There is nothing grander or more elegant than a herringbone floor. Whilst being slightly more expensive you can be sure the herringbone pattern will achieve the ‘wow’ factor and impress your visitors. It not only brings opulence and luxury to any room, but the pattern also creates the illusion of movement, making a room appear larger, so it would be a great choice for smaller or narrower rooms.
The word ‘parquet’ is the umbrella term used to describe a variety of patterned flooring. Parquet floors are recognised by their small planks that run in diagonal patterns and there are plenty of different designs and styles for you to choose from. Herringbone is a specific flooring pattern and it’s available in wood, laminate, vinyl, LVT and carpet.
The herringbone pattern is the most popular form of parquet flooring, first developed in the Roman era as the perfect arrangement for road building. Romans discovered the roads were more stable when the bricks were laid in the herringbone pattern. It was first used in flooring back in the 16th century and remains just as popular today. The pattern is called herringbone due to its visual similarity of the bone structure of a herring fish. It’s a type of pattern made up of rectangles at right angles to one another, creating a staggered zig-zag design.
Herringbone patterns have increased in popularity due to the increase in classic finishes to homes and the improved manufacturing process in laminates and click-fit luxury vinyl. Thanks to the variety in wood shades and patterns, it combines a natural material look with extra visual interest. There are many styles and shades to choose from and the results are spectacular adding a touch of elegance to your home.
Houndstooth is a two-toned, broken check pattern using mainly two colours. The print was originally inspired by the uneven shape of a dog’s teeth and was worn by shepherds in Scotland as a form of ancient camouflage. Worn by the wealthy in the 1930’s, houndstooth has a timeless appeal that will never go out of style.