Trend Alert: Herringbone Hardwood Floors
Hardwood floors are truly beautiful for any home, but today we’re talking about Herringbone Hardwood Floors. As the name suggests, it’s taking hardwood floors and installing the wood planks in a herringbone pattern instead of linear planks – and we love it! Let’s take a closer look!
Why we love it!
We love Herringbone Hardwood Floors because as flooring it is elegant, creates a high-end aesthetic, and is relatively easy to maintain. The herringbone pattern is a creative alternative that adds character and interest to an interior space. PLUS – when chosen and installed correctly, can last a lifetime!
How to use it.
Luckily, with hardwood floors, there are a wide variety of species and coloring options to select from in order to suit any interior scheme. It is worth doing research into different vendors and ranges of hardwood floors to ensure you purchase from a reputable company.
Herringbone hardwood floors work particularly well in larger spaces. Areas like the foyer/entrance hall, living room, and dining room are good rooms to explore for suitability. They also look beautiful in large open-plan rooms such as open concept kitchen and dining spaces. If you have smaller spaces, it may still be possible to use the herringbone pattern for the flooring but we would recommend you look at lighter tones to make the room feel bigger.
Hardwood floors in general are suitable for almost all areas of the home, except bathrooms or any other areas where higher moisture content is expected. However, it is suitable for powder rooms where there is little to no moisture created in the air. (Need flooring for a bathroom? Read our article about flooring in bathrooms and kitchens.)
What to watch for.
There are some considerations to take into account when thinking of using herringbone hardwood flooring in your home.
Hardwood flooring is an expensive investment. This does vary greatly depending on the type of wood used, the finish, and installation costs but it can prove to be costly. Always hire a professional to install herringbone hardwood floors to avoid any mistakes or errors. The floor can be scuffed or scratched which can take extra time and money to repair – the whole floor will need to be refinished.
Another thing to keep in mind when considering herringbone hardwood flooring for your home is avoiding excessive contact with water. Hardwood floors don’t stain heavily but excessive spilling will cause staining to occur. Always clean up spills as soon as possible to avoid long term damage.
Ways to make this trend last in your home
Herringbone hardwood floors can last a lifetime! Providing the right care is taken when installing and maintaining them.
If you notice any small scuffs or scratches, try to pin-point what has created them and stop the damage at the source. Add felt cushions to the bottom of furniture pieces to avoid scratching the floor further. Items like chairs, sofas, and tables can scratch hardwood floors unless they have protective covers on the feet. It is also recommended to have hardwood floors re-polished every 3-4 years depending on the finish and wood species.
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