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How to Add a Herringbone Tile Pattern to Your Design

If you're looking for the perfect tile pattern, consider going with the sophisticated look of herringbone. This familiar zigzag pattern, which is often used in home design and textiles, was actually named after a noted similarity to the herring's skeletal structure.

Similar to chevron, herringbone tiles are arranged on an angle. But while chevron maintains a continuous up-and-down flow, the edges in a herringbone pattern are staggered. Herringbone tile patterns provide an alternative to typical flooring and backsplash designs. Here are some tips on how to use this unique pattern to create a design that's an attention-grabbing focal point.

Elevate the Look of Your Backsplash

In the kitchen, a backsplash is used for both wall protection and to enhance your decor. If you prefer a more clean, streamlined look, you can modernize your backsplash with a herringbone tile pattern. For instance, a subway tile backsplash looks great when it's applied in a herringbone design. By taking this basic, familiar tile and tilting its angle on the wall, you'll end up with an updated version of a classic design. For an even more dramatic look, consider using a contrasting grout color to enhance the pattern and provide added dimension.

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Make Your Floor Pop

Though the herringbone pattern has been around since the Roman Empire, it still maintains a high level of aesthetic appeal. You may have seen pictures of older, estate homes featuring parquet floors laid in a herringbone pattern. If this rustic look appeals to you, wood-look tiles can be used in kitchens and bathrooms to add modern practicality. When selecting flooring, choose a distressed wood-look tile, such as Historic Bridge, for an authentic, aged wood appearance. Or you can select a more modern, darker wood and arrange the tiles in a herringbone pattern for a polished, yet dramatic look.

Enhance the Elegance of High-End Design

A stone-look tile also looks great in a herringbone pattern. Subtle color variations emulating the swirling grays and whites of marble will beautify your backsplash. In a kitchen that has a monochromatic design scheme, these tiles can be incorporated for added dimension. The less common herringbone pattern catches the eye and adds something new and unexpected to your walls or floors.

Intricate herringbone tile patterns add a hint of complexity and style to your kitchen and bath designs. If you like to think outside the box when it comes to designing tile patterns, consider the classic elegance that this pattern provides. Visit an American Olean showroom today to view the latest tile options.