When I posted yesterday that I’ll be getting new flooring in my kitchen and breakfast room, many of you expressed your disappointment that I won’t be painting my floor. I should have clarified. New flooring doesn’t automatically rule out painting the floor. I’m still really leaning in that direction (I kind of had my heart set on a painted floor), but in true Kristi fashion, I’m looking at and considering all possibilities so that I know that the final decision is truly the one I want.
So in considering all other options, I’ve also been looking at various interesting hardwood floor patterns. There are a thousand options out there for patterned hardwood floors, but so many of them require actually purchasing specialty parquet flooring that has already been pieced together, similar to the sheets of ready-to-install mosaic tile that create intricate patterns. But there are quite a few interesting patterns that can be created with regular hardwood flooring. They may take a bit of math (not my strong suit) and a bit of fancy cutting with a miter saw, but they’re all very attainable.
After looking at so many examples in the last 24 hours, I’ve come to realize that this chevron pattern, with the chevrons separated by straight boards, is my absolute favorite design. (Sorry, herringbone! You’ve been moved to second place!) 🙂
But there’s so much more you can do with a chevron design. Here’s one with opposing chevron designs meeting in the middle and creating a square design where they meet.
And here’s another example with this idea used in a narrow hallway, and with the design meeting in the middle where the two opposite directions are going away from each other rather than towards to form a square pattern.
And here’s the same concept done with a herringbone pattern rather than a chevron pattern.
And of course, there’s always the option of using just a plain and simple chevron pattern, like in this kitchen.
Or my longstanding favorite (until yesterday) — a plain and simple herringbone pattern, as seen in this living room and dining room.
Another great idea is to install the boards so that they form concentric rectangles.
Or you can get really creative with this idea and have concentric rectangles, with a center section of offset concentric rectangles that create kind of an area rug look.
Another classic design is the square basketweave. This would be very easy to create with regular hardwood flooring.
There are so many more ideas that you can do with just plain ‘ole hardwood flooring, like adding borders around the room, or even a more intricate (but still totally doable) Greek Key border design. With all of these options that I’ve now opened myself up to by getting new flooring, plus all of the painted wood floor options that I already had, I feel like I have an impossible decision before me.