I removed the carpet in a room and now I am installing wood like ceramic tile. There is existing 12" by 12" ceramic tile in the hallway. Both Tiles are the same level. The wood-like is light brown and the existing ceramic in the hallway is beige. Should I put a transition strip in the doorway or just join both tiles at the doorway where the carpet used to end.

  • it's easier to get get acceptable results with a transition. they can help hide seasonal expansion/contraction issues as well.
    – dandavis
    Jan 25, 2021 at 16:38

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There is no right or wrong answer to this as it depends on personal preference.

If it were me I would strongly consider not using a transition strip, to remove an additional element which would require extra work to install and maintain. A simple grout joint between the two tile types would probably be fine.

  • Totally agree. My only suggestion would be to make sure the corners of the tiles butting up against each other are sanded smooth.
    – JACK
    Jan 24, 2021 at 18:28

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