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Top 5 Hardwood Floor Installation Patterns

Deciding between hardwood floor installation patterns is a very important step in a renovation project. Not only will your pattern of choice shape the look of your floor, it will also impact furniture placement, and the general flow of your space. Although they use the same material, the top hardwood floor installation patterns have very different looks. Check out below to learn more about different hardwood floor installation patterns.

Different Types of Hardwood Floor Installation Patterns

1. Straight Pattern

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The most commonly used installation pattern is straight. To achieve this pattern, install hardwood flooring boards parallel to each other along with the length or width of a room. This pattern creates a simple and contemporary design, enhancing the original look of the hardwood floor. Being the most straightforward pattern to install, it’s also the least expensive. Other patterns are more costly because they use extra wood and can take longer to install.

2. Random Pattern


Random pattern installations offer a straight-forward, parallel design, but involve a mixture of boards with different widths. This hardwood flooring pattern allows you to choose the ratio of wide and narrow boards, which lends to a more customized look. Also, this pattern will give your space a more rustic aesthetic, with added movement and an energetic feel.

3. Diagonal Pattern


This pattern will add a formal touch of luxury to your space without drifting away from a traditional straight installation of a hardwood floor. Install flooring boards parallel to each other, but laid at a 45 degree angle to the walls.

4. Parquet Pattern

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Parquet installation is the laying of wood flooring planks in a repeated geometric pattern. This pattern results in a hardwood floor with the appearance of a checkerboard, sometimes with more complex patterns within each checkerboard square. Additionally, the variety in patterns is practically limitless. The parquet pattern gives a very distinct and sophisticated look to a room. Traditional parquet installation is expensive and rare. Prefabricated square modules and parquet patterns laid out in a wood veneer have replaced traditional parquet.

5. Herringbone Pattern

Herringbone Parquet Wood Floor

To achieve a herringbone pattern, lay hardwood floor strips in a diagonal zigzag plan that looks like twilled fabric. Lay this pattern in the traditional manner or with square modules, like the parquet design.

Finishing Touches

Hardwood floor installation patterns are often completed with moldings and other decorative touches like mosaic medallions. These furnishings can be wood, natural stone, or alternative materials like glass and metal tiles. These types of finishing touches will frame your room, separating it from adjacent spaces and adding formality to it. Furthermore, inlays like mosaics add custom individuality to a room.

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(6) Comments

  1. That Parquet pattern is so interesting! I have seen a few different hardwood flooring designs that I really liked but this one is really cool. My sister and her husband are working on remodeling their kitchen so maybe I can persuade them to go with this design. The changing of the direction of the lines just keeps my eyes moving and I love it! Thank you for sharing these great designs.

  2. My husband and I have been thinking about redoing our flooring in our kitchen. We have had the tile for over five years now and I think that a change would be really nice. These hardwood flooring designs are really cool and unique! The one that I like the most is definitely the diagonal design. Thanks for sharing, I will have to show these to my husband!

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