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Chevron Flooring Vs Herringbone Flooring: What's the Difference?

19 Oct 2021

Chevron and Herringbone are two types of engineered timber flooring patterns that are laid differently to create unique visual effects. Chevron and Herringbone are two of the most popular engineered timber flooring designs.

These two flooring types also have their benefits for different reasons so let's take a look at the differences between chevron floors vs herringbone floors!

What Is Chevron?

Chevron flooring is a design style that consists of alternating straight and diagonal stripes. The term "chevron" refers to the chevrons used for military uniforms, which was popularised by French emperor Napoleon Bonaparte. Chevron patterns are often seen in modern residences as well as various other commercial spaces like restaurants and stores.

What Is Herringbone?

Herringbone is a type of parquet floor that has its wood strips laid in an alternating direction. The resulting pattern looks like the spine of the herring fish, which is why it's called herringbone! This design was popularised by French cabinet makers in the 18th century and has been used for everything from carpets to jewellery ever since.

What’s The Difference Between Chevron and Herringbone?

Although Herringbone and Chevron are two styles of parquetry, they're both very different flooring designs.

Herringbone floors use complete rectangular blocks or planks whereas Chevrons' pieces come with the short ends cut at a 45 degree angle.

You can see the difference in the examples below:

What Are The Benefits Of Chevron Flooring?

Chevron timber floors offer a range of design benefits to residential and commercial projects. Here are a few to help you decide if your space would benefit from this flooring style.

Chevron Flooring Looks Great

With a classic aesthetic, Chevron enables your space to enjoy a warm and natural appeal.

Chevron Flooring Creates Movement

The unique "V" shaped arrowed Chevron pattern creates a sense of movement bringing your space to life.

Chevron Flooring Is Versatile

Chevron is a versatile flooring pattern that works well in both smaller and larger spaces.

Chevron Is Cost-effective

Whether you choose solid or engineered timber, Chevron floors are now available to home and business owners at a great price.

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What Are The Benefits Of Herringbone Flooring?

We know Herringbone offers a timeless option to any room but it also has many benefits which we’ve outlined below.

Cost-effectiveness of Herringbone Flooring

Herringbone floors are a luxurious flooring option that you can afford to install in your home or business. Thanks to modern manufacturing, this beautiful flooring is now available at an affordable price.

Herringbone Offers Both Strength and Durability

With the way Herringbone blocks are fitted and laid, your timber floor will be stronger, which means you'll have longer-lasting wood flooring for decades to come.

The Versatility of Herringbone

The warm, classic aesthetic of Herringbone parquetry makes it a versatile flooring choice. With its natural beauty and genuine warmth, Herringbone is the perfect talking point for any room in your home or office space.

The Aesthetic Feel of Herringbone

Herringbone is the perfect addition to any room. As it sweeps up, you will notice how it's intricate design creates a feeling of elegance and sophistication in your space.

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Are Chevron and Herringbone Flooring Still In Style?

As a pattern, Chevron is still in style and you’ll often see it on clothing, blankets, towels and stationery. The chevron flooring design has undergone a Renaissance because of its effectiveness to create spacious designs for smaller projects while also having an antique personality with a modern-day feel.

The classic design of the Herringbone engineered floor has always been the perfect statement for guests, customers and clients. With its timeless aesthetic value from French chateaus, it brings luxury into any space, which is why Herringbone flooring will be an ideal choice in your home or office renovation project.

To Chevron Or To Herringbone? That Is The Question

If you can’t decide whether Herringbone or Chevron flooring would suit your space check out the Havwoods Floor Visualiser tool to visualise both flooring patterns in your own home office.

You can also request a free flooring sample online or contact our friendly team today. 

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Need some more guidance in creating the perfect home office space? Book a complimentary interior design consultation with our fully qualified, in-house Interior Designer, Simone.

Explore samples of varying materials, colours, and textures and build a mood board that reflects the look you are after and pairs perfectly with your timber flooring choice. Simone can help you to feel confident and excited with your choices, ensuring a beautiful, cohesive interior design scheme to help you be productive and feel wonderful in your very own home office space!

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