Hardwood Patterns

Hardwood patterns add elegance and sophistication

Floors with hardwood patterns – also known as parquet flooring – are trending as a choice for residential interiors. As homeowners look for ways to distinguish their spaces with stunning visual features, hardwood patterns bring an immediate sense of sophistication and elegance to any room.

Hardwood patterns were first used in the manors and castles of 16th century Europe and have been associated with stylishness and luxury ever since. Today, homeowners can choose from a variety of standard hardwood floor patterns, or they may create their own wood floor design patterns for a truly one-of-a-kind appearance.

At Carlisle Wide Plank Floors, we offer a variety of exquisitely handcrafted products with different wood floor patterns and work closely with our customers to create exceptional parquet flooring that will be a stunning feature of any room.

What are hardwood patterns?
Hardwood patterns, or parquet patterns, are an approach to designing a hardwood floor where the floorboards are arranged and installed in an intricate pattern, rather than simply being laid out in parallel strips.

Why choose floors with hardwood patterns?
A hardwood pattern lends an instant air of elegance and sophistication to a room and enables a homeowner to create a stunning visual focal point and design statement in any space.

Can floors with hardwood patterns be prefinished?
Prefinishing is an excellent approach to installing a floor with hardwood patterns, as the floorboards can be treated with stronger sealants in the manufacturer’s facility before being delivered to the home for installation. A prefinished parquet floor helps to speed installation and enables the homeowner to avoid the mess of sanding and staining and the inconvenience of sealing a floor on site.

Can engineered flooring be installed in patterns?
Engineered floors can easily be installed with a parquet pattern. Carlisle offers two collections of engineered floors with a Herringbone pattern that are ideal for installation in urban spaces, over radiant heat, on concrete slab or in high moisture areas below or above grade.

An overview of hardwood patterns available from Carlisle

While there are many standard types of wood floor patterns that have been created over the centuries, there are several that customers request most often because of their enduring appeal.

  • Herringbone is one of the most popular patterned wood floor designs. In this parquet floor, boards of equal lengths – usually about 4” in width and 20” in length – are laid out in a zigzag fashion, with the end of one board adjoining another board at a right angle. The visual effect of a Herringbone pattern is one of great movement and visual interest, making the floor a centerpiece of the room.
  • Chevron is another one of the most chosen hardwood patterns and also features an angular layout. In contrast to Herringbone, however, the ends of the boards are cut at an angle to form a V shape with adjoining boards for a cleaner layout. Where a Herringbone pattern must use right angles, a Chevron pattern can use more acute or shallower angles depending on the angle at which the ends of boards are cut.
  • Versailles is a pattern inspired by the floors in King Louis XIV’s Palace of Versailles. One of the most intricate hardwood patterns, a Versailles floor is made of large squares within which the planks are arranged in an interwoven fashion.

At Carlisle, customers may also choose from a wide range of other patterns or create their own design for a unique installation.

Choosing the wood for your hardwood patterns

At Carlisle, we offer a choice of 10 hardwood species that are perfect for creating hardwood patterns.

  • Ash floors feature interesting grain patterns with color variations that range from cream to light blonde to rich nutty brown hues.
  • Birch floors offer intriguing combinations of color tones and grain patterns that range from subtle swirls to flame-like effects.
  • Brown Maple floors feature subtle and consistent grain patterns with rich hues of brown, gold and amber.
  • Cherry floors have deep red lustrous hues with subtle but distinctive flowing grain patterns.
  • Hickory is a tough wood with hues that range from lighter blonde and beige to cocoa browns.
  • Red Oak floors feature tight, consistent grain with deep salmon tones in the heartwood.
  • Rift & Quartersawn White Oak is cut with special techniques that produce straight parallel lines for a stunningly beautiful floor.
  • Walnut features rich chocolate hues with undertones ranging from purple to yellow and has complex grain patterns.
  • White Maple has smooth, soft-flowing grain patterns with cleaner and lighter hues.
  • White Oak offers dense boards with dramatic grain patterns. White Oak hardwood floor colors are beige to brownish in hue.

Why choose hardwood patterns Carlisle?

Carlisle Wide Plank Floors is the premier source for floors with hardwood patterns for one simple reason: we deliver exceptional quality. Every Carlisle floor is a masterpiece, painstakingly handcrafted to reflect your vision and your sense of style. Our craftsman are masters at creating one-of-a-kind services that reflect the natural beauty of the highest quality raw materials available. They believe every detail matters, and no detail is too small to escape their attention.

Whatever hardwood pattern you choose for your Carlisle floor, the final product will become a defining feature in your home – a stunning visual design element that takes your breath away every time you walk through the door. Once you come to understand the quality of our product and the dedication of our craftsman, you’ll agree nothing compares to the strength, beauty and performance of a Carlisle floor.