Xinlida floor: herringbone and fishbone




Floor decoration is a very important part of interior decoration, and nowadays, in addition to practicality, floor decoration also attaches equal importance to visual beauty. As a common flooring material, the seemingly simple floor will also produce many changes after different laying techniques, colliding with a more colorful floor visual effect. Fishbone spelling and herringbone spelling are both very popular diagonal spelling techniques, but they are often misunderstood.

Herringbone spelling is the splicing of the top ends of two wooden floors at 90° to form a "herringbone" shape. This laying method is one of the more classic wooden floor laying, after paving, the ground seems to flow like water waves with the direction of the seam, the visual tension is very strong, and it can play a visual stretch of space.



Fishbone puzzle requires cutting the planks into parallelograms with an acute angle of 45° or 60°, and then splicing them into a fishbone-like shape in the middle seam alignment. This paving method will be more material-intensive, of course, there are also special fishbone parquet flooring, and its rich texture decoration and three-dimensional sense of space are also not available in other ways.

On the surface, these two spellings are very similar, but in fact, the difference is still very large, the characteristics of fishbone spelling is two prismatic floors to spell out the V-shape, herringbone spelling is rectangular floor staggered to spell out herringbones, the difference of plates directly affects the effect of splicing. Compared with herringbone spelling, fishbone spelling is more visually impactful, and the originally horizontal and vertical space has oblique lines, and the sense of layering is immediately highlighted. The herringbone spelling is more calm and elegant, giving the space a three-dimensional sense without being too ostentatious.

Fishbone spelling and herringbone spelling are easy to confuse In addition to looking similar, there is another reason, the English spelling of herringbone is Herringbone (originally meaning herring bones), the English spelling of fishbone is Chevron (meaning V-shaped pattern), it can be seen that in fact, in English, human-bone spelling is with the meaning of fishbone. This also leads to many times when we search in Chinese and English, both kinds of ornaments will run out, and it is easy to get confused.

The disadvantages of fishbone spelling and herringbone spelling are also obvious, the loss in the laying process will exceed half of the floor, so the cost of laying will be high, the requirements for workers' construction skills are also higher, and there are more splicing gaps, which will increase the difficulty of floor cleaning. It is also necessary to note that herringbone spelling and fishbone spelling are focused on visual effects, the larger the area of space, the better the visual expression, if it is a small space may appear messy to use with caution.

In addition to the traditional spelling, there are some small variations of the herringbone paving on the wall, such as straightherringbone (straight herringbone) and diagonal herringbone (diagonal herringbone). The mere change of direction makes their expression in vertical space quite different. You can also try to choose different shades of floor color difference interspersed with paving, which will make the space appear more layered.


Fishbone spelling originated in the romantic capital of France in the sixteenth century, and Chevron was recorded in a written description of the Palace of Versailles. Today, the Palace of Versailles can still see the fishbone parquet floor that has been baptized for centuries, and the generosity and elegance remain. The fishbone fight captured the hearts of many nobles and was once the favorite floor style of the royal family. It was sublimated in the process of European classicism's exploration of mathematics and beauty, and its geometric beauty was further interpreted.