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Alluring Hardwood Floor Patterns

What To Consider When
Choosing a Hardwood Floor Pattern

When it comes to Edmonton home renovations, the choice of flooring can have a significant impact on the overall aesthetic and feel of a space. Hardwood flooring is a timeless and functional flooring option that offers a wide range of design possibilities. Among these, five interesting hardwood floor patterns stand out: the Herringbone Pattern, Basket Weave Pattern, Brick Pattern, Chevron Pattern, and most commonly, the Horizontal Strip Patterns. Each of these patterns has its own unique benefits and trade-offs.

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Herringbone Pattern, A Classic Elegance

The Herringbone Pattern is a classic favourite for those looking to add a touch of elegance to their home. Though a traditional design, hardwood floors in the herringbone pattern have recently come back in style in a big way. It has become so popular in new renovation designs that it’s being used in tile and brick applications, not just in flooring. This pattern consists of rectangular pieces of wood arranged in a zigzag pattern at a 90-degree angle. Herringbone flooring is so asthetically stunning that there is no denying its resurgence in appeal.

Visually Interesting

The herringbone pattern instantly adds visual interest and a sense of movement to a room.

Timeless Appeal

It has a timeless quality that works well in both traditional and contemporary settings.

Unfortunately, like most attractive patterns, there is an increase in cost.

Complex Installation

Installing a herringbone pattern can be more time-consuming and costly due to the precision required.

Material Waste

This pattern often leads to more material waste during installation.

Hardwood floor in herringbone pattern

Basket Weave Pattern, A Unique Texture

The Basket Weave Pattern is a distinctive choice that emulates the look of an actual woven basket. It involves two strips of wood running parallel to each other, alternating with two strips perpendicular to them.

Textured Look

The pattern adds a unique and textured look that adds depth and character to a room.


The alternating arrangement can enhance the structural stability of the flooring.

Trade-offs include

Many Cuts & Smaller Planks To Install

Like herringbone, the basket weave pattern can be more challenging and costly to install.

Visually Overwhelming in Large Rooms

 In larger spaces, the pattern can be busy and visually overwhelming.

Brick Pattern, Vintage Style Creates Modern Charm

The brick pattern, which mimics the appearance of a brick wall, where the flooring joints are offset in the middle, creates an appearance of symmetry. This is a great option for homeowners seeking a more modern, contemporary look, thanks to the symmetrical placement of the boards. Key benefits include:

Modern Aesthetics

It adds an interesting and clean look to any space.

Easy Installation

Installing the brick pattern is simpler than some other patterns, making it a more cost-effective option. The brick pattern is the most visually interesting pattern for the money.

However, it has its trade-offs

Lack of Versatility

This pattern may not suit all interior styles; the brick pattern looks out of place in traditionally styled homes, limiting its versatility in some spaces.

Only Suited for Smaller Spaces

It’s better suited for smaller spaces due to the repetitive nature of the design.

Hardwood laid down in a brick pattern before urethane has been applied

Chevron Pattern, Modern Chic

The Chevron pattern is a modern and chic design choice. It involves angled boards that meet at a point, creating a continuous V-shape along the floor. Benefits include:

Contemporary Appeal

Chevron adds a contemporary and sophisticated touch to your interior.

Creates Illusion of Space

The pattern can make a room appear larger by guiding the eye in the direction of the V-shapes.

On the downside

Complex Installation

Precision is essential for a flawless chevron pattern, and installation can be more time-consuming and in turn increase the installation cost. 

Material Wastage

Similar to herringbone, this pattern creates extra cuts which result in additional material wastage.

Horizontal Strip Patterns

Horizontal strip patterns are simple and timeless. Planks of wood are laid parallel to each other with joints staggered creating a natural look. The benefits include:

Easiest Installation Over All Patterns

This is one of the simplest patterns to install, saving time and money.


Horizontal strips work well in various settings, from traditional to modern.

However, some trade-offs include

Limited Visual Interest

It may lack the dynamic appeal of more intricate patterns.


Over time, wear and tear may be more noticeable due to the straightforward design.

Blonde colour hardwood floor

Enhance The Appeal of Your Floors With Smyth Stolarz

In conclusion, your choice of hardwood floor pattern should align with your personal style, the overall design of your home, and your budget. Each of these patterns has its own unique charm, and understanding their benefits and trade-offs As in most renovations, the more cuts needed for a design, the more waste, which increases costs but can greatly add to the visual appeal. Knowing this while planning will help you make an informed decision to elevate your interior design to the next level. Whether you opt for classic herringbone, unique basket weave, rustic brick, chic chevron, or timeless horizontal strips, your hardwood flooring can be a stunning focal point in any room. For more help in choosing a hardwood flooring pattern for your new renovation, contact us at Smyth Stolarz Construction Ltd.