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Pattern Play: Herringbone Tile Is Here to Stay

By Lindsey |

Undeniably timeless, the Herringbone Tile pattern effortlessly elevates your space. This classic pattern adds texture and a woven veneer to you space, adding substance and quality. For more herringbone ideas, check out our Pinterest Board

herringbone tiles kitchen

Brick Shown: Klamath // Design + Image: Emily Starr Alfano 

This versus that:
To begin, let's clear up the difference between a chevron pattern and a herringbone pattern. Both bring interest and charm to tile installations, but the herringbone pattern is more economical to install as it requires no cutting. A herringbone pattern is simply a rectangular shape, while each individual piece of a chevron pattern is cut at an angle.

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Neutral Herringbone:
An all-over herringbone design in white with light-colored grout is crisp, clean and is the perfect way to combine classic and modern styles:

White Herringbone Backsplash

Tile Shown: 3x6 in Calcite 

herringbone subway tile

Tile Shown: 2x8 in Calcite// Sarah Sherman SamuelEmily Farnham Architecture // Photo: Tessa Neustadt

Herringbone goes bold:
For a twist on this classic pattern, use a saturated color like a bold Blue or Green--

Herringbone Floor Tile

Tile Shown: 2x8 tiles in Azul // Design: Kelly Mindell // Image: Jeff Mindell

Green Herringbone Shower Tiles

Tile Shown: 6" Hexagon and 2x6 in Evergreen // Design: Claire Thomas

Herringbone in Commercial Design: 
From building exteriors to hotels to office kitchens, Herringbone is a versatile pattern that pairs beautifully across a wide range of applications, styles, and products. Our glazed thin Brick, ceramic Tile, and Glass can all be arranged into Herringbone. 

Herringbone Outdoor Shower Tile

Herringbone Outdoor Shower Brick

Brick Shown: Brick Shown: Columbia Plateau and Great Plains // Design: Janice Camp for The Nomadic Hotel // Photos: Andres Garcia Lachner

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Brick Shown: San Gabriel // Design: Sara Combs and Rich Combs for the Posada Inn // Margaret Austin Photography

Commercial herringbone tiles

Tile Shown: 4x8 in Adriatic Sea, Lake Tahoe, Waikiki, and Glacier Bay // Design: AP&I Design for Cisco

Basalt Black 3x12 Herringbone Floor

Tile shown: Basalt 3x12 // Design: Punch Architecture // Photo: Mark Mediana Photo

Herringbone on the Floor:
Playing with scale is fun and adds an architectural detail that will elevate your kitchen design. Here the 6x12 herringbone pattern on the floor is a perfect partner for the smaller 2.5x8 brick tile on the backsplash. The monochrome colorway keeps the kitchen soothing and calm while blending marble, tile, and brick.

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herringbone kitchen floor

Tile Shown: Glazed Brick in Olympic and Gypsum 6x12 // Design: Anne Sage and Studio McGee// Photos: Monica Wang Photography 

The trend these days is to get innovative with a patterned floor. Choose your own blend from our hundreds of colors, and create a space that is spirited and exclusively yours.

Herringbone Bathroom Floor Tile

Tile Shown: 2x8 in Adriatic Sea // Design: Benni Amadi Interiors and Courtney Springer Interiors // Photo: Christopher Stark Photography

Herringbone Green Brick Kitchen Floor Tile

Brick Shown: Cascade // Design: Sarah Sherman Samuel

Herringbone on the wall:
Rows of layered "L's" or “V’s” lead the eye upward, giving the illusion of length and height to surfaces.

Herringbone Shower Tile

Tile Shown: Tidewater 3x12// Design: TVL Creative // Photo: Rinse Studios

Herringbone Kitchen Backsplash

Tile Shown: 2x6 in Mist

Herringbone Accents:
Herringbone accents can add dimension to classic-inspired tile installations. Consider adding it as a decorative element to stovetop backsplashes or as a one-of-a-kind tile rug. You can also frame it with handmade Tile Trim in a matching color for the perfect finishing touch. 

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Tile shown: Moonshine 2x4, 1x6, and 3x6

Herringbone floor and shower accent tile

Tile Shown: 3x12 in French Linen, 2x4 in Mist // Design: Linda Nguyen // Photo: Doodiebearz Photography

Herringbone Fireplace

Tile Shown: 3x6 in White Wash

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