Any rectangular tile can be laid in a herringbone pattern and guess what? The herringbone pattern is just as easy to lay as any other pattern, it is just more time consuming. However the end result is definitely worth the patience and time as the pattern can make any ordinary subway tile or wood plan style tile look completely different.
Whether your tiling an entire floor, feature wall, kitchen splashback or a small niche, Nerang Tiles has revealed the top five questions we get asked about the herringbone tile pattern.
Where should I start the herringbone pattern?
It really depends on the look you are after. If you would like your tiled area to be symmetrical, which is often the most aesthetic look, then you will need to locate the centre of the tiling area and begin from there. This will ensure that your herringbone patter will look the same on either end of a wall or square floor space.
However if you would like to make sure that you have no cut tiles at one of the edges of your floor or wall, then you should start from that side. This method will not reduce the number of tiles that you will have to cut to complete a herringbone pattern, but it will give you control over the sides of the floor or wall tiled space that will be cut.
Which way should the pattern run?
When tiling a herringbone pattern, standard rule of thumb is that each rectangular tile is laid at 90 degree to the tile next to it, creating what the experts refer to as a “fish bone” pattern that also resembles a set of arrows or triangles.
What grout should I use to complete the herringbone pattern?
This is completely up to your personal taste and the design that you are after. Most often, a colour grout that blends in with the colour of the tiles is chosen. However you can create a very distinctive herringbone pattern by choosing a contrasting grout colour that will frame your tile pattern.
Which tiles need to be cut in a herringbone pattern?
This depends on the area that you are tiling. We recommend that you lay your tiles without adhesive (glue or hot wax) before laying or cutting the tiles. This way you can see which tiles need to be cut to fit into the space. Once you have identified which tiles need to be cut you can then mark them up with a marker and cut away. All cuts should be done at 45 degrees.
Is there a cheaper or easier way to lay a herringbone pattern?
Yes there is. If you are not prepared to spend the time to lay the herringbone pattern yourself, or the price quotes for laying the pattern is too high, why not try a mosaic sheet that already comes in a herringbone pattern?