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Design tip for Sylish hardwood in Westchester - Diagonal Layout

Installing hardwood on a diagonal can have a big impact on the room's look.


First, diagonal makes the space look larger.  That's because your eye follows the longest length of the room, and if you remember geometry, the hypotenuse is always the longest length of the triangle.  


Second, a diagonal layout adds visual intrigue to the room - it just looks much more visually intriguing than the standard straight lay.    


hardwood flooring diagonal oak westchesterThird, usually, the diagonal draws you in from the entrance to the focal point of the room. I especially love installing hardwood flooring on a diagonal in square rooms.    


Diagonal works beautifully, and it has the largest and most dramatic impact in these types of rooms.  This is one of my favorite design tips.  


A diagonal layout will cost a bit more.  That's because there's a bit more labor involved and it requires some extra wood, as there will be extra cuts along the edges.  Most customers agree that the incremental cost is worth it.  It looks stunning.


Sometimes, it makes sense to go diagonal for the whole house; other times, it looks better to set a specific room apart from the rest (e.g. the great room, living room or master bedroom.


hardwood flooring diagonal layout If you live in Westchester NY/Stamford CT and would like advice on your hardwood flooring, please give The Flooring Girl a call at 914-937-2950.  I'd be happy to "bring the store to your door."

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Mark Delgado
houses for rent, Solano County & Glen Cove - Benicia, CA
Benicia and Vallejo, Property Management, rental h

The direction of the wood is critical, as you've pointed out.  This seems to be even more critical in smaller spaces as the diganol helps to open them up and appear larger.  

The same basic strategy can apply to tile as well.

May 12, 2013 12:08 AM
Kristin Johnston - REALTOR®
RE/MAX Platinum - Waukesha, WI
Giving Back With Each Home Sold!

I love the floor on a diagonal...the extra effort really pays off...hope you have a great moms day!

May 12, 2013 12:34 AM
Katerina Gasset
The Gasset Group & Get It Done For Me Virtual Services - Provo, UT
Amplify Your Real Estate & Life Dreams!
Great stuff you have here Debbie that provides information on Diagonal hardwood floors. This will surely come in handy for home owners planning to install one in their homes. All the best.
May 12, 2013 12:50 AM
Jerry Newman
Brown Realty, 210-789-4216, - San Antonio, TX
Texas REALTOR, San Antonio Military Relocation

Debbie, You have always been a great source for flooring, and your presentation for going diagonal hardwood floors is a great for making the rooms look larger. I am saving this information for my clients, who plan to install hardwood flooring.

Happy Mother's Day!

May 12, 2013 12:56 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Pasadena And Southern California 818.516.4393

Hi Debbie - I think flooring on the diagonal creates an interesting look --- I haven't seen a lot of it our market over the years and I agree with you anything that can enhance a space so it appears larger is a good thing.   

May 12, 2013 01:45 AM
Debbie Gartner
The Flooring Girl - White Plains, NY
The Flooring Girl & Blog Stylist -Dynamo Marketers

All - Thank you so much for all your comments.  I need to get caught up now, before we go celebrate Mother's day.

May 12, 2013 02:02 AM
Rich Cederberg
eXp Realty - Albuquerque, NM
eXp Realty Agent Albuquerque

I love it, hypotenuse! That ought to be an AR challenge, the hypotenuse challenge. 2,500 points if you can work the term into a blog post! lol

I haven't seen many diagonal wood floors here in New Mexico, if any, because we don't have that many wood floors. The pictures look awesome though!


May 12, 2013 02:58 AM
Debbie Gartner
The Flooring Girl - White Plains, NY
The Flooring Girl & Blog Stylist -Dynamo Marketers

Rich - LOL.  great idea.  That would be an easy score for moi.  So glad you like these.  These are Joanna's floors - we just did them earlier in the week.

May 12, 2013 03:18 AM
Tammie White, Broker
Franklin Homes Realty LLC - Franklin, TN
Franklin TN Homes for Sale

This is exactly why a professional should be consulted. Who would have thought it actually made a difference?

May 12, 2013 06:20 AM
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Debbie I am not sure if I have seen a room with a diagonal hardwood floor, but the points that you made make sense to me.

May 12, 2013 11:08 AM
Greg Nino
RE/MAX Compass - Houston, TX
Houston, Texas

Yikes, you brought up Geometry! Honestly, I'm no fan of the angled look for my own house. Interesting topic though.

May 12, 2013 11:33 AM
Charles Stallions
Charles Stallions Real Estate Services - Pensacola, FL
850-476-4494 - Pensacola, Pace or Gulf Breeze, Fl.

I am FLOORED by your knowledge and expertise and this post shows it. Have a Happy Week Debbie

May 12, 2013 11:55 PM
Melissa Muse Wiggans
Real Estate Muses - San Antonio, TX
CRS, GRI, ABR - Real Estate Muses
Informative article Debbie. Thank you for sharing and keep up the good work!
Jun 22, 2013 01:27 AM
Erika Rogers
Red Rock Real Estate ~ Southern Utah's Largest Independent Brokerage - Saint George, UT
St George Utah Real Estate & Relocation Specialist
Well written blog that provides insight on how installing a hardwood on a diagonal can have a big impact on the room's look. You are the best person to recommend Debbie for concerns like this. All the best and may you have a prosperous 2013.
Jun 25, 2013 01:18 PM
Pat and Ed Okenica
DRAKE REALTY Lake Oconee Ga - Greensboro, GA
Lake Oconee Ga Real Estate
Thumbs up Debbie for such informative article about diagonal hardwood floors. You are the best and most recommended flooring girl for a job like this. 
Jun 25, 2013 01:34 PM
Petra Norris
Lakeland Real Estate Group, Inc. - Lakeland, FL
Realtor, Lakeland FL Homes for Sale
Excellent post Debbie. All the best and stay the most consistent flooring girl in Westchester.
Jun 30, 2013 01:34 AM
Waynette Hoover Araj
Keller Williams Realty - Asheboro, NC
Connecting your Dreams with the Right Real Estate
Hello Debbie, thank you for the Design tip for Stylish hardwood layout. Very helpful and informative.
Jul 28, 2013 02:21 AM
Debbie Gartner
The Flooring Girl - White Plains, NY
The Flooring Girl & Blog Stylist -Dynamo Marketers

Waynette - You're welcome. I love doing hardwood on a diagonal.

Jul 28, 2013 02:41 AM
Nancy McGee

Can you comment on whether the diagonal pattern should draw your eyes toward a sliding glass door?

Nov 18, 2014 10:46 AM
Debbie Gartner
The Flooring Girl - White Plains, NY
The Flooring Girl & Blog Stylist -Dynamo Marketers

Nancy - If the diagonal goes towards the glass door, then yes; if it doesn't then no.

Nov 18, 2014 07:14 PM