While the straight lines of a beautifully laid wood floor are hard to beat, there are other ways to use wood flooring to create a show-stopping home design. Here we share 5 alternatives to straight, parallel, end-to-end wood flooring.
- Traditional Wood Flooring Patterns
Parquet and herringbone patterns have seen a resurgence in recent years, as homeowners give these traditional patterns a contemporary twist. Whether it’s in the choice of wood or finish, size of boards, or perhaps mixing it up with a crossover between parquet and herringbone, there are lots of ways to get creative.
We particularly like the effect larger widths can create when used in a herringbone pattern, and also the impact a floor makes when using different types of wood in one unifying traditional pattern.
- Random Widths
A straight patterned wood floor can be made more interesting when different widths in the same wood are used. For example a standard sized board is used predominately, with half-widths every 2 or 3 runs. Unlike other alternative patterns this is a relatively cheap way of installing a floor, as there’s no more wastage or wood needed than laying a straight, parallel floor.
- Diagonal Wood Floor
How about making a statement that says, “we’re unconventional” by installing your floor at a 45-degree angle to the walls? This is another way to way to achieve a unique room design without costing a huge amount more than a conventional straight floor pattern.
A diagonal wood floor looks particularly effective if you have a feature rug laid across the diagonal. It also helps to make your room look larger, as your eyes follow the wood floorboards to the corners of your room, not the walls.
- Chevron Wood Pattern
An alternative to a herringbone pattern is the chevron. The main difference is that each floorboard is cut at an angle across the width instead of square, so you get a very distinctive V shape and clear delineation between each run of boards.
It’s another great pattern for making a small room look bigger, and again makes a real feature of your floor.
- Geometric shapes
Finally, here’s a chance to let your imagination run wild! From intricate geometric patterns to ‘picture framing’, there’s plenty of scope to use different woods to create a stunning effect. However, the more complicated the more expensive!
A relatively inexpensive approach is picture framing, where a different type of wood is used to outline the floor. This can also be an effective way of denoting different areas of a room, or joining to types of flooring together.
For further inspiration we recommend you explore Pinterest! Just search for wood floors and discover lots of different ideas. Why not print out a few patterns you like the look of and then bring them to our showroom when you come to choose your wood floor?
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