Bold, geometric patterns have become staples of home décor when it comes to furniture covers and accent pieces. These same patterns can be applied effectively to one of the largest expanses in the home – the floor.
One of the most popular patterns from clothing design to home décor is the chevron. Here are some of our suggestions for integrating chevron pattern flooring into your home:
Find Your Optimal Color And Medium
A chevron pattern is very versatile as it lends itself well to many types of flooring giving you the freedom to creatively play with color and tone. Chevron floors are often seen in natural and manufactured wood looks. You can use dark or light finishes to create a neutral flooring concept. The grains in natural wood can produce a more multi-toned result. Laminate or tile, can be used to fashion a chevron patterned floor. When using two-toned wood or tiles, the shades of the pattern of rows or columns can be alternated to create variety.
Less Is More
When considering applying a chevron pattern to the floor of a room, think about the way that room is or will be decorated. A chevron pattern looks most elegant when set against solid finishes such as single colored walls. Completing prints on wallpaper, furniture, and rugs can clash. Avoid using too many additional chevron patterns in the room as well. An overabundance of the pattern will make the room appear busy.
Let The Floor Be The Focus
A boldly defined pattern like a chevron naturally draws the eye to the floor. The chevron pattern pops when placed up against solid colored flooring or boards that are laid in a traditional horizontal or vertical position. Chevron flooring can be used in entire rooms where the rest of the décor is not too bold. This pattern is also frequently used in transitional spaces like hallways where the pattern stands out against the flooring of the rooms standing opposite. Chevron floors spaces can also be used within rooms to draw attention to special areas like fireplaces.
Know Your Chevron
A technically tricky aspect of chevron is that it is a close cousin to herringbone. If you are looking for the pointed, angular look that chevron provides, there are several things to look for in your flooring. Pieces of wood or tile are cut on an angle rather than the perfect rectangle that is used in herringbone. While herringbone planks are laid in a zigzag pattern so that the end of one piece meets the side of another, in chevron flooring the points of slanted planks are laid tip to tip to form a triangular point. While the difference seems subtle the two effects are drastically different. To ensure the pattern you are looking at is truly chevron, draw a vertical line between planks – the tips should meet at the line rather than overlapping.
A chevron pattern gives you a wide variety of options to suit every taste. Chevron is compatible with multiple mediums and colors making it a favorable choice for flooring. Have you installed your flooring in a chevron pattern? Share your story with us in the comments below!