A Timeless Pattern for 2015
Friday, January 30, 2015 at 10:10AM
Andrea Valle in Color & Accessories, bath, chevron, flooring, herringbone, interior decorating, kitchen, north jersey, pattern, texture, trend, zig zag

Herringbone is definitely making a statement in the design scene lately. This classic & timeless pattern has slowly been gathering speed over the years and is showing up in places everywhere from the bathroom to bedroom! While this pattern is making it's statement, another familiar is fading into the background: Chevron.

Chevron has been the hyper trend of the past few years and has been applied to everything from curtains to mugs. It has been used so much that many designers are steering away from Chevron patterns going forward. If you're about to make a purchase you might want to keep that in mind!

When you compare Herringbone to Chevron they book look zig-zaggy so you may be wondering what's the big difference? Chevron is typically being used as a high contrast simple zig zag pattern where the individual pieces meet at an angle. Herringbone has a more intentional pattern repeat and creates a broken zig zag. The pattern looks well defined and geometric, and when translated from a weave to a dimensional object each piece intersects at 90 degree angles, as shown below. (image source)

The herringbone pattern originates from a type of fabric weave used in traditional men's blazers and suits. (image source)

Below you can see a close up of the pattern, which is nicely described as the following:

Herringbone describes a distinctive V-shaped weaving pattern . It is distinguished from a plain chevron by the break at reversal, which makes it resemble a broken zigzag. The pattern is called herringbone because it resembles the skeleton of a herring fish

(image & quote source)


Here are a few ways that herringbone is making a classic and beautiful comeback in interiors.


Traditional Kitchen by Toronto Photographers Stacey Brandford Photography


Traditional Kitchen by San Francisco General Contractors Mascheroni Construction
Traditional Bathroom by Los Angeles Design-Build Firms Avante Interiors
Traditional Bathroom by Princeton Architects & Building Designers Knight Architects LLC


Traditional Entry by Phoenix Architects & Building Designers Candelaria Design Associates
Traditional Patio by Winchester Landscape Architects & Landscape Designers Matthew Cunningham Landscape Design LLC







So what's your take on the herringbone pattern? Will you be incorporating any into your life this year?


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