Transition without Borders:
In some cases, if the adjacent material (e.g., tile) is large enough and can function as its own straight-edge in contrast to the cut planks, a separate border may not be necessary. This approach allows the two materials to meet directly without any additional decorative border which results in a seamless transition where the flooring materials visually flow into each other. This approach works best when the two materials have contrasting visual characteristics, such as different colors or textures, creating a distinct separation without the need for a physical border.
Transition at an Angle:
If the materials will be meeting each other at an angle, such as 45 degrees, a transition border becomes essential to maintain a visually appealing transition. In such cases, a “straight edge break” border is required between the change in pattern or direction, even if the same flooring material is being continued. This border acts as a transition element that clearly defines the angle and provides a clean break between the two sections. Long straight-edged borders are needed to ensure the emphasis remains off the joint or awkward short-cut edges of either material.