Design Classic | Herringbone & Chevron Floors
In our opinion, there's nothing more gorgeous than well-worn herringbone wood floors. They're often found in older homes and buildings (especially in French and Scandinavian architecture), and if you're lucky enough to have originals, hold onto them! They're definitely a design classic and add texture to any space.
If you're thinking of installing a new floor in a herringbone pattern (or chevron — another classic), the size and scale of the wood planks are important in determining the style and look of the finished floor. Shorter and narrower planks will give a floor a lot of pattern, whereas longer and wider planks provide a subtler and perhaps more traditional design.
Here, the rich colored long planks, bare white walls & intricate moldings provide an elevated contrast with the minimalist furniture elements in the room.
In this gorgeous Scandinavian kitchen, a herringbone pattern is used in a light stained wood complementing the pale blue palette.
Some more examples of herringbone in various stains and scales:
People often mistake chevron for herringbone, but the thing to look out for is the way the planks meet. With herringbone, the planks are lain perpendicular to each other so that the resulting zig zag pattern is broken. With chevron, the plank ends are cut at an angle so when two meet, they create a point and form a continuos zig zag.
Here are some examples of chevron, which are quite stunning in their own right: