Easy DIY Herringbone Wall Tutorial

The herringbone wall in my office is done!! My husband was such a trooper and got it done in super quick. And I LOVE it. I can’t believe how much it changed the look of this space. Now all we have left to do is decide on the paint color. I keep back and forth, but I’m thinking about mixing things up and going for a pop of color. Either a dusty pink or a soft blue-ish green?! I can’t decide. Anyway, I had a lot of requests on Instagram to share our easy DIY herringbone wall tutorial, so let’s jump into it. It was actually much easier than we anticipated! Here’s how the wall looked when we started:

This back wall in my office is about 14 feet long, 8.5 feet tall. No windows, so it’s the perfect spot to do an accent wall! To start we got MDF boards that were .5″x 3.5″ x 8 feet. They were already primed and ready to go!

Easy DIY Herringbone Wall Tutorial

The first step to build a simple frame around the wall, which sat on the existing trim. Once that was in place, the vertical boards went up. My husband measured the length of the wall and put in a center vertical board, then measured from that board to the end of the wall to place another vertical board evenly on both sides. We ended up with three vertical boards.

Then for the herringbone pieces, he used 30 degree angles, with each board 12 inches apart. He started and worked his way down. He used liquid nails, then also nailed the boards into place with an 18 gage brad nailer. He had also previously marked all the studs in the wall, so when he tried to nail along those lines when he could.

He did have to cut around the outlets, so that party was tricky!

And that was it. Super easy over all, but what a difference it made on this wall!

Well I hope this easy DIY herringbone wall tutorial is helpful if you want to create this same look in your home too! Now I have to decide what color I want this wall to be. I was thinking gray (lots of pretty gray paint colors here) but I’d love to go bold and do a pop of color here. Yesterday I actually picked up a gallon of the Magnolia Home paint in the color Ella Rose (dusty pink) and Emmie’s Room (soft mint blue). Now I just have to decide which one to do!

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31 Comments

  1. 2.11.21
    LORRI RAUSCHER said:

    Oh that is so nice.. my vote goes for sage green…you have alot of accents to go with that colour. I know you shop yr house. You are so lucky to have a handy husband.. ๐Ÿ˜

    • 2.12.21
      Sarah said:

      I think that would be beautiful too!

  2. 2.11.21

    It is beautiful Sarah.
    How wonderful to have a husband that is interested and able!

    • 2.11.21
      Laurena Wright said:

      I love it! Itโ€™s so beautiful!! Iโ€™ve always wanted a wall like that!! ๐Ÿ’•

      • 2.11.21
        Jill said:

        I am in Love and know the bext project I want to do now in my bedroom. I would never want to be personal, but can you ball park me the price of the wood? We have a wood cutter and nail gun already! I also just painted our mudroom and used Magnolia paint for the first time and Love it!

        • 2.12.21
          Sarah said:

          Happy to share! The wood total was only about $150.

    • 2.12.21
      Sarah said:

      Yes, so grateful for him!!

  3. 2.11.21
    Mollie said:

    yeah I would agree a brighter color rather than gray but honestly it’s your choice! and yes I love your style of decor ๐Ÿ’ž

    • 2.12.21
      Sarah said:

      Yes!! That’s the plan.

  4. 2.11.21
    Tammy Ganci said:

    Hi…either color will work beautifully. My daughter suggested just painting the wall and not the added wood so to speak this way a 2 color wall.

    • 2.12.21
      Sarah said:

      Ohhh that’s a fun idea!!

  5. 2.11.21

    I will go with the sage green, you always do a great job. I will be doing my small office similar to yours, thank you for the inspiration.

    • 2.12.21
      Sarah said:

      oh that’s awesome, go for it Maribel!

  6. 2.11.21
    Jena said:

    Wall looks great!! He done a good job!!

    • 2.12.21
      Sarah said:

      thank you so much Jena!

  7. 2.11.21
    Candy said:

    Hi Sarah!
    Wow, I love the wall and your hubby did a fantastic job. I thought it would be harder but thanks to your tutorial I am going to write this down. I would love to do our master bedroom wall in this pattern. No windows and door on it. You and your hubby are adorable

    • 2.12.21
      Sarah said:

      We thought it would be harder too. But actually a pretty simple project! Give a try! xo

  8. 2.11.21

    I LOVE this so much! What a great idea for an accent wall!

    • 2.12.21
      Sarah said:

      Right?! I want to do this on all the walls now. Haha!

  9. 2.11.21
    Sara said:

    Looks awesome! A dusty pink would be gorgeous!๐ŸŒธ

    • 2.12.21
      Sarah said:

      thank you Sara!

  10. 2.11.21
    Amy said:

    Sarah, this is beautiful!! I love it. You guys are so talented! I actually think this design would be considered chevron or zigzag. Herringbone is a little bit more intricate. Love following you!

    • 2.12.21
      Sarah said:

      yeah Amy, you might be right about that!

  11. 2.11.21

    Sarah,
    I love how this looks. I’m sharing a link back to your blog about this post on my Sat. Dirt Road Adventure. Plus I pinned for future reference.

    • 2.12.21
      Sarah said:

      thank you Rachel!! xo

  12. 2.11.21
    Connie said:

    Looks so good! I am wondering why you guys added a second piece of trim horizontally across the bottom when you already had a piece of molding there? Figure it must serve some purpose! Cant wait to see which color you chose!

    • 2.12.21
      Sarah said:

      Good question! My husband wanted to frame it in, so it was sitting not the trim. That way when we paint it, we will leave the trim white! You can totally do it either way.

  13. 2.12.21
    Carolyn said:

    That is ridiculously awesome. Wow what a great idea!

    • 2.12.21
      Sarah said:

      thank you Carolyn!

  14. 2.12.21
    meesh said:

    I think your house is stunning I wouldn’t change a thing ! Wow I wish I could fly you to illinois to do mine ๐Ÿ˜Š

    • 2.12.21
      Sarah said:

      Oh you’re so kind, thank you! xo