It’s hard to take pictures for a blog on a trip because I never know what I’m going to talk about until I start gathering photos for a post. Then I start thinking “Darn, I wish I had taken more pictures of floors.” But it wasn’t until the end of the trip that I noticed how much of the same flooring I’d seen everywhere.
Underground tour in the Colosseum | Rome
Herringbone floor somewhere in the Colosseum
This was our breakfast room in Tuscany. We were in a villa on the property. Warm wood finishes repeat the orange terra cotta floors.
In this kitchen the same wood stain is in the island which repeats the floor colour.
Exterior of Hotel with the vines and the rooftop deck where we had dinner in Rome.
Carrara marble staircase inside the hotel
In another hotel in Florence. Carrara staircase.
This picture with another herringbone sidewalk was taken in San Gimignano, Italy.
Over 200 year old vine. Palace gardens in Florence.
Herringbone Floor hall from the street in Florence into a private garden
Then I thought I’d do a search to find out how it looks when it’s not in a 200 year old building.
Here it is in a very white and current interior. When it’s an all over brown/rust colour, it can almost pass as a hardwood floor.
Here with cream grout and walls with and white trim.
I was consulting with one of my lovely readers today and we were talking about her bathroom floor. I suggested a herringbone charcoal floor.
Charcoal, you might be thinking?
A trendy colour like that being specified here at mariakillam.com.
Yes, you heard right ; ) ; )
I have been in so many old homes from the 60’s with charcoal slate flooring in the entry that no one was in a hurry to rip out, so I think I’m safe to call it timeless here.
Since I saw this pattern SO MUCH in Italy, where it has been for centuries, I’m thinking we could embrace it back home.
I like how the wood stained island warms up the charcoal floor. And I like that it’s not a multi-patterned colour which immediately limits your decorating options to what’s in the tile. With this white kitchen, there’s still lots of room for fresh colour in accents.
So my lovelies? Are you ready to embrace herringbone? Yay or Nay. What do you think?
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