A Closer Look At The Herringbone Floor In A Family Home By Scenario Architects

Tate bute herringbone floor with beanbag looking into kitchen by scenario architecture image by M Clayton 3

In 2016 the owners of Scenario Architecture, Maya and Ran, were looking to convert and extend a Victorian terraced house in Stoke Newington for their own family. They opted for a Tate floor, in the neutral colour Bute in an eye-catching herringbone pattern. The rough sawn effect, which is a distinctive feature of this range, offers a visual aspect that is specifically appealing to the architectural eye. In this project the textured herringbone battens are used in such a creative way, it made us sit up and take note.


A major challenge of the conversion was physically and visually connecting the main level to the lower ground level. An open plan lay-out where one distinctive area continues into the next was the solution. The chosen herringbone floor plays an important role in achieving a natural flow between the different areas and levels. The dynamic herringbone pattern in the lounge is carried over two wide steps going across the width of the room and leads the eye to the stairs going down to the newly extended kitchen and dining area.

Steps with herringbone detail at the scenario house

Steps using herringbone battens

Here the herringbone battens are not only used on the tread, but also on the riser, transforming the simple steps into an interesting, dynamic feature connecting the different levels.

Tate bute herringbone floor with fire place by scenario architecture image by M Clayton3

Tate Bute flooring

Overall, the scheme is pared back, almost minimal, which allows the warmth and texture of the parquet floor and the bare brick wall to do the talking.

“Tate Bute is probably our favourite finish ever, as it gives a subtle, warm and sustainable feeling of natural well aged wood. If oak is left to weather naturally in optimal conditions, the resulting feel and look will be similar to Tate Bute”, says Ran.

Thanks to the texture, these floors are extremely forgiving of normal wear and tear. In fact, it is a floor that we highly recommend for commercial projects too: The Conran Shop, Habitat, Ottolenghi and various other shops and restaurants, all feature floors from this collection.

Fast forward a few years in the busy family home of Maya and Ran and they have found just that: “the floor still looks absolutely great and very similar to when it was just installed”.

Read more on The Scenario Househere.

Design: Scenario Architecture

Photography: Matt Clayton

Oak tate bute with marble table
tate bute grey-brown herringbone parquet oak flooring

Tate Bute

Through our bespoke system Tate Bute is available in wide boards, up to 245mm, herringbone and chevron, as well as 12 different classic panel designs. Mansion weave and our new Cube pattern are also options within the Tate range. Get in touch to make an appointment to discuss your project.