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Herringbone Pattern: Get inspired
Herringbone floors made of engineered wood or solid wood are available in large dimensions: the new version of the classic herringbone floor.
THE TIMELESS HERRINGBONE FLOOR
The herringbone floor is a classic and stylish wooden floor with a modern twist
The wooden floor with a herringbone pattern is back and extremely popular. The herringbone pattern is derived from the skeleton of a herring and is timeless as it has been used for thousands of years. The pattern can be found in art and jewelry of nobles in ancient Egypt, such as the beard of Tutankhamun's mask.
The Romans had a practical application for the pattern, namely: decorative roads and squares, such as footpaths and market places. The herringbone pattern stones (opus spicatum) form an interlocking paving system laid on a base layer of crushed stones (gravel), which cleverly absorbs the pressure of traffic such as carriages and walkers, making it extremely stable and durable. The highway network is partly the cause of the great Roman Empire, because troops and goods could be moved faster.
More than 500 years ago in the 16th century, the herringbone pattern was first used as parquet flooring, mainly in mansions and castles of noble families. In the French language, "parquetry" means "small compartment". This refers to the process of cutting small wooden pieces and applying them in geometric patterns. Herringbone floors used to symbolize status and elegance. This is not only because of the beautiful appearance of this geometric shape, but also because making and installing the floor is a process of labour-intensive craftsmanship.
In the 1920s the herringbone floor became popular among the population in England and the Netherlands and in recent years there has been renewed interest in this pattern. Nowadays you have herringbone floors in many materials, such as PVC, laminate and ceramic parquet. However, if you want a herringbone floor with an authentic, elegant look, you really want wood flooring. You can give it a modern twist by using light colors and large floor parts.
HERRINGBONE FLOOR COLORS
We mainly supply the herringbone floor in oak because of the favorable properties of this type of wood, but we are happy to make herringbone floors of other types of wood on request. Oak is easy to work with and can be delivered in many fresh to warm colors.
Do you have a specific color in mind for your oak herringbone floor? Uipkes has developed 90 colors, so you can choose from light or white herringbone floors as well as dark brown or black floors and of course all shades in between.
Wood is alive and is a natural product. Natural ingredients are used when finishing floors. Wood and colors are affected by sunlight and in the first 6 months after installation the color of the floor may become slightly lighter or more dark.
Finally, we can make custom colors and herringbone floorboards. You always get a handmade herringbone floor according to your personal wishes. Plan a video call or showroom visit to get personal advice for your wood flooring project.
Frequently Asked Questions
The herringbone wood floor is an absolute classic. The pattern is thousands of years old and deeply ingrained in the human subconsciousness, so it’s less prone to trends. Besides, you can easily give the herringbone wood floor a modern twist. These floors really give every room a unique character and make your living space a personal, warm and atmospheric place.
Do you want to give a modern, minimalist look to the classic herringbone floor? Then you can opt for large herringbone floorboards in a light color and have the floor installed without a border or feature strip.
Whether you want to create a classic, modern, rural or vintage look, we can supply herringbone floors in any desired size, color and type of wood. Uipkes has been installing these wooden floors for many years for a wide variety of private and business clients in various living spaces and offices.
The herringbone wooden floor with underfloor heating is a perfect combination. Whether the underfloor heating serves as main or additional heating, the herringbone floor can be installed over it in the form of engineered wood flooring.
In fact, the floor can even be installed over an existing tiled floor with underfloor heating. Also in this case the floor and the room heat up wonderfully quickly. The resistance of the wood we use is low (Rc=0.088), which means that the heating time is shorter and the room stays warm for a long time.
A solid hardwood floor does not combine well with underfloor heating and is generally a lot more expensive than engineered wood flooring. The thickness of a solid hardwood floor results in poor heat conduction. Herringbone engineered wooden floors consist of several layers and a top layer of solid wood. Oak engineered flooring is perfectly suited for underfloor heating due to the better heat conduction. Herringbone parquet is therefore very suitable for every home and every room.
The top layer we use is 4 mm oak and therefore has a lifespan of many decades. With the oil we use, you maintain the floor periodically, so that sanding is not necessary, as is generally usual. So you only sand the floor if you want to make a different color. This is something that hardly ever happens . If you sell your house and the buyer wants a different color or if you want to give your floor a different color in the distant future, you can sand the floor. You can also sand the floor several times if you find it necessary in the future or if you need a new look or color finish.
The sometimes centuries-old houses in Dutch cities are also equipped with existing wooden construction floors. So-called dry construction systems are used for this. The herringbone wood floor can also be combined with these dry construction systems.
Do you have a new-build home? You can glue a wooden floor in a herringbone pattern over the underfloor heating, provided the subfloor does not contain too much moisture when we install the herringbone floor.
In any case, we always check three weeks in advance whether your subfloor is suitable. This way you can enjoy your new floor on the underfloor heating with peace of mind.
Uipkes is a specialist in the field of wooden floors in combination with underfloor heating. If you have any questions about combining a herringbone floor with your underfloor heating, visit one of our showrooms. Our employees have a lot of knowledge and are happy to talk to you during a personal conversation. You will always receive personal advice, so that you have all the information and options at your fingertips.
Choosing the right size for your herringbone floor depends on the space and the atmosphere you want to create. A large room with small herringbone planks will demand a lot of attention because there are many parts on the floor, each of which has its own color and structure. If you have a large 'boring' space, which you would like to have more detail, you can choose a smaller plank size and watch your room come alive.
If you have a house from, for example, 1850 and you want to retain the feeling of the past, then choose smaller floorboards with a border, feature strips and high skirting boards, similar to the style from that time. You can also make a selection of these choices to give the floor a slightly more calm look.
Do you have a new-build home or penthouse and do you like a minimalist style? In that case, go for large herringbone planks of 22 to 24 cm wide. You can place these herringbone floors tightly sawn against the wall without a border. In this case you do not need skirting boards and the design becomes even more minimalist. After all, you have a large-sized floorboard and not the border, a feature strip or skirting board that all demand attention.
You always use the rule of thumb that the living room is leading when determining the size. After all, this is the primary residence and you spend most of your time here. The corridor is a space in which you move from one room to another: so-called traffic areas. You do not adjust the format to this. You can probably start in the middle here, so that the pattern is evenly distributed from left to right.
Plan a visit to one of our showrooms or make a video call. We give personal advice and help you determine the right size for your herringbone wood floor.
The price of a herringbone floor depends on a number of different factors such as the type of wood, wide or narrow floorboards, solid wood or engineered wood and the type of finish, such as the color, skirting boards, borders and wood floor accent strips. Installing a floor in a herringbone pattern is labour-intensive and precision work. It is therefore advisable to have the herringbone floor installed by a professional, instead of installing it yourself. Having your floor installed also entails installation costs. These decisions make it difficult to directly attach a price tag per m2.
However, we want to make it as easy for you as possible and we have designed a special module you can use. After selecting your wishes, the tool will immediately send you a wood floor price indication by email. All mentioned herringbone floor prices include service, finishing, glue, installation, subfloor and VAT. Final prices depend on the pre-inspection and your additional wishes.
If you would like personal advice and/or a quote from our employees, please visit one of our showrooms by appointment. Video calling is also an option.
At Uipkes Wooden Flooring you will not only get a beautiful herringbone floor, but also all services related to installing the floor. Before installing, we will visit you to measure everything and, where necessary, we will advise you immediately on the best approach. We check whether the subfloor has the right composition and whether it contains the correct moisture percentage. We also check whether the surface is flat enough.
In short, during this pre-inspection, we discuss all the details surrounding the implementation with you well in advance, so that you know what to expect. There is also plenty of time to achieve the most beautiful end result together. This takes away your worries about the right purchase, multiple contractors and whether the end result will be as you expected. So you always get a unique herringbone floor completely custom made and installed, whether you live in The Netherlands or abroad.
Contact us for more information on installing herringbone floors.
The border is placed between the wall and the installation pattern and encapsulates a herringbone floor. The feature strip or wood floor accent strip is a narrow (wooden) strip between the border and the herringbone floor and is mainly used to create a contrast, accentuating the herringbone pattern. Contrast can be applied by combining a light floor with a dark feature strip or vice versa.
The herringbone floor with border, accent strips and skirting board is the classic variant. Modern-looking herringbone floors often have no border or accent strips. In this case, the herringbone pattern is extended to the wall. Another option is to make a border and accent strip in the same color as the floor, so that the contrast is less sharp.
The bevel on the long side of the plank, at an angle of 45°, is called a V-seam. Due to the V-seam that occurs when you put the planks against each other, the planks are nicely accentuated. This creates the effect of all lines around each plank. The organic shapes and color differences in the planks give the room a natural character with the appearance of an authentic and sturdy wooden floor. A herringbone floor with a bevelled edge has a lot more detail and demands more attention in a room. The bevelled edges are often used in herringbone floors to mask differences in height.
We create the floors without seams and allow the natural height differences to be present in the floor, so you don’t get a floor that is too smooth, almost unnatural. The herringbone floorboards are usually supplied without a bevel, so that the herringbone floor is smooth over the entire surface and so that the entire floor looks sleek and modern.
The direction of installation of the herringbone floor depends on the shape of the room, the incidence of (sun)light and your personal preference. The rule of thumb is that you install wooden floors in the direction of the incoming sunlight, but in practice the (sun)light can come from several sides or the shape of the room doesn’t make this desirable. When light comes in from several sides, you can install the herringbone floor in the living direction. In narrow spaces, such as a hall or kitchen, the herringbone floor is usually installed lengthwise. In wide or square spaces you can see where the light comes from to determine the installation direction. Finally, you can also turn the herringbone floor a quarter turn. In this way you get the so-called 'elbow pattern'.
The herringbone floor can therefore be used in many ways. Ask here for advice from Uipkes. Our advisors have more than 25 years of experience. We show these and other installation patterns in our showrooms, so you can experience the effects yourself.
You can install a wooden floor in a herringbone pattern in small or large rooms. By varying the plank size, color and installation direction, you can find a herringbone floor size that is suitable for every room in your home.
A herringbone floor is not only spectacular in the living room, but also in the kitchen, bathroom or office space. Solid hardwood herringbone floors and engineered herringbone floors are suitable for every room in the house.
We can make floorboards for you from 9 to 24 cm wide and all intermediate sizes. Many suppliers only have 2 or 3 width sizes, which means that they do not always match your personal wishes.
For finishing herringbone wood floors, we use an oil with a completely natural composition, which we produce in a sustainable way according to traditional recipes. Treated with this oil, the floors are protected against common external influences, such as water, coffee, cola, wine or beer. You can basically mop the floors every day if you want to.
We supply the herringbone floors with our own soap that easily makes the floor tidy again and protects your floor. It is also always good to regularly dust, vacuum and/or mop the floor. In the supplied maintenance set you will find means to keep your floor in top condition. The regularity of floor maintenance depends on the frequency of use of the floor.