Herringbone vs. Chevron: What's the Difference?

April 27, 2016

Many people don’t know the difference between a Chevron and Herringbone pattern and often will use the word “Chevron” to describe them both.

But, don’t be fooled, they are not the same! The key is in the zig-zag joint.

Here is a bathroom from Oxa Architecture with gray tile in a chevron pattern. 




As you can see, the pieces are lined up with the ends touching which form a miter joint. 

On the other hand, the homeowner for the Model ReModel selected elegant brown tiles in a herringbone pattern for one of the upstairs bathrooms.

With the herringbone, the ends are butted.




Here is an illustration from Remodelista that shows the difference really well.



Now you can speak about this with authority. Or at least go around correcting architects who get it wrong.


—Erika Taylor is editor of Professional Remodeler magazine.