TREND ALERT: Herringbone everything!

The Enduring Popularity of the Herringbone Pattern 

The herringbone pattern is not new. With origins dating back to the Roman Empire where it was used in road paving systems, and in the textiles and jewelry of ancient Egyptian elite, the herringbone pattern is a timeless classic and anything but a fad. (Did you know this classic pattern gets its name due to the angular design that resembles the shape and bone structure of a herring fish??) 

Take a peek at these shots of past Iron River Surfaces projects and remember, there are a few key things to note when using a herringbone pattern in your surface designs: 

However, we also frequently get asked if we think the pattern will become dated quickly as it IS so popular. We get it! Homeowners are investing a great deal of time and money into their new homes and renovations and want to know that their investments will have longevity and hold their value. And our honest answer is NO – it will not date a space. The herringbone pattern is timeless and when used correctly, it will add a custom element to any home and will stand the test of time! 

 ● There is an upgraded cost on tile and hardwood/vinyl herringbone applications as it requires more waste with the pattern cuts.  AND as it is much more intricate and time consuming work, the installation cost is generally higher as well. 

● You can be as bold or as subtle as you’d like when using a herringbone pattern!  Using a contrasting grout highlights the pattern, a matching grout allows the pattern to be more subtle.  And when working with hardwood – incorporating 2 or 3 varying tones or contrasting colors like black and white can create a striking pattern whereas a muted natural white oak adds interest and pattern to spaces while still maintaining a classic and neutral appearance. 

● Whether longer planks, or shorter 3x6 tiles, and anything in between, any consistent rectangular shape can be installed in a herringbone pattern as long as the room dimensions allow for it. 

So go ahead and introduce a little herringbone pattern in your home, and our advice – use sparingly for maximum impact!  As with so many things in life – a little goes a long way!

One of the most common requests we receive is for the beautiful and classic herringbone pattern! Whether utilized in hardwood, luxury vinyl plank, a tile mosaic backsplash, a brick mudroom floor, patterned stair runners, or a fun cement inlay (and everything in between!) the herringbone pattern continues to be a staple in surface design. 


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