Herringbone tile layouts

Herringbone tiling

One of the classic patterns for tile layouts is the herringbone pattern and although this had been viewed as quite traditional, it is becoming increasingly popular in homes with contemporary or modern approaches. At Tiles 2 Go, we recognise the simplicity and elegance of the classic herringbone layout, and this is our guide to how to make the most of the pattern in your own home.

All White or All Black

One of the most popular ways to use the herringbone pattern in contemporary homes is to match white rectangular subway tiles with white grout, or black rectangular subway tiles with black grout. This creates a clean block of monochrome colour with which any colour can be matched or paired with, be it bold and bright appliances or accessories, or a continuation of the monochrome approach to design.

Black and White Mix

Another contemporary and popular mix of colour is the use of a combination of black and white tiles to create this herringbone design layout. The black and white contrast creates a striking visual feature which can change the dynamic of the entire room. The monochrome contrast is perfect for modern kitchens and bathrooms that aim to make the most out of these two colours.


Using a herringbone pattern to create a splashback can be a really fun way to introduce pattern into your kitchen or bathroom. Set to a backdrop of a plain painted wall, the herringbone pattern could be used to contrast with the colours used throughout the room or to compliment. Either way the pattern itself can make a stunning feature, particularly if the edges are left exposed. Creating areas of visual interest is one aspect of tile design that really makes the difference in effective kitchens and bathrooms, and this is definitely one way to achieve this.

In summary

Herringbone tile layouts look very effective in monochrome or block colour, especially in modern or contemporary homes, and particularly when used as a visual feature. Why not take a look at our range of tiles today, and see how you can create a herringbone tile design that works for you?