Wonderful ways to work wood flooring into your design – the patterns you need to know

Oozing warmth, character and famed for its timeless beauty and durability, wood is still one of the most popular flooring materials for the home

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Introduce pattern and natural character to the home with these wood flooring ideas.

Wood remains an enduring choice for interiors and is the ideal flooring to bring warmth and character to the kitchen. Solid wood looks beautiful and is wonderfully versatile – rustic or reclaimed boards look fabulous in a country or traditional kitchen while exotic woods are perfect for a contemporary scheme. With regular correct maintenance, it’s a floor that will last for years.

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Designed to work exquisitely across any traditional or contemporary interior, the Havwoods patterned collection comprises Herringbone, Chevron, Plank and Versailles patterns – all of which will add a beautifully distinct appeal across a range of surfaces.

Wood flooring ideas

Havwoods talks to us about the different patterns and designs to consider before you make your decision.

1. Herringbone

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One of the most popular forms of parquet, the Herringbone design has a rich design history dating back to the 16th century, and has long since been favoured as the flooring pattern of choice – gracing high-class residencies and historical buildings across Europe for hundreds of years.

Unlike a chevron pattern, where the short ends are cut at an angle, Herringbone patterns are produced using simple rectangular blocks – offering customers a visually pleasing surface to suit their interior schemes. Presented in a selection of finishes including distressed, smoked and lacquered, you can choose from white washed and honey toned shades, to more dramatic mahogany hues.

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2. Chevron

Adding interest and texture, Havwoods’ collection of engineered Chevron planks is ideal for any residential or commercial space. The engineered boards are each expertly constructed to form this highly popular pattern which, when laid, creates precision-cut intersects that are angled to sit perfectly along an aligned axis.

The chevron pattern is similar in design to Herringbone in its broken zigzag formation, but offers a slightly different visual effect.

wood flooring ideas

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3. Versailles and gord

wood flooring ideas

Bringing the grandeur of French parquet back into the home, the Versailles design consist of squares held together by an interwoven mesh of wood strips, all within a wood frame. Sourced from a multitude of mills, each distinctive design is presented in a breadth of beautiful wood tones and quality finishes.

The origin of the geometric Gord pattern hails from the Baltic and Slavic states of Europe and is ideal for both grand period properties and on-trend modern spaces. From the warming hues of Empress to the deep chocolaty appeal of Sceptre, homeowners can transform surfaces with a characterful and striking finish.

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