Herringbone Pattern making waves in interior design trends and how!
This 2018, I’ve been very happy to see a revival of the herringbone pattern in interiors in a big way. Seen only in stately European 16th century mansions and British made bungalows till now, as beautiful parquet flooring or as stone and tile applied on walls and slabs, the herringbone pattern is now again poised to grace our internal spaces.
I have always loved this age-old pattern lived upon on parquet floors or the bare brick walls of the British era villa and the laid out brick pathways in my garden. Used originally in the Renaissance times in France, it was used to replace marble flooring which required a lot of washing to keep clean and rotted the floor joists. It was handmade by cutting strips or blocks of wood in perfect rectangular shape and then fitted together in an alternating “V” shape like a wave. It became quite a rage in the 17th and 18th century in Western Europe and was sported in palaces, fashionable homes and public spaces.
In more recent times, the herringbone pattern, to my joy, has been emerging on flooring, wall papers, wall cladding and textiles. As people are turning back towards retro looks to bring a fresh perspective to interiors by using mid-century furniture and macramé accents, wooden flooring in herringbone pattern is being increasingly used to add a touch of classic sophistication.
The detailed V shaped continuity of the herringbone is immediately attention grabbing and imparts a rich detail to any space, whether a home, restaurant or an office. The beauty of the herringbone pattern in parquet flooring lies in its ability to go well with modern as well as traditional settings and so has found a fresh lease of life in renovation projects as well as new constructions.
The 3D effect of the herringbone pattern in flooring is very effective in making narrow floor areas appear larger and add texture and dynamism to large open spaces. One can also play with the size of the blocks to create large herringbone patterns for dramatic effect in convention halls, art galleries and formal drawing rooms. Smaller blocks are used very effectively in compact spaces to add depth to an area, like landings, living rooms and trendy boutiques. In practical terms also the Herringbone flooring works very well for the long term as the patterns allow for high levels of compression and some movement thereby ensuring structural stability.
I really liked how the herringbone pattern and parquet flooring was used in a friend’s new villa among lush environs of the suburbs of the city during a recent visit. Although herringbone is a complex weave, it was executed very well in their home by our Trysquare team.
The warm American Walnut shade of wood was used to create this beautiful herringbone pattern in their living area to give a cosy feel to an area with soaring ceilings, minimal furniture and plenty of sunlight, which might have felt bare otherwise.
In the same home, different colours of wood and varying size specifications have been intelligently used in new patterns to differentiate the areas, such as this engineered teak colour flooring in a smaller herringbone pattern.
With the same materials, we were able to create an entirely new pattern of flooring in my friend’s bedroom. Again a new colour of wood had been used from our exotic wood collection, which made the flooring as glamorous as the rest of the room.
What is notable is that our collection is immensely versatile as the same materials can be applied differently to floors or walls to create an entirely new effect in the same living space.
As the use of geometric patterns is on an upswing in the design arena, the herringbone pattern is here to stay for a long time for the sheer versatility of usage it offers in wooden flooring, tile cut walls, stone cut counter tops, and brick-worked exteriors. This is one pattern that bridges the past and the present effortlessly.
At Trysquare, we strive to customise colours and pattern of wood to suit every customer and interior designer’s vision. Contact us for end-to-end design consultancy and execution.
Neetu Singh (Business Developer and Technical Advisor)
Neetu is working with Trysquare Flooring Pvt LTD, Banglore as a business developer and technical advisor as well. She has been working in this field for the last 12 years which has contributed to her technical know-how and an in-depth understanding of the customer’s requirements. This helps in providing a customised and unique design for every client. During her spare time, she pens down her ideas, research and finds for Trysquare’s blog. She is an avid reader, travel enthusiast and nature lover.