Whether it's industrial style, minimalism or Japandi – an interior design style is only truly complete and coherent if it is presented on the right stage. That's why choosing the right floor is just as important for the effect of rooms and interior design trends as the perfect laying pattern. And there are plenty of patterns to choose from. Nonetheless, among the many possibilities for parquet and similar flooring types, the herringbone variant in particular is highly popular. This supposedly old-fashioned pattern is now becoming increasingly widespread in the homes of design aficionados. As a result, the classic herringbone laying pattern for parquet flooring is currently experiencing a veritable renaissance.
When laying the herringbone pattern, the basic rule is to arrange the parquet strips in such a way that they form the V-shaped “herringbone plait”, which points towards a certain direction in the room. Which direction depends on the variant of the laying pattern. If the herringbone parquet flooring is laid at a 0-degree angle, the plaits run parallel to two walls. Arranged at a 45-degree angle, the pattern runs through the room diagonally.
Regardless of the laying pattern, the choice of colour for parquet flooring has a great influence on the overall atmosphere of rooms. For example, dark brown parquet flooring creates a classic look and a warm atmosphere. Floors in polar white tones have a rather cool effect and thus unfold a comparatively sober, serene ambience.
The lighting and size conditions of rooms also play a role. Dark flooring should not be laid in small rooms with little incoming light. This unhappy combination makes such spaces seem even smaller than they already are.
In addition to the colour selection of the flooring, the lighting and size conditions in the room and the interplay with the furnishing style, the laying pattern of parquet flooring also contributes to a certain feeling. To give an example: Herringbone parquet flooring combined with a minimalist style of interior design. In the midst of a clean design thriving on restraint in colour and decor, the laying pattern becomes an absolute eye-catcher that provides a contrast to the museum-like interior design trend. It's not only in interaction with the furnishings that the pattern develops its effect. It also has an overall influence on the look of the room. The full potential of its beauty becomes visible and tangible when herringbone parquet flooring is laid in large rooms with plenty of natural light. Here, the sun's rays can create fantastic light effects that dance on the parquet flooring, making it appear to come alive. Prerequisite: Avoid a large carpet, which would rob the herringbone parquet flooring of its look.
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1. Open the Interior Designer and swipe through to find your favourite flooring
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