The herringbone subway tile pattern has long been a favourite choice in the world of interior design, with this style of tile layout experiencing a recent resurgence in popularity. Although subway tiles are most often seen used as a splashback solution in the kitchen or bathroom in their classic simple white, rectangular format, there are actually many different styles and options available to choose from, allowing you to experiment with a range of colours, finishes and tile patterns to create a unique look in your own home.
What is the Herringbone Subway Tile Pattern?
A classic herringbone tile pattern uses simple rectangular shaped subway tiles. Each tile is laid at a 45 degree angle to form a ‘V’ shape with each individual tile being lined up with the central point of the next. When laying a herringbone tile pattern, it is often recommended that you start from the centre point of the area being tiled and work your way outwards from there to create a perfectly symmetrical look.
Our Calacatta subway tiles are laid in this luxurious bathroom using a herringbone tile pattern. The grout colour used effortlessly complements the colour of the marble to create a soft and discreet look in the design scheme.
Using Herringbone Subway Tiles in the Home
A classic herringbone tile pattern can be used in many ways throughout the home for a stylish and timeless look. Depending on what type of material you select, you will find many options available that can be used as a flooring solution in the home and other options that are strictly for vertical applications only.
Flooring Throughout the Home
Timber look tiles in a herringbone tile pattern are one of the most popular solutions that allow you to introduce this exciting tile layout in your interior design scheme. These types of tiles offer an excellent alternative solution to traditional timber floor materials and can be used in all areas of the home, from the entryway and hallways to the kitchen, dining and living spaces, allowing for a continuous look. Where heat is of concern, you may consider under-floor heating in your next home renovation. Timber look tiles are made using thick porcelain, offering a sturdy surface underfoot. Although these tiles may feel cool to the touch, they can easily be warmed with the use of underfloor heating solutions that will create a warm and cost environment in the home. This type of heating can be designed to include various zones throughout the home, allowing you the option of selecting which areas are heated and which are not.
Our Palermo collection offers an ultra-realistic timber look tile option for the home. The collection includes a range of classic timber colour options, complete with realistic variations in texture, pattern and colour. These large format tiles are available in plank style shapes, enhancing the appearance of authentic timber flooring. The elongated rectangular shape can be laid in a herringbone tile pattern in large spaces for a stylish look in your interior design scheme.
Kitchen & Laundry Splashbacks
The herringbone tile pattern can be incorporated in your kitchen or laundry as a stylish and timeless feature splashback. You have the opportunity to experiment with a variety of tile colours and materials as well as grout colours to create either a bold statement piece or a more dialled back feature that still adds a touch of pattern in your overall design scheme. For a dynamic touch that will accentuate the herringbone tile pattern, using a grout that will contrast in colour is the perfect choice. However, if you are looking to create a softer pattern, use a grout colour that will complement or match with your selected tile’s grout
Our Nero Marquina herringbone tiles can be used as either a floor or wall tile in the kitchen, offering a luxurious, high end finish that will last a lifetime!
Subway Tiles in the Bathroom
Subway tiles in the bathroom have long been a go-to choice thanks to their timeless qualities. The humble white subway tile has been reinvented over the years with collections now boasting variations in the tile’s shape, material and finish to create a modern interpretation that can be used in any style of interior.
Our Mountains collection offers a versatile porcelain tile solution that can be used as both a floor and wall tile. The herringbone tile pattern is used in this contemporary styled bathroom design scheme to add a touch of character and pattern to the space.
Herringbone subway tiles can be used throughout the home to create a wonderfully timeless and elegant look that is full of character and charm. This style of tile layout can be used to create a stunning feature of your home’s interior flooring or as a stylish feature wall solution in the kitchen, laundry or bathroom.