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Whats the difference between Chevron and Herringbone anyway?

September 13th, 2019

Category: WB Jamieson

Author: Darren Seymour

Chevron and Herringbone - Whats the Difference?

As we mentioned here, Parquet is a big trend at the moment. (although we're not sure 'trend' is the right word, as Parquet has never really gone out of fashion since they were installed in the grand Chateau's of the 16th Century in France.)

There are many variations of parquet flooring available, the word parquet simply means a flooring composed of blocks arranged in a geometric pattern. 
Below are some parquet laying patterns from Amtico:

example of different parquet laying patterns

Chevron vs herringbone examples

Two very popular styles of parquet flooring are Herringbone and Chevron. You will no doubt have come across the two styles in many interior design publications, over social media or of course when browsing flooring collections online.

So whats the difference anyway?

Both options look amazing and can really add intricacy and detail to a space. Furthermore they can be used as a visual tool to draw the eye around a space.


Chevron floors are quite simple to tell apart from herringbone once your know what to look for. Chevron floors utilise a similar zig-zag pattern as herringbone, however the planks are cut at an angle to form a 'V' shape when laid together. this also produced long, straight, unbroken lines. 
The Chevron laying pattern is great for increasing the making a space appear larger. The design also creates a flow with the directional pattern making small or narrow spaces feel longer by creating the illusion of greater floor space.

Chevron laying pattern

 Chevron examples


A herringbone floor pattern differs from a chevron floor in that the planks are all regular rectangles and when laid they form a staggered zig-zag pattern. There are no long straight lines where the planks meet. Instead there are many more intricate joins.
Herringbone is perhaps the more traditional of the two styles having appeared as early as the 16th century before cheaper, easier to produce alternatives like carpets and sheet vinyl had even been invented. Herringbone however, is anything but outdated and stuffy. It looks superb in today's super minimalistic homes as well as period settings.
Because of our perception of herringbone floors they give certain connotations of grandeur and sophistication. This means that they are a great investment in terms of adding value to your home.
At WB Jamieson we are asked for this style of flooring more and more, one that can be found in both residential and commercial properties.

Herringbone laying pattern


Herringbone examples


To conclude, there are subtle differences between herringbone and chevron flooring patterns but both give an exceptional appearance. Hopefully this little post has gone some way to help you identify the difference in chevron and herringbone styles and has helped you in making a decision for your flooring.



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