Herringbone Pattern Flooring

Herringbone pattern flooring is a timeless and classic pattern and is one of the most popular forms of parquetry today. Characterised by its fishbone-inspired design, herringbone offers a uniquely luxurious European touch and has the ability to elevate any open space with its directional geometric shapes. With one of the first examples being the Francis I Gallery at the Chateau de Fontainebleau in 1539, herringbone historically represents status and tastefulness and is a popular choice for many stylish homes today. Whether it’s for the heritage of contemporary styles, wooden herringbone pattern flooring is perfect if you’re looking for something more than just simple hardwood – and works especially well for larger areas or rooms.

Herringbone vs Chevron flooring

Parquetry is which is a form of flooring design that describes hardwood laid out in a certain pattern. Although similar in appearance, Herringbone and Chevron are two different types of parquetries that serve different aesthetic and functional purposes. Herringbone flooring can be placed 90 degrees to each other, and Chevron can be placed with different angles. While chevron lends a consistent aesthetic that can open up smaller spaces, herringbone is a more dynamic flooring pattern that is traditionally used in large spaces to add an element of opulence and grandeur.

Why choose herringbone pattern flooring?

  1. Due to the alignment of the planks, herringbone absorbs compression and provides greater stability, minimising any concern regarding the movement of the planks.
  2. The smooth surface of herringbone pattern flooring makes it harder for dirt and dust to trap and accumulate. You can simply sweep off dirt and mop away spills with ease.
  3. Floors designed with herringbone pattern are extremely versatile, and depending on the room’s design, can lend a sleek appeal with tonal choices of wood, or contrasted with two or more hardwoods to maximise the contrast of the wood grain.
  4. The visual quality of herringbone pattern flooring makes the space it occupies look and feel larger. Small rooms and narrow entrances will look much larger when your herringbone flooring runs the length of the room.


What type of material is best suited for herringbone pattern flooring?

Due to its composition, engineered wood makes a perfect choice for herringbone pattern flooring. Engineered wood flooring is composed of a thin layer of hardwood, with the middle and back layers consisting of different types of wood chosen for stability and structural integrity. This makes it resistant to humidity, moisture, or dry conditions. In rooms with underfloor heating or chances of temperature fluctuations, engineered wood floors are a great choice – especially for humid climates like Hong Kong.

Herringbone pattern flooring installation & maintenance

Installing herringbone pattern floors is a precise and time-consuming process that involves gluing each plank to the wood/concrete subfloor and then carefully placed to fit together. Each piece must be laid out and ensured that it’s correctly aligned with the entire room, so we highly recommend leaving herringbone installation to the expertise of professionals.

To ensure your herringbone floor maintains its beauty for years to come, make sure to mop regularly and clean any spills that may occur. Protect your flooring with rugs and place pads on the bottoms of possibly abrasive furniture such as your chairs and tables.

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