You may know you want hardwood floors in your home, and you may even know which species and shade you want, but another important factor to consider is selecting a flooring pattern that fits your vision. There are nine common options we introduce below; each of these flooring designs will aid in creating a beautifully unique and stunning atmosphere in any space.
Plank Width Options
Random Width: Just as the name implies, random width hardwood flooring involves hardwood boards of various widths. This pattern is especially popular in smaller areas as the planks of different widths can create the illusion of a larger space. Plus, the design options are endless - from alternating planks of differing widths (such as 3-inch, 4-inch or 6-inch boards) to no pattern whatsoever.
Wide Plank: Another pattern that is exactly as it sounds, wide plank flooring features wide hardwood flooring boards (at least 6 inches in width) laid side by side. This is also a fantastic option if you’re interested in using reclaimed wood throughout your home; many recycled materials, such as old barns, can be made into wide planks with a lot of character.
When it comes to selecting hardwood floors for your home, there’s more to think about besides wood species and color. Because you want your floors to represent your family’s personality, and be beautiful for years to come, an important factor to consider is design. How wide will the planks be? How will they be arranged?
Hardwood Flooring Plank Trends
At San Jose Hardwood Floors we see two common plank trends:
- Wide Plank Hardwood Flooring
- Random Width Hardwood Flooring
No matter what type of species you're looking into, random width or wide plank hardwood flooring will likely be available; there doesn't seem to be a trend toward certain widths for certain species. Although design trends are showing a lot of white oak, walnut, hickory and European oak, what we've been seeing at San Jose Hardwood Floors is homeowners customizing their hardwood flooring to match their own personal styles and tastes. You can even mix up the different plank sizes like the Santa Clara kitchen above, with 13-, 14-, 15- and 16-inch hickory planks.
This client worked with a designer to select their new floors and ended up choosing a combination of hand distressed parquet wheat-colored hickory hardwood flooring from Lengo dal Dio. Some areas of the home feature 25" x 25" hand distressed hickory squares while other spaces showcase hand scraped wide plank hickory wood floors. These two styles are used throughout the entire home except for the bathrooms. See the completed floors on Houzz.