Wood Flooring Patterns

Choosing a floor can be a difficult decision. Not only do you have to choose the type of flooring you want but then you need to choose the colour and the pattern. Often the pattern is something that goes by the wayside but it is something that can really affect the look of your room in your home.

Not only will your pattern of choice shape the look of your floor, but it will also impact furniture placement and the general flow of your space. Check out below to learn more about different wood floor installation patterns:

1. Straight Pattern

Perhaps the most commonly used installation pattern is straight boards. To achieve this pattern, wood flooring boards are installed parallel to each other along the length or width of your room. This pattern is used to create simple and contemporary designs, enhancing the original look of the wood floor. Being the most straightforward pattern to install, it’s also the least expensive. Other patterns are more costly because they use extra wood and can take longer to install.


2. Diagonal Pattern

This pattern is used in all types of rooms, large and small. The boards are installed parallel to each other but laid at a 45-degree angle to the walls. By placing the boards at an angle it gives your room a more spacious look and in larger rooms enables you to add rugs for added panache.


3. Parquet pattern

A parquet floor is a very traditional method of laying wood floors. The wood is laid in a repeated geometric pattern with the appearance of a checkerboard, sometimes with more complex patterns within each checkerboard square. This pattern gives a very distinct and sophisticated look to a room. However, due to the expense of laying a traditional parquet floor, many companies now use a prefabricated square module with parquet patterns laid out in a wood veneer.


4. Herringbone Pattern

Again this is quite a traditional pattern but one that is coming back on trend with some designers, for a more grand and luxurious look. In a herringbone pattern, the hardwood floor strips are laid in a diagonal zigzag plan that looks like twilled fabric. This pattern can be laid out in the traditional manner or with square modules, like the parquet design.

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