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A Look at Herringbone Parquet Flooring

Updated on November 9, 2015

What is Herringbone Parquet Wood Flooring?

WE've looked at the different types of counter-tops, now lets cover floors. The Herringbone parquet technique is one of the most classic and beautiful designs. By definition, parquetting refers to creating patterns and geometric mosaics using short rectangular panels of wood. It was first done in France during the late fourteenth century and has been practiced in many different variations since then. Herringbone parquet flooring in specific is a type of parquetting whose design and pattern draws inspiration from the arrangement of herring fish skeleton. This gives it a sort of zigzag look. Herringbone parquet flooring happens to have been among the very first parquetting techniques practiced when the design was introduced.

How is the Herrington Parquet design achieved?

To get the perfect herringbone parquet look on your floor, you need to be very careful when choosing the wood panels. Below is a step by step guide on how herringbone parquetting is achieved.

  1. Choose the material you want for the panels- This will be determined by your personal preferences and the intended theme for the room. Some of the most commonly used materials include bamboo, oak, cherry and walnut. You can choose one material or two different varieties for contrast that makes even more beautiful.
  2. Choose the right shape and size of wood panels- They should be rectangular with measurements not exceeding 97 cm length by 14 cm width by 2.1 thickness. The smaller the panel the better. The choice of the size will be determined by the size of the space where you wish you have them installed.
  3. Taking of measurements of the room- Comparing these with the measurements of the wood panels will help in determining the angle between the panels for symmetry and order.
  4. Installation of the tiles- After all the necessary measurements are made and the design mapped out, the panels are fixed to the floor using hot butamen or cold adhesives.

Appearance and features of Herringbone Parquet floors

  • The first impression you will get when you see a herringbone parquet floor is that you are walking on zigzag lines. This is due to the imitation of the herring fish skeleton pattern.
  • The effect comes out better if the materials used have straight and regularly aligned grains.
  • The color of the design will depend on the materials you have chosen. You may choose to go with monochromatic brown shades or you can contrast colors for example grey and black panels.
  • The texture also depends on the material used. If it was hardwood sources such as oak and hazel nut they tend to have a more coarse texture than something like bamboo.

Benefits of Herrington Parquet engineered wood flooring

  1. The use of wood makes it comfortable to walk on as it is always warm.
  2. It is easy to clean.
  3. It is beautiful for both indoor and outdoor surfaces.
  4. It is easy to install and uninstall if there is a need to do so.

Recommended uses

The Herrington Parquet engineered wood flooring technique is one that can be applied both indoors and outdoors. In homes, it is best used in rooms where there is minimal chances of contact with water. These include bedrooms and living rooms. Depending on the material used and the sizes of the panels, it can give different feels. For a sleek and modern look, slimmer and longer panels with contrasting shades work best. The thicker and shorter monochromatic panels give the room a vintage feel.

Outdoors, the herringbone design is great for pavements and is best done with harder materials such as concrete.

It can also be used in indoor sports spaces for sports such as basketball, netball and volleyball. Here, it not only serves the purpose of beautification but also provides foot grip and a soft surface to land on should one fall.

Bottom line

You might have exquisite furniture from all over the world and the best home accessories in the market but without the proper flooring work your house or other space is not really complete. Herringbone parquetting is one great design to consider is you wish to renovate or finish a building project.


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      stella vadakin 2 years ago from 3460NW 50 St Bell, Fl32619

      I love the floor it is so beautiful. I have all wood floors, and ceramic no carpet. I like it and would never go back to carpet. Nice hub, stella

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      Susan Britton 2 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      I did Keep on writing them:)

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      VationSays 2 years ago

      Glad you've found the hub helpful :)

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      Susan Britton 2 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Great photos of a living space. My Sister-in-law was talking about this just last week and I didn`t know what it was. She wants it in tiles but cannot find it anywhere. I love it for wood floors now that I see it.

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      Dana Tate 2 years ago from LOS ANGELES

      Nice hub. I always preferred beautiful flooring to carpets.