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. 

 

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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.

 

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

 

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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.

 


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