Heavenly Herringbone: A Modern Take on a Timeless Pattern

Herringbone is an enduring pattern in home design that is versatile enough to work in varied décor schemes. It blends in seamlessly with everything from midcentury modern to art deco to classic. Even though Vogue refers to herringbone as “the more chaotic version of chevron,” we’ve been impressed time and time again with the ability of herringbone to blend in with neutrals and not draw undue attention to itself. We’re sharing a few examples of herringbone used effectively in the modern home:

Mirrored Herringbone

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Herringbone Mirror Coffee Table by West Elm

Since we most often see herringbone patterns in eye-catching wall stencils and multi-hued wood, we were pleasantly surprised to find herringbone in a mirrored coffee table and matching side tables. We think the mirrors do a great job reflecting the other colors and textures of this room and the herringbone adds subtle geometric flair to a modern, neutral space. This piece could easily fit it to any number of other color schemes.

Mixed-Stain Furniture

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Parquetry Buffet by West Elm

While the varied coloration of this herringbone console makes it a stand-out piece, it still fits solidly within a neutral color scheme, serving a practical purpose with plentiful storage space. We think it’s an ideal entryway piece and the perfect setting for an eclectic vignette. The piece would also work well within a modern art deco theme.

Handmade Dishes

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Ceramic Herringbone Patterned Canape/Dessert Plate by ebenotti on Etsy

Etsy provides an endless treasure trove of handmade home goods. These ceramic plates with hand-painted herringbone patterns that don’t quite stay within the lines exude character and charm. Each are made to order so no two sets will be exactly alike. Selections like this are perfect for homeowners who want pieces no one else has.

Poufs

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Herringbone Hair on Hide Ottoman by Craig Olsen Design

In previous blog posts, we’ve touched on the popularity of poufs, particularly within modern Moroccan home design. However, you can depart from traditional Moroccan poufs and go with a different take, such as herringbone. This hair-on-hide pouf sewn into a herringbone print can be used as an ottoman or as an alternative seating option in a living space. The color variation of ivory, light gray and mocha in the leather creates visual interest while remaining neutral and unassuming.

Herringbone Throws

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Herringbone Pashima and Silk Throw by Mela Artisans

If you are hesitant to incorporate larger herringbone pieces in your home, consider adding small splashes of herringbone here and there through throws and pashminas, small rugs, picture frames, or even bed sheets. The throws above add just the right touch of herringbone to break up an otherwise solid décor scheme.

(Photos via WestElm.com; WestElm.com; Etsy.com; CraigOlsenDesign.com and Wayfair.com)

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