If you look at hardwood floors, nine times out of ten, you’ll find the planks running parallel to two of the walls. Oftentimes, wood leading down a hallway is running in the direction of the hallway. The same direction is often maintained for the living areas as well. The nature of the hardwood planks means that they can be used to create some motion throughout the room. However, many homeowners are choosing to deliberately subvert that convention. Some of them are using planks that run perpendicular to the expected flow. Hardwood in the hallway might be laid perpendicular to the direction of the hallway, for example. However, others are choosing something even more bold: diagonal lines.
It takes a little bit more time and effort to lay your hardwood floor in a diagonal direction, but it can look great. It can also open up design opportunities for other floors. Generally, a floor that is laid in diagonal lines can have wide planks or skinny planks. Wide planks create the illusion of more space in a room. Diagonals will draw attention to the flooring itself. Skinny planks will compress the size of the room somewhat, but they will enhance the look of movement.
Drawing to a Focal Point
If you want diagonal floors, they can also be used to draw to a focal point. For example, the door to a room is likely not in the direct center of the wall. Instead, it’s probably closer to a corner. You could choose diagonal hardwood lines that lead to the door. That will create a sense of movement; the floor will look as if it is emanating from the door.
If you pair that with a lightly-colored hardwood, it can look like rays of light coming through the door. Others choose a similar approach but they orient the planks towards a window. As the sun rises, the light will follow the flow of the floor. That’s a chic and modern design that will stand the test of aging.
As with many trends, it can be difficult to determine if the look will still be desirable in a few years. Well, homeowners have been installing diagonal wood floors for five or ten years now in some higher-end homes. They still look chic and high end; so, that suggests that diagonal floors are aging very well. You should not fear them looking outdated any time soon.