New research reveals the type of flooring than can add over £5k to your home

Flooring experts say homeowners can't get enough of this classic design

dining area with large crittal style doors leading to outdoor area
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A study has revealed that herringbone flooring is the ultimate design trend for boosting your home's value. This most luxurious of wood flooring ideas is certainly an investment. 

However, with its classic good looks that remind us of the kind of chic Parisian apartment Killing Eve's Villanelle would hole up in, it's no surprise that home buyers are willing to spend £5k more for it.

herringbone flooring in open plan living area

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Herringbone floors add £5k to a home's value

The research by find-a-tradesperson platform Rated People analysed 800,000 home improvement jobs. It also looked at TikTok, Instagram and Google data to uncover the trends most likely to increase your home's value.

Rated People then interviewed over 2,000 potential property buyers, who revealed how much extra they’d pay for a property if it had these highly coveted home decor trends. Herringbone floors came out on top, followed by outdoor kitchens ideas, living walls, green kitchens and home offices.

Collectively, these five home trends will add £28,143 to a property’s value. 'Our priorities have been changing,' comments Adrienne Minster, CEO at Rated People. 'It’s no surprise that some of the things that have helped to enhance our lives like outdoor entertaining areas are now more valuable than ever.'

herringbone flooring in bathroom with shower and sink

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One priority that isn't changing is having a home with a classic yet contemporary design, which a gorgeous parquet floor certainly delivers. According to Rated People, herringbone floors have clocked up over 72 million views on TikTok as well as almost 100,000 hashtags on Instagram and 40,000 annual UK Google searches.

It was the most popular home improvement trend in the study and buyers said they would be happy to pay around £5,500 more for a home if it had a herringbone floor in its interior.

kitchen with ladder shelving, island and herringbone flooring

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'Herringbone has become extremely popular over the last year,' comments Yolande Meyer, Purchasing Manager, Havwoods. 'We will see this trend continue in 2022, especially in kitchens, bedrooms, and other spaces in the home. 

'Whether the pattern is used as an accent floor or an entire area, this is the perfect way to get creative but still maintain that calm and relaxing atmosphere,' says Yolande.

Herringbone – so-called because of the way it resembles the bones of a herring fish skeleton – was even used by the Romans, as they realised it helped them to build stronger brick roads. As Yolande says, it offers the best of both worlds: a timeless look that brings a visually interesting geometric pattern to a space.

Millie Hurst
Senior Content Editor

Millie Hurst was Senior Content Editor at Ideal Home from 2020-2022, and is now Section Editor at Homes & Gardens. Before stepping into the world of interiors, she worked as a Senior SEO Editor for News UK in both London and New York. You can usually find her looking up trending terms and finding real-life budget makeovers our readers love. Millie came up with the website's daily dupes article which gives readers ways to curate a stylish home for less.