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How flooring can divide open plan areas

Contemporary architects often design homes and workspaces in an open plan style. Residents and commercial users of open spaces may want to divide the space into different areas. One way to distinguish separate spaces is to use different types of flooring.

An example of this is an open-plan kitchen and dining area, where the dining space has a warm wood or laminate floor with cold porcelain, granite or ceramic flooring covering the kitchen area. A large living area can be divided into spaces for different activities, such as a relaxing lounge area, a home office and a dining space, which could be marked by wood flooring made from different types or shades of timber.

In commercial buildings, dividing a space into different areas is called sectorisation. Giovana Martino, writing for the website archdaily.com, summarises the sectorisation approach to interior design as:

“Combining warm floors such as carpet, wood, vinyl and laminate to have a dynamic and integrated result.”

One issue in using different floor types is that they may not be the same thickness. Padding is often required so that there is no ridge in areas where a thin floor is next to a thicker one.

Dividing spaces into distinct areas with different flooring is not confined to the interior, but can also be used in outside areas to mark barbecue, lounging and exercise spaces.

Solid flooring in Wirral and Cheshire open-plan properties does not have to be the same type – wood, laminate and other floorings can be mixed to mark out separate areas.

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