How to Combine Living Room and Dining Room Flooring

When you are combining living and dining areas, you can create a cohesive look where one room blends in well with the other, with the flooring and space flowing seamlessly together, or you can create two distinct areas of space clearly delineated through the flooring and arrangement of the furniture. Various combinations of flooring materials and carpeting can work well together. However, you should avoid using two different colors of wood planks in the same space to separate a dining space from a living room space.

Things You'll Need

  • Floor tiles
  • Floor planks
  • Carpets
  • Area rugs

Install the same color hardwood or laminate floor planks in the dining room and living room area. The direction of the floor planks should be the same in each space. When you opt for the same flooring throughout both areas, ensure that the furniture, wall colors and accessories for both spaces coordinate well with the floor plank color.

Separate the living room from the dining area with the use of carpet or an area rug. You can put a rug down in either the living room or dining room over hardwood flooring so that you have the same main flooring in both rooms while allowing each space a distinct look. If you have young children, the area rug would work better in the living room to avoid food spills at the dinner table.

Install ceramic floor tiles in one or both of the rooms. For a harmonious look, use the same tiles in both rooms. Alternatively, use tiles in the dining room section only and combine that with floor planks in the living room. The tile colors should coordinate well with the floor plank colors to create a smoother flow between the two areas.

Install carpeting in one room and use complementary colored tiles in the other if you prefer carpet to hardwood. If you eat in the dining room on a regular basis, install tiles in the dining room area and install carpet in the living room area or use a large area rug in the living room section. Tiles are easier to clean and the rug or carpet will add a cozy feel to the living room.

Install flooring using other materials such as cork, vinyl or rubber. When you need a resilient floor, consider a vinyl floor plank that looks like hardwood, for example, or use cork to give the floor area warmth in the design. The flooring you choose should help the decor flow seamlessly from the living room to the dining area.


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