It isn’t easy to imagine a modern interior without a combination of several finishing materials. Tile adjoins laminate, parquet with porcelain stoneware, wallpaper with textiles, decorative plaster, and panels. The aesthetic appeal of the interior and the durability of the finish depend on their connection method. To avoid the appearance of creases and cracks at the joint, it is worth choosing a connection method even at the planning stage.
1. Docking profile
The most traditional way of joining two finishing materials on the floor is a docking profile. It is practically irreplaceable when tiles are adjacent to a “floating” floor. Laminate and sometimes parquet do not have an adhesive bond to the base. When laying such materials, it is necessary to leave expansion gaps for the natural expansion of the board. The T-profile completely hides the joint, connecting the floating and wooden floors. A significant disadvantage of such an attachment is its visibility. Even though manufacturers offer various shades of compact brass, aluminum, and plastic profiles, it will still not mask the joint completely. If you cannot find the most inconspicuous option, you can support the shape’s shadow with other interior accents in color.
Moldings are used as an independent decorative element and as a way to mask joints and flaws. In a classic interior, a frame is used to frame sections of the wall that differ in texture and color.
Also, a decorative border is suitable for the horizontal division of companion wallpaper. The molding harmoniously smoothes the transition from wall to ceiling, decorates the doorway, transfers attention from the corner joints when pasting walls with different wallpaper.
3. Silicone sealant
If the levels of the facing materials are adjusted to the millimeters, the joint can be made almost invisible. Silicone sealant will do. It is not afraid of moisture, temperature extremes, adheres perfectly to smooth and porous surfaces. The only drawback is gradual drying out and loss of properties.
Silicone sealant is also indispensable for joining tiles and bath rims. It completely blocks moisture access to the wall and allows you not to use old-fashioned self-adhesive borders.
4. Cork expansion joint
Another way to achieve a smooth transition from one type of coverage to another is to use a cork expansion joint. It has several advantages:
- environmental friendliness and, as a result, safety;
- the possibility of tinting in the color of the coating;
- elasticity, thanks to which it easily copes with the expansion of the laminate over a small area;
- durability, subject to correct installation and varnishing.
In modern minimalist interiors, the cork expansion joint is also used for finishing the floor-to-wall joint, replacing the usual skirting board.
5. Decorative side
To join 3d panels with a flat wall, use the framing technique. Along the perimeter or sides of the volumetric canvas, a side is mounted made of material in color. The volumetric part of the cladding becomes more accurate and ultimately draws attention from the border of the joint with a smooth surface. The width of the bead can vary from subtle to impressive. In the latter case, it may well become an independent decorative element.
6. Docking line experiments
When angular joining of materials of different textures (smooth and decorative plaster, gypsum panels, and wallpaper), the junction looks unfinished. It is almost impossible to create a perfectly even corner, and it is easier to bring a smooth coating onto a wall with a larger one by 1.5-2 cm. An offset to a greater distance may also be appropriate if you need to create volume and add relief to one of the walls.
7. Emphasis on the border
It is not necessary to mask the border between textures. If you support the artistic carelessness of the joint with decorative elements, you can achieve even greater harmony and originality. An untreated, “ragged” transition is safely left in loft, boho, or country interiors.
8. Game with levels
When joining materials, designers use two opposite techniques. Some minimize the difference in the levels of the two materials, while others seek to increase the contrast.
In both cases, volumetric structures come to the rescue. You can dwell on the minimum difference between the facing materials, or you can add geometry by building a multi-level system.