Bad to the Bone

Herringbone, that is.

I love incorporating a good herringbone pattern in my designs. Tile, barnwood, décor/accents… I’ll take it all. And in honor of Halloween, I am offering you a guided tour of these herringbone designs and how you can add in a little zig-zag of your own without breaking the bank.


Last year, this bachelor pad was in serious need of a little TLC. (And I don’t mean tequila/liquor/cognac.) Nestled on the wooded riverbank, this was the perfect project to bring in some rustic barnwood in a herringbone pattern with stacked stone below. Masculine and inviting at the same time.

If you want to add the same flair without the cost, try a 3 piece barnwood chevron set like the one below to hang on the wall. Click the pic for info.


Scheffy Construction is a Baton Rouge builder who is giving me serious design envy with this insanely cool herringbone ceiling. Ceiling designs like this are hard to install… just think about it. Measuring, nailing and lining everything up perfectly while upside down… That’s part of the allure (and expense, of course).

If you can’t swing this in your own living room, try a herringbone light. These Regina Andrew herringbone sconces are drool-worthy. I would put these on either side of the bed and use instead of table lamps. They draw the eye up with the vertical oriented pattern, same effect as the ceiling above.

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Last stop on our tour today is TILE. There are so many possibilities with tile (floor, kitchen backsplash, shower accent, oh my…). On this particular recent project, my client wanted to use wood-look tile in her mudroom, and we decided to get creative with a herringbone pattern. It was intended to play a supporting role to her built ins, but it is easily the highlight of the space.

If you aren’t into renovating your tile at home, try a rug or runner. Easy, peasy.

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What ways have you seen a creative herringbone pattern used? I’d love to hear from you.

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