9/18/13

OBSESSING ABOUT: HERRINGBONE


I've been working on a client's formal living room and this pattern kept cropping up in the fabrics
and rugs we chose.  I remembered how much I enjoy a little menswear pattern in a room
I wrote about it here first, but today I'm focusing on just one pattern...
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Herringbone

These patterns are more commonly associated with men's clothing, but
Herringbone and its close cousin Chevron are making a big splash in home decorating



Both are a zig zag pattern - Herringbone consists of  90 degree angles and overlapping rectangles
while Chevrons have angles that form a 'v' and can range from 20 to 45 degrees
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herringbone and chevron are both ancient patterns
used in ancient Rome and Greece in pottery and mosaics
but look quite delicious in modern applications
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much like the backsplash above
and the floor below
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chevron patterns need to be cut to fit the required angle

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manipulating the color on a herringbone pattern
can create a zig zag pattern
and a big graphic impact
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this floor was created using strips of chevron patterns
in opposing directions
kind of fabulous, right?
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How about a little DIY Artwork (with paint chips?)

Herringbone and Chevron can look identical when the pattern creates a right angle (90 degrees)
and colors alternate

 but chevron has more room for versatility

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 both patterns have become very popular in fabrics, accessories, plates, flooring and tile applications
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This pillow was created using an ordinary striped fabric
check out Dana's DIY
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chevron

reversed 1/2 way
repeated in the dining room
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herringbone backsplash
in a more subtle marble
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chevron or herringbone painted wall
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I particularly love hardwood planks
laid in a herringbone pattern
I like the subtle pattern


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Chevron patterns don't have to follow a traditional zig zag pattern
by alternating the light and dark elements, very interesting
designs can be created

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likewise varying width of the elements will
create a more interesting design

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I think herringbone is my favorite backsplash pattern right now...

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I'm a little excited on how you can manipulate the pattern - like this double tile application below.

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I like how it can take on a seriously masculine look, like the example above...
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or be soft and feminine..

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and floors are so much more interesting with a little herringbone going on

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or a little chevron for that matter...

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wherever you use a long rectangle, it has the potential to be
herringbone
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can you have too much herringbone?


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Herrington has been around a while...
and brick has long been a favorite material for herringbone applications

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I do like it inside this fireplace, too
a little design in an out of the way area..


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love the painted chevron floor!
and this time worn paint on a rustic herringbone floor

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sometimes these patterns can take on a very modern look, 
but they are actually ancient patterns -
classic patterns that stand the test of time


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herringbone

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chevron 

love them?
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most definitely!

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You can make a cute herringbone DIY tabletop from paint sticks
from Craft Gossip - very cute idea!

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Had enough?
Me neither!

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You definitely don't have to be a guy to try Herringbone or Chevron patterns in your home,
but the guys in your life will probably feel more 'at home' if you do

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