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Remodeling 101: The Difference Between Chevron and Herringbone Patterns

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Remodeling 101: The Difference Between Chevron and Herringbone Patterns

September 25, 2017

We love our readers. Not only are they often smarter and more knowledgeable than we are, they also have no qualms in letting us know when we’re wrong—always pushing us to be at the top of our game.

Like the time I mislabeled a parquet floor pattern and a reader wrote in and informed me that what I had said was “herringbone” was actually “chevron.” If we were splitting hairs, I wanted to know why—and consulted Henry Hudson from Cheville Parquet, a York, England-based wood flooring company who opened their first London showroom back in 2013. Apparently, it’s all in the zigzag, he told me. Read on for the details.

What is the difference between chevron and herringbone?

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Above: “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.” Graphic courtesy of Spanish surface finishes company Porcelanosa.

Chevron

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Above: In the chevron pattern, the wood blocks meet point to point, creating a continuous zigzag—like in this dining room floor featured in A Grand but Understated Flat in Paris. Photograph by Marie-Claire Fresquet, courtesy of Bel Ordinaire.
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Above: This poolhouse is lined in glossy white tiles in a chevron pattern. It’s featured in Swimming Pool of the Week: Claesson Koivisto Rune’s Swedish Parquet Poolhouse on Gardenista. Photograph by Åke E:son Lindman, courtesy of Claesson Koivisto Rune.
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Above: A mix of reclaimed woods installed in a chevron pattern in a hotel lobby designed by AvroKo and featured in Expert Advice: The Ins and Outs of Reclaimed Wood Flooring. Photography by Gentl & Hyers, courtesy of the Hudson Company.

Herringbone

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Above: The entryway of a home in Mainz, Germany, features a herringbone pattern. See the rest of the project in Earthly and Ethereal: An Apartment Makeover by Studio Oink. Photograph by and courtesy of Studio Oink.
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Above: A painted herringbone fountain in a Santa Monica garden by designer Scott Shrader, featured in Sneak Peek: Garden Design Magazine’s Aged Elegance. Photograph by Mark Adams, courtesy of Garden Design.
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Above: A herringbone wood terrace off a Manhattan pied-à-terre by landscape designers Harrison Green, featured in Garden Designer Visit: A Manhattan Terrace with Panoramic Central Park Views on Gardenista. Photograph by Nicholas Calcott, courtesy of Harrison Green.

Because all the blocks have to be cut at an angle to create the zigzag, the chevron pattern costs more to produce than the herringbone. Do you like the pricier look? Let us know what you think in the Comments below.

N.B. This post is an update. It originally ran on April 29, 2013, as part of our Renovation & Reclamation week.

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