Our love affair with wood floors is here to stay. While most of us think of boards and plank size when we think of wood floor options, there are two older options that are making a comeback with designers: herringbone and parquet. Parquet wood floors are composed of small squares that are made up of smaller pieces in a diamond pattern. Herringbone is a zig-zag pattern made up of narrow boards. Both add a lot of texture and pattern to a wood floor.
It seems parquet wood floors have gotten a little bit of a bad rap. Perhaps their use in city apartments and condos has had an effect on their popularity for homeowners. Parquet can be a less expensive option for wood floors but this doesn’t mean it lacks style. Parque flooring in an entry adds visual interest in a small space without encroaching on precious floor space.
Herringbone patterns are wildly popular right now in both fashion and home décor. Zig-zag mania and a love of chevron patterned anything have been hot trends on the runways and in homes this year. However, herringbone floors are anything but trendy. These wood floors recall French chateaus and English libraries. Beautiful antique herringbone floors have a gorgeous patina that highlights the pattern of the floor. New herringbone floors can be installed with narrow or wider planks depending on whether you want a traditional or contemporary looking floor.
The saying about what is old is new again definitely applies to these two patterned wood floors.