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The Best Combinations of Hard and Soft Flooring

The Best Combinations of Hard and Soft Flooring

When it comes to choosing between the gorgeous natural beauty of hard surfaces like natural stone or hardwood and the softness of carpet, there’s no way you can lose style-wise! If you’re finding the decision-making process harder than you anticipated, we have another idea to consider: Create a design scheme that utilizes both of these striking textures in the same room or open floorplan. Although you may initially doubt how easily you can achieve this effect, we think you’ll love these best combinations of hard and soft flooring.

 Area Rugs – For a plush touch to your elegant, sophisticated hard surface flooring, there’s no easier way to incorporate instant softness than by adding the perfect area rug. If you have a darker-colored hardwood, LVT, or laminate floor such as this Somerset Boulevard Oak in color Hollywood (below left), consider adding an area rug with white, cream, or light grey tones like this Stanton Loreto rug in color Pearl (below right) to provide balance through a light, airy feel.

Somerset Boulevard Oak in Hollywood Stanton Loreto rug in color Pearl

Similarly, if you have a lighter-colored hard surface flooring in your home like the Provenza Brushed Oak laminate in Marble Canyon (below left), try layering with an area rug that utilizes a deeper tone such as Stanton’s Oldtown rug in color Charcoal (below right) to create the perfect, appropriate contrast in color and texture.

Provenza Brushed Oak laminate in Marble Canyon Stanton’s Oldtown rug in color Charcoal

Accent Walls – To bring in the rich texture of hardwood or stone to a home that has soft carpet throughout, we love the visual power of a hard surface accent wall or fireplace! You can design an accent wall with genuine hardwood or LVT plank. You could also craft an accent wall or fireplace with tile or mosaics. These striking features will also balance your favorite carpet style.


The carpet color in the average home is often an easy-to-match neutral shade. This will allow you a wider range of textures and tones to design an accent wall with! To brighten a room, consider a hip, light grey plank such as Riptide luxury vinyl in Hang Ten (below) for an accent wall.

Riptide luxury vinyl in Hang Ten

Another popular idea is using tile to enrich your fireplace and add texture without appearing too drastic. Tile will add plenty of character and upscale appeal to a carpeted family or living room. Consider matching one of the shades or the fleck within a tile option such as Alfalux Ceramiche Hills in Cerreto (below) close to the color family of your carpet for a natural fit.

Alfalux Ceramiche Hills tile in Cerreto

We’re ready to help you find the perfect pairings of hard and soft surface flooring that will give your home the best of both worlds.  Get in touch with our America’s Floor Source experts and we will review samples of your favorite preferences to find the winning combo!

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