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Herringbone and Chevron: Do You Know The Difference?

Herringbone and Chevron: Do You Know The Difference?

Earlier this year, Remodelista editor Christine mislabeled a parquet floor pattern in her post Love Story: At Home with a Pair of Parisians. A reader wrote in and informed her that the floor labeled “herringbone” was actually “chevron.”

In a quest to learn more, she consulted Henry Hudson from Cheville Parquet, a York, England-based wood flooring company who have just opened their first London showroom. Apparently, the difference is all in the zigzag. “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.”

Can you spot the difference between the two?

Images via Cheville Parquet, except where noted.

Above: In a Botanically Inclined Interior in London, the owners selected a dark Chevron Pattern from Cheville in Double Espresso.

Above: In the Chevron pattern, the wood blocks meet point to point, creating a continuous zig zag.

Above: A kitchen in Copenhagen designed by Kobenhavns Mobelsnedkeri features a Herringbone pattern.

Above: With Herringbone, the wood blocks finish perpendicular to each other, resulting in a broken zigzag. Additional details can be added like this Herringbone with Checkers Border.

N. B. Because all the blocks have to be cut at an angle to create the zig zag, the Chevron pattern costs more to produce than the Herringbone.

If you’re considering installing a wood floor, see Remodelista‘s Gallery of rooms and spaces to find the right one for you.

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1:29AM PDT on Jun 20, 2013

Thanks, I learned something new today!

9:59PM PDT on May 5, 2013

I really don't care for either.

6:45AM PDT on May 5, 2013

Chevron? Like that oil company?

10:39AM PDT on May 4, 2013

Great photos, thanks.

6:58PM PDT on May 3, 2013


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2:52PM PDT on May 3, 2013

Thank you.

2:36PM PDT on May 3, 2013


12:19PM PDT on May 3, 2013


3:11AM PDT on May 3, 2013

Do I care????

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