This is a classic laying pattern for parquet. The blocks are laid so that they inter-lock in a diagonal pattern, giving the room visual direction by drawing the eye in a particular way.
Most commonly, the points of a herringbone pattern floor are laid parallel to a room’s longest wall, or towards the window.
With a herringbone pattern, you can easily achieve a traditional classic look, especially using one of our tumbled parquet wood blocks, which is aged to look exactly like reclaimed wood. Have a look at our Aged & Oiled Parquet block for a combination of traditional appearance and modern engineering.
Herringbone pattern woodblocks are generally laid in a single herringbone or a double herringbone style, where the two blocks are doubled up next to each other. These variations are both classic patterns.
If you’re looking to be more adventurous, you can always combine different species of wood, or even different finishes applied to the parquet blocks. An alternating half and half herringbone pattern can look simply stunning, especially in the right setting.
Brickwork & Ladder
Brickwork patterned parquet surprisingly gets its name from the way in which bricks are stacked.
Each block straddles the two blocks directly below and above, creating a pattern of shorter lines regularly intersecting perpendicular lines.
As with a basket weave pattern, the choice can be made of where the shorter line is in relation to the blocks above and below. You might choose to have it in the middle, as is more traditional, or you could stagger the blocks so they appear to be on one side or the other of blocks above and below.
An slightly more unusual pattern is the ladder pattern. This can be stunning with the right block and the right setting. However, this type of laying is to be approached with a bit of caution & preparation, as the blocks are not supported on all sides without false tongues in place.