How To Transition Between Two Different Wood Floors

 A few years ago, I blogged about how much I loved the commercial grade laminate wood plank style flooring from Sam's Club that we installed throughout the main level of our home (Canyon Oak by Select Surfaces).  If you missed that post, you can catch it here. The reaction that I've received since then has been incredible.  Readers still write to me saying that after they saw my floors, they went out and purchased them and also love them just as much.  

Here is a quick peek at Canyon Oak plank laminate flooring in our living room…

A few months ago, the company that makes this flooring (Select Surfaces) contacted me and asked me if I would like to review their newest laminate floor product, Cocoa Walnut. (*Disclaimer: I received Cocoa Walnut product to facilitate the review).  The timing was perfect because the carpet in our second level was due for replacement.  I'm still so in love with our Canyon Oak flooring that I jumped at the chance to install more of their product in our home.  I went to my local Sam's Club to view it in person before having it installed. The color and style of Cocoa Walnut is similar to Canyon Oak but there are differences between the two.  

In order to maintain flow in our open concept home and create a nice transition between the two different products, I chose to have carpet installed on the stair case.  This acted as a visual divide between the two different flooring materials.  Canyon Oak downstairs, Cocoa Walnut upstairs and a thick, high quality carpeting on the staircase in between.  

Instead of carpeting the landing, I had Canyon Oak installed.  As you can see in the photo above, Gordie Cook (our awesome flooring installer from Design Floor Coverings) placed a plank vertically along the top riser (just below the landing) to enhance the look and allow more of the beautiful wood grain to be seen from the lower level.  It also gave the landing a more substantial look.  He did this again at the very top stair riser where the Cocoa Walnut floors begin. 

Carpeting on the stairs between the Canyon Oak landing and the Cocoa Walnut product used upstairs provides a nice transition between the two products. 

I'll be back later this week with before/after photos to show how the Cocoa Walnut floors have transformed our second level.  I will also share my thoughts on the two different products and now that  we've had our Cocoa Walnut floors for almost 6 months, I'll let you know what we think of them. 

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  1. When I saw the carpet on the stairs I thought "What a good idea". All the dogs in our family are getting old and are starting to struggle with the hardwood on the stairs. This would provide the traction they now need.

  2. I like the way the carpet turned out! Did you ask for the installers to use the "cap and band" method, tacking the carpet down under the nose of each step? I'm ordering carpet for my stairs and have to decide between that method and the "waterfall" installation. I'm leaning towards the cap and band.


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