Design ideas for wood flooring patterns

Wooden floors are more popular than ever in a wide variety of homes, from traditional 19th century farmhouses to contemporary city apartments. But if you thought that a wooden floor simply means traditional rectangular panels, think again.

If you take a look at a website such as you will see a range of laminate, parquet and hardwood flooring, made in different thicknesses and colours. But the choice doesn’t end there. Here, we take a look at some of the different patterns you can choose.

1) Straight

First, the traditional installation that you most commonly see with laminate and hard wood flooring. The boards are set side by side from wall to wall. In a smaller room, arrange them such that they follow the longest wall, and you will create an impression of space. This sort of design is popular because it is simple and effective.

2) Herringbone

Particularly popular with parquet type flooring, this is a design that can trace its roots back to the Roman era, so it has certainly stood the test of time. It provides excellent stability, as the individual pieces are wedged together and have no way of moving. A word of caution, though – this design is less suitable for smaller spaces, as it can make the room appear even more cramped.

3) Chevron

This is similar to herringbone, but subtly different. In a herringbone design, the pieces are arranged in a way that lays the end of each plank against the side of another. A chevron pattern has the blocks cut on an angle to form straight lines where the pieces meet.

4) Brick

Picture a brick wall – well, you can have exactly the same pattern in your wood flooring. A neat idea can be to just have certain areas in this pattern, to compliment more complicated designs on other parts of your floor. You can even create a chequerboard kind of effect.

5) Basket weave

Again, the clue is in the name – a woven design looks great in any room, big or small. It is typically made up of oak and maple panels that are laid either parallel or diagonal to the walls of your room. Most people choose lighter colours, but there is nothing to stop you from including some darker woods, such as walnut, to emphasise the pattern and create a unique look.

6) Diagonal

Different does not have to be complicated. Some people opt for what is essentially a straight design, but laid diagonally across the room instead of parallel to the walls. In effect, you start from corner to corner and work outwards. The finished result looks great, but it takes some skill and expertise to get it right.

7) Random

Another triumph of simplicity is a random pattern. This does not mean shoving the panels in any old way, but involves using pieces of varying widths. You do, however, need to have “order in your chaos,” with a repeating pattern. This is another great way to give a spacious look to a smaller room.