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How to Use Herringbone Tiles in your Renovation Project

An exciting trend this year, herringbone tiles provide the perfect solution in creating a timeless look in the home, whether they are used as a feature floor finish throughout your interiors or as a feature wall in your kitchen or bathroom. If you are considering incorporating this exciting trend in your next home renovation or new home build, there are a few things to consider when making your tile selection, from layout patterns and costs to creating the perfect colour palette for a timeless look in the home. 

What are Herringbone Tiles?

Herringbone tiles are collections of rectangular shaped tiles that are laid in a specific pattern which is commonly referred to as herringbone. The herringbone name stems from the fact that the tiles are laid in a pattern that is similar to the skeleton of a herring fish, creating a stylish visual statement in any application, whether they are used as a floor finish or feature wall tile. The pattern is created using rectangular shaped tiles that are laid in an interlocking repetitive layout, forming an arrow style design. 

NYC collection

The ever stylish NYC wall tiles offer a stunning herringbone pattern in a small format tile to create a clean and simple look that is especially effective as a splashback of bathroom feature wall.

What is the difference between Herringbone and Chevron Tiles?

The herringbone tile pattern can be created using any small to medium format (or sized) tile that is in a simple rectangular shape. Chevron patterns, although similar in style, are formed using parallelogram shaped tiles that are also laid in a similar arrow style pattern as herringbone tiles however, due to the shape of the tiles themselves, a zig zag effect is created that does not need to be staggered in the same way as herringbone tiles are. 


Are Herringbone tiles expensive?

Tile prices can differ immensely depending on several factors ranging from their country of origin, the material used to create the tiles themselves or the size of the tile for example. You can find out more about the various costs of tiles in our guide: Why Tile Prices Differ. As herringbone patterns can be achieved using most sorts of smaller rectangular shaped tiles, you will find selections available in every price bracket. Potential additional costs may be incurred during the laying process however, as your Tiler will need to spend more time in setting out the perfect layout. 


There are many different tile materials available to choose from when finding your perfect herringbone tiles! From elegant natural marbles to porcelain or ceramic and even classic terracotta! Our Prato Terracotta collection is handcrafted in Mexico, creating a unique and earthy touch in any interior.

Are Herringbone tiles timeless or trending?

This all comes down to the way you use pattern in your home and what tile materials you choose! The herringbone pattern itself provides a wonderfully timeless look that has been present in designs as early as the Roman Empire. Offering a classic style in any design, herringbone patterns can be used to create a stunning feature flooring throughout your home, as a show-stopping feature wall in your kitchen or bathroom or in other areas of the home. Pair this traditional style with complementing design elements to create a timeless aesthetic that does not rely on trends but rather, boasts endless appeal! 

Can Herringbone Tiles make a room look bigger?

Prior to laying your new tiles, it is crucial to settle on a particular tile layout and ensure your Tiler has been accurately informed of your design preferences; the right tile layouts can definitely enhance or accentuate your space’s dimensions! By laying chevron tiles with the triangular formation running horizontally across your wall, the eye is carried across the room, creating the illusion of additional width: this technique is especially handy for narrow spaces. In rooms where you would like to create the perception of a higher ceiling however, running your herringbone tiles vertically up the walls will direct the eye upwards, effectively making your ceilings appear higher. 

Mountains collection

A stunning representation of authentic concrete, the Mountains collection is a porcelain product that is suitable for both floors and walls. You will find a stylish array of colour options in comforting neutral tones to perfectly complement your interiors with a strong and durable floor finish.

How do you layout a herringbone tile floor?

It is always wise to communicate your preferences with your Tiler during the quoting process to ensure all elements of your project are included in their pricing and all parties are aware of the particulars of your project before starting. If you are considering using herringbone tiles, especially as a flooring solution, you will want to pay close attention to planning their layout. Herringbone floor tiles are most commonly laid with the point running along the longest wall of a space (as in the example above), while also ensuring the pattern begins in the mid-point of the room. This technique ensures a symmetrical and balanced finish with minimal cuts along the edges of the space. 

Herringbone tiles provide both a trending and timeless finish in the home, making for a popular choice in flooring as well as feature walls and splashbacks. There are many exciting and stylish options available to choose from including stunning concrete inspired pieces, natural marble varieties as well as luscious earthy toned terracotta tiles for a warm touch to your interiors. Our team at Perini Tiles can guide you through the process of creating the perfect look in your next project, selecting both floor and wall tiles as well as coordinating benchtops, cabinetry and paint colours for a cohesive palette.