Pattern is one of the biggest trends this year and perhaps this decade. It is a trend that’s here to stay! One of the most easy-going patterns of all is chevron. It’s basically a zigzag line that creates a sense of a flowing breeze right through all that is static, solid and stagnant. Just a touch of a single chevron pattern and you’ll feel the difference. It spices everything up!
Upholstery fabrics, embroidered pillows, rugs, curtains, duvet covers are just a few textiles that “modernize” a space with their geometric pattern. They create strong focal points that help accentuate the surrounding space. Sometimes they are small and subtle like a throw pillow yet, other times big and loud like a rug making a strong unforgettable impact.
But, the best match in my book is when you mix their sizes. Combining different scales is a very effective way to make any pattern work. This can then be topped with the addition other geometric patterns for bolder combinations that will keep everything up to date without losing its edge in the long run.
Since it is very easy to get confused between chevron and the herringbone patterns here’s a pointer: the chevron pattern is a distinct symmetrical zigzag continuous line with peaks and lows. On the other hand, the herringbone pattern has discontinuities because it has overlaps, just like in the image below. Thus, it makes the impression of a weave-in surface.
The high-end Italian fashion house Missoni for example is highly associated with the chevron pattern that they have employed in their knitwear and homeware. But chevron patterns are versatile and as such they are not restricted to just textiles. The introduction of this traditional pattern in a space onto floors, bathroom walls, kitchen backsplash or a bedroom’s accent wall adds energy and sophistication in a most elegant way creating beautiful combinations.
Its appeal lies in the fact that it draws you into the space. That is why the chevron pattern is one of my all-time-favorite patterns! It is timeless and elegant, so you can’t go wrong with it!
Ready to embrace the chevron pattern? Then go off and go wild with it! And if you feel up to mixing more patterns in your design scheme, then I recommend you read my brief guide on mixing patterns and colors like a pro!
Till next time,