Oh how bad would I love the ugly parquet of our apartment be replaced by herringbone or chevron floors.
Let me count the ways...
These floors always remind me of a beautiful house I lived in in France for a short while. These patterns add so much more interest, rock and balls to your floors than your traditional straight and narrow flooring pattern.
I think this look is best achieved when it has that rougher, rawer more rustic feel and so I think using less expensive, lower quality flooring would actually work in your favour. And I believe shorter floorboards are actually less expensive too, non?
Also, though this post is titled "Herringbone Floors", some of the above pictures also feature "chevron" patterned floors. Above is a diagram for you to figure out which are which.