Bramley Wood kitchen

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Herringbone

How to work the herringbone trend in your home

Find out how you can use a herringbone or chevron pattern on floors, walls and textiles  

Warm up a kitchen

Create a cosy look in your cookspace with a wooden herringbone floor - it works particularity well with this traditional Shaker-style kitchen. If you're worried that wood will get damp and damaged in the kitchen, don't despair - you can now create the look with porcelain floor tiles. Many tile manufacturers offer wood-effect tiles in a number of designs, including herringbone, so you can give your kitchen a parquet floor that's durable and easy to clean.

Add drama to the walls

For a striking look on your kitchen and bathroom walls, go for a black herringbone tile design like these. The mottled texture of tiles complements the natural surfaces elsewhere, such as the worktop, the plants and the terracotta bowl. It would work equally well with plain black tiles for a bold, modern feel. If you don't want to deck out the whole room, consider making a feature of one area by using a herringbone layout on a splashback.

Add drama to the walls

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Go large

A herringbone design doesn't always have to be created from narrow tiles. These large rectangular tiles are just as effective. The ceramic tiles resemble bleached floorboards, and have been laid in an interesting herringbone pattern that leads your eye along the room. You can create a herringbone design from any rectangular tiles or boards, but for a perfect finish it's best to get a professional to lay them.

Go Large

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Accessorise with fabric

It's easy to bring in a herringbone or chevron design without the extra cost and effort of laying a new floor, or re-tiling the walls. Instead hunt around for accessories that feature a herringbone or chevron design. There are many cushions, throws, and towels on the market with geometric designs, so you can use a zig-zag pattern to add texture to your sofas, beds and bathrooms. The chevron design on this throw and matching cushions adds a subtle layer of interest to the plain cotton and satin bedding.

Accessorise with fabric
 
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