How Many Different Floor Types Are Too Many For The Main Floor?

You’ve decided that your house needs new floors, and you’ve found what you think are great fits in different rooms – but how many different floors is TOO many for the main floor in your house?

Using different floors in your home is an art form and often requires the assistance of a designer. Too much variety in flooring can make your home appear choppy, and from a resale point of view, can quickly turn off buyers.

So how many floor types are too many?

There are no hard fast rules on how many different types of flooring is too many, but there are some key principles you should follow. The most important to keep in mind is that you want your home to flow aesthetically. Entering a tiled foyer, a wooded living room, and a differently tiled kitchen is just too much.

The type of flooring that you choose should complement the size of your house. If you have a large foyer, 6,000 square foot house, you can easily use ceramic, cork and wood all together in the same home. If your house is on the smaller side or you live in a townhome, flooring that looks similar will help you open up and feel more spacious.

The goal with flooring is to have people’s eyes keep flowing, from your entryway to the rest of your house. Various and abrupt changes in textures and colors can prevent that and disrupt the eye.

This doesn’t mean that you have to use one flooring type in all rooms in your house. Floors can mix as long as transitions are gentle in texture and tone.

A general rule of thumb: Stick with only two types of flooring on the main level of your home – if one of these textures is carpet, stay with the same carpet throughout. Generally, hardwood and carpets work well together. More than three different types of flooring are definitely too many.