24 Ways To Bring The Herringbone Pattern Into Your Home

The distinctive look of the herringbone pattern has popularized it in the interior design world and it’s actually not surprising to see how many different uses are for it. The versatility of this classical pattern is not limited to flooring or to a particular style.

Herringbone Pattern

The herringbone pattern has become timeless and today we’re showing you some interesting ways in which you can add it to your own interior design, exploring a series of truly inspiring ideas that might even change the way you perceive this simple pattern.

24 Ingenious ways to bring herringbone pattern inside

Headboard Herringbone Pattern

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Make the herringbone pattern the focal point of your bedroom by installing a headboard that not only anchors the bed but adds a whole new look.

This one was designed by SP Estúdio Office and simply attached to the full width of the concrete wall, creating a dynamic room element and injecting a good dose of visual warmth.


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Pillows are a quick way to add the herringbone pattern to a room and these designs by Yao Cheng are painterly and delightful. These pillow covers are also a great example of how herringbone can be soft and gentle and does not always have to be a strong graphic pattern.

Unique Wall Paneling

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Paneling the wall does not mean that the planks have to go vertically or horizontally. Arranging wood paneling in a herringbone paneling like this example from  Lucky Pony gives a space an entirely different look. It’s a modern, upgraded take on your grandmother’s wood paneling and a more interesting twist than shiplap, which is becoming overdone.

Door With A Herringbone Pattern

Door With A Herringbone Pattern
Image from Kerry Phelan Design Office and Chamberlain Javen Architects. Photograhy by Derek Swalwell.

We put a lot of focus on how the front door looks from the outside, but how about from the inside? Paneling the interior of an entry door with a herringbone pattern gives it texture and very high-end style. For real drama, do the door in black as it is shown here.

Herringbone Fusion Art Print by Kristina Krogh

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It might not be the first thing that you think of when considering adding a herringbone pattern to your space, but artwork is an option. Multimedia or mosaic works – or even paintings – can be found featuring this graphic style.

This Herringbone Fusion Art Print by Kristina Krogh has a contemporary feel that will work in many home décor styles.

Rugs and herringbone pattern

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Adding the herringbone pattern to a room with a rug can be a dramatic – or subtle addition. Here, a child’s nursery by Lugbill Design gets a more vivid pop from the pattern in a contrasting color. Despite the bright pink elements, it’s the yellow pattern in the rug that pulls in the eye and anchors the space.

Herringbone Shower Curtain

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Image from Angela Flournoy

Elevate a basic bathroom with a stylish herringbone shower curtain. Changing to a graphic pattern like this one adds some pizzazz to the space without necessarily adding another color if you don’t want it. It makes an eye-catching and fresh focal point, whether the bathroom is big or small.

Herringbone Duvet

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Herringbone patterns can be textural and subtle too. This sophisticated duvet has a stitched horizontal herringbone band across the front and across the pillow shams. For those who prefer a more neutral bedroom palette, this type of herringbone design adds texture and interest without introducing another color or bolder graphic style. It’s also a versatile way to add this pattern to room that already has a lot of colors or patterns.

Herringbone Island Feature

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Mention using the herringbone pattern in a kitchen and immediately thoughts jump to the floor or the backsplash, but there are other options too. This California kitchen by Berg Construction  features an island that is elevated by the herringbone pattern on the front of the base – an area that is often overlooked since the stools sit in front of it. That said, you can see here how the subtle pattern is a small detail that makes a big difference.

Herringbone Credenza

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Swapping out a plain credenza or cabinet for one that features a herringbone front is another way to put this pattern on display. Made from natural wood, the cabinet really highlights the pattern when placed in a mostly white and clean-lined home décor style. This is perfect for interiors that feature modern farmhouse or transitional elements. Styling of this space is by Taylor Jacobson Interior Design.

Wood table top


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A fabulous wood dining table is certainly a centerpiece so it’s also a wonderful way to incorporate – and show off – a herringbone pattern. The wood sections and the grain help highlight the pattern and it add interest to a basic table. A quality wood table like this one by Ana White is bound to become a family heirloom and one that features herringbone will be extra special.

Herringbone Wallpaper

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Fans of the herringbone pattern can add wallpaper to feature this graphic element as in this office by Imagine Design. Whether you chose to create a feature wall with herringbone wallpaper or use it for the whole room, the range of styles is wide and can be as bold or muted as you want. This lined version is graphic, modern and fresh.

Classic wooden floors

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The matte herringbone floor looks amazing in this bedroom, giving it a warm and welcoming look but maintaining a simplistic and modern appearance at the same time. Notice the proportions of the floor boards and the slight difference in color, also meant to emphasize the chic contemporary decor.{found on olympiatile}

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Far from being outdated, herringbone floors are a great option for modern and contemporary spaces where they are capable of creating a warm, inviting and comfortable atmosphere to complement the otherwise simple and bare white walls and ceilings that often define such spaces.

A nice example is the residence designed by Residential Attitudes near Perth, in Australia.

Kitchen backsplash

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Herringbone backsplashes are almost as popular as the flooring style we just mentioned. They have a classic and elegant look and they’re timeless. Check out this contemporary kitchen and its chic and airy look created by Design Squared. It’s simple without being monotonous and that’s a perfect combo.

Herringbone kitchen floor

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Usually, we see herringbone flooring being popular in living rooms and bedrooms but that doesn’t mean you’re limited to those options only.

In fact, a great idea is to take advantage of the warm and inviting look that this type of flooring adds and to imprint it on areas that need it, like the kitchen for example.

Check out these porcelain tiles that mimic wood from Minoli…they’re just what a kitchen needs.

Herringbone accent wall

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You can add the same warmth and comfort that herringbone floors offer to a room but in a different form by changing the strategy. One idea is to create a wood-paneled accent wall using boards arranged in a herringbone pattern, as beautifully demonstrated here by Studio Revolution. It’s a great look for a bedroom.

Tiled bathroom wall

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Bathroom tiles arranged in a herringbone pattern can look beautiful too. In fact, this is a look that suits them well and there are all sorts of interesting variations to consider. In this particular case the proportions highlight the pattern even more and the color is a nice fit for this style.

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Herringbone tile walls are an excellent option for bathroom of all types and sizes because harmonise the decor in a great way.

They’re practical, moisture-resistant, easy to clean and nice to look at plus there are all sorts of great colors, textures and designs to choose from. A nice example is this lovely powder room look completed by John McClain Design.

Herringbone shower

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Since you have to install tiles in the shower anyway you might as well arrange them in a nice-looking pattern. You can keep things simple without making your design look boring if you opt for herringbone shower tiles. You can extend the look for the walls and floor to create a continuous, uniform look. Let this design by Cherie Lee Interiors inspire you.

Fireplace surround tiles

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Apply the herringbone pattern when installing a fireplace tile surround. You can choose tiles that mimic the look of wood to create a warm and cozy look but you can also play with other interesting combinations and even mix and match various colors.

Herringbone floors outdoor

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Herringbone flooring is not limited to indoor spaces. The versatility of this pattern lets you take it outside where you can create a nice patio using paver bricks or tiles that can be arranged in all sorts of cool patterns, including this one. This particular look suits a more traditional patio.

DIY herringbone projects

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Some projects require the help of a professional but others are easy enough to become DIY tasks.

For example, installing a herringbone accent wall in your bedroom might be something you’d be able to pull off by yourself. It’s a fairly simple project and a great makeover idea.

You can find out all the details along with instructions and tips in the tutorial shared on kristimurphy.

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Here’s a project that you probably didn’t expect to see in this list: a herringbone dining table. It’s something that you can build yourself and which requires quite a bit of planning and attention to detail.

However, once you’re done the result is amazing and worth all the effort.

If you’re interested in the idea, check out realitydaydream to find out more about the project and everything required for it.