Hardwood Flooring Patterns: Which is Right for Your Space?

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You may know you want hardwood floors in your home, and you may even know which species and shade you want, but another important factor to consider is selecting a flooring pattern that fits your vision. There are nine common options we introduce below; each of these flooring designs will aid in creating a beautifully unique and stunning atmosphere in any space.

Plank Width Options

Random Width: Just as the name implies, random width hardwood flooring involves hardwood boards of various widths. This pattern is especially popular in smaller areas as the planks of different widths can create the illusion of a larger space. Plus, the design options are endless – from alternating planks of differing widths (such as 3-inch, 4-inch or 6-inch boards) to no pattern whatsoever.

Wide Plank: Another pattern that is exactly as it sounds, wide plank flooring features wide hardwood flooring boards (at least 6 inches in width) laid side by side. This is also a fantastic option if you’re interested in using reclaimed wood throughout your home; many recycled materials, such as old barns, can be made into wide planks with a lot of character.

Herringbone, Diagonals & Zig-Zags

Herringbone: A herringbone pattern is a historically popular, timeless design that’s created by alternating hardwood boards in zig-zagging, 90-degree angles. This flooring pattern can give a large room exceptional elegance and aesthetic appeal; in fact, it has been used in castles and palaces throughout Europe for centuries, making it a highly sought after flooring pattern for any space looking for the royal treatment.

Chevron: Similar to the herringbone pattern, the chevron design includes diagonals; the difference is that the planks meet on a center line, creating a pattern of V’s. This hardwood flooring pattern is a fantastic way to create a sophisticated, yet relaxing design.

Diagonal: Diagonal flooring patterns are a lot like herringbone and chevron patterns. As the name implies, they are laid diagonally and draw focus to the corners of a room, creating the illusion of a larger space. Because diagonal hardwood floors are less common, they’re a fantastic way to add a unique element to your home’s floors.

Parquet, Basket Weave and Endless Custom Designs

Parquet: Parquet hardwood flooring patterns are especially unique in the fact that they are made up of multiple pieces of wood, sometimes multiple types. This pattern style uses geometric shapes to create an artistic mosaic and provides a custom design that is unique to your floors. The possibilities are endless when it comes to this pattern!

Basket Weave: A classic, elegant look, basket weave hardwood floors actually appear as if they’re woven, like a basket. Although maple and oak are the most common species for this pattern, there are a lot of options for this design. Also, the basket weave pattern doesn’t need to be used throughout your entire home; consider it for just one part of your house, like the entryway or living room.

Picture Frame: Picture framing hardwood flooring patterns are meant to, you guessed it, frame. These floors provide a beautiful way to highlight special parts of a home. They can be made with various materials to create a distinctive difference between the finished flooring and the picture frame pattern of installation; the design possibilities are endless!

Borders, Inlays and Medallions: Borders, inlays and medallions create an opportunity for a space to become even more unique. These flooring features give the room a beautiful, custom focal point that will only further complement your stunning hardwood floors.

Although these are only nine of the most popular flooring patterns, the options are endless! We would love to help you find a flooring pattern that is perfect for your home. Contact us today for a free estimate and come visit our showroom to talk to our experts and see examples first hand; we can’t wait to help you get the hardwood floors of your dreams.

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