Hardwood Floor Patterns: 5 Styles for Every Home

When you think of hardwood floor patterns, does your mind go straight to planks? Or, maybe you think of the intricate, victorian inlay in your grandparents’ home.

There are so many types and style of hardwood flooring on the market. And whether you live in a new build or a historic home, there’s no right answer when it comes to hardwood pattern.

Today, we want to introduce you to some of our favorites:


Inlay floors use multiple tones of wood to create borders, medallions, and accents on the floor. You may recognize this style from the Gates House. We used Solid Rift & Quartered 3/4″ x 2 1/4″ White Oak on a diagonal and then a Peruvian Walnut Strip 3/4″ x 1-1/2″. We love this pattern, especially in homes with lots of character and history.


Parquet floors are made up of interlocking, smaller wooden pieces. The most classic example comes from the place that popularized this style–the palace of Versailles. At our project Break and Reno we were blessed to have the original floors still in tact, just some sanding and filling in where patches were missing.


Herringbone floors are created by overlapping the corners of narrow planks. The name actually comes from the skeleton of a herring (yes, the fish). This pattern is super versatile and works in modern kitchens or classic parlors.


Similar to herringbone, this style also features a sloped, diagonal pattern. However, with chevron, the ends of the boards are cut at a 45 degree angle and butt up against each other. Chevron is stunning in a lighter finish or a deep shade like the floor in Bed-Stuy Brownie.


Plank hardwood flooring is classic and timeless. For this style, rectangular planks of equal width are laid in a horizontal pattern. At Dream in Fort Greene, we used Stuga planks throughout the home for a Scandinavian look. When you pre-order our book, For the Love of Renovating, you get access to an exclusive discount for Stuga.