Chevron vs. Herringbone Patterns

Chevron vs. Herringbone Patterns

Handcrafted antique wood floors made with reclaimed wood are growing in popularity. Adding reclaimed wood floors but remaining completely unique is easy with the simple use of a patterned floor design. As flexible in design as you can image, patterned floors add a new dimension to an otherwise plain square in the room. Two patterns gaining popularity are the Chevron and Herringbone. Similar in look, these patterned floor designs create a zigzag pattern. How that pattern is achieved is at the base of difference between the two finishes.

Chevron patterns are achieved by cutting the short edges of equal size wood pieces at a precise angle. Placing these angles together point-to-point creates a continuous zigzag design. The easy way to spot the difference between these two patterns is to look for a straight seam between angled boards; if there's a straight seam then it's a chevron pattern.

Herringbone pieces are also equal size wood pieces but kept straight edged at the short side – making them perfect rectangles. These rectangles are placed short side to one end of the long side and then repeated. Visually this pattern looks like a zigzag, but it’s more complex in design. Placement along the longest visual point in the room typically creates a centered long zigzag, elongating any space.

We work with designers to create the perfect combination of chevron or herringbone patterns to enhance any project. It is a truly unique and updated finish but one that’s rich with history. Famous historical buildings around the world – especially in Europe – feature these two designs in a multitude of patterns. The photo below features our time worn antique planks cut into a chevron floor pattern.

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