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Herringbone Wood Flooring

Herringbone flooring, a distinctive type of parquet, has angled blocks that create a repeated arrangement.

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.

Over the last few years there has been a resurgence in the parquet trend, with geometricchevron and hexagonal flooring all increasing in popularity. It’s no different with herringbone.


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Different types of herringbone flooring

Herringbone flooring is available 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. 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.
  • Coronet – Opulent, rich and with medium brown colouring and a stunning hardwax oil treatment, this floor works incredibly in a herringbone style.
  • Creech – An FSC certified, mid-tone European Oak and lighter than many other herringbone floors, it offers a refreshing take on parquet style.
  • Quissac – Deep, rich and rustic grade, this aged floor is bursting with character and individuality.
  • Temno – Sourced from decades-old vodka vats in North East Europe, these unfinished planks are highly original. Left unfinished, choosing Temno for your herringbone floor provides a one-of-a-kind finish. Read more about in our article on the story of our Temno 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.

Although engineered oak is the most popular type of herringbone we offer, we also produce herringbone floors in WalnutMorado, and Tajibo wood.

What patterns does our Herringbone Flooring create?

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.

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.

Differences between Herringbone and Chevron Wood Flooring

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.

Herringbone and chevron are both 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”.

Best rooms for Herringbone Wood Flooring

Herringbone engineered wood flooring can be used very effectively in any room.

They work well in compact spaces such as hallways or bathrooms and also large open plan rooms where they can be laid to follow the length of the room to create good flow or could be directed at a focal point.

Installing herringbone flooring

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