“No, not herringbone.”

My husband is amazing. Did you guys forget? Anyway, he’s awesome. He’s smart and funny and talented and such a hard worker and a great dad. I could go on and on but I don’t want to induce mass vomiting amongst my readers.

So yeah…he’s all kinds of wonderful. One thing he’s not is trendy. Nope. Not in the least. Pretty sure if it weren’t for me, he’d be wearing the same clothes he was wearing when I met him.

Dude just doesn’t give a crap about trends. No care in the world about what is en vogue. (Especially concerning fashion, but also music and pretty much all things pop culture.) He does take a slight interest in current home trends, but mostly just for profit’s sake.

So I walked into the bathroom Saturday to see how the tile prep was coming along. My husband said, “hey what do you think about this pattern?” And then proceeded to lay out a herringbone pattern.

herringbone pattern

What?! Are you kidding me? Have you been reading my shelter mags? Spending some secret time on Pinterest?

I don’t think he had any idea just how popular herringbone tile pattern is right now, but he had seen this on the box…


I had to talk him out of it. He was seriously liking it, but our floor tiles are four feet long and our bathroom is just over five feet wide. (It’s nearly twenty feet long, but the tile will be running length wise.) I don’t think the room is wide enough to fully recognize the pattern with these long tiles. Besides, nearly half of it will be under the vanities. I think it would look kinda haphazard and confusing.

Plus, I explained that we’re being trendy and risky enough using this rustic barnwood-looking tile in the first place. I said that if he really wanted to try it, I was sincerely fine with it. He could just redo it all if the pattern wasn’t recognizable or in a few years if we were tired of it.

We usually reach an agreement pretty quickly and, no, I don’t always get my way. But this time he agreed with my concerns and laid it in a traditional pattern that you’d use for laying a real wood floor.

wood pattern

He’s a perfectionist and took all weekend long to finish. It’s a lot of measuring and planning (and cutting!). If you do it the right way, that is. Alternatively, you could just start and see where you end up. Maybe with a half inch strip at the back wall or a tiny sliver in front of the tub. We’ve seen a lot of those types of tile jobs. Don’t do that. Plan ahead. Measure it all out. Definitely find some youtube videos or a friend who knows what they’re doing if you’re going to lay tile.

measure tile pattern

And take the extra time to cut out of a full tile for around door openings, floor vents, corners, etc. Don’t just use partial tiles and have four grout lines surrounding a doorway. I totally should have taken pics of the tile that was here previously to illustrate that. I hope it was a DIY job and not something someone paid for.

cut tiles vent cut tile

I didn’t take many pics of the tile laying because I was outside working during most of it. I’m horrible at tutorials anyway and I’m not trying to reinvent the wheel here. There are tutorials out there for anything you could think of, though. This internet thing is really neat. I hope it lasts.

By the end of last night, the bathroom was looking like this.

shower area bathroom tile barnwood tile

I love it. I’m glad I resisted the urge to go with a safer option.

I need to tell you guys just how thrilled we are with these tiles. Most tile has 4-6 patterns, but there are at least 16 different patterns here. Maybe 20? So many that we only used the same tile twice two different times. It really helps with the authenticity of this faux wood, and even though my photo skills and phone camera don’t do it justice, this stuff is gorgeous. Highly recommend!

Psst. I know I said the tub had to be installed first, but we had a little hang up so we went ahead and measured where the tile would need to stop and laid it anyway. (Because summer is running out. Eek!) I’ll explain the tub situation in a future post.

Update: I didn’t realize until previewing this post that this was going on…

bathroom tile

Those two tiles are different patterns and look very different in person, but the fact that they both have that dark edge so close together is driving me crazy. I’m going to try and sweet talk the hubs into busting that out and fixing it when he gets home from work. Cross your fingers that he says yes, because if not I’ll have to do it myself and he’s much better at it. 🙂



  1. Oh gosh, really hoping you still check the comments here. My husband and I are building a house and are considering using this exact same tile in our WHOLE house (dog + toddler mean solid hardwoods will get messed up, and I’m OCD enough for that to bug me). I was worried about grout lines, but didn’t realize grout was optional. Is it all still holding up ok? Do you still love the tile? Any issues with the no grout route?

    • I haven’t had any issues with it, but it’s only in the bathroom that two adults use. I just use a handheld vacuum to suck out anything that might be hiding in the cracks. I definitely wouldn’t want to do that in the entire house, especially with kids and pets.
      No problems with the tile itself, though. You could use it everywhere with a very thin grout line in a matching color, and I think it would still be gorgeous.

  2. Is it slippery at all? We just looked at that at Lowe’s and thought it looked a tad shiny also, but we weren’t sure if it was the lighting! Thanks!

  3. Love your floor! Did you ever bust those tiles out or leave as is lol? I would be confused as to how to lay the variation myself. Does it seem there are 4 patterns or how many would I need to alternate? How do you disinfect your floors occasionally? Thanks a bunch!

    • Yes, I ended up changing that one out because I’m OCD. 🙂 Here’s that link: http://whotookmytapemeasure.com/2014/07/22/perfectionist-level-pretty-particular-kinda-sometimes/.

      I would sort the tiles into stacks of the different patterns to begin with so you know how many variations you have, then just grab from each different pile as you lay them. These particular tiles are best laid in the same way you’d lay a wood floor. You can google images for several ideas about wood floor patterns.

      I just mop these floors with any regular cleaner (Pinesol, Lysol for floors, Swiffer solution, etc), and I’ve been known to do a quick “mop” job with Clorox wipes.

    • This is porcelain tile, which doesn’t have to be sealed. We haven’t had any problems with not having grout. Our vacuum does a good job of sucking in the tiny little cracks.

      I suppose you could seal it and the sealer would fill in the crack, but it really is so tiny. Maybe try without it first and see if the upkeep is manageable? You can always go back and grout or seal it later.

    • We used a marble mosaic in the shower. Your shower pan has to slope slightly in order to drain properly. A tile this size wouldn’t work in a shower.

    • We didn’t because we thought it would look more like real wood without it. The idea was to try it and see how it worked out since we could always go back and grout later. We’re loving it as is. I would recommend silicone or caulk around tubs, showers, and toilets (always, but) especially if you don’t use grout.

  4. Looks awesome! Heading to my Lowes to check it out in person for my kitchen.

    What grout line did you go with and how was the lippage? Thanks!

    • Very minimal lippage in just a couple of spots. Most of it lays completely level/flat. We butted these right up to each other for the look of real wood, but a larger grout line might reduce even the couple spots of lippage we had. Good luck!

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