Herringbone Tiles: Bring Your Home To Life with this Must-Have Pattern!

Whether you're tiling a wall or floor, you're going to need to decide on a tiling layout. The herringbone pattern is a popular trend right now! Let's explore this stylish layout...


Herringbone tiles kitchen splashback

Above: Bastille White Smooth Crackle Metro Tiles


Herringbone Tiles: 2020's Must-Have Pattern

This popular fishbone pattern is actually nothing new - it's been used in interior design for centuries. But it has recently made its comeback, and it's one of the most searched-for tiling patterns on the internet! 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!


So how do you create the herringbone pattern?

Creating the herringbone pattern / layout is easy. You take two rectangular tiles - whether they're a wood effect plank, or a brick shaped tile, and you 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 'herringbone'.


Blue wood effect tiles in herringbone pattern

Above: Nyans Indigo Blue Wood Effect Tiles



Make a herringbone splashback

If you love the herringbone look and you want to introduce it into one of your rooms this season, then why not introduce a splashback? A splashback is simply a surface that stands behind a worktop, sink or cooker, and protects the wall from any water or residue from day-to-day usage.


herringbone splashback white metro tiles

Above: Bastille White Smooth Crackle Metro Tiles


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.

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!


A crown of corners

When you get to the top of a tiled herringbone wall, you have two choices - you can cut the tiles into a straight linear edge, or you can embrace the triangles! It adds a really impactful 'crowning' effect; particularly if you contrast the colour of the tiles against a painted wall, like with these Bastille White Smooth Crackle Metro Tiles below:


herringbone tiles kitchen wall


Accentuating tiles with grout

When using white tiles, try using a dark grey grout to really highlight and enhance the herringbone pattern! As you can see above, it makes each individual tile 'pop' and stand out.


Mix and match for a striking herringbone feature wall

When decorating a wall with the herringbone pattern, don't be afraid to mix things up a bit! Blending together different colours and finishes is a great way of piecing together a captivating, eye-catching feature wall. Below, a mix of hues from our Country Cottage Metro Tile collection have been used to bring these walls to life!


herringbone tiles bathroom


Create a period-styled 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! To inject extra interest into a floor space, apply a herringbone layout.

Wooden herringbone parquet flooring was abundant in period manors; so why not create your own Downton Abbey look?


herringbone pattern wood effect tiles

Above: Rustic Blue Reclaimed Wood Effect Tiles


There you have it - an introduction to the herringbone tiling trend, with some ideas for bringing the pattern into the wall and floor spaces throughout your home! Which room will you bring it into?





Callum Chester

Having headed up the content at Walls and Floors since 2012, Callum Chester shares expert advice, trends and home styling imagery with the likes of Ideal Home, Good Homes and Real Homes on a daily basis. An experienced content writer, Callum is also the creator of Design Peach, a blog of 'sweet, bite-sized ideas for the home and garden'