Laying tiles in a herringbone pattern isn't much more difficult than laying them in any other pattern, so for the careful do-it-yourself it's actually pretty easy. With a little extra experimentation with your layout and cutting any tiles that need cutting, it’ll take a slightly longer than a simpler pattern. But we're sure you'll agree that the end results are well worth the extra time though!
Whether it's for a floor, a kitchen splashback, feature strip, or a whole feature wall; here are our five top questions to ask yourself before laying herringbone tiles.
Which way will your herringbone pattern run?
In a herringbone tile pattern, all tiles are laid at a 45 degree angle on your wall or floor, but each rectangular tile is laid at 90 degrees to the one next to it, creating a "fish bone" pattern that also resembles a set of arrows or triangles.
If you’re tiling a wall, the first thing to decide is whether your pattern will run across the wall, or up and down it. If you’re tiling a floor, think about the direction of the room you want to highlight. Do you want to accentuate the length or width of your space?
Where is the pattern going to start?
If you want your tiles to be nice and symmetrical, find the centre of your space and start there. If you'd rather start with a full tile at one of the edges, then your pattern will start at the top, bottom or either side of the space. While this may not reduce the number of tiles you have to cut, it will give you more control over where you cut them.
So which tiles do I need to cut?
Start by "dry laying" your tiles (laying them without sticking them down with adhesive) to see which tiles need to be cut and where. Mark the tiles with a grease pencil where they need to be cut.
Most good tile cutters will let you set the angle you want to cut the tiles - for a herringbone tile pattern all the cuts will be at 45 degrees.
What about grout?
You can really accentuate the distinctive herringbone tile pattern by choosing a tile grout colour that contrasts with the tiles. For example, you might use a charcoal grout to go with white subway tiles, white grout with dark timber-look herringbone floor tiles - or you could even add a pop of colour with a brightly coloured grout. For a more traditional look, choose a grout that matches the tile colour.
Is there a really easy way to get the herringbone tile look?
If you love the herringbone look, but you aren't quite ready to start cutting and laying tiles at 45 degrees, we also have some great herringbone mosaic sheets in range of styles from marble tiles to concrete-look that are really easy to lay - perfect forDIY tiling!
Once you're completely happy with your layout, and you've cut your tiles, laying them in a herringbone pattern is just as easy as any other pattern. Check out our DIY Guide on how to tile a bathroom to find out how. If you’re laying floor tiles in a herringbone pattern, rather than on a wall, it’s even easier!