Herringbones Little Sister — What Is Chevron?

Images Courtesty of archiproducts.

What is chevron?

Isa Chevron Rug by Jord Home. Image courtesty of NotOnTheHighStreet

Chevron is a popular and interesting pattern where panels meet at a point to create a continuous ‘arrow’ or ‘zig-zag.’ Most popularly used in flooring, chevron also pops up in curtain designs, bedding, splash backs and more.

A classic motif, chevron is a historical design feature. But, one quick search of it on Instagram and Pinterest brings back an abundance of searches, showing the trend is well and truly in resurgence.

Design example: below are some images that show how modern design is throwing back to the 70s with vintage furniture, retro tones, and chevron flooring.

[left] Image courtesty of Pinterest, [right] Image courtesy of Woodstock Resources.

What products can you use to get the chevron look?

Italia Ceramics Treverksoul chevron tiles.

Multiple products can be used to create a chevron look — from timber, to tiles, to fabric and more, the look has been emulated in an array of ways over the years.

Chevron tiles have become wildly popular, mostly due to their ease of install and often cheaper price point.

New technology has also seen many designers and installers wanting to work with the chevron pattern again, including the inception of ‘clip’ tiles/panels, that easily slide into one another.

What’s the difference between chevron and herringbone?

Often mistaken as one another, chevron and herringbone share stylistic similarities — but are most definitely not the same.

The difference between the two lies in their direction. Herringbone shares chevrons ‘zig-zag’ appearance, but does not meet in a sharp point. Instead, herringbone is achieved by placing rectangles in a staggered pattern [as seen below.]

Image courtesy of BuildDirect.

How the looks are achieved is another factor setting the two apart. At manufacture, chevron products are cut at a 45 degree angle. They will then be joint using another 45 degree edge, thus making the ‘arrow’ or ‘point.’

Herringbone on the other hand, is cut at a 90 degree angle. The cut edge is then installed perpendicular to another 90 degree cut edge and creates the right angle.

We are loving chevron’s renaissance period and can’t wait to see all the creative ways it’s integrated into design trends this year.

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