Can you tell the difference between these two flooring patterns?
They have the same look, but achieve it in different ways. And its important to understand this difference if you are ever considering having flooring or wall tile installed in a Chevron or Herringbone patter.
Here’s a simple image to show you the difference
So the picture on the left is technically considered a Chevron pattern, while the image on the right is a Herringbone pattern.
The main difference between the two is the cuts used during installation. If you look closely, you will notice that the Chevron pattern cuts the ends of the wood or tile at a 45 degree angle. They join with another 45 degree edge in order to make a right angle, thereby creating this arrow-like pattern.
With a Herringbone patten, the wood or tile is cut at a 90 degree angle. The cut edge is then placed perpendicular to another 90 degree cut in order to form the right angle creating the pattern, as shown below.
Now you may be asking, “Why do I need to know this?”. Well, if you are ever considering one of these patterns for your floor or wall, you will want to ensure that you ask for the right thing. A good Interior Designer would confirm with you before working with the installer – but you should be specific. Or else you could end up with either a style you didn’t ask for OR unexpected increases in the cost.
If you are not working directly with the installer or flooring company, make sure you are specific as to the style you want. Chevron and Herringbone patterns generally have more waste so your cost will definitely be higher than a typical install. You will want to make sure that you are ordering enough and the installer knows exactly the job to be done (and is skilled at doing it).
Perhaps you are asking, what’s my preference. While both give roughly the same effect – I do prefer the Herringbone style as there is less of a pronounced line. However, it really is a personal preference. Here are some of my favourite inspirational Herringbone pictures.
I did find a couple cool Chevron patterns also.
So there you have it. Hopefully some useful advice for you if your considering flooring design options. It’s definitely a great way to add some major style to your home.
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