21 herringbone home decor ideas

I’m in love with herringbone.  After I stenciled my herringbone bookcase, I wanted to find out exactly where the pattern came from.  I’m obsessed with it right now.  I read via yahoo that a herringbone pattern takes rectangular shapes and sets them in at 45 degree angles to one another to form zig zags.  It originates from the bones of the herring fish, whose ribs form a very regular set of parallel diagonals to the backbone.  So it looks like this:

(head) ////////////////// (tail)
(head) \\\\\\\\\ (tail)

Interesting, right?? It can be used to create a modern look which I typically shy away from.  I love when it’s used with a distressed and worn feel, adore!  Whether you love modern or vintage, herringbone is a pattern that is timeless and classic.  I have a feeling it’ll be around for a long time.  Here are 21 herringbone home decor ideas, loving them all.

Super cute herringbone home decor ideas! #herringbone #homedecor

Painted Herringbone Tray |Fine and Feathered

Herringbone Tray |Style Me Pretty

diy herringbone tray

Herringbone Stamp |A Beautiful Mess

Herringbone 3

Sewn Herringbone Pillows |Biscuits + Jam

Chevron Pillow Covers

Herringbone Stenciled Pillow |The Nester

diy projects

Herringbone Duvet |Urban Outfitters

Herringbone Bookcase |Lolly Jane

Paint a bookcase a herringbone stencil, use mason jars, crates and suitcases for storage!

Herringbone Nook |Balancing Home

Closet to Reading Nook- herringbone stencil & gutter bookshelves #biggirlroom

Herringbone Wall |DIY Showoff

herringbone accent wall

Herringbone Rug |Urban Outfitters

Herringbone Ceiling |Vintage Revivals


Herringbone Toy Box |j Rox Designs via Craftaholics Anonymous

herringbone toy box

Herringbone Tabletop |Twin Dragonfly Designs

Paint Stick Herringbone Pattern Tabletop |Thistlewood Farms via Infarrantly Creative

Herringbone Paint Stick Table

Herringbone Painted Table |Remodeled Life

Herringbone Dresser |The Golden Sycamore

Yellow Herringbone Dresser |A Little Glass Box

Herringbone Floor |Design Sponge

Herringbone Tile Floor |Decor8 via Tile Tramp

Herringbone Backsplash |This Old House

Nicolussi kitchen backsplash, mantel and corbel

Free Herringbone Patterns |verve & sass

So there you have it!  Herringbone for everything in your house!  Follow along on Pinterest for all our pinning trends.  Watch for our St Patrick’s and Easter decor too!  We love spring and are hoping it warms up here in AZ soon!  Lots of spring decor we’re working on!

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  1. Totally cute! I’ve never really noticed this pattern on anything but skirts before but now I’m totally in love!

  2. I love the variety of ideas you shared…made me love herringbone even more. I totally want a herringbone ceiling now.

  3. Love herringbone!! It is so versitle!! It can make something look cute, modern, sophisticated, romatic, etc… Great ideas! Thanks!!

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