THE CHEVRON PATTERN
Since yesterday I introduced herringbone into the design mix, (for those of you who missed it, click here.) today I thought I’d kick it up a notch and introduce the chevron pattern, herringbone’s more outgoing sibling. With the chevron, the stripe is continuous (think zig zag), whereas with herringbone, there is a shift in position at the point where the stripe changes direction, creating an illusion of a subtle stripe pattern.
While herringbone is a little more subtle, especially when used in a small scale, there is nothing subtle about a chevron. I guess you could say that the chevron is the more modern and contemporary counterpart to the herringbone. The chevron pattern is all about contrast and when used, it’s purpose is usually to be noticed and to make a statement.
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Lately I have seen a lot of wide soft grey and white stripes (especially horizontal -click to see my post on grey and white stripes from a few weeks ago), chevrons, and herringbones – perhaps because there is less of a contrast and it blends into the room, while adding a contemporary and fresh feel.
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The bigger the contrast in color, the bigger statement the pattern will make, as when black and white are used. There is no way you are going to miss a black and white chevron pattern, as it’s main purpose is to be noticed and make a statement, and that it does! It should be no surprise that when a black and white chevron is used in a room, it is usually as an accessory such as a rug or pillow, as they are less permanent and can be changed out on a moment’s notice.
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I love the runner below – it is so refreshing for a contemporary pattern such as a bold black and white chevron to be integrated into a traditional space with the classic colonial bannister and the dado on the wall below (What, do you ask, is dado? Yeah, I know – fancy word, right? It’s the lower portion of the wall – the wood panelling that sits above the base board and the wall above. For a while I was calling it Daddy-O until I was corrected by a stiff upper lipped classmate in design school who was not amused by my sense of humor)
My former house in New Jersey had a staircase which was almost identical to the one pictured below- wish I had thought of this!
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Anyways, chevron is IN, and here are some fun ways to integrate this fun pattern into your lifestyle. For the not so timid, some colorful selections to adorn your house (or yourself):
3. Havana Throw ($335)
4. Handpainted Tray with Gold Trim, with or without monogram ($155, add $20 for monogram)
5. “Sun Dream” Top – girls, Ella Moss ($58)
6. Buckley Chevron Mug in Coral ($80)
7. Meridian Chevron Blouse, Joie ($188)
8. 25 Boatman Geller Chevron Notes, Plain Envelopes ($70)
And for those of you with an aversion to color or who prefer things to be a little more understated:
1. New Arrivals Wall Clock ($46)
2. Chevron Baking/Candy Cups ($8.99)
3. Silvery Chevron Tray ($228)
4. Bella Gray Pillow ($270)
5. Buckley Chevron Berry Bowl ($84)
6. Ella Moss Print Tunic Swim Coverup ($145)
7. Dwell Studio Chevron Ash Pillow ($125)
8. 6′ x 9′ Chevron Hide Rug ($2789)
9. Current/Elliot Chevron Skinny Jeans ($178)
p.s. Just a little while ago I received a text from a friend who was missing her daily morning read. Truth be told, I was up late, delirious as usual, and after my forehead hit the keyboard one too many times, I knew it was time to call it a night. So here is today’s post – better late than never…
Have a wonderful weekend – it’s supposed to be a nice warm sunny few days here in Southern California. I hope it’s the same wherever you are!