Named for its resemblance to the skeleton of a herring fish, the Herringbone pattern is a geometric mosaic made up of rectangles. The Roman Empire used this pattern in their road paving systems to create strong and sturdy roadways. The earliest use of this pattern; however, is found in Ancient Egyptian jewelry that was crafted for high society.
But there is nothing fishy about this pattern (see what I did there?) The herringbone pattern is timeless and when used as a design for flooring can make a sophisticated statement in the home.
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Tips for Herringbone Pattern
Select one to two rooms
Less is more when it comes to a herringbone pattern. To keep the intrigue of this pattern selecting one room, such as a dining room area, is best for this geometric flooring design. However, the transition of wood flooring in the herringbone from one room to another can flow smoothly in some spaces, such as a dining room to a living room.
Combined modern and traditional
A traditional herringbone flooring contrasts well with modern design elements in a home. The all-white look that has donned kitchens walls and cabinets in the last decade pairs well with medium-brown wood flooring in this pattern, as well as grey toned vinyl plank or tile. In addition, it brings a boldness to the gentle flow of the modern white on white.
Mixed Woods and Contrasting Colors
With this rectangular design as flooring there is no need to keep the wood all the same. Mixing woods of different shades to create a herringbone pattern brings a striking element to a space in the home. Also, bringing together contrasting wood colors helps to balance out a room that has this flooring design. Drawing the gaze from the floor up to furniture in a different color of wood is a refreshing dynamic visually.
While the herringbone pattern is a popular choice for hardwood, many homeowners are opting for this pattern with many different flooring types, including tile, vinyl plank and vinyl tile. You will also find kitchen backsplash, fireplaces and tub surrounds done in a herringbone pattern.
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Tone it Down
If you are drawn to the herringbone pattern, but perhaps are looking for something more subtle, try matching other design features to the flooring. Pairing different shades of the flooring with an area rug with similar tones will subdue the pattern in a comfortable way.
The herringbone pattern has not been lost in ancient times and can work in any space of the home in both traditional and modern styles. Laying the flooring with this pattern can be challenging for homeowners, but when it comes to laying this design, our experts aren’t fish out of water. (See what I did there, again?) Call Flowers Flooring today to schedule your free estimate and to learn more about this great design feature.
About Flowers Flooring
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