Different Hardwood Floor Patterns


If you are planning to replace your hardwood floors and don't want the same basic pattern of end-to-end simple flooring, you are in luck. There are many simple patterns to choose from, and there are patterns that are much more involved, which take a little more time in the planning department but achieve amazing results.

Random (Mixed) Installation

  • Strip and plank flooring are basically the same items, but a plank is wider than a strip. Most standard hardwood floors use one or the other. Both types are available in many colors and textures. The two sizes will mix nicely for a variety in any style you wish, with complimenting colors. For example, you might use two strips in a light oak color and then lay a cherry plank next. This type of design gives you many choices but is still easy to lay in the end-to-end fashion.

Parquet Pattern

  • A wood floor that you lay in a geometric pattern that repeats itself is laid in a parquet pattern. This is easy to achieve when using hardwood floor squares in varying shades. The results can be a checkerboard effect, or any other pattern that you devise.

Diagonal Pattern

  • To form a diagonal pattern in hardwood flooring, you lay the strips parallel to each other as in traditional flooring but at a 45-degree angle to the walls. This gives a room character without too much artistic flair. You can also create a diagonal pattern with varying sizes and colors of wood planks or strips.

Herringbone Pattern

  • A herringbone pattern is laid like the diagonal pattern but in a zigzag fashion. This type of pattern takes more advanced planning to achieve the pattern but adds elegance to your home.


  • A border can compliment the standard installation of a hardwood floor to create an exclusive look of your own. The border is generally on all four sides of a room, and borders are available in many textures and colors. Natural stone, glass and mosaics are easy to find and have many inlaid patterns from which to choose. Border pieces do not have to be only around the edges of a room. In large open-design homes with a great room, the border pieces can be used to transition from the living room to the kitchen, where there are no walls.

Inlays and Inserts

  • This type of trim will allow you to create focal points in your home. Metal inserts and inlays can be metal colored, as in the brass assortment, or may have a painted design. You can place inlays and inserts in the four corners of a room with hardwood flooring or at the sides of a fireplace. You can accent stairways or entryways or use inserts as an interrupted border by laying them in a pattern around a room but leaving sections of wood flooring between them.


  • The most important thing to remember when planning an intricately designed hardwood floor is in the planning stage. It is best to draw out your pattern on paper to scale, to make sure that it fits in the room and repeats itself properly. Different widths of your materials may require much less cutting with careful planning, and your project can be more easily completed.

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