Chevron or Herringbone?

Let's start with a question: is this floor's pattern chevron or herringbone?


If you said chevron, you got it right! The subtle variation between chevron and herringbone can be confusing, but it's easy to spot once you're familiar with the difference. Both patterns incorporate short rectangular planks or tiles. The distinction? Chevron forms defined "V's" with pointed edges while herringbone uses square, interlaced edges:


The edges of the wood planks or tile must be carefully cut at an angle to form the straight lines at the center of the chevron "V" pattern.

{Architecture: Paul Turney | Construction and Design: Coats Homes | Photography: Costa Christ Media}


When the planks are set diagonally and the square edges interlace, you're looking at herringbone. We love this example of herringbone set at an untraditional angle square with the corners of the room: 


Herringbone is also a popular pattern for firebrick. We love the texture it adds to this fireplace:

{Architecture: Wilson Fuqua | Design: Theresa Rowe | Construction: Coats Homes | Photography: Costa Christ Media}


Now let's put you to the test with a trick question: is this flooring pattern chevron or herringbone?

The answer: both! The tile itself is arranged in a herringbone pattern with edges interlaced, but the alternating colors form a chevron pattern.


Now for the important question: which pattern is your favorite?


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