The herringbone pattern is a classic design with a long and rich history stretching back over 2,000 years. Not surprisingly, it was those master builders of the ancient world, the Romans, who first used the pattern, using it in the building of roads – and lets face it the Romans knew a thing or two about building roads.

The Romans realised that placing the bricks in a zigzag pattern, in the direction of the traffic, made the roads much more stable.

Yet, it wasn’t until the 16th Century that the design was used in in the home. Well, when we say home, we mean royal palace, with one of the earliest examples of herringbone wood flooring found at Chateau de Fontainbleau, the royal residence of Francois 1, King of France, which was installed in 1539.

Wirral Globe: The gallery floor at Chateau de FontainbleauThe gallery floor at Chateau de Fontainbleau

With both the Romans and royalty loving this design, if you are looking at having a new engineered parquet floor, then those are two classy endorsements.

Why choose herringbone engineered wood flooring?

Herringbone floors have a luxurious aesthetic and a distinct character that can transform any space - contemporary or traditional.

When you are looking for a herringbone hardwood floor that will look good and last for years without any trouble, look no further than an engineered herringbone floor.

There’s no doubt that the herringbone pattern looks stunning. But the small block design has usually been very expensive. With the advancement in flooring technology, creating complex patterns became cheaper. Moreover, engineered flooring has been known to deliver excellent structural stability.

Wirral Globe: A parquet engineered wood floor works well in the kitchenA parquet engineered wood floor works well in the kitchen

When you are looking to place wood flooring in the basement, the kitchen or areas with fluctuating temperature levels such as a conservatory, engineered flooring is an ideal choice. Why? Because these floors won’t warp or change shape in the presence of moisture and humidity. You can even fit these floors in rooms that are exposed to direct sunlight. And yes, they work well with underfloor heating systems too.

In all, parquet engineered wood floors bring the best of both worlds – the visual appeal of hardwood without the disadvantages. The core is made of several layers of plywood with a solid hardwood veneer on top. Once installed, they look just like hardwood floors. What’s more, they are very easy on the pocket too.

Choose from a wide range of options

Lifestyle Flooring UK brings to you the widest range of herringbone parquet engineered wood from some of the leading flooring brands. As flooring specialists, we believe that the herringbone pattern looks the best when combined with traditional textures and grains. That’s why our herringbone floors are available in some of the best engineered hardwood options – Oak and Walnut.

There are plenty of options when it comes to design, thickness, finish and colours.

Wirral Globe: A herringbone floor will look stunning in a contemporary settingA herringbone floor will look stunning in a contemporary setting

For instance, a wide herringbone floor will look stunning in a contemporary setting, whereas a narrow herringbone floor looks perfect in homes with industrial and urban schemes.

You can even experiment with colours by putting together planks of different colours to get some stellar results.

We also have a vast range of normal engineered wood floors if herringbone isn't your taste. You can view the full collection here.

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