On-trend herringbone style tiling tips
When it comes to tiling there’s quite a lot to consider. Firstly, you need to pick a tile colour and pattern that will complement any existing aesthetics. Secondly, it’s important to think about grout. Do you want your grout to be matching, neutral or contrasting? And thirdly, you must decide how you want your tiles to be laid. There are many different tiling styles, from linear brick and diamond to basket weave, with the herringbone pattern also being a timeless design.
When tiling a herringbone pattern, the standard rule of thumb is that each rectangular tile is laid at a 90-degree angle to the tile next to it, creating a ‘fishbone’ pattern that also looks like a set of arrows or triangles. There are several variations of the herringbone pattern too, so you’re sure to find something to match your home aesthetic. Read on below for our top herringbone style tips.
One of the most popular tiling patterns is the horizontal herringbone. Designed to create a great sense of space, even in the smallest of rooms, this pattern is probably the easiest to achieve.
Simply lay your tiles so they create a ‘V’ shape pointing upwards. This moves the eye up and down and adds interest to a room. Keep in mind that Herringbone merits extra attention largely because it is an unforgiving pattern. It’s always worth doing a dry lay before applying any adhesive. Click here if you need any help with setting out your floor or wall tiles.
If you want to shy away from the classic horizontal herringbone but still want to make use of this particular pattern, then try the vertical or ‘stacked’ design.
With this, you simply turn the shape 45 degrees on its side to draw the eye left or right following the pattern. The tiles are laid end-to-end, rather than with a proportional overlap, and end up resembling a chevron pattern.
Double & triple herringbone
There’s plenty of scope for creativity when laying a herringbone pattern. For example, instead of using one tile to create half of the necessary v-shape and another to complete the look, you can use two tiles on each side to create a more intricate design. This is known as a double herringbone. If you’re feeling particularly adventurous, you can do exactly the same thing but in blocks of three instead for the triple herringbone.
The block herringbone – sometimes referred to as a block basket weave – uses a ratio of four by four blocks laid together to form a square. These squares are then laid in alternating directions, either horizontally or vertically, to create a really beautiful and interesting pattern. This particular pattern suits anyone who would prefer a more ‘blocky’ tiling effect rather than arrows.
Large format herringbone
The herringbone pattern can be created using any kind of rectangular tile. While classic Metro tiles or rectangular wood-effect tiles are always a popular choice, you can also use large format tiles. You won’t need as many tiles to cover a specific area but can still enjoy the same zig-zag pattern across your room.
What better way to spice up the appearance of your kitchen than with a herringbone backsplash? Choose the style of herringbone you prefer the most and create an easy-to-clean area behind your sink or cooker.
The size of tile you choose and whether you lay a vertical or horizontal pattern will certainly depend on how much space you have to play around with.
On-trend tiles for herringbone patterns
The herringbone pattern adds instant interest to any room thanks to its unique shape. But it’s not enough to just lay an interesting tile design. As a DIYer, it’s really important to think about trendy tile colours, patterns and grouts that can really make your interior stand out. Here are some herringbone design ideas for inspiration.
Dark tiles with light grout
If you really want your herringbone pattern to pop, even from a distance, then think about laying dark tiles with light grout. The light grout will draw attention to each and every grout line making the shape of your herringbone pattern highly distinctive. There are many light grout shades to choose from at Tile Warehouse including white, cream and light grey. This allows you to find the perfect match for your tile.
Neutral colour tiles
Neutral-coloured tiles are perfect for modern and minimalist spaces. They look great in kitchens, living rooms and hallways and work well with bold splashes of colour such as bright soft furnishings or wooden fittings.
With neutral tiles, you can either use a matching grout to create a subtle but effective finish for your herringbone pattern or you can make them pop with coloured grout. Neutral tiles with beige or brown grout are perfect for creating a rustic herringbone look.
Classic white tiles
There’s something beautiful about a classic white tile, especially when laid out into a herringbone pattern. White tiles look clean, fresh and modern and can help even the smallest of rooms look wider and more spacious.
White tiles can be laid with a fresh white grout or again, you might want to highlight your chosen pattern with a darker grout shade. Think about using black grout for a feature wall, as the monochrome look will stand out.
Whether you’re creating a feature wall, a cosy little nook or want to bring your floors to life, bold-coloured tiles can do the job perfectly. From vibrant colours to unique patterns, you can find something that suits your personality and taste.
Remember, you don’t always have to opt for the same colour of tile across your design. It’s perfectly OK to throw in a couple of different colours to add even more interest to your herringbone style in your home.
Will herringbone go out of style?
A lot of people ask this question. Herringbone is a timeless style that’s only gaining in popularity. It’ll look good for many years to come and won’t go out of fashion anytime soon. In fact, beautiful herringbone tiles can increase the value of your property as it shows you’ve thought carefully about the aesthetics of your home which is an attractive quality for potential buyers. The herringbone adds an exceptional finish to any floor or wall and can be used widely throughout your property.
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