Herringbone – A Timeless Pattern

From ancient Rome to modern homes, herringbone can be seen in fabrics, textiles, flooring and wall tile. A herringbone pattern is an arrangement of rectangles or parallelograms set on an angle; it’s named such because it is reminiscent to the bones of a fish. While this pattern is more commonly used in Craftsmen styles, it can add interest and movement without confusing a space when done with certain design ques. Herringbone can be emphasized by using contrasting tile colors to create different effects.


Below are some samples of our projects with the same color tile.  When you select just one color tile, this pattern can be very subtle when installed, as you can see from one of our bathroom renovations in Holliston, MA. Here the pattern works with the large format tile paired with a more modern stacked wall tile. If you want a bit more pop, contrast the tile with a lighter grout like in the slate tiled foyer.


Matching Grout


Contrasting Grout


If you are intrigued by the look but do not want the full pattern, don’t worry herringbone can be a great accent. Here is a simple back-splash inlay above a range in a Wellesley home renovation. The creamy white tile uses the hand-made texture to showcase the pattern change.

CAD Detail

CAD Detail

Finished kitchen

Finished kitchen

If you are not a big fan of herringbone, no worries… there are hundreds of ways to blend color, texture and structure to form the perfect place for you to call home.

What’s Trending in Bathroom Tile

What do subway, glass and large formats have in common?  They are the latest trends in tile that have made their way into almost every bathroom we have recently designed.

Glass subway tile with glass and stone accents

Glass subway tile with glass and stone accents

  • The classic look and reasonable price point typically make subway tile a contenderfor many bathroom remodels.
  • Classic tiles accented with a glass border or focal point can easily be adapted to fit a variety of design styles.
  • Large format tiles are great for achieving a clean, sleek look with minimal grout lines.  The variety of colors, sizes, and textures available is sure to appeal to all.

Whatever the trend, our design team is always ready to deliver the look and functionality that’s ideally suited to our client’s needs. Stop by our showroom to learn more.

Great Looks and Low Maintenance with Unique Tile Design

tileKitchen islands provide so many benefits in the kitchen: from food prep to dropping the groceries after shopping. One of the most enjoyable uses is that of a gathering place around the host (or around Mom & Dad, as is the daily routine at our home). The guests and children sit on stools that have varying degrees of “foot rest” and for the younger socialites this means having a drum on which to kick and pitter-patter against the back of the island. Utilizing interesting tile design in this location offers a great defense against scuff marks. While this may not work in every design, it is definitely worth considering when designing your dream kitchen.