Pattern Play: Herringbone

There are many different elements to consider when designing interior spaces. So far I've written about furnishings and color, and now I'm going to take a look at patterns. If you've read some of my previous posts, you'll know that I'm a big fan of herringbone. It's a simple, no fuss pattern and it's also very versatile. It can be used in pretty much any type of space and fits well with most design styles due to its timeless, classic look. Below are some of my favorite spaces featuring herringbone:



Herringbone is very popular for kitchen backsplashes. I love that the tile extends all the way to the ceiling. I like that the tile is the same color as the cabinets. Normally I would say it's too much of the same color, but the herringbone adds a bit of texture, which breaks up the monochrome feel of the space. I love the light gray grout too. In the light it looks a little shimmery, but it also blends in well with the tile.

Source: Jenn Feldman Designs

I've been seeing lots of kitchen islands with tile or some sort of design below the overhang of the counter and I'm a big fan. The herringbone accent looks fantastic. It adds a bit of flair to the space without being too flashy.

Source: Ali Budd Interiors

There are so many great things going on in this kitchen, but I especially love the creative use of tile. I like the sideways arrangement of the herringbone and that the tile extends from the floor to halfway up the wall instead of extending the other way up to the ceiling. It's a very unique design feature.

Also worth noting, I love the extreme contrast between the pastel blue cabinets and the navy blue wall. This kitchen is so unique and it looks amazing.

Source: Pinterest

I'm in love with this countertop. This is another very unique design feature. I'm not sure how well it would work with tile, but it looks fantastic with butcher block. Such a great idea!

Source: First Home

You often seen herringbone arranged with large tiles, but in this space they opted for a smaller scale. I love how they use color to create a pattern within a pattern at the top of the wall.

Source: Pinterest



Herringbone is often seen in bathrooms, both on the walls and on the floor. In this space we get both. I like the pink and orange tiles interspersed with the white. It makes the room a little more visually interesting, although I must admit I wouldn't hate an all white herringbone bathroom.

Source:  Brit + Co

I love the white accent wall against the black floor. The white tile paired with white grout makes the herringbone very subtle, just providing a bit of texture to the space.

Source: Pinterest

I like the way the tile is arranged in this shower. The pattern has been rotated, creating a twist on the classic herringbone.

Source: This Old House

I love the variety of shades of gray on the herringbone accent wall. I like that they used standard subway tile to arrange the herringbone instead of the classic longer, thinner tiles. It creates a unique look in this space.

Source: oneplustwo design co.


Other Spaces:

Herringbone is often seen in many different types of spaces as wood flooring. I absolutely love the variation of tones in the wood, everything from light gray to dark brown.

Source: The Honeycomb Home

This is a really interesting use of herringbone in a bedroom. I would've expected to see the pattern on the floors, not the walls. I think it's wallpaper, but from this angle it's hard to tell. I doubt it's tile, but it could be some sort of wood veneer. Whatever the material is, it looks great in this space.

Source: House Tipster

I'm in love with the floor in this space! Usually herringbone floors are assemble from larger wood planks, but it looks like they went with smaller terra cotta tiles here. The color is fantastic too. It's not every day that you see a turquoise herringbone floor.

Source: Apartment Therapy


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