Tile transition ideas from a hallway to a kitchen

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Tile transition ideas from a hallway to a kitchen
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Moving from one surface to a different surface is a jarring experience. This holds true when you move from a tile-covered room to a carpeted room and when you move from one tile to another. You need some type of transition whenever you have tiled surfaces in two rooms that connect. When it's the hallway moving toward the kitchen, find a transition idea that makes the two types of tiles work together.

Transition Strips

Transition trips are typically made of vinyl but also come in a wood variety. This is a thin strip that attaches to the floor in between the two spaces. The strip can also be used in spaces where the tiles don't perfectly match in terms of size. You may lay down new tile and discover that you have a small gap between the two rooms. The transition strip is placed in the gap, with no need to cut new tiles to fill that space. Look for a shade that complements the tile colours in both the kitchen and hallway. For example, if you have a tan colour in one room and a yellow colour in the next, use a cream-coloured transition strip that complements both shades.

Decorative Tiles

Decorative tiles serve as a transition from the kitchen to the hallway. The colour tile often matches the colour in one space. If you use white tile in the kitchen, then you may want to use decorative white tiles as a transition. The tiles can also be arranged in a decorative way, using the same tiles you used in the hallway or kitchen. After laying tile in the kitchen, you move to the hallway and arrange the tiles in a pattern, such as a diamond pattern. Then you lay the tile in the hallway. The small strip indicates that you're moving into a new room, but it's not as jarring or harsh.

Blend the Colors

When you lay down new tile in the spaces, consider making the two colours blend together. This works best if you choose shades that complement each other, such as a light yellow in the kitchen and a bright red or orange in the hallway. Pick tiles to lay in between the two main shades that help blend one colour into the next. For example, next to the yellow tiles use a darker yellow, then work up to a light orange. Keep adding more tile until you work your way into the next main shade.

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