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.
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.