The best transitions are no transitions. But let’s face it. We hardly ever have only one flooring material through out our homes. The best we can do is make the transition as smooth as possible.
The Americans with Disabilities Act sets standards and guidelines to insure public safety and ease of accessibility within a space. Below is the minimum requirements set for a beveled flooring transition. This sets a standard from one flooring material to another and insures that the changing of materials does not create a tripping hazard or prevent fluid movement from material to material.
It reads like this:
And visually looks like this:
What does this mean in your home? If flooring transitions are not carefully planned for, it could mean you might have a toe catcher like this.
Below shows a tile/wood combination butted right up to each other.
Tiles of the same thickness can make a smooth transition from on to another in a area like this barrier free shower.
Small metal transitions strips are often used to glide easily from one material to another like shown in this cork to carpet transition.
Another safe way to address area rugs are to inset them into the surrounding flooring material. This example is shown with hardwood flooring.
Commonly, marble thresholds are used at bathroom floor transitions. These work best when they are flush with the surrounding materials. This one also serves as a wonderful clean starting/stopping point for the penny round mosaics.
How fun is this dining are defined by the hexagon tiles? And the transition…practically seamless!
And lastly, this bathroom tile has an inset of teak flooring that rests above the shower floor drains. Perfect idea for a seamless no slope shower design!
Hope you have a nice trip and see you next fall!!