Written by Jennifer Turner

Herringbone floors: an easier way to get the look

Heritage parquet designs meet luxury vinyl flooring for a look that never goes out of style.


living room with l-shaped sofa, table and herringbone floor

Image: Factory Direct Flooring

While herringbone pattern parquet flooring can be traced back centuries, it’s still as relevant as ever when it comes to style in our homes today.

It’s a simple pattern that delivers much more than the sum of its parts in terms of impact. The nature of its layout adds interest to your floor, drawing the eye through your home in a way that can make it feel both longer and wider.

However, you may be put off by the idea of the functionality of herringbone floors – whether that be its notoriously complex installation or that it’s not durable enough for a busy family home. If that’s the case then read on, as there’s a new wave of luxurious herringbone floors that capture the beauty of parquet in a functional new form.

modern kitchen and dining room with dark furniture and herringbone floor

Image: Factory Direct Flooring

Where to use herringbone

Part of the appeal of herringbone is that it can be used in pretty much any room – especially if you opt for LVT flooring – luxury vinyl tiles – which has the durability and versatility needed for any application.

Factory Direct Flooring, one of the largest online flooring retailers in the UK, has launched a brand new herringbone click range as part of its already popular Aqua Plank collection. These six new designs look stunning in living rooms, dining rooms and kitchens, with the option to zone off separate areas or to flow from room to room. It also works brilliantly in bathrooms, as these LVT clicks tiles are also waterproof.

room with table, four chairs and herringbone floor

Image: Factory Direct Flooring

Fit for purpose

Herringbone isn’t just back in fashion – it has never been easier to fit. The locking system means that, while you can get a tradesmen to fit it for you, it’s simple for competent DIYers to install themselves.

All of the six new styles come with built-in underlay, meaning you can create this traditional look with ease and without the intense preparation and treatments that more expensive wooden floors require.

low double bed with grey blanket, curtains and herringbone floor

Image: Factory Direct Flooring

The new luxury vinyl flooring in the Aqua Plank range comes in a range of fabulous colours – antique oak, crayon grey, farmhouse oak, heron grey, shore oak and traditional oak – that have extremely realistic wood grain appearance and feel. With the peace of mind of a 20 year residential warranty guarantee, you can rest assured you’ll be enjoying your herringbone vinyl flooring for years to come.