Herringbone wood floors have been a prominent design feature in European flats and houses for centuries. But here in the States, the pattern is most commonly seen in menswear. There are, of course, a few exceptions—see the brick firebox in the Hamptons weekend home
of writers Tom Dolby and Drew Frist, above (from Lonny
's June/July 2010 issue), as well as Eli Zabar's Manhattan townhouse
in The New York Times
Why we're so keen on it? Herringbone adds a certain elegance to a space, along with textural interest that doesn't overpower. It's enough to permanently lower your line of sight.