How do you make a beautiful transition from a wood floor to a tile with a wood texture?

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We are currently choosing tile for our bathroom, and for the most part we really like wood tile. However, we want to install wood flooring outside the bathroom and now wonder if the transition from tile to wood flooring will look good. We won't be able to match the exact color of the tile to the wood floor and are worried that the transition will look like it was made on purpose because the wood colors will conflict.

Does anyone have any experience with this and can tell us if it still looks good or if the transition is not as noticeable?



It's easy to get around this by choosing a noticeably deliberate, obviously different shade and maybe changing the direction of the tile placement. I would suggest paying attention to the construction height of both coverings and the accuracy of the joint.


Our friends have one with a sharply contrasting wood color, but with a similar smooth surface – I personally don't like it very much, and we decided against wood tiles for our house.

  • But doesn't that apply to all transitions from bathroom to hallway? I wouldn't have any concerns about that at all, because almost no one has solid flooring in all the rooms.

You always have a hard time going from the bathroom to the hallway. It doesn't matter what kind of tile (classic, wood, light, dark). The door to the bathroom is usually closed, so you will only notice the difference when the door is open. We have dark slate tile in the bathroom and then dark wood tile (mahogany) in the hallway and all the rooms upstairs. We also repeated the hallway tile in the bathroom on the shower wall. I don't think the transition is noticeable in a negative way.

We have black and white checkered tile in the downstairs hallway, and parquet in the living room. 

  • Yes, it looks very nice in your home! The overall transition from tile to wood doesn't bother me either, but from tile to wood to wood flooring – the surfaces are visually similar, but not quite the same... If there is a clear separation, as in your case, the transition is not a problem.

I'm tossing around the idea of just putting parquet in the bathroom. In principle, there is no objection to this – at best a finished parquet (more stable in size) of wood species that do not react as strongly to changes in humidity and temperature (such as oak).

To do this, oil it and glue it all over the surface. The only downside to the bathroom is a little more maintenance.

  • It certainly looks great, but it's a no-go for us. When our two kids bathe, the whole tub is under water, no parquet in the world can withstand that.
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