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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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 Pattern tile is everywhere these days! We started seeing them really emerge in the past 2 years or so.  They made a big splash at recent Design Shows, too!  They can really add a unique touch to a space.  Like the wallpaper accent trend they add some boldness or whimsy to a room but too much can just be overwhelming.

If you like the look of a print or pattern, how can you use the pattern tile in a way that won’t overwhelm or get ‘tired’ quickly.

1.  Use a pattern tile in a small space like a bathroom.

For a few reasons, it won’t be too overwhelming because the pattern isn’t everywhere and also, should you decide to change it in a few years or so it won’t be a huge undertaking. This image has the pattern tile on the floor in a neutral palette it is soft but still makes an impact.

 

2.  Stick with one pattern in the space.

When it comes to fashion mixing patterns is very chic but when it comes to pattern tile – to make the most impact stick with one pattern in the room (other wise it just gets too busy) keep the other pieces like cabinetry and paint pretty low key and solid. We love the backsplash tile here with the stainless hood fan and stove and against the white -Can you say?  #wowfactor

3.  Use it as an accent.

See a pattern tile you love but concerns that it might be a bit over the top? Treat it like the wallpaper accent wall – only tile one wall in the tile and keep the rest plain but complimentary. This blue pattern tile is busy and if the entire shower surround was covered in this tile it would be very overwhelming and likely not as pretty.  This accent tile makes a statement. A little pattern tile can go a long way

If pattern tile is still just a bit too much for you but you want something different, consider lay out and shape.

Take some inspiration from this kitchen back splash. Typically we see rectangular tiles in a stacked formation or brick but this herringbone pattern adds some great visual interest to this classic kitchen. The herringbone arrangement also looks great in a shower surround in a 3×6 standard subway tile but also looks great on the floor in a 12 x 24 tile!

Trying adding just a tiny pop of pattern tile. In the image below we have a shower surround in a neutral subway tile in a dove grey tone in a brick layout but look at the shower shelf, a pop of print – so great!

The hexagon tile is another great option if you are open to new shapes – this can give you a modern look or a more vintage style depending on the size of tile.  You can also get a more traditional look depending on the material you choose.  Sometime a new shape can give you a whole new look without going crazy with colour or pattern.

Pattern tile is a lot like wallpaper – it adds a touch of personality and designer flare! Use it sparingly or make a splashy statement…

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