A Closer Look at Herringbone in the Home

Designatex English Oak Parquet

Designatex English Oak Parquet

Herringbone is a classic flooring design which gives even the most modern homes a sense of history and period elegance. This pattern has truly stood the test of time and is still one of the most popular parquet flooring designs around.

Traditionally a design used for hard wood floors, wooden planks are set at angles and arranged in a repeating broken zig zag pattern which creates a sense of movement in the floor. Herringbone is known as “batons rompus” in French which means “broken sticks”.

Real hardwood parquet floors require a big budget, but our vinyl alternatives are a more affordable option which achieves the same visual effect and are easier to maintain. Depending on your choice of wood or stone effect design, a herringbone layout can suit both contemporary and more traditional home interiors.

Classic looks

Camaro Vintage Timber (left) and Nut Tree (right)

Camaro Vintage Timber (left) and Nut Tree (right)

Wood effect planks from our Camaro and Colonia ranges of luxury vinyl tiles are perfect for creating that classic herringbone look.

Two of our favourites from the Camaro collection are Vintage Timber for a rustic, aged effect and Nut Tree which is heavily marked and therefore ideal for using in a herringbone design.

From the Colonia collection, Schoolhouse Oak is inspired by old oak flooring in historic interiors with plenty of warmth and character. The Colonia Oxford Maple design features wide variation in tone and colour which looks even more striking when used for a herringbone floor.

Colonia Schoolhouse Oak (left) and Oxford Maple (right)

Colonia Schoolhouse Oak (left) and Oxford Maple (right)

To make the most of the beauty in a herringbone design, we think they look best in a large open plan living spaces where the floor can be a focal point.

Shades of Grey

The trend for flooring in smoky grey tones is growing in popularity and it’s not surprising why. Grey wood designs are a sophisticated, sleek and modern alternative to more traditional wood effects which look great when matched with a bright accent colour such as red or purple as shown here.

Designatex Smokehouse Herringbone (left) and Camaro Smoke Brushed Elm (right)

Designatex Smokehouse Herringbone (left) and Camaro Smoke Brushed Elm (right)

Camaro luxury vinyl tiles in Smoke Brushed Elm look fantastic when arranged in a herringbone layout, or for a quicker installation we stock the sheet format Smokehouse Herringbone from our new Designatex range.

Experimenting with stone

To achieve the look of parquet flooring but with an eye-catching twist, luxury vinyl tiles in stone effects can be also be laid in a herringbone pattern. Check out this bold Colonia Welsh Raven Slate design floor with contrasting Ice grouting strips which make the herringbone pattern really stand out.

Colonia Welsh Raven Slate with Ice grouting strips

Colonia Welsh Raven Slate with Ice grouting strips

One of our favourite looks from our Creative Edge brochure is this Camaro chevron design using a mixture of both White Metalstone and Crema Slate stone effect tiles. Similar to a herringbone pattern, the chevron design is a V shaped pattern where the planks meet in the middle rather than crossing over each other.

Camaro Crema Slate and White Metalstone

Camaro Crema Slate and White Metalstone

Fast Flooring

Laying a herringbone floor using vinyl planks or tiles is not a simple task and it takes a skilled flooring contractor who can work with precision to produce a perfect pattern. The fitter needs to take into account the size of the room, the direction of the pattern, the line of sight and the overall effect of the design.

However, if you want a quicker result there is the option of using a sheet vinyl floorcovering which has an inbuilt herringbone pattern and can go down in one go rather than having to place individual planks. Take a look at Antique Herringbone from our Secura range, or the three parquet designs from our new Designatex range.

Secura Antique Herringbone (left) and Designatex Rich Oak Parquet (right)

Secura Antique Herringbone (left) and Designatex Rich Oak Parquet (right)

We always recommend that you use a professional flooring contractor to install your Polyflor vinyl floor to achieve perfect results.

For more information about our Camaro, Colonia, Secura and Designatex ranges please visit the Polyflor at Home website. Don’t forget to follow us on Twitter and Facebook too to receive our latest news, blogs and product updates.

 

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