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How to use Herringbone Tiles in your next Design Project

Trending yet timeless, herringbone tiles create a luxurious and elegant look in the home and can be used in a variety of ways to create a strong sense of pattern in your design. Making for a stylish wall and floor finish, herringbone tiles can be used to create the perfect kitchen splashback, bathroom feature floor or even as a flooring throughout your entire home’s interiors for a wonderfully classic look. 

What are Herringbone Tiles?

Herringbone tile patterns are created using a selection of rectangular shaped tiles that are laid diagonally to form an interlocking pattern. The style can be achieved with just about any rectangle tile provided it is of an appropriate size. Subway tiles for example provide the perfect size for a herringbone pattern as do elongated subway tiles as well as smaller rectangular shaped mosaic tiles. 

Herringbone and chevron tiles are often confused with one another as the patterns can appear similar at first glance. In comparison to the rectangular shaped tiles used to create the popular herringbone look, chevron tile layouts are made using a specific parallelogram tile shape that fits together with the next tile in the pattern.

Herringbone Wall & Splashback Tiles

Herringbone tiles make for a stunning feature element in any area of the home and can be used to create stylish bathroom feature walls, laundry or kitchen splashbacks and even as a feature element in the living room or entryway for example. 

Using herringbone wall tiles as a wall finish provides an elegant and timeless look in the home that instantly fills a design with a sense of pattern. Using herringbone wall tiles, you can use the pattern to your advantage in creating the illusion of additional space in a room, allowing you to get creative with your overall layout and design. Laying the herringbone pattern with the points of the tiles running up your walls can make a lower ceiling appear higher for example as the eye is drawn upwards as a result of the visual cue. A similar effect can be achieved when you are instead looking to elongate a narrow room; flip the pattern so that the point of the herringbone tiles runs vertically across the wall which will in turn draw the eye around the space and create the impression of additional width. 

Our sleek Modern collection is used in this space to emphasise the length of the space while also providing a sense of direction as the eye follows the pointed design of the chevron wall tiles.

Herringbone Floor Tiles

A popular choice for flooring throughout your home, herringbone floor tiles add a sense of pattern and movement to classic and modern interior styles alike. This stylish tile pattern has been showing up in home designs for many years, making it both a trending and timeless choice when it comes to putting together the perfect design scheme. Depending on the style and colour of tile you select, you can create a bold feature in your home’s flooring with timber-look porcelain tiles laid in the herringbone pattern being especially favoured in traditionally styled homes and concrete or stone inspired floor tiles used to achieve a more modern aesthetic.   

Mountains collection

Versatile and modern, the Mountains collection has been used in this elegant bathroom as both a floor tile and feature wall to create a dramatic touch. The cool tones of the tiles are perfectly offset by the warm textured timber vanity to create a balanced and earthy look.

Planning Tips for your Tiling Project

When selecting a specific tile layout for your design such as the popular herringbone look, there are a few key items to keep in mind in order to keep your tiling project running smoothly. For example:

  • Planning your tile layout: When selecting a herringbone pattern for your wall or floor finish, it is important to take the time to carefully plan the exact layout. The pattern should ideally start in the centre of the space (i.e. the centre point of the wall or floor being tiled) with the point sitting centrally across the width of your area. Continue the pattern outwards to achieve a perfectly symmetrical design, keeping your cut tiles along the edges of the floor or wall you are tiling.
  • Tiler Quotes: Once you have selected your new herringbone tiles, it is important to pass this information on to your Tiler to ensure the cost of laying this pattern as well as any additional labour and cutting work required is included in their quotation. Keeping everyone involved in your project well informed and on the same page will avoid any unwelcome surprises down the track!
  • Allowing extra tiles: Creating a perfectly symmetrical herringbone tile pattern will often require an amount of extra tiles to be included in your order as there will be a fair amount of cutting involved in the project. Our staff will discuss this with you during your design consultation and recommend a suitable amount of additional tiles to ensure the perfect end result.

Herringbone tiles provide an exciting patterned element to any design style whether your home is more traditional or contemporary. This timeless tile pattern can be used to breathe life into your interiors, creating show-stopping kitchen splashbacks, bathroom feature walls or even used as flooring throughout your entire home for a seamless look. Our team at Perini Tiles can recommend the very best herringbone tiles to suit your own unique style and budget for that perfect designer touch! Visit our Richmond Tile Showroom or book a free online design consultation to start working on your next interior design project today!