There are different installation patterns that are available for timber flooring. The wood grains of planks come in different ways as well such as horizontal, vertical and strand woven. There are different colors that you can choose and one of the most common patterns used is the random staggered pattern that hardwood floors are characterized by.
However, there are different trends in flooring layouts. Some other patterns that you can consider are diagonal, chevron and herringbone timber flooring. The cost of the plank will depend on the pattern, material and the finish. The scope of your project will determine the cost as well. The random plank pattern has been used for a very long time. The lengths of the planks will vary to aid this randomization. The starter piece in a row is cut to a random length to ensure the continuity of the pattern. You can also use different combinations of widths and lengths.
While commonly, wooden planks are installed parallel to walls, this is not something that you need to stick to. You can place them at an angle as done in the diagonal pattern layout. When the plank is placed at an angle, a room tends to look more spacious. So it is a great way of creating the impression of space in a smaller room. You can use diagonal flooring in a space where the walls aren’t straight as it will not highlight this error. But installing flooring diagonally can be quite time-consuming and you need to trim the plank precisely to ensure that the pattern is sustained. However, it is a very unique way of defining a space.
The chevron and herringbone patterns look quite similar. But they differ in the angle which the wood plank is cut. In the herringbone pattern, the end of the wood plank is cut at a 900 angle while chevron uses planks that are cut at a 450 angle. The latter creates a continuous zigzag pattern.
Chevron is a more modern pattern and it gives a contemporary look to a space. But you need to consider product and installation costs for this pattern. When it comes to the herringbone pattern, the board ends overlap and the cost of installation is less when compared to the chevron pattern. The herringbone pattern gives a more traditional aesthetic and it can be a unique addition to a space. The parquet flooring pattern can be either geometric or random. Small pieces of wood are pieced together by laying out the tiles in the pattern that you want.
There are some patterns that will not provide the same visual interest in a space as the patterns that are discussed above. The stair step pattern or the lightning bolt pattern is created by installing the first run end to end. The four runs that come next are cut smaller than the previous run. Seams are kept at regular intervals in this pattern. The H plank pattern is an orderly pattern which will not add a lot of aesthetic value to the flooring. But you need to consider which patterns speak to your personal style and what you decide should be based on this.