Back in March, Brittni, the owner of papernstitch, brought up her interest in herringbone wood floors. The herringbone pattern is generally made by butting the short end of a rectangular piece of wood or tile to the far end of the long side of another, and continuing in this pattern that creates a zig-zag with a slight offset. Today we’re taking a look at a similar pattern, but one with no offset – the chevron. The chevron created with wood, tile or other materials is made with mitered ends that both butt up to each other on the small side, forming a zigzag with no offset, perfect points and a line running through those points.
But along with the resurgence of herringbone, the chevron pattern is making quite a comeback. With the stunning popularity of the Missoni for Target line, chevron and zigzag is re-entering the home in a big way. Although a simple chevron-set monochromatic floor is a great way to add texture and pattern without overdoing it, many designers are using the chevron in new and different ways. That same distressed wood set on a wall becomes a focal piece, while others are shifting to two-color schemes for flooring, or bringing in the chevron with accessories such as rugs or pillows. And paint is a great and inexpensive way to add this pattern to your home, either with a monochrome or two or more color scheme. Personally, I’m still a fan of those old board floors, but you might even think of repainting a reclaimed piece of furniture – it’s all up to you!
(above) Black Wood Floor