While browsing through flooring showrooms, we’ve seen a lot of unique tile patterns that we really like. We’d prefer hardwood though, so I’m wondering if some of these patterns can be achieved with wood instead.
-Joan in Indiana
Hardwood flooring is a more versatile product than it’s given credit for. It doesn’t have to be laid in one direction only. In fact, it has many design options that can create a truly one of a kind look.
- Borders – borders are typically used to outline a room or the entire area that receives hardwood. Decorative borders are available for purchase or can be custom designed.
- Feature Strips – can be used to outline a room or to outline an area. For example, you can have an oak floor and create the look of a permanent area rug by outlining an area in a different, contrasting wood like mahogany or an exotic species. This allows you to use an exotic species without the cost associated with using it for the entire floor.
- Medallions – are often used to highlight a focal point of a room or an area. A medallion in the foyer or in the center of a room can be breathtaking. The good news is, there are plenty of patterns out there already created so all you have to do is choose one that inspires you rather than starting from scratch trying to design your own. A note of caution: keep furniture placement in mind when planning to use decorative medallions. You don’t want the medallion to end up being covered up with furniture or covered with an area rug where you can’t enjoy it.
- Diagonal – a simple hardwood pattern is to install the wood on the diagonal. A professional installer should be consulted first when considering this pattern to make sure that the pattern will not be “choppy” in any angled areas of the room.
- Inlays – hardwood inlays are a place to really get creative. Inlays can be murals, panorama or scenes of beautiful landscapes. If you do not grow tired of looking at a piece of art for years, a hardwood inlay may be for you.
- Herringbone – A herringbone pattern is an elegant, classic hardwood pattern this is a little more complicated than a diagonal pattern. It can be subtle or it can become the focal point of a room.
- Parquet –parquet flooring is a wood floor laid in a geometric pattern. Most people thing of gym floors when they think of a parquet floor, but there are some beautiful, updated designs available in parquet flooring.
- Custom Designs – if you have an artistic eye or want something unique that no one else has, you can create a custom designed border, feature strip pattern, installation pattern or medallion. With today’s technology, you can have almost any image you want integrated into your hardwood flooring.
Hardwood patterns are not for everyone, but if you are looking for a little something different, ask your retailer or installer about options for your space. There is a higher cost associated with patterns, but it can be well worth it in the end when you have a floor that stops traffic!