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Design Classic | Herringbone & Chevron Floors

Design Classic | Herringbone & Chevron Floors

In our opinion, there's nothing more gorgeous than well-worn herringbone wood floors. They're often found in older homes and buildings (especially in French and Scandinavian architecture), and if you're lucky enough to have originals, hold onto them! They're definitely a design classic and add texture to any space.

If you're thinking of installing a new floor in a herringbone pattern (or chevron — another classic), the size and scale of the wood planks are important in determining the style and look of the finished floor. Shorter and narrower planks will give a floor a lot of pattern, whereas longer and wider planks provide a subtler and perhaps more traditional design. 

Here, the rich colored long planks, bare white walls & intricate moldings provide an elevated contrast with the minimalist furniture elements in the room. 

Photo by Line Klein for RUM Magazine via The Design Chaser

In this gorgeous Scandinavian kitchen, a herringbone pattern is used in a light stained wood complementing the pale blue palette. 

A Copenhagen kitchen designed by Kobenhavns Mobelsnedkeri | Photo by Line Klein via Remodelista

Photo by Line Klein via Remodelista

Some more examples of herringbone in various stains and scales:

Photo via Summerfield Design

Photo via Elle Decor

Photo via Summerfield Design

Design by Pella Hedeby | Photo by Kristofer Johnnson via Emma's Blogg

CHEVRON FLOORS

People often mistake chevron for herringbone, but the thing to look out for is the way the planks meet. With herringbone, the planks are lain perpendicular to each other so that the resulting zig zag pattern is broken. With chevron, the plank ends are cut at an angle so when two meet, they create a point and form a continuos zig zag. 

Here are some examples of chevron, which are quite stunning in their own right:

Photo of Ali Cayne's West Village home via Domino

Photo of Ali Cayne's West Village home via Domino

Photo by Jeremy Wilson for Elle Decoration UK via Apartment Therapy

Photo by Jeremy Wilson for Elle Decoration UK via Apartment Therapy

Design by Miquel Alzueta | Photo by Pablo Zamora for AD Spain

Photo of Rodolphe Menudier's Paris apartment via Apartment Therapy

Design by Gilles et Boissier | Photo by Birgitta Wolfgang Drejer via Yatzer

Color Story | Pretty in Pink

Color Story | Pretty in Pink

Downton Abbey | 21st-Century Style

Downton Abbey | 21st-Century Style