Why I Love Herringbone Design

When I think herringbone I certainly don’t think of the bone structure of a herring fish (where the name originates). I imagine beautiful textiles and stunning interior design concepts! I confess I am an art history nerd, and being such I wanted to shed some light on this classic design.

History: Did you know that the herringbone pattern dates back to the Roman empire? We are talking roughly 500 B.C.! The Romans were a rather ingenious bunch and they invented this interlocking pattern of criss-crossing chevrons to absorb the weight of movement on their roads.
The design basically went extinct after “The Fall” until it experienced a rebirth in the Renaissance. And really, if it’s good enough for the palace of Versailles, might you want to consider how to use this design in your modern home?

Classic Modern: These two words have guided several clients to their style identity. Classic means the design is founded in history and it will never (NEVER) go out of style. Modern refers to applying these classic elements in new and exciting ways. A can’t lose combo if you wish to update with a sense of timelessness. Take a look at the various ways herringbone can make your home a “WOW” today.

Floors With Pattern

One of the favorite parts of my job is touring trade shows. Back in January of 2017, I was amazed at how many patterned floors were on display. Trends tend to begin on the east and west coast in the U.S., and eventually make their way over to those of us tough enough to live in the
midwest. If you pick up a current issue of a home design or home decor magazine you will see examples of floors that are quite dramatic.

Floors with pattern create interest and make a statement. They can be a “WOW” element of interior design. In the right space it can add just the right amount of pizzazz, and can be exactly what the homeowner is envisioning. Interior styling that is fresh, clean, and minimal with regards to walls and furnishings tend to offer the best opportunity for active floors that can anchor the entire space. Here are a few versions of how this trend can translate to a room:

This trend is definitely more bold and not for everyone. Homeowners who prefer a more timeless design with balanced interior design elements may want to participate in this trend in those spaces that are separate and small, such as powder rooms, bathrooms, and laundry rooms.
Afterall, it’s just one room!