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Herringbone Wood Flooring

Herringbone flooring, a distinctive type of parquet, is both timeless and versatile. With angled blocks that create a repeated arrangement, herringbone wood floors are an ornate addition to any hallway, room or commercial setting.

The continued appeal of herringbone parquet has influenced everything from floors to paving stones, upholstery to fabrics and rugs. That’s because herringbone patterns are a great way to introduce symmetry and balance to your home. It also offers a range of space-boosting benefits by helping enhance the width of a room.

Over the last few years there has been a resurgence in the parquet trend, with geometric, chevron and hexagonal flooring all increasing in popularity. It’s no different with herringbone. Expect a classic and eye-catching pattern, adding interest and cohesion to flooring through uniformity.


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What are the different types of herringbone flooring?

Most important here is to understand how our herringbone flooring products can be equally presented as geometric, chevron, or any of the other parquet floor patterns. That’s why you’ll notice the same products across each of these categories.

And while we provide dozens of engineered herringbone floors, some of our most popular include:

  • Agate – Certified as a genuine antique wood, this rarely seen flooring style can be installed as a herringbone floor. With a blackened silvery tone, the 100 year plus wood provides an undeniable presence and statement for nearly all scenarios.
  • Coronet – Opulent and rich, this floor works incredibly in a herringbone style. With medium brown colouring and a stunning hardwax oil treatment, it’s guaranteed to make a statement and last the test of time.
  • Creech – An FSC certified, mid-tone European Oak, this floor works great as a refreshing and space boosting herringbone style. Coming in a lighter tone than many other herringbone floors, it offers a refreshing take on a timeless parquet style.
  • Quissac – Deep, rich and rustic grade, this aged floor is ideal for herringbone flooring. Bursting with character and inidividuality, this is the kind of floor to tell a story to every soul that treads across its planks.
  • Temno – Sourced from decades-old vodka vats in North East Europe, these unfinished planks are highly original. They’re ideal as a herringbone floor as the timeless pattern is matched by the original patina and bold tones of the original wood. Left unfinished, choosing Temno for your herringbone floor provides a one-of-a-kind finish ready to make a grand statement. Read more about in our article on the story of our Temno Oak.

Ted Todd offer dozens of engineered herringbone floors made from European Oak. In our Woodworks by Ted Todd portfolio you will find antique and reclaimed herringbone in various widths. We also have solid wood herringbone options in our Unfinished Oaks collection.

Our engineered herringbone blocks are cut to the same size for a single design, but we have a range of block sizes available across our collections. Although engineered oak is the most popular type of herringbone we offer, we also produce herringbone floors in Walnut, Morado, and Tajibo wood.

What patterns does our Herringbone Flooring create?

Herringbone flooring creates patterns of particular prominence and popularity. With herringbone parquet flooring, the pieces are cut in perfect rectangles then staggered slightly so the end of one block meets the side of another. This creates the iconic broken zigzag pattern you’ll have seen on everything from wood floors to fabrics, paving slabs, architecture and even art.

Herringbone blocks create some of the most popular patterns in parquet wood flooring. The variety of our engineered and solid herringbone hardwood floors allow you to create exactly the striking geometric look you want for your project.

Laying the boards in different directions, perhaps at 45 degrees or 90 degrees, will give your herringbone floor a different look. Other herringbone wood flooring patterns you can create include basket weave, double basket weave or a boxed basket weave. There is also the running bond formation which can be laid at different angles, and even combined with basket weave or in a combination stack for a different look.

For more detail and a visualisation of each pattern, read our guide to the different types of herringbone pattern.

You can also use our herringbone blocks with other wood floor shapes to create unique flooring patterns. The Ted Todd Create collection has been uniquely designed to allow you to incorporate herringbone, chevron, planks and squares into your flooring patterns and designs. Plus, with 10 different tones available, you can conceive over 40,000 combinations allowing you to make your space truly original.

What is the difference between Herringbone and Chevron Wood Flooring?

The main difference between herringbone and chevron wood floors is that style of parquet pattern. In chevron and herringbone floors, bricks and wood blocks of equal size are arranged in a simple zig-zag formation, but are arranged a little differently. The key difference between chevron and herringbone is that chevron floors come to a point with their zig-zag formation, while herringbone are more staggered.

People tend to confuse herringbone and chevron flooring, which is why there is a lot of conflicting advice out there. In reality, both are types of parquet flooring, which is basically a geometric mosaic of wood pieces used for a compartmentalised, decorative effect. In fact, the word ‘parquet’ comes directly from the French for “a small compartment”.

What rooms are best for Herringbone Wood Flooring?

Herringbone engineered wood flooring can be used very effectively in compact spaces such as hallways or bathrooms. When used in large open plan rooms they can be laid to follow the length of the room to create good flow or could be directed at a focal point.

Depending on the pattern of your herringbone floor, different laying methods would be used. Some herringbone parquet flooring methods include ‘square layout from the centre of the room’, ‘installation of herringbone blocks using square or diagonal layout’, and ‘square layout from the wall’

Installing a herringbone wood floor can be a complex process, so it’s important to talk to an expert to discuss the best design for your project, and about which installation methods they would use. To find out more, check out our installation guides.

What interior design styles work best with Herringbone Wood Flooring?

These patterned floors were traditionally used in large spaces, such as gyms or Royal Palaces, but both the angle and width of the blocks can be changed for a very different effect.

They are a great way to link spaces like hallways and rooms in a residential setting, with or without a border and add subtle patterns to minimalist schemes. For the maximalists, or larger commercial projects such as a restaurant or workplace, it can also add another layer of pattern and texture.

Today, herringbone floors are used to striking effect in traditional and contemporary schemes across residential and commercial design projects. Plus, herringbone patterns shouldn’t just be limited to floors.

All our herringbone engineered wood flooring and solid wood herringbone can also be used as wall cladding. You can use herringbone wood blocks as cladding for walls or furniture in residential or commercial projects to add texture, focus and diversity to your project.

Get your free herringbone samples

The best way to get an idea of the tone and the feel of a floor is by visiting our Design Centres or Retail Partnersbut the next best thing is looking at samples. You can order up to 3 samples free of charge, which will be dispatched to you next day.