Hello Herringbone

One of the flooring patterns that we gravitate to here at Catherine French Design is Herringbone. It’s not perfect for every space, but when you have an otherwise neutral palette and need to add additional visual texture, a Herringbone pattern can be a truly lovely and unexpected. Whether it’s in wood, tile, or brick, herringbone invites the eye to wander over the full surface, exploring every corner. It can often make the space seem larger as well.

Herringbone Wood Floors

Herringbone Entry Way

Herringbone wood floors have a great way of showing off the grain and texture of the wood.  The alternating diagonal edges and curvy grains truly make an elongated entry way pop. In the picture above your eye is drawn down the hall and over to the stairs all at the same time.  Using the herringbone pattern on the floor grounds this entryway space and adds visual interest down low, tricking the eye with taller white walls.  

Herringbone Wood Floor

Herringbone Tile Floors

There are so many options today with tile. Using an elongated faux wood tile with a dark grout can bring in the warm textural elements of a wood floor, but for a high traffic area or for rooms that are more exposed to the elements.  A long thin darker tile in a herringbone pattern can provide some much needed texture texture and contrast in a sterile white bathroom, and a contrasting grout color can really highlight the pattern as well.

Herringbone Living RoomHerringbone Bathroom

Herringbone Accent Walls

Want to create a visually interesting, high-impact accent wall? Consider a herringbone tile pattern in a favorite tile! Consider splurging on your favorite tile – whether it’s marble, slate, or a hand-glazed tile – on a wall can give your room an extra rich layer of color and texture.  A herringbone backsplash or accent wall is great in mudrooms, bathrooms, and kitchens.

Herringbone Accent WallHerringbone Backsplash

We love herringbone! Need some ideas on how to incorporate this lovely pattern in your home? Reach out to us at hello@catfrenchdesign.com. We’d love to help you with your space!  If you want to see even more inspiration?  We have additional tile inspiration posts here , here, and here.

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Catherine French Design is a team of interior design consultants based out of Chapel Hill, North Carolina. We have provided residential and commercial services in North Carolina and along the Eastern Seaboard.