Herringbone and chevron are two patterns that have resurfaced and taken the world of interiors by storm. Both add depth and interest to a space, whether they are used in flooring, fabrics, wallpaper, or even art. While they look very similar, there is a difference. Herringbone has a break at reversal so that it resembles an interrupted zigzag. The rectangle arrangements are interlaced. Chevron, on the other hand, is a repeated pattern of inverted V shapes that seemingly connect along a straight line. Here’s a visual:
Herringbone is often considered classic and chevron is sometimes classified as more modern. Though herringbone floors date back to the 1500s, chevron floors appeared shortly after in the 1600s. The trend has been revived and now the patterns grace all types of products and design. That’s it for the history lesson. Now on to the pictures.
These herringbone floors complement the traditional space and give it depth.
Porcelain tiles arranged in a herringbone pattern look sleek when paired with a rustic bench. The pattern also adds some drama.
Hand painted chevron gives white built-in bookcases personality.
An amazing blue and white chevron floor. It really pops against the white.
A chevron fabric-covered inspiration board is the perfect accent for this eclectic office nook. Here’s a close-up:
Mary McDonald used hand painted chevron floors to spruce up a formerly boring bathroom and make it current. The gray color of the floors matches a shade of gray in the marble.
Modern kitchen with a breathtaking herringbone backsplash.
DIY project! The owners used tape to create the pattern and then painted.
The herringbone napkins set the stage for a perfect place setting. The gold flatware gives the tailored pattern an elegant look.
A bold chevron rug and orange accents keep the space from feeling too restrained.
I love this unique use of pattern. The metal bed frame features herringbone openwork making it the perfect focal point for the room.
Which space is your favorite? Are you team herringbone or team chevron?