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Herringbone tiles for an original wall

Destini Fry
Herringbone tiles for an original wall

Until now, the method of laying boards or tiles in the so-called herringbone pattern was rather seen on the floors, but the designers like to surprise us. How will a typical layout look like on… a wall? Is it really a good idea? This time we will take a closer look at this idea.

Herringbone pattern

Herringbone, or rectangular tiles cut diagonally on the shorter side. Some people associate them mainly with parquet floor layouts (herringbone was still laid mainly there some time ago), but this time they are more and more often used as a wall decoration or as an alternative to traditional forms of tiles on the wall

Until recently we saw tiles mainly in bathrooms, possibly in kitchens, today many designers would like to add them to living room decor (e.g. around the fireplace). What does it look like?

Where and how?

Herringbone tiles will adapt to any interior. We already know that they can look perfect on the floor, but also on the walls. Extremely interesting is a wide range of tiles – in various colors and shades, imitating wood, marble or other. Placed on the floor can optically correct uneven angles of the walls, on the vertical surface – enlarge the space.

How about in the kitchen?

Herringbone tiles in the kitchen? This is not the first time. They fit perfectly on the wall just above the kitchen countertop. Ceramic adds charm to the kitchen and is extremely practical when something unwanted drips here and there.

Different colors and textures of tiles will find their way into this room, such as imitating stove tiles. Subdued arrangements are also a good combination, e.g. for a white kitchen with a wooden countertop, an accent in the form of tiles imitating wood. The light texture will further brighten up the kitchen, which is especially useful in smaller spaces.

In the bathroom

Tiles on the floor – tiles on the wall. Why not? This patent is especially good for small bathrooms, as herringbone tiles will optically enlarge it and will go well with different textures, such as marble or wood. You can cover the whole room with tiles, or just its fragment, e.g. the place above the sink as an original decoration.

Three herringbone patterns

Tiles can be laid in several ways. The most popular method is the classic variant using rectangular tiles, which is also a fairly easy solution. However, this is not the only option, as the tiles will look interesting in French or Hungarian layout. What is the difference between them?

Classic or French?

In the classic model, rectangular-shaped boards or tiles are connected together at a 90° angle, the shorter side to the longer one, so that together they form a zigzag pattern

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Chevron variant, increasingly popular, represents the French way, especially for retro-style interiors. Here the tiles (or boards) have the shape of a parallelogram. Shorter sides are cut at an angle of 45° and meet on one axis, so the whole resembles an arrowhead.

How about the Hungarian?

With the Hungarian pattern the main principle is similar to the French herringbone. Again, we are dealing with parallelogram-shaped tiles, but the shorter sides are cut at a 60° angle, which gives a less sharp shape. This type is more often chosen for finishing the surfaces of smaller rooms. Tiles in French or Hungarian herringbone pattern are an interesting alternative to the classic layout.

Tradition and modernity

An original solution, tradition in a new version, pleasing the eye with frivolity in the choice of textures and colors. Herringbone tiles can also be perfectly presented on the wall, so it is no wonder that more and more designers reach for this solution in their original concepts. You can cover the whole wall or just its fragment, giving the whole room a special character. Herringbone tiles are gaining new fans.

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