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.
Above and up top: Gorgeous herringbone wood floors grace a home designed by Gisbert Poeppler.
This tile (spotted in a kitchen from Gabbe) is gorgeous on its own, but arranging it in a herringbone pattern makes it especially striking.
More herringbone wood floors, this time in a Danish home from Bo Bedre. The varying wood shades really brings the pattern to life.
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.
A dark herringbone wood floor lends a deep richness to this dining room spotted on Desire to Inspire.
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.
The design motif is equally lovely in these teeny tiny mosaic tiles, which cascade down the backsplash of a kitchen by Jute Home.
A herringbone wood floor in a kitchen from Pelle. The border that surrounds the base of the cabinets is a nice detail.
This intriguing floor treatment from Kalb Lempereur mixes both tiles and wood.
In this bathroom by tile company Made a Mano, boldly colored tiles, laid in a herringbone pattern, add a lot of excitement.
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.
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.