21 Ways To Bring The Herringbone Pattern Into Your Home

The distinctive look of the herringbone pattern has been popularized in the interior design world and it’s actually not surprising to see how many different uses there are for it. The versatility of this classic 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. We will explore a series of truly inspiring ideas that might even change the way you perceive this simple pattern.

What is Herringbone Pattern?

A herringbone pattern is a unique design made up of equal size rectangles. The rectangular shapes are fitted together to create a zig-zag pattern. In order to create the staggered look, a herringbone design requires the precise cutting of the rectangles so that they can fit together.

While this classic design pattern may seem complicated to create, adding it to your home can take your aesthetic to a whole new level. By adding a herringbone pattern to your home design, you can quickly spice up a modern, minimalistic, or retro look in any room.

Why is it Called Herringbone Pattern?

The herringbone pattern got its name because, when done correctly, the finished product resembles the bones and skeleton of a fish breed called herring. Sometimes people refer to this pattern as twill weave as well, but this is usually only when it is found in clothing.

Where Can You Use a Herringbone Floor Pattern?

The most common way to use a herringbone design in your home is on a floor. Flooring is usually made up of something rectangular in shape, so cutting it into a herringbone pattern isn’t an issue. There are many different types of materials that can be used to make a herringbone floor pattern.

Materials that can be made into a herringbone floor pattern:

  • Laminate
  • Vinyl
  • Wood
  • Tile
  • Glass
  • Brick

These materials can be used to make a herringbone floor pattern in any number of rooms in your home.

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Here are some of the places people choose to put herringbone-patterned floor:

  • Front Entry Way
  • Kitchen
  • Dining Room
  • Patio
  • Front Porch
  • Bathroom
  • Bedrooms
  • Living Room

Where Can You Use a Herringbone Tile Pattern?

Many people love incorporating a herringbone pattern in their home using tile. Because tiles are typically rectangular, it is very easy to cut them and fit them into a unique pattern.

There are many rooms and spaces in your home which can benefit from this pattern.

Here are some room ideas to get you started:

  • Herringbone Design Shower Tile 
  • Bathroom Wall Tile Herringbone Pattern
  • Herringbone Kitchen Backsplash Design
  • Herringbone Tile Table
  • Fireplace with a Herringbone Pattern
  • Herringbone Floor Tile Pattern
  • Front Walk Herringbone Tile Pattern

As you can see, this technique doesn’t have to just be restricted to your floor, as it can easily be incorporated on walls and furniture as well.

Other Ways to Use a Herringbone Pattern in Your Home

Don’t want to install new floors or work on a tile project? There are other ways to use this design method in your home that doesn’t involve construction work.

Below are some more simple herringbone pattern ideas to incorporate into your home:

  • Herringbone Pattern Rug
  • Door with a Herringbone Design
  • Herringbone Pattern Table
  • Pillows and Blankets in Herringbone Pattern
  • Herringbone Pattern Duvet
  • Herringbone Pattern Headboard
  • Shower Curtain in Herringbone Pattern
  • Herringbone Pattern Sofa
  • Herringbone Pattern Stair Carpet

Some of these ways are permanent incorporations of the pattern in your home, while others are temporary projects that can be switched out with the seasons.

For those that like the pattern but aren’t sure about putting it in their home permanently, you can choose to purchase herringbone pattern textiles. Textiles with the herringbone design can be used at many locations in your home.

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Herringbone Pattern Carpet

A herringbone pattern carpet or small rug can easily be placed in a bathroom or bedroom to bring the room a little spice without any construction. You can also purchase a doormat version, and put this in front of your front or back door.

Herringbone Crochet Pattern

Can you crochet? Grab a herringbone crochet pattern and create a yarn throw for your sofa. Another option could be to crochet a basket or bag with this classic pattern to use as a laundry basket.

Herringbone Quilt Pattern

Quilting can be used to create an awesome herringbone pattern. Simply grab some old scraps, cut them in rectangle shapes, and you are in business.

Then, you can use this quilt to accent any bed, sofa, or ottoman in your home. If your quilt is lightweight enough, you could also hang this quilt on a slanted wall or stairway as décor.

Herringbone Pattern Fabric

Herringbone pattern fabric is formidable and you can’t go wrong when you grab some the next time you are at a fabric store. With this classic design fabric, you can cover a pillow, add to a piece of furniture, or make a DIY duvet cover.

You can also make wall art and other unique accents with the fabric. Therefore it is never a bad idea to have some of this on hand.

How is Herringbone Pattern Different than Chevron Pattern?

Herringbone and chevron pattern are often confused as they both feature rectangles fitted together to create a pattern. The main difference is the way these rectangles are placed.

Chevron pattern is created by placing rectangle tiles at exact 90-degree angles to one another which creates a continuous V shape throughout the entire pattern. The pieces used to build this pattern are additionally cut at an angle to make them fit together this way.

A herringbone pattern, on the other hand, is made just using rectangles and fitting them together to create a cohesive look. The way this design looks in tiles is more of a classic look, while the chevron pattern is generally considered to establish a more modern feel in homes. 

21 Ingenious Ways to Bring Herringbone Pattern Inside

1. 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.

2. Cushions

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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.

3. 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.

4. Door With A Herringbone Pattern

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Image from Kerry Phelan Design Office and Chamberlain Javen Architects. Photography 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 the herringbone design gives it texture and a very high-end style. For real drama, do the door in black as it is shown here.

5. 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 this classic pattern to your space, but herringbone 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.

6. Herringbone-Patterned Rug

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Adding this classic 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.

7. 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.

8. 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 a room that already has a lot of colors or patterns.

9. Herringbone Island Feature

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Mention using the herringbone design 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 classic 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.

10. 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.

11. Wood Tabletop


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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 adds 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.

12. 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.

13. Classic Herringbone Pattern Wood 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 floorboards 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 this residence designed by Residential Attitudes near Perth, in Australia.

14. 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.

15. Porcelain Herringbone Pattern Tile 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.

16. 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.

17. Herringbone Pattern Tiled Bathroom Wall

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Bathroom tiles arranged in this classic 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 bathrooms of all types and sizes because they harmonize 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.

18. Herringbone Pattern Tile Shower

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Since you have to install tiles in the shower any way 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.

19. Fireplace with Herringbone Pattern

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Apply the herringbone design 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.

20. Outdoor Brick Herringbone Pattern Floors 

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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.

21. 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.

How to Center Herringbone Pattern

When installing herringbone tile in your home, you will want it to appear centered. You can ensure this happens by finding the center point of your wall or floor, then working outwards from that point.

How to Layout Herringbone Pattern

Ready to layout your herringbone design? Here’s how you do it.

Step 1: Measure One Direction

Firstly, you measure one direction and divide the number by 2. Place a mark here

Step 2: Measure the Other Direction

Next, you will measure your space perpendicular to the way you took the first measurement. After that, place a mark halfway, intersecting with your previous mark. The mark is the center of your wall or floor.

Step 3: Start at the Center

To keep your pattern centered as you lay tiles, you will want to start from the center and radiate outwards towards the edges. The only exception to this is if you are doing a large vertical wall, as you may want to start on the bottom because of gravity. Certainly, just be aware this is much more difficult than starting at the center.

Step 4: Lay the First Tile

Positioning the first tile is the most difficult part. Basically, you will lay it at a 45-degree angle from the centerline. The centerline is a line from the center point drawn in the direction you want the arrows created by the herringbone pattern to point.

Step 5: Lay Everything Without Adhesive

Once you have the first tile in place, layout your entire floor without adhesive. Doing so will allow you to see how the design will come together and make any changes while it is still easy to do so. In addition, you will be able to cut tiles to the right shape.

Keep laying tiles in the desired pattern until you reach a wall. After that, branch the pattern off and continue it in all directions.

Note that, if you are doing a herringbone pattern wall, you may not be able to lay out the wall in advance on the actual wall. Instead, lay out the tiles on an area of the floor or piece of cardboard measured to be the same size as the wall. Doing this will allow you to get an idea of tile placement before making the design permanent.

Step 6: Lay Tiles With Adhesive

Once you are happy with the look of your floor or mock wall, it’s time to go back and lay the floor with adhesive. Do one tile at a time to be sure you get the pattern looking the way you want it to look.

And just like that, you’ve got an awesome herringbone design upgrading your space.

How to Keep Herringbone Pattern Straight

A herringbone pattern will only look nice if it is straight. Generally, if you start with one of the tiles at a 45-degree angle, and lay tiles along a drawn centerline, you should have no problem keeping the pattern straight.

Just ensure you lay out the project first. This way you can double-check that the tiles are straight. And if they are not, you can adjust any part of the pattern all the way back to the starting brick to make it straight before you get the adhesive involved.

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)FAQ

Can You Lay Laminate Flooring in a Herringbone Pattern?

Yes, it is very simple to lay laminate flooring in this classic pattern. Start by cutting the pieces into rectangles, laying them down without adhesive to be sure they fit. Once you have laid the entire floor and are sure it looks how you want it to, go back and cement the tiles.

What Style is Herringbone Pattern?

The herringbone pattern is considered to be within the classic style, but there are ways to incorporate it into a modern home.

Can You Lay Vinyl Flooring in a Herringbone Pattern?

Creating the herringbone design with vinyl flooring is possible and very easy to do. Simply cut all the vinyl flooring into rectangles, and lay the floor out without adhesive. When you are sure you have the look you like, and the floor is completely covered, you can go back and use adhesive to set the tiles.

What Size Tile is Best for Herringbone Pattern?

When creating a herringbone pattern you will want to use either 2×4 or 3×6 tiles. You can also try 2×8 tiles however if you are feeling adventurous.

Should You Allow Extra Tile for a Herringbone Pattern?

Yes, it is a good idea to allow extra tile for any tile project, especially those which involve a pattern like a herringbone. Moreover, allowing extra tile ensures you won’t run out in the middle of your project, and that you will be able to cover the entire floor without a problem.

For the herringbone pattern, calculate how many tiles you need and add an additional 15%.

Ready to Herringbone Your Home?

In conclusion, no matter how you look at it, herringbone is truly a beautiful pattern that can spice up any room of your home. It does make a statement, however, so be sure to take the time to select the use of the herringbone pattern that is best for the aesthetic of your home.

Otherwise, you can’t go wrong with any of the ideas on this list. So pick one out and put a little herringbone in your home today.