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Quick Guide of Hardwood Floor Patterns

By August 19, 2020 One Comment

Hardwood floor is durable and gives an interior design firm an opportunity to highlight the style used in that room or the space. By playing with different patterns, a professional interior designer brings attention to materials and proportions making the space visually appealing. The patterns discussed below will shed some light as to their characteristics and how best to use those patterns to highlight the character of a space


Herringbone is the most common pattern used for flooring in Europe. It has a zig-zag pattern that typically makes the room look smaller, so it is not recommended to install this type of pattern unless you have a larger floor range. Herringbone is created by placing rectangles in a staggered zigzag pattern, therefore differentiating itself from the chevron style. It is great for creating a more classic, traditional look that still brings visual interest in your space.


Like herringbone, chevron wood floors have a traditional zig-zag pattern and feature geometric patterns commonly used in modern homes. The pattern comes to a sharp point in the shape of a repeated “V”. This design pattern is also popular in Europe and it is very similar to the herringbone pattern; however, unlike the herringbone, this floor pattern has the ability of making rooms appear much larger when laid diagonally, therefore it is a perfect option for smaller rooms. Chevron floors can be used in a variety of different colors and sizes to fit the style of your home. 

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A parquet pattern is an angular and geometric mosaic of wood pieces. They offer a stunning level of visual appeal and range from simple to complex geometric patterns. This pattern is achieved by laying the wood floor planks in a repeated geometric pattern. This pattern will result in a checkerboard like appearance and often feature more complex patterns within each square. 

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Straight Pattern

This pattern is by far the most common and well-known way to install hardwood flooring. By laying the floor boards parallel to each other along the width of a room, it creates a simple and contemporary look and design. The straight pattern is among the easiest to install and the most cost effective.

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Random Pattern

Random pattern installations use boards of differing widths that offer a straightforward, parallel design and can be installed either straight or in a diagonal direction. It gives you the flexibility to make your own customized look and is desirable for small rooms, as it gives a space the impression of a larger room. Random style hardwood flooring creates dimension and movement to the space of the home along with a more rustic aesthetic style pleasing to the eye. 

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