Out of all of the flooring choices out there, there is nothing as beautiful, timeless, or classic as hardwood flooring. No matter what color or design it’s in, it infuses a home with warmth and style. When building a custom home every little detail has meaning, even in the flooring. One of the reasons home builders love hardwood so much is that it can be laid out in tons of beautiful patterns that reflect the individual style and personality of the home and the people that live in it. If you’re wondering which pattern you should pick, these are the 7 most common patterns for wood flooring.
This is by far the most common pattern and the most well known. It’s also the easiest and cheapest pattern for hardwood, but it’s the most classic. The boards are laid out side by side in a staggered pattern. A lot of people wonder about which way this pattern should run, horizontal or vertical. It all depends on the individual home, but usually, the boards follow the longest wall in the room to make it appear larger.
The diagonal pattern is pretty similar to the straight pattern. The only obvious difference is that instead of going from wall to wall, it goes from corner to corner. This design is more complicated than the straight pattern. It requires a certain degree of skill and experience to execute it properly. This extra level of skill means it tends to be more expensive. When executed right though, it can really make a room feel larger and more open.
The random pattern is also known as varied width pattern. The size of the boards varies from each one. One might be 4-inch, one 6, another 8. The pattern stays consistent though, with most people using a straight pattern. This style takes a bit of skill and needs to be planned out ahead of time. It’s become more popular lately thanks to the increased interest in the farmhouse style, which this pattern compliments well.
Herringbone hardwood flooring has become extremely popular and it’s easy to see why. This pattern adds subtle interest but is stunning. Herringbone works well because there is an extra interest added but the movement is limited by the way the boards press against one another. This pattern is can be expensive and it also tends to make smaller spaces feel even smaller, but it sure is pretty.
People often confuse chevron and herringbone by mistaking them for being the same, but they’re different patterns. Both use equal sized boards in a zigzag pattern. However, for Chevron, the boards are cut at an angle and where the boards meet to create a straight line. This pattern takes more skill and time due to the boards needing to be cut at an angle, but it’s absolutely beautiful.
As the name suggests, this pattern is supposed to look like traditional brickwork. This type of parquet pattern type isn’t as popular these days and people tend to prefer more simple designs. In the right home though this design can be a star. Brick hardwood flooring is often surrounded by boarders, which add to the elegant, traditional feeling the pattern brings. It’s also the most classic example of parquet flooring.
Basket weave might look complicated, but it’s a style that fits into any room regardless of the size. The boards are laid to look like a basket, weaved together in an interlocking pattern. The design creates an illusion for the eye making it look like the boards are going on top of one another. When done correctly it’s a showstopper.
You really can’t go wrong when installing hardwood flooring into your custom home. Whether you go for a classic straight pattern or spice it up with a more intricate parquet design, wood flooring will always be in style. Feel free to contact us to learn more or to begin building your dream custom home.