Herringbone Pattern - Where to use it!


Herringbone pattern is a classic pattern – and it’s really making a strong come back in all areas of home decor and interior design.


It is a favourite of ours ! we love working with classics but we also love pattern – so this really is the best of both worlds in our eyes!


What is the herringbone pattern?

The herringbone pattern is an arrangement of rectangles (or parallelograms) used for floor tiles, back splash tiles, hardwood flooring and road pavement, so named for a resemblance to the bones of a fish such as a herring.

The herringbone pattern adds an accent to a space – a kitchen or a bathroom can really have a designer look with an added detail like the herringbone pattern.

How can you add the herringbone pattern to your space?

Herringbone pattern adds a little extra detail to any space without going really over the top but you still have some options with size, colour, materials an placement.  One of the reasons we love the herringbone pattern is that it is a classic , so you don’t have to be concerned about it being too trendy and going out of style.

This marble mosaic herringbone tile from Wayfair is perfect for a kitchen backsplash, a detail in a bathroom or a fireplace surround. We love this pattern as a kitchen backsplash or accent in a bathroom in either skinny marble tile or a standard subway tile, it adds a little extra detail to the whole room.  We like to see it will a grout colour that is a few shades darker (or lighter) than the tile itself so you can actually see the pattern.

It’s also a great pattern on a floor, either in tile or hardwood, this pattern adds another visual element to the space and a designer look.

Not sure if you like the herringbone pattern?

Just try it in smaller doses like a small shower nook in a bathroom, a fireplace surround or in your furniture like a table top or an upholstered piece. Pillows or throw blankets in this pattern are also a subtle way to ‘test out’ this pattern in your space to see if you like it.  This slipper chair in the herringbone pattern available at Wayfair – adds an interesting detail in neutral tones, it would be great in a bedroom, a den or living room.  The pattern is clean and definitely not overpowering – this version of the classic pattern is a bit more contemporary, too!

Some more herringbone pattern inspiration…

Love the reclaimed wood detail in the herringbone tile in this mudroom space – the mix of texture from the wood and the pattern adds a great designer detail and a custom look.


Herringbone pattern adds another element to this fireplace – the colour palette is simple and clean but the addition of the pattern adds some depth.


Rooms that don’t often get a lot of decorative attention can really look incredible with some added detail like a laundry room.  We love the herringbone slate tile floor in this laundry room and paired with the other elements in the space like the subway tile and the shaker cabinets make this laundry room beautiful!

Carpet doesn’t have to be plain and boring…yes you can get carpet in a herringbone pattern and we love it! It looks amazing as an area rug but we love it as a stair runner, it has a menswear quality about it and it is so clean and sophisticated!

What do you think of this classic pattern?

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  1. Jessica Wagner

    Adore this pattern! We just did our kitchen in subway tile, and now i want to change it! haha – don’t tell my husband~! This just looks so classic! Great post! XO

    30 . 05 . 2017

      Your secret is safe with me! I love a herringbone – it’s a great way to ‘dress up’ a simple subway tile and it adds a great detail to a kitchen!

      30 . 05 . 2017
  2. Giustina

    I love the herringbone pattern! I’m hoping to convince my husband that we should add the pattern somewhere in our next house. 🙂

    30 . 05 . 2017

      I love it, too! We might have a bathroom update in the not so distant future so I’m thinking that’s where I will be adding my herringbone!

      31 . 05 . 2017
  3. Brittany Comeaux

    I absolutely love the herringbone pattern! It’s always been my dream to have herringbone wood floors!

    31 . 05 . 2017

      Yes, I love it in flooring too – it adds interest but because it’s a classic pattern it’s never out of style!

      31 . 05 . 2017
  4. Erin from

    Love tile backsplashes!! We are currently deciding what we want to do in our kitchen – leaning towards hexagons right now.

    31 . 05 . 2017

      Hexagons are a great option too – we are doing that in one model home that we are designing now – it looks great!

      01 . 06 . 2017
  5. Julie I Aloha Lovely

    I love herringbone! You examples are all fantastic proof of how many ways it can be used in the home.

    31 . 05 . 2017

      Thanks, Julie! We love it too – it really can be used in so many ways!

      01 . 06 . 2017
  6. val

    love the herringbone wood floors – so pretty!

    31 . 05 . 2017

      Very pretty, we love it in the tile too! So many great choices to work with this pattern!

      01 . 06 . 2017
  7. Ivelisse

    I will have to check out wafair! This is so pretty!

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    02 . 06 . 2017

      Wayfair is one of our favourite places to shop – they have everything and all price points! you will love it!

      04 . 06 . 2017
  8. Emily Baker

    I have a weakness for the herringbone pattern. I have asked my husband a few times since we moved if we could have it in our bathroom. And finally we are going to do it in a month. can’t wait to see how it will look. Like others have said it never goes out of style as it’s a classic. Thank you for sharing this post!

    06 . 06 . 2017

      OOH lucky you! Yes, the herringbone is a classic and recently we have been seeing these classics have a bit of a revival, the herringbone comes to mind but so does the resurgence of Navy Blue – love them both! Good luck with the bathroom update, Emily!

      06 . 06 . 2017

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