How To Bring Tiles to Life with the Herringbone Pattern

So you’ve chosen your tiles. Maybe you’ve gone for a gorgeous, realistic wood effect. Maybe you’ve gone for a timeless, classic metro tile. Now, you have a decision to make! You need to choose which tile layout you’re going to go for.

Herringbone tiles kitchen splashback


Previously, you had a handful of fairly tired patterns to choose from. You could go for an age-old brick-bond design, or you could stack your tiles in linear columns. But now, there’s a new layout in town, and it’s a major interior design trend. It’s name? Herringbone. Let me introduce you to it…

Herringbone: 2016′s Must-Have Pattern

If you subscribe to any of the major interior design magazines like Ideal Home, Living Etc or Good Homes, (which I most certainly do), then you’ll see the Herringbone pattern time and time again! It’s a lively layout, and a welcome break from traditional brick-bond or linear patterns. It injects more character into a space, and actually has vintage qualities, since it’s a layout with its roots in period times!


Go to any swanky restaurant and you’ll have spotted this eye-catching layout; either with the wooden planks on the floor, or with the metro tiles behind the bar. Herringbone has been the must-have pattern for the last year or so, and it’s a trend that isn’t going anywhere!

So how do you create this layout?

You take two rectangles and create a ‘V’ shape by resting the bottom of one tile against the side of another; ensuring the edges are flush. Repeat this over and over again. As you build a row of these V’s, the pattern takes the form of a fish spine – hence the name ‘herring / bone’.

bathroom herringbone tiles

The herringbone pattern can be used on both walls and floors; using either metro tiles in a brick shape, or wood effect tiles in a plank format.

Make a herringbone splashback

If you love the herringbone look and you want to introduce it into one of your rooms this season, then I have a little tip for you… the easiest way is to create a splashback.

metro tiles herringbone splashback

You’ll find splashbacks in a kitchen or bathroom. A splashback is an easily wipeable surface that stands behind a cooker or sink, and catches any specks of water or pan fat. Often, a kitchen splashback will fill that whole space between your worktop and the under-sides of your overhead cupboards. Although it’s not a huge wall space, it’s certainly an area that catches the eye of your guests as they step into the room, and it provides all the character a kitchen could ever need.

herringbone splashback white metro tiles

Above, the wonderfully shabby chic Antique Smooth Crackle Metro Tiles from Walls and Floors have been used to create a room-stealing herringbone splashback. They have a distinctive crackle glaze; perfect for adding definition to your wall spaces!

Top tip: When using white tiles, use a black grout to really highlight the pattern you’ve opted for. It frames each individual tile, and makes each one stand out.

Create a gorgeous herringbone floor

Wood effect tiles are more popular than ever before! They’re a robust, zero-maintenance alternative to natural wooden floorboards, and they don’t scratch and blister like laminate does! However, the traditional blank-by-blank layout can look a little dull. That’s where, once again, the herringbone pattern can inject some interest. Wooden herringbone parquet flooring was all the rage in period manors; so why not create your own Downton Abbey look?

herringbone wood effect tiles





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