Many of us associate the herringbone pattern, as used in flooring, with old world European style. Indeed, this is where the pattern gained its popularity in Italian and French homes as early as the 1500’s. We love the associations it brings to mind with charming French homes, and even Versailles. Yet today the pattern lends itself to modern interpretations, offering fresh looks to kitchens, bathrooms, really any room, indoors and out! We are seeing more and more people using this pattern in their homes today. We love how herringbone can be used in so many ways; tile backsplashes, shower surrounds, wood paneling, textiles, outdoor pathways, truly, the ideas are endless. The look can be used in décor styles ranging from Modern Glam to Rustic Chic. Use it on the walls, floors and anywhere in between. Here are a few ways we love seeing this pattern used.
Herringbone backsplashes are gaining popularity. With all the horizontal and vertical lines happening in a kitchen, this pattern adds vibrancy with diagonal lines.
Use the pattern in wood throughout your home to play with the European look but use a wide plank to keep it modern. Or for a smaller scale, use in a powder room on the floor in an oblong sized tile for a unique look.
We love this pattern used in a shower with clear glass doors. Use a large oblong size for a beautifully dramatic look.
We’ve seen some homes create an accent wall using tile in this pattern, creating a stunning focal point in the room. You can use a tone of tile that blends with your wall color to compliment a monochromatic look, or go for even more impact by going much darker or lighter than your existing tones.
Do you use this pattern in your home? We’d love to hear from you in the comment section!