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Inspired by Herringbone and Chevron


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:

Picture compliments of Apartment Therapy.

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:

via Veranda.

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.

via Design Sponge.

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?


Author: Ella Design Group

Ella Design Group is a boutique interior design firm helping clients express their own unique story, one design at a time.

10 thoughts on “Inspired by Herringbone and Chevron

  1. Oh, boy, I don’t think I ever met a herringbone or a chevron I didn’t like. I have done herringbone bricks in kitchens, herringbone 3′ x 15″ Imperial Danby marble in bathrooms, herringbone honed Carrara marble mini-bricks in showers, 12″ x 24″ herringbone Pietra Serena on a master bath floor, and I won’t even start on the fabrics…. Great post–love it! xo

    • Hi Andrea, So your comment really peaked my interest and I had to check out some of your work on Houzz, as I absolutely love herringbone. Love the pictures that I found. Also love the various types of marble and stone that I saw. You must have an awesome source in CA! Absolutely gorgeous (:

      Also I am 100% in agreement with your design approach… And your dog looks sooo sweet.

      Best regards,


      • Thanks, Iris! Now, I have to peep back:) Of course, from your posts, I know that your aesthetic is A++.

        My dog, Chuck, is the sweetest. He’s always by my side!


  2. Reblogged this on Ray-Lee M. Interiors and commented:
    This is one of the best explanations I have seen to date.

  3. I am definitely Team Herringbone! I love, love, love it. I really like chevron, too, but it’s been really played out lately IMO.

  4. That blue and white floored room is stunning and the white and gray bath from Veranda I could live in. Lovely. Great post. Interesting pattern uses I’ve never considered.

    • Thanks! I love the blue and white floor too. I can’t believe the floor of the bathroom from Veranda is hand painted. Supposedly, the bathroom was boring prior to the makeover. Now, like you said, it’s a space I could live in.

  5. I love that bold blue rug! (second to last) I think both patterns are great, but I’m kind of pulled to chevron prints more often than not…

    • I love the rug too! It looks so pulled together paired with the neutrals and bright oranges. I can’t stay faithful! Sometimes I love chevron and sometimes I’m all for herringbone. I think it depends on the space. Thanks for reading!

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