Spotted in the Kitchen: A Fascinating & Fresh Take on Herringbone Tile

updated May 3, 2019
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Like many of you, I am obsessed with visual apps like Instagram and Pinterest, and happily scroll through hundreds of images in a sitting. When I see something interesting or new, I regularly take a screen grab and make a mental note to share it with you readers. My brain sieve is what it is, so my intentions are often better than my follow through. This isn’t one of those times. This kitchen is so great and freshly inspirational, and it’s hot off the digital presses.

I love this kitchen for so many reasons, but the tile is the biggest reason of all, and here’s why:

a) Herringbone tile is already pretty amazing, and resurfaces again and again in beautiful kitchens, for good reason. It’s an historic pattern that manages to look modern and classic at the same time. A vast majority of the time it’s white, which adds subtle texture without overwhelming the space. And that’s great. But here the black border gives the illusion of architectural features, and really finishes off the space. The extra bit of intrigue is unique and unexpected.

Jennifer Gamble of gamble +DESIGN explains that the pattern was chosen to channel both Moroccan motifs and 1920s Paris — two of the homeowner’s favorite inspirations.

b) This is an accessible addition to any renovation, that most remodeling humans can pull off in their own homes. Whether you are DIYing or hiring out, simply swap out some of the white tile for black, creating the simple but show-stopping pattern at the top of the wall.

c) Once your eyes leave the tile itself, you start to notice all the other great things about the kitchen, like those teal cabinets, the black sconces, dark floor, and THOSE WINDOWS.

This kitchen is a win-win-win. Click over to Design*Sponge to see more images of this incredible home, designed by gamble +DESIGN.