I've got laminate that runs into two tile floors. The strip was supposed to be a clip in style on fasterners that would be bolted down to the substrate. Of course, they would not "bite" and I ended up buying a real oak threshold strip to make the transition. While the transitions are holding up well, I had to reset one of them due to push around toy (skates, scooters, etc) rollovers.
I honestly like different textures and styies in a house, but I have a difficult time pulling the trigger myself. The outside of my house is boring, but a house down the street from my friends had 5 different textures. Brick, stucco, paint, rough sawn cedar and maybe some field stone. Sounds busy, but it looks good.