Which Direction Should You Run Your Wood Flooring? Well…

Wood floor / flooring; vista; hallway; entryway | Interior designer: Katon Redgen Mathieson / Image source: The Daily Icon

A reader recently asked me the following question and I thought my answer might be helpful to others, too.

 

Reader: “Which direction do you run your wood flooring?”

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My response:

Wood flooring, in its most prized form, comes in long boards. In fact, when you look at wood flooring products, they will give you specs on the range of the length of the boards. The cheaper the flooring, the shorter the boards. So… you want your flooring to have long boards so they’ll look as expensive and high quality as possible.

 

Therefore, the most popular and significant way to run your wood flooring is to…

Run it from the front door, straight to the back of the house, perpendicular to the front. You want those boards to look like they are laid they way they are in a bowling alley, all the way into the home through to the back.

That’s right: Stay away from turning your wood flooring in different directions in different rooms in an attempt to create interest. It makes a house look chopped up, and it costs more money to install—particularly so in smaller and in open plan homes.

Installing your floor this way is a general rule and common practice in installations. However…

 

Because of the layout of the home and other unique circumstances, there can be many exceptions:

One exception to that rule is… If you’re doing a special inlay, pattern, or border; which, in that case, would cause a change in pattern. Done in a higher end type of installation, this change naturally looks appealing because it’s done purposely for a custom designed feature.

One other exception would be if… You are doing a new installation in an area and can’t feather in to the existing flooring. Perhaps there have been dye lot changes with the new product; or you might not even be able to get the product you have existing and, instead, have to go with a product that is similar, but not an exact match. In that case, you might make it look like a purposeful transition by turning the floor in the opposite direction — ultimately, it depends on the architecture and layout of the rooms. But as a general rule, laying the boards in the manner I’ve shown below is a good go-by.

 

Let’s take a look at some examples of how running your boards, as I’ve described above, helps create a vista in home.

And you should really read that post I just linked to, btw. Here it is, again. 🙂

GALLERY

Beautifully Run Wood Flooring

Wood floor / flooring; vista; entryway | Architect: Highland Custom Homes / Image source: House of Turquoise

ARCHITECT:

Highland Custom Homes

IMG SOURCE:

houseofturquoise.com

Wood floor / flooring; vista; entryway; mirror; stairway | Interior designer: Victoria Hagan / Image source: Home Bunch

DESIGNER:

Victoria Hagan

IMG SOURCE:

homebunch.com

Wood floor; vista; hallway; entryway; stairway | Architect: Herlong Architects / Image source: Design Chic

ARCHITECT:

Herlong Architects

IMG SOURCE:

designchic.com

Wood floor / flooring; vista; entryway; lighting | Home Builder: RTG Construction / Image source: House of Turquoise

BUILDER:

RTG Construction

IMG SOURCE:

houseofturquoise.com

Wood floor / flooring; vista; hallway; entryway | Interior designer: Katon Redgen Mathieson / Image source: The Daily Icon

DESIGNER:

Katon Redgen Mathieson

IMG SOURCE:

thedailyicon.com


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