Style file: Herringbone & Chevrons

13/10/2014

Style file: Herringbone & Chevrons

13/10/2014
Herringbone-and-chevrons
Herringbone-and-chevrons

You know how every now and then a particular style or trend catches your eye and you find yourself obsessing about it constantly. Totally normal behavior, right? Well I’ve fallen victim to this phenomenon and I’m laying the blame entirely on herringbone and chevrons – specifically for walls and floors (because I’ve seen about enough of chevron fabrics for now!)

Believe me when I say I am having to hold myself back from installing what must be the jewel in the crown of flooring in… wait for it… my rented home. And whilst the hubs will certainly ensure that no such madness actually transpires, he cannot put a stop to my day dreaming. Join me, won’t you?

Aren’t those floors amazing?

Herringbone-and-chevrons

Despite the obvious similarities, there is a notable difference between the two patterns. If you want to look like you know your stuff when you rush off to the flooring shop, listen up. In the chevron pattern, wood blocks or tiles run point to point and the ends are cut at an angle to create a continuous zigzag design (read as the more labour intensive and therefore more expensive option), where as with herringbone, the wood blocks or tiles finish perpendicular to each other, resulting in a broken zigzag.

Herringbone-and-chevrons

I’ve heard them referred to as siblings rather than twins, which I think is a very accurate description. I’d happily adopt either child.

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Kathryn Hawkes

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  • adesigndiary 15/10/2014 at 4:50 PM

    Kathryn I understand your pain…it is SO frustrating not being able to install the types of finishes you want and lust after in a rented home! I have painted and installed built in shelves and almost redone the kitchen units (but stopped when I finally came to my senses!) just to have a suitable environment to live in…it is sheer torture for designers!!! For now, blogs and Pinterest will have to suffice!

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