There is something happening lately in the world of design. Well, to be honest it’s been happening, but now the game has been taken up a notch. A few years ago we all saw the explosion of Chevron everywhere, and when I say everywhere, I mean there weren’t too many textiles that didn’t have a chevron print option. I loved the design for its fun approach and it was an easy addition to throw in some playful choices for a space. What I have noticed lately is that the bar is being raised for chevron – enter Herringbone. Of course, the Herringbone pattern is a close cousin of Chevron and has been around for ages, but I would not hesitate to call it the older, more sophisticated relative.
Ever wonder what the real difference is between the two? At first glance it may be hard to notice, however there is a distinction that separates Herringbone from Chevron. One of our favorite blogs, Remodelista, did a great job of simplifying the difference in pattern in their blog when they consulted with Henry Hudson from Cheville Parquet, a wood flooring company : “In the chevron, the wood blocks run point to point and the ends are cut at an angle to create a continuous zigzag design,” Hudson says. “With the herringbone, the wood blocks finish perpendicular to each other, resulting in a broken zigzag.”
What I find most interesting is that although I am finding more and more high end spaces using Herringbone, the fact is that Chevron is actually more expensive to create (due to the cut of the tile, wood, etc.).
The great thing is that you can create a similar look with stencils (see picture below). Who says fabulous design should cost a fortune?
A little Chevron stencil if that’s what you like:
A Herringbone stencil- How lovely is this?
Some of our favorite Herringbone looks:
And if you didn’t get enough Herringbone yet, we included a few of our latest loves:
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