Old Pattern, New Tricks: The Classic Pattern That's Having A Moment Right Now

Old Pattern, New Tricks: The Classic Pattern That's Having A Moment Right Now

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Nancy Mitchell
Feb 22, 2017
(Image credit: Gisbert Poeppler)

The zigzag pattern known as herringbone has been around for a long time, but right now it's enjoying a moment of particular popularity. The pattern, whether rendered with wood or tile, is a great way to add a little movement, and a little touch of the unexpected, to any space. Below are examples of beautiful rooms showcasing the pattern in classic, as well as modern, applications.

(Image credit: Gisbert Poeppler)

Above and up top: Gorgeous herringbone wood floors grace a home designed by Gisbert Poeppler.

(Image credit: Gabbe)

This tile (spotted in a kitchen from Gabbe) is gorgeous on its own, but arranging it in a herringbone pattern makes it especially striking.

(Image credit: Bo Bedre)

More herringbone wood floors, this time in a Danish home from Bo Bedre. The varying wood shades really brings the pattern to life.

(Image credit: T Magazine)
(Image credit: T Magazine)

The brightly colored tiles that form the floor of this Moroccan home from T Magazine are laid in a true herringbone pattern...and absolutely drool-worthy.

(Image credit: Desire to Inspire)

A dark herringbone wood floor lends a deep richness to this dining room spotted on Desire to Inspire.

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A herringbone tile backsplash adds a dynamic touch to a kitchen from Adore Home, via The Stylist Splash. These aren't technically subway tiles—if you look closer, you'll notice that they're a bit longer than a typical subway tile, whose length is twice its width—but herringbone can be an appealing pattern for subway tiles, as well.

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The design motif is equally lovely in these teeny tiny mosaic tiles, which cascade down the backsplash of a kitchen by Jute Home.

(Image credit: Pelle)

A herringbone wood floor in a kitchen from Pelle. The border that surrounds the base of the cabinets is a nice detail.

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This intriguing floor treatment from Kalb Lempereur mixes both tiles and wood.

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An accent wall of dark herringbone tiles adds a little excitement to a minimalist bathroom by Dyer Grimes Architects, via Home Adore.

(Image credit: Made a Mano)

In this bathroom by tile company Made a Mano, boldly colored tiles, laid in a herringbone pattern, add a lot of excitement.

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In this bathroom by Sarah Sherman Samuel of Stories, the emphasis is more on texture than on color. The herringbone pattern plays up the subtle texture of the tiles, resulting in a space that's calming and minimal but anything but boring.

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A chunky herringbone wood pattern on the wall, rather than the floor, adds a touch of the unexpected to this home seen on Design*Sponge.

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