Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Interiors: Herringbone Floors

Earlier this month, I had the opportunity to visit the infamous ABC Carpet & Home ...... and amidst 5 floors drenched in creativity and cutting edge design; all I could focus on was this.....

 yes, that's right....... the floor.  Now, don't get me wrong.... this store was amazing and so inspirational but the great displays of creativity only seemed to exaggerate the greatness of this well worn herringbone patterned wood floor......  The use of herringbone dates back to the Roman and Medieval times and according to Wikipedia it is defined as:

a distinctive V-shaped weaving pattern usually found in twill fabric. It is distinguished from a plain chevron by the break at reversal, which makes it resemble a broken zigzag. The pattern is called herringbone because it resembles the skeleton of a herring fish.

I'd hazard a guess that most of us think primarily of this pattern associated with fabrics, tile, and brick masonry in patios and such...... but I, for one, adore its use in wood flooring the most.   It can add so much interest and texture to a space depending on the variability of wood tones, plank width and finish.  Check out these pretties:

If I HAD to choose a favorite, I'd pick the hallway where the herringbone is a statement maker among all that simple white goodness and architectural detail.  However just to prove what split personality my design tastes can be :)  I'd have to give a close second to Kate and Andy Spade's foyer in the 3rd from last image where the rich tones and pattern combined with the walls of artwork make me want to sit down and stay awhile.  

Which would you choose?

1 comment:

  1. I have been obsessing over herringbone lately. I so wish I had done this pattern in our foyer. Hey, it's never too late right! Our tile guy messed up the herringbone pattern in my backsplash and I made him take it down and start over. It really does make such a statement! Love your examples.


Thanks for sharing!