Working Together: Visual Connection and Floor Covering

​We all know floor covering can change the look of a room, but it can affect the look of the whole house if there’s no smooth transition, a term used in the decorating world to refer to visual connection.  With open plans, a different flooring in each room, and even colors that may look one way in the store, but another way when you get home, how do you pull it all together?

Here are some tips from Cherokee Floor Covering who, for 30 years, has been an industry leader in the Woodstock, Greater Atlanta area. The company is one of the area’s largest floor covering stores.
1. Consider transitions.  Especially with today’s open plan layouts, there may be no defined stop and start point, but you can create your own.  For instance, you can create a tile rectangle by the door. Make sure it’s large enough for several people to stand on, and remember you can always use luxury vinyl tile for something a little more budget-friendly. If it’s a long hallway, you can even make a “runner” with one flooring material in the middle, another lining the sides.

The main flooring can be something different, such as hardwood. Just be sure the colors work together.

2. Examine your lighting. Ever see a newly installed floor and swear it’s not what you ordered?  That’s because lighting can have a big effect on flooring, and even change the color a little. Your best bet?  Take samples home and look at them with that room’s lighting. If your room is bright and sunny, especially if it has Southern exposure, be sure to look at it also near a window.

3. Take measurements!  If you’d like the room to look larger, minimize the stop and start and visual breaks.  One great way to do this is with wall-to-wall carpeting, says Cherokee Floor Covering, 

On the other hand, if you have plenty of room and visual breaks are not an issue, visit Cherokee’s carpet store to get some other ideas.

4. Think about room angles.  Even an open plan can have a couple of different flooring types as long as you work with the room’s curves. For example, you can use carpet in the living area, and tile, stone or hardwood in the dining area.
5. Look at all the wood colors in your house. That’s because rooms often overlap and spill into each other. As an example, a color may look great in your kitchen, but if the kitchen opens into the dining room, be sure the color also works there.

Check out the design videos on the Cherokee Floor Covering website for more ideas, and don’t hesitate to come into our showroom in Woodstock, GA, for more answers to your questions.