At Home with Herringbone Patterns

This eye-catching design is having a moment

Its familiar broken zigzag is something you’ve probably seen before in a tweed suit or jacket, calling to mind the likes of Sherlock Holmes and Chanel. From fashion to home design, this elegant pattern—expressed in a range of materials—makes a big impact. Below, eight homeowners make herringbone their own.


A peek of oak herringbone underneath old carpeting inspired Kasey to restore the original floors in his prewar apartment. During his renovation, he discovered that the floors were in near perfect condition. A light touch-up was all that was needed to return them to their former glory.


Nazli and Larry splurged on herringbone walnut floors in the kitchen and downstairs parlor, which quickly became one of their favorite features in the townhouse. The pattern, combined with the warmth of the stain, adds plenty of interest and texture.

Looking for something more durable than wood, Allison and Jovito chose a porcelain tile with imitation grain to give the appearance of polished white oak. Their contractor laid the tile in a herringbone pattern to punch up the muted tones of the kitchen.

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Wanting some “wow” in the kitchen, Alicia and Ed decided that subway tile was firmly off limits. Instead, the couple chose cream-colored marble laid in a herringbone pattern for a touch of warmth.

To inject some color into his all-white kitchen, Gall chose a gold-toned herringbone backsplash comprised of glass and marble tile. The combination of different materials and colors provides a refreshing update on a classic design.


Inspired by the clean, elegant look of hotel bathrooms, Lauren and Ross covered every inch of their master bath in marble. For the floor, they chose a white herringbone tile and paired it with fine lines of gray grout for some subtle contrast.


Ana and Leo amped up the drama in their modern guest bathroom with herringbone mosaic tile in shades of gray. The addition is the perfect complement to the minimal design.


With an all-white theme in mind, Cecilia and Jonathan wanted to keep things bright and shiny in their full bath. A slight deviation from the plan inspired an accent wall of veined marble subway tile laid in a herringbone pattern.

Step out of the ordinary and add some color to your kitchen.

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