Changing the Floor Materials in one Area of a Larger Room

Reference Number: KB-00030
Last Modified: July 21, 2021

The information in this article applies to:

Home Designer Professional or Home Designer Architectural or HomeDesigner Suite


I would like to change the flooring material for a large room so that it uses both carpet and tile. How can I accomplish this task?

Camera view of Dining Room and Kitchen each with a different flooring material


In reality, rooms are not always divided by a physical wall. The separation of two rooms may be marked by a change in the flooring  (wood to tile, for example), or by a change in the interior wall covering.  

In Home Designer, a room divider wall can be used to define rooms without creating a physical wall.

To create a room divider

  1. First, launch Home Designer and choose Open Plan to open the plan in which you want to separate out a larger room to adjust its flooring materials.  

     Floor plan view of 10’ by 15’ room

  2. Select Build> Wall> Room Divider and draw a room divider line where you want to have the flooring material change.  

    Floor plan view of plan with Room Divider wall separating the larger room into two smaller rooms 

  3. Once the room has been divided, use the Select Objects  tool to select one side, and click on the Open Object  edit button to display its Specification dialog.  

    Floor plan view of plan with left room selected 

  4. Go to the Materials panel of the Room Specification dialog, and choose a new Floor Finish.  

    Room Specification dialog – Materials panel – Floor Finish highlighted and arrow on Select Material button 

  5. Click OK to apply the change, and select 3D> Create Camera View> Doll House View   to see the results (In the Pro version, select 3D> Create Perspective View> Doll House View).  

    Doll House View showing two different floor finishes side-by-side 

    In the image above, we have used the Doll House View  camera tool and rotated it to look down on the drawing to be able to easily see both flooring materials.