How to use herringbone in your kitchen

With the Cheshire weather unable to throw any sunshine into a room in the last few weeks, we’ve been looking at a few different things that can make your kitchen stand out and come to life. One of those very design trends is the use of the herringbone patterns across the home.

Herringbone is not anything particularly new but, with home owners trying to do different things and open up spaces whilst adding variety and texture to a new or old room, it has become popular in recent years. Let’s take a look at a few ideas that can bring herringbone style, to life.


Whilst having a granite and quartz splashback is high on the list for new kitchen installations, there are alternatives and herringbone patterns are a great choice for those looking to inject something different into the room.

There are lots of examples across the internet and on social sites like Pinterest and Instagram. The key is to get the right sized tile for your space and to work the area you have with possibly even only going has high as 300mm from your worktop and painting a contrasting colour for the remaining space between floor and wall units.

You can however, as many do, go straight from worktop to underneath the wall units and cover the whole splashback area to great effect.


As we saw the other day with our blog post on kitchen trends, the herringbone pattern is a great addition to wooden, and wooden effect flooring.

Wooden tiles have become extremely popular in recent years proving to be easy to clean, easy to maintain and certainly more durable than previous incarnations which would scratch even if you were to look at them funny! Introducing the herringbone style adds a depth that running straight lines may sometimes lack but it also looks great in either a small or large space which makes choosing this pattern a definite contender for those looking to do something different and interesting.

On island units & under counters

One of the big additions to the pattern has been the use in another recent design trend that we can’t escape, the island unit. For those who have a seating area in their island unit, the herringbone tile pattern has been utilised by many interior & kitchen designers to accentuate the space by adding to underneath the unit and pulling out the same pattern on splashbacks.


Finally, it goes without saying that colours have become a big thing in herringbone pattern design, especially in the kitchen and bathroom. Tiles will either be a natural porcelain white – or the common colour – or something brighter and stands out from the crowd.

It goes without saying that this kind of pattern lends itself easily to polished blues, greys and greens as well perfectly complimenting a simple colour and style. What you’re looking for in deploying the herringbone is contrast, so consider also this aspect when you’re selecting your style.

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