There are a lot of elements to be considered when choosing a wooden floor, in order to find the most suitable solution. The choice is based not only on colour or the type of wood, but also on laying pattern, which gives the floor a strong personality.
However, this does not have to do with aesthetic taste only.
It is important to take into account the features of the room where the parquet is laid. For example, a wooden floor that has long sides parallel to long walls would suit a long narrow corridor, since it would increase depth and give coherence to the whole environment.
The same principle applies to the arrangement of doors: people would like going inside a room and seeing a wooden floor laid in a perpendicular direction to the entrance.
Another important factor is lighting: if the light source crosses the floor lengthwise, the streaks and the size of wood blocks are further highlighted. The long side of the block should be laid towards the light so that depth is increased.
The size of the wood block also has to be chosen according to the characteristics of the environment. In the case of large rooms, for example, we suggest laying long-block parquet, which makes the environment wider, while it would be better to use short-block parquet in small rooms containing a lot of furniture.
Even the characteristics of walls affect the choice of the parquet laying. If your house has out-of-square walls, parallel or running laying would be inadvisable because it would highlight the irregularity of the walls. Diagonal or herringbone laying would be more suitable because it would hide not perpendicular walls.
These are not rules, but only pieces of advice. Personal taste has not to be questioned!