Trends From The Tour – herringbone, hexagons (and terracotta)

Beautiful kitchen with white cabinets, gray herringbone backsplash, gray shiplap island,  pendant lights

Homes by Tradition LLC – Photo: PK/Schneidermans

As I mentioned in this post about adding character to your space, I was able to tour some of the homes that were open in March for the Spring Parade of Homes.

There is always much to look at, and because I’m only able to snap quick snippets of the inspiration that I see, I try to narrow it down to design trends or common elements of inspiration for a post or two.

Which is how we ended up in the land of herringbone, hexagons, and terracotta.  And you’re sure to find some other inspiring ideas in these rooms as well!


The herringbone pattern was predicted to be a popular choice for tile this year and, if what I saw in just these few homes was any indication, they’re right.

Not to be confused with chevron, although it often is, the herringbone pattern is a broken zig zag design with the straight end of one piece butted up against the side of another.  The chevron pattern is created with angled pieces joined end-to-end.

Image via Pro Trade Craft

I almost went cross-eyed trying to tell, but I think this carpet stair runner (as well as the backsplash in the beautiful kitchen in image 1) is actually a chevron pattern.

Light natural wood steps with chevron runner which could be mistaken for herringbone. White railing. Sliding barn door to the upstairs laundry room.

Traditions by Donnay Homes Inc. – Photo: PK/Schneiderman’s

This particular home had a traditional bent, and was a great example of using repetition of pattern to create flow from room to room.  There was a chevron pattern on the stair runner, herringbone natural hardwoods on the first floor,

light natural wood floor in a herringbone pattern. This pattern is repeated throughout this beautiful model home.

a fun and colorful herringbone pattern play on the bathroom floor,

Fun color play in this herringbone tile floor.

and warm terracotta brick flooring in a herringbone pattern in the lower level kitchen area.


And, speaking of terracotta, did you know that it’s making a comeback?  Not the high gloss glazed tiles of the 80’s, but a softer matte finish.

Not one of the trends I’ve fully embraced yet, but the terracotta color in this brick does add a welcoming warmth and unique design element to this space.

Trends - warm terracota tiles in a herringbone pattern - lower level kitchen with charcoal cabinets and open shelving.

Traditions by Donnay Homes Inc. – Photo: PK/Schneiderman’s

Back to herringbone.

I also noticed that many of the homes I visited opted for larger tiles in at least one room.  The bathroom below proves that this idea can even work well in smaller spaces.

Trends - large scale tile in a herringbone pattern.. looks great in a small jack and jill bathroom

Robert Thomas Homes Inc. – Photo: PK/Schneiderman’s

This next pic didn’t turn out the greatest, but it’s a great looking mudroom and I wanted you to see it.

Shiplap and herringbone – a winning combination!

incorporating current trends into this mudroom! Dark herringbone tile floors and white shiplap. Gray walls.

Homes by Tradition LLC – Photo: PK/Schneiderman’s

And you may be wondering where the herringbone (or is it chevron?) is in this next one? If you look very closely, you’ll see it in the shower – on the floor and corner accent.


Master bathroom with linear shower and floor tiles. Chevron or herringbone shower floor and accent

Homes by Tradition LLC – Photo: PK/Schneiderman’s


Another trending tile pattern is the hexagon – which many of us refer to as a honeycomb pattern.  A pattern that never stops trending for the bees, and it’s also one of my favorites.

This kitchen wasn’t afraid of warmth or pattern and the white hex tile creates the perfect crisp counterpoint, with dark grout tying it all together.  Great inspiration for lightening up darker cabinets and playing with contrast.

Backsplash trends. Great contrast in this kitchen! Warm brown cabinets, rustic wood floors, granite, white hexagon tile with dark grout

Chamberlin Fine Custom Homes – Photo: PK/Schneiderman’s

This may be a small laundry room, but it’s checking the trend boxes! Gray. Hexagons. Large tile in a small space.  Good to go.

Tile trends. Laundry room with gray walls, white trim large gray patterned hexagon floor tile

Robert Thomas Homes Inc. – photo PK/Schneiderman’s

Herringbone. Hexagons and Honeycomb. Or Terracotta. Which trend (or trends) is your favorite?

More inspiration!

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