Define Your Style with Hardwood Installation Patterns

Posted on 08/17/2017Posted by Kevin Ward

You’ve picked a hardwood species for your new floors. You’ve chosen your color. Those are the only options you get to pick, right? Take another look at today’s hardwood trends. You have two more choices, plank width and installation pattern, that let you define your style. At Peek’s, we have our eye on the trends in hardwood floor installation that Dallas homeowners want. Take a look at the most popular styles.

Plank Widths


Plank width is the first choice you’ll get to make. Hardwood planks range in size from 2 inches to 10 inches, and different widths create different looks. Pay close attention to what widths the floors you’re considering come in.

  • Standard: Standard planks range from 3 to 5 inches wide. Standard width planks are the classic hardwood, and the board distribution hides gaps that form as the wood expands and contracts with time.

  • Wide: Wide planks are over 5 inches wide. Today, many manufacturers use a 7-inch wide plank as their brand standard. Wide plank styles are among the most popular types of hardwood floor installation in Dallas. Wider planks create a more opulent look, but gaps from expansion and contraction can be more apparent. The wider the plank, the more of an investment the floor will be.

  • Thin: Thin planks are less than 3 inches wide. They conceal expansion gaps, and they create a distinctly modern look. Because manufacturers can make the planks from a little perfect piece here and there, they tend to be the least expensive.

  • Mixed: Mixing and matching plank widths, like standard and thin or wide and standard, is gaining popularity. It adds contemporary flare to traditional spaces and visual interest to the clean lines of modern designs. Some brands offer mixed widths right out of the box, but in other cases you’ll need your installer’s input on how much of which widths to buy.

Classic Straight Patterns

Once you have your width chosen, you can decide how you want the planks laid. Installation patterns range from classic straight to complex designs. The more complex you get, the more you’ll have to invest in your installation, but getting that perfect look is worth it.

Classic straight installations run parallel to your walls. They draw the eye in the direction of the planks. The finished look is clean, contemporary and lets the grain of the wood shine through.

Know Your Patterns: Diagonal

Diagonal patterns are laid at a 45-degree angle to your walls. It’s a great way to get a luxury look while maintaining a simple, inexpensive layout. Diagonal installations also “open up” a space and are a great way to draw the eye to features like a corner fireplace.

Know Your Patterns: Parquet

Parquet flooring is making a grand comeback. Parquet floors consist of wood ’tiles’ arranged in geometric patterns. Parquet adds instant visual interest and can be incorporated into both modern and traditional designs. Because installation was so complex and expensive, this classic style was once the definition of opulence. Today, getting parquet hardwood floor installation in Dallas is more affordable than ever before.

Today’s parquet floors come in pre-cut, tongue-and-groove tiles for quick installation. If you’re looking to go all-in on a custom look, you can have practically any parquet pattern custom cut. Parquet designs can be large, medium or small format. Squares of a single color installed with the grains alternating direction is the simplest parquet pattern, but the designs can get intricate. Inlays, complex patterns, multiple stain colors and even mixed wood types are all possible.

Know Your Patterns: Herringbone

Herringbone or chevron floors are laid with thin strips of hardwood positioned in a zig-zagging pattern. The pattern can run either parallel or diagonal to your walls, and the planks can be short or quite long for a grand look. Herringbone floors are magnificent and a fantastic way to blend traditional and modern design elements.

Traditional herringbone floors are staggered for a floor that looks almost woven, but they can also be laid in square modules as a type of parquet floor. Herringbone parquet tiles that come pre-assembled are the least expensive way to achieve a herringbone look.

Custom Patterns

Practically any pattern you envision can be installed in your home. Inlays, entryway showpieces, diamond patterns and more are all possible. Keep in mind that most custom patterns will need to be installed as finish-in-place hardwood, but it gives you the opportunity to customize stains and get a one-of-a-kind look. If you know you want something special but aren’t sure where to start, Peeks can you create a custom hardwood floor installation for your Dallas home.

Flooring is one of the most enduring investments in your home. Go the extra mile and do something special. Contact Peeks for more information on plank widths and installation patterns.

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