Creating Distinctive Outdoor Indoor Looks With Transitional Flooring

There’s nothing better than having a home that is perfectly coordinated to coexist with the outdoors. You get the tranquility of nature and wonderful fresh air flowing right into your home. This effect can be hard to achieve when you are in a more closed off, urban environment like what you see in certain Nashville neighborhoods.

One of the easier ways to link the outdoors to the indoors is with transitional flooring that plays visual tricks using the placement of indoor materials vs. outdoor materials.

A trick of interior designers is to use the same flooring inside your home as you do for your outdoor patio. Too many different flooring options can make your home feel disjointed and small. A great flooring option with the versatility to be used both inside and outside is tile.

You can really choose any material you want, but be mindful of attempting to use vinyl in non-temperature controlled space. Vinyl is waterproof and will hold its look around moisture without degradation, but variations in temperature such as you see in Nashville will cause the vinyl, it’s adhesive backing, and the vinyl material itself to warp and generally look terrible.

If you do want to go with high-end vinyl on the indoor side of your space, you certainly can and will save a lot of money over hardwoods. You can see what is possible with vinyl flooring for the interior side of your space at For effects where you bring the outside flooring material into the space for a visual transition, vinyl is fine. You just would need the corresponding outdoor-friendly flooring such as tile, stone or porcelain.