In itself, parquet is synonymous with elegance, but when we admire an Italian or Hungarian herringbone installation, the aesthetics of this product is even more enhanced.
The herringbone geometries, Italian or Hungarian ones, recall the tradition of the ancient courts and undoubtedly offer suggestive and refined scenic effects. The herringbone pattern, which includes planks arranged in an “L” or “V” shape, is perfect for luxury hotels or prestigious showrooms, but our homes can also be embellished with this particular type of flooring. From the most classic to contemporary homes, the Italian and the Hungarian herringbones are suitable for large spaces, but also for smaller ones. The optical effect that a herringbone parquet produces in a small room is, in fact, to make it appear deeper.
Thanks to its innate elegance, the herringbone parquet not only transforms the optical perception of environments, but is able to reinterpret them, evoking the taste of tradition, even in absolutely contemporary contexts.
The Italian herringbone parquet
Both the Italian and the Hungarian herringbone spine are installation geometries reminiscent of a fishbone, but are distinguished by some aesthetic aspects. In order to install a parquet according to the Italian herringbone – also called traditional herringbone – pattern, planks are arranged perpendicularly to each other, so as to form 90° angles. In practice, the head of a plank approaches the side of another, creating a right angle. The boards are all the same size and are used in full.
With respect to the entrance to the room, the planks can be arranged diagonally or straight. Diagonal installation is preferable for small spaces, which will seem wider, and in rooms with asymmetrical walls, whose structural anomalies will be mitigated. The straight installation of the parquet is very versatile and adapts to any type of environment.
The Hungarian herringbone parquet
So called because it dates back to the period of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, the Hungarian herringbone combines tradition and trend: it has ancient origins but is still very relevant current and really sought-after nowadays. Elegant and valuable, it adapts to any kind of furniture. This feature makes it a universal tool for giving the rooms in which it is placed an air of distinction and nobility.
Unlike the Italian one, the Hungarian herringbone is made by placing the planks at a 30° or 60° angle. In this case the heads are made to match, and consequently they must be cut, in order to recreate the desired angle. This operation involves a greater amount of material used, since the planks are not used in full, but the deriving scenic effect is truly unmatched.
The Hungarian herringbone installation can be completed with a band, a peculiarity that gives the parquet a further pinch of originality.
A variant of the Hungarian herringbone is the French one. The French herringbone is similar to the Hungarian one, with the difference that here the planks’ heads are cut according to 45° angle.
The installation of herringbone parquets
In order to obtain a herringbone parquet, the planks must be installed with the utmost skill and precision. It is therefore a rather complex installation modality, which must be delegated to professionals.
The herringbone parquet, as mentioned, is a solution that is part of the tradition of wooden floors, but it is a tradition that can be customized by varying both the size of the planks and the choice of materials. Among the different types of woods that are suitable for the herringbone installation, rovere (oak) is a classic that guarantees elegance and resistance over time.
However, it is preferable not to carry out too many surface treatments on this type of wooden floor: the herringbone parquet already originates born as an aesthetically rich and elaborate solution, and it is therefore better not to weigh it down further.
Living in the present, while savouring tradition
The Italian and the Hungarian herringbones are perfect to permeate any kind of space with uniqueness, elegance and refinement. From royal palaces to modern showrooms, from the salons of the aristocracy to our lounges, the herringbone installation is always a lively inspiration. Look for example how G18 WoodLab, Gazzotti’s new laboratory, interprets it.
For hall those who want to play a leading role in the present, without losing the prestige of the past, the herringbone parquet is the answer to a demand for a luxury style, at affordable costs.