Not necessarily, rather depends upon the relationship of one room to
Generally, it is laid with the length of a particular room but if, for
example, a dining room is not a true separate space but merely defined by
half walls - or if the opening is large - and laying the long way would
result in the boards being perpendicular to those in the LR it would
probably look best if the DR were treated as an extension of the LR floor.
As RayV said, I'd think you'd pretty much have to lay them
perpendicular to the joists. Running parallel would eventually cause
serious cupping between the boards. You're not talking about laminate
flooring, are you? If that were the case, then you would want to lay
them so they run away from the windows. Laying perpendicular with the
light source will cause the seams to show.
Generally the way it looks best. I did mine last year (bamboo,
actually) so the foyer is parallel to the joists and the rest is
perpendicular. Generally, I think it looks better to have the
boards running with the eye rather than across. Running the bamboo
crosswise across the foryer and entry hall made the downstairs look
cut up and small. The change of direction where the entry mall
meets the main hall doesn't look bad at all.
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