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Chevron And Herringbone Patterns: Add Exciting Zigzags To Your Kitchen!

It was just a few days back that we talked about the hottest design trends for spring and summer 2014 and how the use of old, urbane geometric patterns is a perfect way to enliven our homes this season. While there are plenty of options when it comes to adding cool geometric prints, nothing matches the sleek sophistication and whimsical charm of Chevron. These exquisite zigzag patterns have been making quite a splash both in the fashion and interior design worlds in the last few years. While chevron bedding, drapes and fabric are used extensively, today we take a look at snazzy zigzags in the kitchen.

Custom Chevron Pattern Tiles in the Contemporary Kitchen

by Jute Interior Design

Adding a chevron and herringbone backsplash to the kitchen is one of the hip, cool trends of the year. Bringing both visual and textural variance, the patterns create instant focal points when coupled with the right track and recessed lighting. Fashionable, audacious, refined and even playful at times, zigzags can usher in both color and contrast with ease. Here are a few gorgeous kitchens spaces that show you how to get it done with panache!

Exquisite backsplash in the transitional kitchen

by Romanelli & Hughes Custom Home Builders

Innovative way of adding chevron pattern to the kitchen island

Lighting plays an importat role in highlighting the backdrop

Ultra-modern kitchen with a viusally distinct herringbone backsplash

Mediterranean kitchen with a relaxed ambiance

Gorgeous kitchen with cool backsplash in herringbone pattern

by Croma Design

Classy and understated use of the chevron pattern in kitchen

by CONTET Architecture

Chevron pattern tile for the modern kitchen

by Jim Schmid Photography

Charismatic and Colorful Chevron

One of the obvious advantages of a using the chevron design is the ease with which one can fashion the focal point of the room. While simple stripes can become monotonous at times, chevron allows you to add pattern and design without having to move away from the clean and well-defined look of the contemporary style. The simple “V” shape looks great even in minimalist homes and can transcend both themes and kitchen styles with ease. A cool backsplash with chevron tiles is often the preferred choice in the kitchen. But wood flooring in chevron design is arguably the most beautiful and serene way of adding this pattern to the modern kitchen.

Keeping it minimal and stylish in the kitchen

by Anyon Design

Chevron pattern roman shade in the kitchen

by River Oak Cabinetry & Design

Kitchen flooring with chevron pattern tiles

by Studio Z Architecture

In case wood is not your preferred choice, you can work with chevron tiles to produce a similar look that is equally appealing. But spring is all about expressing yourself in a bolder and more exuberant fashion. Try out a backsplash in chevron that uses tangy orange or trendy turquoise to usher in a dash of freshness and color. Throw in a zig here and zag there with kitchenware that complements the chevron styles and you are all set!

Vibrant Chevron Backsplash in the Kitchen

Subtle chevron pattern for the cool kitchen backsplash

by Venegas and Company

Chevron rug in a traditional kitchen

by Paul Anater

Chevron wood floors are perfect for small kitchens

Industrial kitchen with blue cabinets that steal the show

by Beyond Beige Interior Design

Spacious contemporary kitchen

Herringbone: Spot the Difference

We often like to keep things simple when to comes to design. Decorating your home must be a statement from your heart and not a collection of curated ideas from experts! But, there are times when more information helps you in making a far more informed choice. The difference between chevron and herringbone patterns is one such instance. Chevron is an inverted V-shaped pattern where the edges are distinct and match up perfectly. But in the case of herringbone, the V-shape is created from 90-degree angles between the tiles.

Closer look at the herringbone style

The image above is a cool kitchen backsplash where the tiles are set in the herringbone pattern. As you can see, the tiles are not cut at an angle and the V-shaped pattern is created due to their placement. Line them up one next to another and you get simple straight lines and a backsplash that looks very normal.

Closer look at the Chevron Pattern

Now this is a chevron pattern with the edges that are cut to an angle. A simple way to notice the difference is to look at the arrowhead (If you assume the” V” to be one). If the tiles make up a perfect arrowhead of two lines in equal length, then it is a chevron. If one side is shorter than the other and the V is staggered, then it’s a herringbone. It’s not rocket science, and once you are aware of this, you can notice the difference with ease.

Here are a few more herringbone pattern inspirations for the kitchen –

Rustic kitchen with a trendy Herringbone backsplash

by Moon Bros

Use tile to create a beautiful backsplash in the kitchen

Herringbone pattern tile flooring in the kitchen

by ARMOUR+VOKIC Architecture

Oak laid in a herringbone pattern in the kitchen

by Jute Interior Design

Open Kitchenette with a chic backsplash

Gray is the hottest neutral of 2014

by EVAA International

Beautiful kitchen with an island table

by TerraCotta Studio

Pattern of the kitchen floor adds sleek sophistication to the room

by Summer Thornton Design

Rugs, Drapes and More

When it comes to adding zigzags to the kitchen, wooden floors and backsplashes take the top honors. They also seem to make the biggest difference to the ambiance of the room. But committing to a certain style or pattern in such a significant manner might not be your thing. Maybe you just want to add chevron patterns to the kitchen till winter kicks in again. Roman shades and rugs get this accomplished with effortless ease. Obviously you do not have to make any permanent changes, yet you can reap the many benefits that zigzags bring. Try a few out-of-the-box ideas like cool bar stools in chevron or lovely drapes in the adjoining dining area.

Large bar stools add a contemporary touch to the space

by Krejci Associates, Architects

Chevron strip rug in the kitchen

by Fautt Homes Corp

Beach style kitchen with chevron pattern shades

by Stephen Graver

Give your kitchen an eclectic makeover

by CM Glover

Spring is the time for new beginnings, and in 2014, it might be time to embrace some energizing zigzags while sticking to your favorite kitchen theme. As you may have noticed, both chevron and herringbone patterns seem right at home in kitchens that range from the rustic to the minimal and from the traditional to the eclectic. Are you ready to ride this trendy wave?

Drapes add style both to the kitchen and the dining spaces

by M/I Homes

Add accent color and pattren with a simple chevron rug

by Lisa Gabrielson Design

A vertical twist on the chevron backsplash

by Kitchens Unlimited – Dottie Petrilak

Enhance the accent hue with shades in chevron stripes

by Shaker Interiors

Notice the colorful Chevron wall above

by Daleet Spector Design

Sherry Nothingam
Sherry is a blogger who loves to live her life to the fullest. She enjoys everything associated with design, décor and stylish modern trends. Born in California, Sherry has grown up on open ranches and in a wild setting, which has defined her taste for design and developed her interest in examining how structures and homes interact with the beauti[...]

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