Home Decorating 1 Rug, 11 Ways: Blue Herringbone

1 Rug, 11 Ways: Blue Herringbone

A good rug can be styled many ways and in a wide variety of spaces. Our blue Herringbone might just be the ultimately adaptable area rug.

Used during the Roman Empire to create exceptionally durable stone roads, herringbone is a geometric pattern that’s since found its way onto tiles, floors, wallpaper, and fabric. It’s also one of our all-time bestselling rug styles – available in both cotton and indoor/outdoor fibers. 

The subtle v-shaped pattern makes these rugs a perfect choice for every room of the house—and every style of house, including traditional and cutting-edge contemporary. The blue colors are especially popular because they add color while also acting almost like a neutral–just like your favorite pair of jeans.

See how these style stars use herringbone to anchor a room.


For busy families who crave style, comfort, and minimal maintenance in their living spaces, our indoor/outdoor herringbone rugs are a godsend. Because of their unique material, they can be washed and scrubbed when they get dirty.


Herringbone is elegant enough for the dining room, but since it’s scrubbable, it can handle the inevitable spills. In this inviting room, the blue rug grounds modern furnishings and art for a fresh, young look.


Not all rugs can stand up to the rigors of a busy kitchen, but Herringbone is not afraid to get wet. The indoor/outdoor versions are ultra-durable and water-resistant, making them the perfect way to bring color into a classic, white kitchen. They’re also a great way to protect hardwood floors, which can take a beating in kitchens.


In this traditional kitchen, the Herringbone is one of many blue accents, including a tiled backsplash, upholstered barstools, and even blue cookware. If you like to change your kitchen’s look seasonally, a cotton runner is easy to swap in and out.


Woven in a tight, flat weave, Herringbone can either function as a base layer rug or an accent rug layered on top of another. In this bedroom the rug adds a stunning pop of blue over wall-to-wall neutral carpeting.


Another example of a layered styling, Herringbone anchors two metal frame beds in this coastal-style guest bedroom. The blue pattern complements the striped upholstery of the x-benches and adds color to an otherwise neutral space.


A geometric pattern that almost reads as a solid, Herringbone elevates utilitarian spaces. Tough enough for outdoor use, the Herringbone is a great choice for indoor utility spaces like the mudroom. If the rug gets dirty, you can just hose it down. You’ll never settle for a dull doormat again!


Who wouldn’t want to hang tiny jeans up to dry in this sweet space? In this pretty washroom, the blue rug coordinates with the sky blue cabinetry for a feeling that’s fresh and inspired.


As a runner, this rug adds grip and style to staircases. Here the Herringbone runner is stapled underneath the nose of the stairs for a tailored look that complements the crisp black and white space.


Herringbone also looks right at home on the wooden stairs of a centuries’ old townhouse where the interior styling skews more moody and modern. In this chic space, the runner is installed waterfall style, for a looser more contemporary look.


Herringbone plays well with kids. You’d be wise to choose a flat weave polypropylene rug for a young child’s room, since it’s even bleachable. In this child’s room, the subtle herringbone patterns complements a bolder, playful zigzag on the curtains. 

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