Apartment Flooring Options and Advice?

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Q: I live in a small two bedroom apartment unit that I own, and I'm planning on updating the flooring. Currently, the flooring consists of carpet in the bedrooms, living room and hallway to the closet, tiles in the bathroom and vinyl (I think) in the kitchen and laundry. The carpet in the living room is not in the greatest condition — there are stains (black spots) past the entrance which are very noticeable and embarrassing, and it's also flat, discolored and worn out past the kitchen. I have tried cleaning to no avail, so the carpet must go. The carpet in the bedroom is still ok:

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Originally I was thinking of tiling the living room, kitchen and laundry with the same tiles to make the room look more spacious. However, this is looking less and less attractive, having spent the last couple of winters in the apartment with draft problems (this is another project altogether). I am now thinking of putting in floating floorboard in the living room and tiles in the kitchen in a similar pattern/colour to the current vinyl, as it seems to brighten up the place and hide dirt well.

I would like some input on the following:
• Will it look 'choppy' or 'not flowing' having two different types of flooring in a small space?
• What color combination floorboard and tiles would you choose?
• Should I tile or floorboard the hallway? Should I do this by extending the tile past the kitchen and in line with the hallway (L shape) OR extend the floorboard into the hallway (L shape) OR have hallway tile separated by floor board (3 separate rectangles)?
• Should I just install tiles all across as originally planned and install curtains to enclose the living room for winter? (Across the kitchen entrance, along window and doors, etc).

Any help would be appreciated!

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Regina is an architect who lives with her husband and children in Lawrence, KS. As a LEED Accredited Professional and longtime contributor to Apartment Therapy and The Kitchn, her focus is on healthy, sustainable living through design.

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