I'm in need of some advice. I currently have travertine in my house, the bedrooms have carpet. I'd like to take the carpet out and replace it with laminate flooring. Would it be okay to mix the flooring? Thanks in advance for your advice!
My short answer: I wouldn't do it.
My long answer:
1. I am not a fan of laminate flooring. I know that it has its upsides, but the downsides are too many for me to get over:
- It looks cheap.
- It is noisy. Clip clop, clip clop...
- Very difficult to repair. No flooring is super easy to repair, but boy do I remember a few nightmares trying to do repairs on laminates.
- It is perceived as inexpensive, but it isn't really all that less expensive than an inexpensive hardwood. Sure you see the price per square foot on the hardwood, and the price per square foot on the laminate and you think I am wrong, but then you add to the hardwood just the labor and the mastic. You add to the laminate the film, the foam, the glue, the labor, and the super expensive trim and transition pieces. Now, are you saving money? Not so much.
- Speaking of the transition pieces... My least favorite transition piece is a T- strip. - shown above- (do you know many people out there with a least favorite transition strip?- just me, huh?) It is a downright trip hazard; a liability on your property. And no, there is no other way to bridge the gap between your travertine and laminate.
(photo from homeandgardendesignideas)
I would do more travertine, or hardwood, or carpet. The larger the home, the more supportive I am with more kinds of flooring. A small house looks the best with very few breaks in flooring. Do you have 4000 + square feet? Sure- let's get some variety.