Herringbone wood floors were once reserved for public spaces in the home, like the parlor. Such intricate flooring would not have been installed in a private room like the kitchen. But today, the kitchen has stepped it up as a gathering and entertaining space where guests are likely to frequent. Maybe that's why we're seeing such a surge of fancy, herringbone-patterned flooring in the once-humble kitchen!
Large, grand kitchens like the one above are now finished with herringbone wood floors that are clearly new (see the border at the cabinets and range). But smaller apartment kitchens might also boast the flooring, as in the photo below. This could be the result of row houses and large flats being divided up into smaller apartments where square footage is scarce (as in Paris, London, or New York). What is now a small kitchen may have once been a parlor or entrance hall.
Chevron flooring has a similar look that's simplified slightly by straight joint lines where the angled wood meets. The kitchen of French architect Joseph Dirand, seen below, is a gorgeous example of chevron flooring.
Speaking from experience (with old, individually-laid parquet), when floors like this are old, they can be difficult to clean with so many joints. Over the years the planks of wood become uneven and joints open up as crumb-catchers. But when newly installed and in good condition with tight joints, we see no problem with herringbone wood floors in kitchens.
What do you think? Do you love the incorporation of a beautifully-textured floor like this into the kitchen?