Wood and LVT Laying Patterns (and How to Make Them Work for Your Home)

One great thing about wood and Luxury Vinyl Tile (LVT) is that they can be laid in many laying patterns. The chosen design can instantly change the look and feel of the flooring and the room around it, so choosing an installation pattern for your wood or LVT flooring can feel like a huge decision, and it can be challenging to know where to begin.

Different wood and LVT Laying Patterns

If you want to go for something classic that won’t date and you won’t get bored of looking at, some of the more traditional styles might be best. If you’re willing to take a risk, some bolder choices can ensure your flooring is a feature in your space.

  • A straight pattern lay is a simple, elegant style that’ll never go out of fashion. In a small space, it can follow the longest wall in the room, giving the visual appearance of a larger area.


  • A diagonal pattern lay is the same as a straight pattern, although it runs diagonally from one corner of a room to another instead of from wall to wall. When laid with wood flooring, it can look great in small spaces and rooms that are odd shapes. When used in LVT that gives the impression of tiles, it can look fantastic in a bathroom, utility room or kitchen.
  • A herringbone pattern lay is extremely popular and has been around since the 17th century, proving its enduring appeal. Inspired from the composition of herring fish bones, rectangular planks are arranged at a 45-degree angle to create a staggered zig zag effect across the floor. While it looks its best in large rooms where you can see the full effect of the pattern, it is also effective in smaller areas as it gives the allusion of a bigger area.
  • A chevron pattern lay is defined by a V-shape where the planks or tiles meet end-to-end rather than side-to-side. This timeless design has been around since the 16th century, where it was used in French chateaus and palaces. Chevron flooring works well in both small and large rooms as it can be either a bold feature or a minimal design aspect depending on the colour.
  • A basket weave pattern lay is another popular choice and works well for both LVT tiles and wood planks. When used in tiles, it can give a striking, modern look; when used in wood flooring, it’s elegant whilst making a statement.

Whatever pattern you’re thinking of for your wood flooring or Luxury Vinyl Tile, Virtuoso Flooring is on hand to help. In our showroom, we stock wood and LVT flooring, vinyl, carpet, carpet tiles and much more. We also have an experienced team of expert floor fitters who can install your new flooring and ensure you get the pattern you want with the highest quality finish.


To view our extensive range of flooring options suitable for residential and commercial customers, visit our showroom on Moorland Road in Bath. You can also contact our team to request an on-site visit from a specialist. Give our team a call now on 01225 972 715.

Wood and LVT laying Patterns

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