At first glance, wooden floors do not seem all that interesting to most people. But little you may know that where are actually various different options beyond the type of wood that make some designs look more appealing than others in the eye of the beholder.
Like tile, wooden planks can be made into all kinds of shapes and sizes and can be arranged in several different creative ways. You can also stain 2 or more different sets of planks for a more visually unique look for the floor overall.
Here are five popular patterns to consider for hardwood floors.
Straight wooden floors are the most common ones for homes and businesses. It is the simplest style of hardwood floor to achieve, and it is the likeliest wooden floor to come across. The floorboards are installed side by side to one another in a patterned look, with the boards facing one of the sides of the room directly. Because it is the easiest of the floor patterns to make, it is also the most affordable, since they don’t require much effort or resources like chevron fitting on London.
Random wooden floors are set up and installed like straight wood floors, but the key difference is that in the wood installed comes in random different lengths. Some boards are very long, some are very short, but to fit the style that you are going for, they are all used to cover a floor in a room overall. The random wooden floor is a unique design, and goes great for rooms intended to be creative, rustic, or special.
A diagonal wood floor is also like a straight wood floor, but the key difference with diagonal floors is the direction that they face. The wooden floors installed here are at a 45-degree angle from the wall. When professionally installed, these floors look classy and gorgeous, but there is quite a lot more effort to be had, considering that each board needs to be a different length in order to fit properly. And if these boards are not marked, it would be like completing a giant puzzle.
Also more loosely known as the “zig zag” pattern, chevron fitting on London originated in the 17th Century where this was a striking floor pattern used in French manors and palaces. In this pattern, the boards are slanted and are installed in rows, with the next row over getting slanted boards facing the opposite direction. The end result should give off an illusion of arrows travelling in opposing directions. There is an alternative to the chevron pattern known as the herringbone pattern. This pattern involves regular, un-slanted boards that are set up like arrows, but give off a dramatically different appearance overall.
5. Parquet Flooring
Another creative floor pattern from French nobles, parquet flooring is made from square wooden tiles that have distinctive details in wood color and grain. Examples of woods that are suitable for parquet include mahogany, walnut, oak, cherry, pine, and maple. When parquet wood tiles are laid down, the direction of the grain alternates between up and down and side to side. The end result of a parquet floor is meant to give off a checkerboard look and feel. Traditional parquet floors are not common at all, and are rather very expensive to build. People who want parquet floors are often shown to artificial paneling that imitates wood before considering actual wood parquet floors. Parquet floors today, however, are commonly used for ballrooms, clubs, pubs, and even basketball courts.