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Old 04-21-2013, 07:36 PM   #1
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Hardwoods/Tile - Opinions

Below is a picture walking in from my front door looking down the foyer into the house. To the immediate left is an office/den with french doors (you can sort of see the door in the picture). Just past that (where you see the chair) is the dining room. The foyer is all tile and the tile continues down the foyer into the breakfast/living room/kitchen which is pretty much one big open area.

So my question is - would it look strange to replace the existing carpet in the office and dining room with hardwoods? It would be right up against the tile in the foyer, just like the carpet is now, but for some reason my mom thinks it's against decorating rules to have tile next to hardwood!

If it matters, they would be a darker finish wood.

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Old 04-21-2013, 07:41 PM   #2
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I love hardwood.
And I love tile.
Carpet, not so much (even though I have carpet in the LR/DR).

I would do it.
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Old 04-21-2013, 07:43 PM   #3
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Below is a picture walking in from my front door looking down the foyer into the house. To the immediate left is an office/den with french doors (you can sort of see the door in the picture). Just past that (where you see the chair) is the dining room. The foyer is all tile and the tile continues down the foyer into the breakfast/living room/kitchen which is pretty much one big open area.

So my question is - would it look strange to replace the existing carpet in the office and dining room with hardwoods? It would be right up against the tile in the foyer, just like the carpet is now, but for some reason my mom thinks it's against decorating rules to have tile next to hardwood!

If it matters, they would be a darker finish wood.

Opinions?? Thanks!

For what it's worth, I have slate next to hardwood in my foyer/surrounding areas and I HATE it. I feel it breaks up the space too much. We are thinking about tearing the whole thing out (both the slate and the existing hardwood) and putting in new, different hardwood.

That being said, I don't think carpet next to tile is any better than hardwood next to tile. And I hate carpet. So to answer your question, yes, I would tear out the carpet and put in wood. Some wood is better than no wood!

Let me know how much of a hassle it is when you get around to it. Good luck.
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Old 04-21-2013, 07:56 PM   #4
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I hate carpet so any chance of getting rid of it is fine by me.
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Old 04-21-2013, 07:58 PM   #5
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Go to http://www.houzz.com/photos/entry/%22hardwood-tile%22-

There are several pictures of tile meeting hardwoods.
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Old 04-21-2013, 08:23 PM   #6
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I hate carpet so any chance of getting rid of it is fine by me.
I have wood floors (LR and DR , L shape)that abut my foyer which is tile (which flows into my kitchen area like yours). We wanted a smooth walk over/transition between the two, so there is a piece of wood that abuts it (it almost looks like a piece of moulding laid on its side, as best as I can describe, with the wider side/bottom edge to the tile edge and the sloped part ..flows on the wood, KWIM?)) and it works lovely.
Its actually pretty typical and I too avoid carpeting like the plague...

I dont like marble saddles and the same type set up is used elsewhere, (like bathroom to hallways upstairs) where we had tile next to hardwood
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Old 04-21-2013, 08:27 PM   #7
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You may want a wooden threshold joining the two. Tile and wood are a beautiful combo!
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Old 04-21-2013, 08:40 PM   #8
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We have tile against wood in this house and the one we are currently building. It's common in TX. Ditch the carpet and get the wood!
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All wood looks amazing. I esp looove hardwood in the kitchen. I have a few friends who have hardwood in the kitchen. Looks amazing. PS: i hate tiles!
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I have wood against tile with a wooden border between the two. looks beautifull!
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Go for it. We have hardwood in our foyer, that leads to tile in our kitchen (love the tile in our kitchen!) and our living room is carpet that butts up against the kitchen. I think the different flooring works really well.
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I think it will be fine.
I also do not like carpet.
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I think it will be lovely! The site a PP posted has some wonderful examples. My thinking is as long as the threshold between the areas is a smooth transition then it will flow from one area to the next. The most important thing is whether YOU like it or not. Post pics when you're done!!!
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Old 04-21-2013, 09:46 PM   #14
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I have tile in my foyer which goes down the hall, into the powder room and through the kitchen. All the other floors in my house are hardwood, so the tile floor buts up against the living room, dining room and family room. We have thresholds over each doorway and it looks fine.
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Old 04-21-2013, 09:48 PM   #15
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OP again...

Thank you all for the replies!

I am not a carpet fan either, especially with a hairy dog and little kids! I think wood in there would give it the rooms a nicer look. I am not crazy about tile either, but it seems like it's the "thing" builders do here in FL so we have a lot of it, and I just can't replace it all right now.

I am not too worried about the transition from tile to wood - we've had that in other houses and I think it looks fine. My mom suggested that the tile up against the wood would look "piecemeal" and break up the flow too much - but is it really any different than tile next to carpet? I noticed in the model home (same floorplan), they have tile in the office and dining room and it definitely "flows" all together, but the floorplan is so open that I think it might be nice to help differentiate the rooms from one another with the flooring.

Anyway, thanks again for the responses!
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