ECOHARDWOOD discussed herringbone wooden floors >> with our client, an award-winning interior designer Katie Malik. The founder of KATIE MALIK STUDIO specializing in luxurious private residential interiors, works from her Cambridge studio throughout London, UK, and globally. Katie has extensive experience in all stages of construction and design, ensuring all projects are completed to the highest standard.

 

- During the Edwardian era and the 1930s, herringbone parquet flooring was trendy in England. Is this pattern making a comeback today?

-- I would start by stating that parquet herringbone is the crème de la crème of flooring. Around the 16th and 17th centuries, parquet replaced marble floors in Europe. It was found in luxurious mansions and elegant homes. Therefore, we associate parquet flooring with beautiful, high-end, detail-oriented spaces. Today I see much herringbone parquet flooring used in contemporary homes and historic properties. Definitely a big comeback for herringbone.

 

- You mentioned using herringbone in the kitchen. Which other areas do you think it compliments best?

You can use it pretty much anywhere, especially now that we have engineered herringbone flooring. It's much easier to install and maintain. Herringbone is most popular in living rooms, family rooms, and lounges. Since engineered wood can now be used instead of solid wood, I see it used a lot in kitchens. Engineered herringbone planks tend to be more durable.

 

- Any recommendations in terms of herringbone planks sizes?

You can get very technical with this. In general, I would suggest using larger planks for larger areas and smaller ones for smaller ones. You can still play with scale and proportion, and it depends on the rest of the interior. When you plan on using very big or oversized planks, you are probably better off using them in more contemporary, open-concept spaces. But it doesn't mean that you have to limit yourself to a super small size in the lounge, for example.

 

- One of the main characteristics of herringbone is that it makes space seem larger.

Yes, definitely. Parquet, because of its patterns, does give the impression of movement. It creates the illusion of more space and adds visual interest to the room. It is a very clever flooring choice. As a result, even darker finishes can be used in small rooms. We used Ecohardwood herringbone flooring in a dark walnut finish on the recent project. It was used in a small space. Although this room is quite dark and moody, with dark walls, grey ceiling, and a Walnut/3481 colour floor, it does not feel confined in any way. When you use herringbone, you can visually increase the size of the room by introducing a pattern to the floor. It is essential to balance plain, textured, and patterned finishes when designing a room.

 

- You selected Ecohardwood's walnut colour for a recent project in Cambridge. Are there any current trending colours and suggestions for colour schemes for a herringbone pattern's interior?

- As a studio, we don't necessarily follow trends. We follow the design aspirations of our clients. An individual's home should reflect their style, personality, needs, and requirements. We've been using many dark colours in our London properties, like walnut and even darker, like ebony. In Cambridgeshire and Norfolk, we see more natural finishes. There is a lot of very natural oak used here, and very light white washed oak.

 

 
  Ecohardwood herringbone parquet oak flooring. Colour: Walnut/3481 >>  Size: 140mm x 600mm. Interior: Katie Malik Studio

- What type of home would parquet work best in?

- In period, Edwardian, Georgian, and even Victorian style properties, that we have plenty in the UK. It can also be used in modern and contemporary homes to enhance the interior. We recently completed a project in a 1930s house. Herringbone was used only in one room to make it more special, cosy, and midcentury. Herringbone flooring adds an extra quality to any home. It can be beautifully incorporated into modern spaces and extensions even if you do not own a period property. Investing in herringbone flooring in at least one area if, for some reason, you cannot afford to do so in the remaining rooms is worth it. However, if you can, it is a highly recommended material that looks absolutely stunning.

 

- How should the rest of the interior complement the herringbone oak flooring?

- Herringbone is associated with high-end interiors and lasting beauty. Pair it with other lovely finishes, such as leather or velvet, to emphasize the floor's beauty. When you have a lovely parquet herringbone floor, you don't want to overwhelm it with too many patterns everywhere else, but you can play around with colour, shapes, and sizes.

 

   
Upcoming project layout design by Katie Malik Studio. Flooring: Ecohardwood engineered oak flooring, Herringbone 115x600mm, Natural Oak/3305 colour.

-Before choosing herringbone wood flooring, what should homeowners and developers consider?

- Decide whether you want solid wood flooring or engineered. It is also important to consider the patterns on the subfloor. It's better to use engineered herringbone on concrete. You should also decide whether you want a finished or pre-finished floor. A pre-finished one would be more durable. Installing a prefinished floor will cost more. Consider the colour scheme. When you are not working with an interior designer, it is always good to involve a colour consultant so the scheme is cohesive since it is easy to make mistakes. It's a long-lasting, beautiful but expensive product, and it's easy to specify something that won't work. Precision and skills are also required. We always recommend working with professional floor fitters to get the best results.

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