other than the navy wall paint.
Surprisingly, the hue matches the medium wood tone really excellently. Together, they create an elegant neutral visual that makes the room suitable for boys and girls.
Especially for this room, we love wood accents from the rope ladder and bed rail protector. Although we all know that natural colored wood floors are pretty neutral to pair with any color, the wood accents create compatibility that makes the design even better.
Contemporary Interior with Dark Hardwood Floor
Next, let us look at the project done by Mega Builders. This Contemporary interior used dark hardwood floors, except for the bathroom.
Although the floor looks rather dark because of the wood material, it does not make the interior look gloomy. Thanks to the neutral wall paint that boosts the brightness in there.
Another thing that we love about this contemporary interior is the addition of bright colors in each room, which helps boost the cheerful value there. The first example is available in this open dining area, in which there are six yellow, patterned chairs.
Next, there is an open kitchen area with a pastel blue island. Being placed on the dark wood floor, these elements look prominent.
In the family room, there are several interesting details that we find. The first is yellow chairs that somehow remind us of the color scheme in the open dining area.
The second is about the custom entertainment center. It has a highly similar hue to the wood floor.
Next to the open kitchen dining, there is a living room. The color concept applied here is the same, in which the dark wood floor becomes the background of the neutral tones elements placed on it.
Here, we can also find the accentuating, popping color that adds interest to the design. In this case, we talk about none other than the magenta pink accents from the cushions and ottoman tables.
The home office is another place where we can find the combination between a dark hardwood floor and popping colors. Here, at least three unique colors are used as the match, including the orange ceiling and tables, the blue chair, and the green chair.
A somewhat different combination exists in this bedroom. Here, we do not find any bright and popping color matching the dark wood floor. Instead, shades of soft, calming, and even pastel purple are used here.
These choices are something reasonable, we think. The reason is to create a relaxing visual that can help gain quality sleep.
After seeing all the unique colors in all rooms in this contemporary house, we think those seem to prove something. The dark hardwood floor is not hard to pair with any hues, which is an excellent point to consider.
2. Wood Floors with Various Patterns Throughout the House
The next hardwood floor design that you can choose focuses more on pattern varieties. That is why different shades or even species are often included to create it.
An option is perfect if you are not interested in a uniform look but still do not wish to have some extreme contrast. One thing that you must remember about this design is that it does not mean that each room in the house must have a different wood floor pattern. Instead of doing so, you can just apply a distinct pattern in some interior parts only, such as for enhancing the interest or decorative value.
Versailles Parquet and Strip Pattern Wood Floor
The first example from this design category is available in the picture of the Mediterranean interior. Here, we can see a fascinating parquet done by Gaetano Hardwood floors Inc. You can see the white oak versailles pattern for the hallway with a small combination of the mahogany grid that gives an extra decorative value to the area.
Although it is not shown very much, you can still see that in the room next to it, the wood floor pattern is different, although the appearance of the material is the same. The design that you see here is called the wood strip.
Here, we can also find a trick to separate between two different patterns on the same floor without making each look forcefully cut. As you can see in the picture, it is by placing a long wood plank as the separator.
Wood Floor Combination with Herringbone and Strip Pattern
The following example is available in this entryway by David Henig Architect, located between an open living room and a kitchen. The medium-tone hardwood floor here has a herringbone pattern.
We can see a changing visual in the kitchen area. Here, the pattern is no longer herringbone but wood strips. As for the wood species and finish, everything is the same between this one and the one used in the hallway.
Stained Diamond and Strip Patterns Wood Floor Design
The last example from this category that we want you to look at is this entryway with a diamond wood floor pattern created by Archer & Buchanan Architecture. The difference between it and the previous ones is that the design was obtained from staining.
The wood floor itself is in a stripe pattern if you look closely. Two different stain colors were used to create the diamond pattern. Something like this can be an alternative to parquet.
3. Home Interior with Wood and Other Types of Floors
The third wood floor design that you can choose pairs wood and some other types of floor in the same interior. It is another alternative to pick if you do not like a uniform look.
To better understand, you can check out the following examples.
Wood and Some Other Floor Types in a Unique Contemporary House
This contemporary interior is very unique. In this case, we focus on the floor design. The type of flooring used here is multiple, although we can say that wood is the most dominant one.
For example, you can look at this split-level hall and living room. From the picture, it is evident that two different floor types are used here. One of them is a dark wood floor, and the one in the upper level is engineered bamboo.
Here is another view of the interior showing the shared split-level open space between a kitchen and a family room. The floor type used in each area here is different from one another.
The one used in the kitchen is the same as the one used in the hallway shown in the previous picture, which is engineered bamboo. As for the family room, the info says that the dark floor we see is engineered maple.
There is no specific information on whether or not it is the same as the one found in the living room. Although so, we think the looks are highly similar.
A somewhat different option exists in the home office area. Although the floor here looks like wood, it seems that it is not. It is more likely to be tiled.
FYI, this floor is the same as the one used in the bedroom located on the same floor, while another bedroom gets the engineered bamboo floor.
In the deck area, the floor design uniqueness continues. Instead of using wood only, it also has concrete as the pair.
Fabulous Transitional Interior with Various Floor Types Including Light Wood
For the following example, you can take a look at this fabulous transitional interior remodeled by Cornerstones Architects. There are at least four different floor types in this residence, including the dominant light wood floor that you can see in the picture above.
This living room has an open concept that connects it with two other functions: the kitchen and dining area. It is reasonable then if all of those share the same floor type, white oak.
Outside the open concept living room, a patio is accessible through the glass door. Here, the type of floor used is different, which is beige natural stone.
The color of this flooring type does not only match the patio wall. If the glass door is opened, it also looks good to match the interior white oak hardwood floor.
Another floor type exists in the family room. The floor used here is quite unique.
At a glance, it looks like marble. However, we think that it seems more similar to stained concrete. No matter what, the visual is stunning, and we love it.
If you want to know about how the (possibly) stained concrete floor looks, here is a closer look at it.
In the home office, we can find comfort-boosting options. It is none other but carpet flooring. The same floor type is also used in the bedroom.
Last but not least, there are tiles used in the bathroom. As we have told you earlier, although a residence has a dominant wood floor, in most cases, the bathrooms have different options to match the commonly damp characteristics. Although so, it does not mean a wood floor cannot be used in such a room at all because it can.
Cozy Atmosphere with Dark Wood, Beige Carpet, and Limestone Tile Floors
The following example by Kyle Hunt & Partners Artisan Homes has similarities with the previous one because the living room has an open concept that makes it share space with the kitchen and dining. The difference is that the floor is white oak with a finish that gives it a dark appearance.
If you look carefully, you can see that both living and dining rooms have an area rug. In this interior design, this accessory not only marks the function but also makes the space look brighter, although the wood floor’s dark tone dominates.
Another similarity is located in the bedroom area. Here, the floor type is not hardwood but carpet in beige.
If in the previous residence example, the other room that uses the same flooring as the bedroom is the home office, in this one, it is somewhat different. The family room is dominated by beige, as shown in the picture.
Lastly, there is the bathroom in which limestone tile flooring is chosen. The exciting thing is that it is paired with grey walls instead of something from warm or earthy colors. It is an excellent idea, actually, because it adds a refreshing touch to the bathroom.
4. The Combination of Wood and Other Flooring Material in a Room
The last type of wood floor design combination that you can pick is the one that pairs wood and other material in the same level and even room. Something like this can create a unique appearance, as proven in some examples in the following.
Dark Wood and Dark Grey Porcelain Combination
This contemporary dining room entry by gne Architecture brings the attractive combination between hardwood and tile in the entry design. The type of wood used here is Sapele, while the tile is dark grey porcelain that looks highly similar to metal.
This floor design seems to create clear marks between the dining area and the entryway. The best thing is that it is not presented with straight lines but curves that enhance the design interest.
Unique Combination of White Terrazzo and Hardwood in a Curvy Entry Floor Design
Something similar exists in this living room interior by Iwan Sastrawiguna. Here, we can also see a curvy combination between hardwood and white terrazzo.
The difference is that each of the materials does not create any function mark in this interior. It is inspired by yin and yang and becomes a part of the living room design. As you can see, the ceiling even has a similar look here.
Another difference is that the other material used to match the hardwood floor here is not tiles but the seamless option. The combination somehow reminds us of the beauty of the sandy beach floor.
Bathtub Area with Ipe Wood Floor in a Bathroom with Acrylic-Sealed Concrete Floor
The pairing between hardwood and other flooring material can also be found in the bathroom by Christian Dean Architecture. The picture above shows us an excellent example.
The uniqueness that we can find here is that, although it is not always like that, the hardwood is used as flooring for the wet area, the bathtub, instead of something drier. If you are curious about the material detail used here, it combines ipe wood and acrylic-sealed concrete in beige.
A Trendy Combination of Multicolor, Hexagonal Tile, and Medium Tone Hardwood
We love how trendy this open kitchen and dining room design by Annette Jaffe Interiors is. It pairs a medium-tone hardwood and multi-grey hexagonal tile.
The design is unique because the two materials’ meeting point is not made straight. Instead, it is made to match the shape of the hexagonal tiles.
Bold and Fun Medium Tone Hardwood Floor and Black and White Hexagonal Tile Combo in a Transitional Half Bath with
This transitional half bath by Dremodeling has a pretty similar design in which a medium tone hardwood floor is matched neatly with hexagonal tile. The difference is that the tile has a uniform look with a combination of black and white colors.
Something like this does not only give a bold and fun visual to the half bath. Instead, it builds up a more modern atmosphere there too.
A Contemporary Bathroom with Curve Wood and Mosaic Natural Stone Tile Floor
Look how cozy the color scheme of this contemporary bathroom interior is by Carriage House Design Inc. Indeed, this atmosphere is also supported by the pairing of dark wood and mosaic natural stone tile on the floor.
It gets even more interesting because the floor is made in a curvy design instead of a straight one. It indeed enhances the interest value in this interior.
Clean Lines in the Combination between Bamboo Wood and Multitone Slate Tile Floor
The material combination that you can see in this picture is between bamboo wood and natural, multitone slate tile. We pay more attention to the straight line in the meeting point between the two materials. It excellently matches the modern contemporary design.
Columns to Add a Clearer Function in the Combination of Engineered Walnut and Beige Stone Tile Flooring
This open interior design by Noel Cross + Architects does not only show the pairing between two different flooring materials, which are engineered walnut hardwood floors with custom stains and beige tile. It also shows us that columns can build up a more apparent border without covering the space, like when we use walls.
If the interior is quite spacious, this idea is fascinating to do. As you can see in the picture, the combination of the columns and the two different flooring materials separates the hallway from the room next to it more transparently.
An Open Kitchen with Grey Tile That Is Different from the Natural Cherry Wood Floor in the Dining Area
The main idea shown here is more or less the same as what we have shown you earlier. Although so, we cannot just miss the attractiveness offered in this open kitchen and dining design by Studio On Cedar LLC.
It shows the use of other flooring materials to pair with wood. Here, the combo consists of natural cherry wood and grey tile.
While the interior is dominated by medium wood tone, the existence of the grey tile here adds a spark. It complements the wall paint and balances the space with mostly warm colors.
A Rustic Kitchen with Reclaimed White Oak Floor and Unique Warm White Color Tile for the Cooking Area
This rustic kitchen interior by Period Architecture Ltd. looks unique because of the warm white color tile floor near the cooking area. The exciting thing is that the rest of the kitchen has reclaimed white oak floors instead.
A design like this can be an excellent choice if you worry about the cooking process that can sometimes result in spills or other things that may damage the hardwood floor. Besides, it is also perfect for easier cleaning, depending on the material that you choose for the cooking area.
Dark Hardwood Floor with Multitone Natural Stone Tile as The Pair
Halfway seems to be one of the most common choices to match hardwood floors with other materials. Here we found another fabulous example by Fratantoni Luxury Estates LLC.
Although there is no detailed information about the materials used for the hallway or entry floor, it does not reduce how stunned we are with the visuals. We love the contrasting look resulting from the color difference. It creates an elegance for a better visual experience when passing the hall.
Two-Tone Diamond Pattern Tile and Dark Hardwood Floor Combination in a Contemporary Entry
Each flooring type shows a different function in this entry design photographed by VI360 Digital Imaging. The first is the two-tone, diamond pattern tile that marks the hallway, and the next is the dark hardwood floor that shows the seating area.
When you question should wood floors match throughout the house, the answer backs again at you and what you need the most. Just like what we have explained here, there are actually 4 different choices available, each with endless design combinations that you can try.
For an easier choice, you can think carefully about how you want the floor design to be. Will you emphasize the decorative value or the function more? Question yourself about all sorts of possible questions that will help you decide.
No matter what, each selection has its own uniqueness that can boost your interior visual to a higher level. So, which one do you think is the best option for your house?