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Herringbone & Chevron Flooring With Borders

Beautiful patterns that nod to history, parquet at Forte Flooring is available in Herringbone and Chevron designs. It can be used to enhance a wide variety of spaces and is always a timeless solution. The pre-finished boards are made from our French and European oak and come ready for immediate installation.


The Herringbone pattern is often confused with chevron, but herringbone is created by placing rectangles in a staggered zigzag pattern, as shown , it is commonly found in tilework and parquet floors. For herringbone floors, the wood is not cut at an angle, but in rectangles that are laid in a broken zigzag pattern.  If you look closely, to the left, you can see that the pieces of flooring here do not come to a sharp point, as in the chevron floor seen above.


This is a zigzag pattern that comes to a sharp point; imagine the

letter “V” on repeat.  A chevron pattern may be worked into knitwear, printed on fabric,  painted on surfaces, or for wood flooring designs.

For chevron floors, the wood pieces are cut at an angle and fitted together to form a true point, as seen here.

This angle is what identifies chevron floors — herringbone  floors, as you will see in a moment, are not cut at an angle.

Parquet Flooring With Borders Explained

Border types: 2 boards wide, single board width and inlay borders.

Bordering your parquet floor is an important consideration, as it will have an impact on the look and budget of your floor. At times a border is essential if your are installing into multiple room. Without a border your pattern will continue into the next room and will likely to become out of line with a wall. Another consideration is that each room will have a focal point such as a fireplace, an alcove or door and without a border you will not be able to separate each room and use the focal points for each of them. Borders can be created either parallel to the walls or inwards to create a book-end look. Make a feature of your border by installing an inlay strip using a contrasting colour such as brass, bronze or different type of wood such as a Walnut strip on a natural coloured floor.

No border – No border with your floor will require less workmanship saving money on floor installation.

1 line border using planks – 1 line borders work well if space is limited or as in some of the picture below to create a minimal look.

2 line border – A traditional method using 2 pieces of the battens parallel to the wall. Normally for larger rooms it is possible to lay the battens inwards to provide a bookcase look, often found in stately homes and ballrooms.

Inset strips – An elegant way to add more detail to the border. Traditionally using Wenge or American Walnut to achieve contrast and definition. Steel inlays are also very popular with either brass, chrome or other coloured steel used.

Curved walls and joinery – It is possible to continue a border around a curved feature and really stands out as an added feature in any room. 

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