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The 7 Most Common Wood Flooring Patterns
Our home isn’t simply the place where we spend a significant amount of our free time. In many ways, it is a reflection of our being. Every little detail of our home decoration has purpose and meaning, even the floors. Maybe especially the floors. One of the first things any visitor is going to see upon entering our home is the floor. They say first impressions are more impactful than the rest and a beautiful and intricate floor pattern can be a nice first step in the right direction.
Regular Flooring Patterns
1. Straight pattern
This is the most common and well-known way to install a hardwood floor. The boards are laid from wall to wall and side by side. If you have a small room you can arrange the boards to follow the longest wall in the room to make the area appear bigger and vice versa. This design is popular for a reason, it is plain, simple and effective.
2. Diagonal pattern
Similar to straight pattern with one obvious difference – instead of covering from wall to wall, it goes from corner to corner. This design also requires a certain degree of skill and experience to execute the installation properly.
The Types of Parquet Patterns
3. Random Pattern
The width of the blocks in each row can vary. One might be 4 -inch, other 7 and third 5. The pattern itself, however, is consistent. Only the size of the boards is different. Gives the impression of a bigger room and comes in either a straight or diagonal pattern. The best way to achieve the proper effect is to install it parallel to the longest wall.
4. Herringbone pattern
This pattern is arguably the most popular today but not very suitable for small spaces since it gives the impression that they are even smaller. Herringbone grants great dimensional stability because each of the blocks is pressed against the other in a way limiting its movement. It can be installed both parallel and diagonal to the walls. It was the Ancient Romans who first used this pattern for their famous roads. This only testifies to its great quality.
5. Chevron pattern
It is very similar to a herringbone yet still different from it. Both herringbone and chevron are made from equally sized wood blocks put in a zig-zag pattern. When the pieces are cut in rectangles and arranged in a way which puts the end of each plank to the side of another, we have a herringbone. When the blocks are cut on an angle and form a straight line where each piece meets the end of another – it is chevron. Chevron was used in the decoration of Versailles even if it was for a single room, over the traditional parquet de Versailles.
6. Brick pattern
As the name suggests, it’s supposed to look like traditional brickwork. While simple in its own right it, it can be applied to the whole floor or just to an area which is then surrounded by borders. Can easily complement other more complicated pattern designs.
7. Basketweave pattern
The big plus on this pattern is that it fits pretty much anywhere regardless of the size of the room. It is most commonly made from oak and maple and usually laid parallel or diagonal to the walls of the room. Colours are mostly lighter but you can always spice things up with darker species like walnut to accentuate the pattern.