Herringbone Tiles

Herringbone tiles are becoming an increasingly popular trend for both floors and walls, and with their striking pattern, it's easy to see why.

Herringbone gets its name from the way in which the pattern resembles the skeleton of a fish. This traditional pattern can be traced right back to both Ancient Rome and Ancient Egypt, but the herringbone pattern became popular across modern Europe when it was used by the French King, Francois the First, who commissioned this design from Italian craftsmen for his Fontainebleau Castle in Paris. The herringbone is now seen as a classic European pattern that is always cut as a perfect rectangle and then assembled on a right angle to create the characteristic V shape.


While the herringbone pattern can be used for anything from parquet floors to cloth, it's become a very stylish design feature for ceramic tiling for both floors and walls, and can create a very striking effect, especially when more than one colour of tile or grout is used. If you'd like to see some of the designs and features that can be created with herringbone tiles, Melbourne based tiling experts, Yeomans Bagno & Ceramiche have plenty on display.

The herringbone pattern is extremely popular with people who are trying to create a vintage feel in their home, and it works perfectly for creating stylish splashbacks in the kitchen, or for creating feature tiling in bathrooms, wetrooms and shower rooms. This design is also a great choice if you want to add a feature strip or a feature wall, or for creating a really attention grabbing fireplace or fire surround.

While putting up wall tiles in a herringbone pattern may sound as though it's complicated, after all, there are all those right angles to contend with, in practicality it's not that much different to laying them in any other pattern. However, you will have to decide whether you want the pattern to run across the wall or vertically from the floor upwards.

Plus, in order for the pattern to be symmetrical, you'll need to start tiling at the centre of your area. Using a different coloured grout can also help to accentuate the already distinctive pattern, although for a traditional look it's best to stick to a grout that matches the colour of the tile.

Of course, if all this sounds like hard work, you could always opt for a herringbone mosaic sheet, which are really easy to lay. These give you the effect of the herringbone pattern without having to go to the effort of laying each individual tile. They'll also save you time and money, so are a really convenient and cost effective way to get a herringbone tiled effect for your home.

If you'd like to see our selection of Melbourne herringbone tiles, simply drop into our tile showroom in Eltham, where you'll find not just herringbone tiles, but all kinds of tiles such as the best Bathroom Tiles Melbourne has to offer as well as a huge collection of Outdoor Tiles Melbourne houses need. 

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