Create Visual Interest With Patterns For Plank Flooring
Plank flooring is flooring which is made from solid wooden planks. The majority of wooden flooring was made with planks well through the 20th century, when alternatives began to gain ground. Consider a repetitive plank flooring pattern to create visual interest within your space. Plank flooring is available in a variety of board widths and species, which can make a difference when deciding on a pattern for your space. Complicated wood plank patterns include basketweave and cross-hatched designs and are not recommended for novice floor installers. Parquet patterns often use teakwood and require extremely accurate small cuts to create the signature puzzle-box look. If you prefer the look of an intricate wood pattern but lack the experience or knowledge to execute the details, create an inset of your favorite design and use planks to border and frame a medallion-sized version of the pattern chosen. For example, feature a inset octagon pattern in the center of the room and use planks to create a square border around it that highlights the design.
Professional installers favor traditional plank flooring patterns and layouts that have stood the test of time. Traffic patterns within a space are a good indication of the favored direction of your plank floor. For instance, in a foyer, plank floors are traditionally installed in a vertical direction from the perspective of the front door, which creates a subtle invitation to enter your home. When installing plank flooring throughout several rooms, opt to change the plank direction at doorways to define each room.