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The differences between herringbone and chevron flooring

Herringbone and Chevron Flooring


Although at first glance herringbone and chevron designs appear similar, take a closer look and you’ll see that they are actually quite different. To create even more confusion, you may sometimes see the chevron pattern being referred to as French herringbone.

The common element uniting herringbone and chevron is that they are both made up of a zigzag pattern. Essentially, the chevron pattern consists of a continuous zigzag that forms a repeated V shape or sharp point, while the herringbone is made up of a broken or staggered zigzag pattern, without a sharp point.

Most commonly, chevron and herringbone patterns are used in parquet flooring. With chevron floors, pieces of wood of equal size are cut at an angle and fitted together to form the V shape. With herringbone flooring, pieces of wood of equal size are not cut at an angle, but instead are formed of rectangles placed with one end against the side or length of another piece, at a 90-degree angle.

Grey Herringbone
Grey Herringbone

Both herringbone and chevron patterns have been around for hundreds of years, and it is thought they may date back as far as 1800 BC. Although they’re most commonly used for flooring, these patterns are also found in tiling and other wall finishes and in pieces of furniture.

Visually, both herringbone and chevron patterns add style to any room, especially when used for flooring. Some interior designers believe that the herringbone style can help to enhance the visual size of a space, while the chevron style can make it feel smaller, although this can also depend on the colour of the flooring. Herringbone patterns are also more often found in broader floor ranges, and tend to be cheaper to install than chevron flooring. A herringbone and chevron flooring supplier can discuss the various options available.