From ancient pottery to heraldry and military insignia, the chevron pattern has been used in embellishments for centuries. The modern version is found in upholstery, furnishings and accessories and is a trendy way to add interest to decor in any room of the home. Used in moderation, it is a perfect accent, and in larger doses, well, it can be a focal point in any space, big or small.
Pillows and Cushions
The easiest way to incorporate the chevron pattern is with a cushion or pillow. Depending on how wide the pattern is or how much the colors contrast, it can be a bold accent or a subtle addition to a room. Jonathan Adler is a master with accessories and here he has injected a bit of boldness into an otherwise subdued blue and white color palette.
Cushions in a softer, pastel hue adorned with a textured chevron pattern are a continuation of the quiet sophistication of this chair and setting. It’s an understated way to add texture as well as this trendy pattern to your living room.
A tighter chevron pattern with slightly irregular lines in an earthy orange is a subtle but still colorful option. Using the pattern on a cushion and repeating it on the planter contributes continuity to the decor. Choosing neutral colors for the other patterns in the, such as in the rug, also help make for a serene feeling.
A chevron pattern rug can be a great base for your room’s decor and again, it can be bold or understated. Here, Poltrona Frau uses an irregularly patterned chevron rug as an anchor for its leather chairs and sofa. The neutral color palette compliments the furnishings and allows them to take center stage because it does not compete with the shapes and materials.
Conversely, a chevron pattern in a brighter hue with crisp lines is more dramatic. The large single chevron is more modern than tighter patterns with more repetition. Jonathan Adler pairs this light and breezy blue chevron rug with a bold sofa and plenty of accessories that make for a lively and polished living room setting.
Chairs upholstered in chevron-patterned textiles are another way to incorporate this motif into your decor, often in a bigger, bolder way. If you’re committed to a bold chevron pattern, a fresh way to enliven your dining room is to upholster your dining chairs in a colorful pattern. This dining set from Boffi has large, comfortable chairs that are clad in an irregular chevron pattern that has the feeling of an ikat fabric.
Of course, bold patterns aren’t the only choice for a chevron-patterned dining set. This elegant set from VG features a chevron-textured fabric in an opulent gold hue. Upholstered with a round back panel highlighted by the circular welt, the set commands attention.
Large, crisp chevrons can be a focal point in a neutral hued setting as well. Here, two clean-lined armchairs are upholstered in a gold and brown pattern. They catch the eye without being overwhelming because of overstuffed cushions are limited to the seat and back, highlighted by the spare wood frame.
These armchairs from Smania inject a little more color into the pattern with subtle bluish grays. These chairs are ample but not slouchy, making them suitable for a formal space. The chevron pattern is large, but the multiple lines within each section of color help tone down the crispness of the pattern.
This armchair from Lamborghini is positively luxurious. The velvet fabric in a very regular and tight chevron texture help create a chair that looks comfortable and cozy. The choice of golden color and plushness of the upholstery come together in a chair that is neutral but oh-so-far from boring. Just like the company’s cars, the chairs are extra special.
Chevron patterns can also play a bold role in a funkier style of decorating. This upholstered armchair is a bit quirky, with the more adventurous color combination and a geometric style of chevron pattern. The Moda Dora chair is definitely a statement. It’s also a good example of how to mix chevron patterns. The cushion repeats a color in the same family as the bold aqua the in the chair pattern. However, it combines the aqua with a more muted contrast stripe that includes a bit of shine.
Even funkier is this chair from Evan Crane, featuring a chevron basket weave style pattern that used with an unusual chair design. The metal back support sits atop oversized, runs wooden arms. The mix of finishes and materials makes for a very uncommon piece.
A tropical or jungle room can also sport some chevrons in the right style. This wicker armchair is padded with cushions that are covered in a chevron fabric that has a leafy feeling. Irregular stripes are more of a scribble design that has a decidedly casual feel and works well with the relaxed furnishings. While this fabric is in a muted blue, this would work equally well with bolder earth tones, such as a jungle green.
A patio or deck is a natural for chevron-patterned pieces thanks to the weaving that makes up many outdoor chairs and lounges. Moroso’s Shadowy chair fits the bill in more than one way. It’s an obvious statement chair thanks to its unique throne-like design that curls overhead. The bold blue and green woven chevron pattern is colorful, adding brightness to any outdoor seating area.
Lovers of a more neutral palette can incorporate pieces like these from Selamat that have a woven chevron design but are more conservative in nature. The tropical designs have an interesting shape and natural looking frames that are enhanced by the geometric use of the chevron on the seats and backs.
Another great idea is freshening up an existing outdoor chair with a cushion done in a chevron pattern. This one from Smania pairs a bright frame with a more subdued chevron pattern, but a bold chevron would also work here.
The chevron pattern in home decor does not have to be limited to upholstered pieces and accessories. Larger home furnishings can feature the motif in wood and painted finishes. This ultra-luxury custom humidor from Toncelli has spectacular wood grain throughout, but the interior of the main doors is done in a marvelous chevron design.
Marble is a wonderful material for the home, especially when it is used in a table like this one from Epoca. The black and white stone in the base is fashioned into a very wide chevron pattern that is a marvelous contrast to the metallic balls that sit atop the slab.
A more eclectic and modern chevron motif is featured on this side table from Moroso. The different colors and random pattern, with an unmatched chevron concept, make for a delightful accent table. It’s a really different take on the standard chevron.
A little dose of chevron can be very eye-catching when used in a different way. This “two tone” nightstand from Internum features one-half of the front done in a black and white chevron pattern. It’s a modest amount of pattern on a small piece and is just enough to be interesting, different and sophisticated.
Evan Crane also used his funky chevron pattern to upholster this unusual sofa. Supported by a pie of a real steel I beam, the mix of materials and unique construction come together in a sofa that is perfect for adding an eclectic vibe to a room. The clash of colors contributes to the singular style of the piece.
Textured chevron upholstery in a very rich velvet makes for an ultra-luxurious piece by Lamborghini. The tufted pattern is more pronounced with this kind of fabric and has a more formal air than a printed chevron. This is a very sophisticated sofa that could grace a living room or an executive office.
Galerie Kreo’s daybed also features tufted, not printed chevrons but has a totally different feel. The neutral color and extra large chevrons render the piece more modern and casual but no less elegant. It is another good example of how extra large chevrons have a more modern flair.
This wicker and bamboo sofa has upholstered cushion done in a leafy-looking chevron pattern that is very fitting for the style of furniture. The orange color keeps it on trend without looking too jungly. Adding tropical printed cushions gives enough of a plant feel without going overboard.
We mentioned pillows and cushions at the beginning as a great way to try out some chevron patterns in your home, but they are not the only way to add this motif in smaller doses. Occasional pieces and accessories can inject some pattern in the room, whether you choose to go bold or not. VG’s chevron tufted ottoman in a delicate pink is the perfect accent piece for a bedroom, sitting area, or large, luxurious walk in closet.
Another easy, and cost-effective way to experiment with chevrons is with a blanket or throw. The wide chevron pattern, separated by thin white lines, is a bit tribal looking and blends well with other patterns in the same color family as demonstrated with the cushions.
Chevron throws are also good for adding a pop of color. This bedroom setting by Urban Barn is jazzed up with pops of orange including the throw, which features a conservative chevron pattern, which could pair with a wide variety of bedding styles and patterns.
At the funky end, you can even get a modern lamp done in a chevron pattern. This lamp is very different because it comes packed flat and inflates, shade and all, ready to plug in and turn on. The chevron pattern is eclectic and does not join up in a continuous line as most such patterns do.
Chevrons even show up in geometric art pieces, perfect for modern spaces or if you’re not a fan of traditional paintings. This piece pairs the bold black and white pattern with a pink contrast section that goes well with the mixed front cabinet in a setting by Davina Nais. Wall art is a great way to add chevrons because you can easily move it to a different space if you want to switch up the look of the room.
Pots, vases and other small accessories are often available in a chevron pattern and these are easily mixed and matched with other patterns, as shown in the display of flower pots. Let your imagination be your guide as you mix different accessories, some with chevrons and some without, to achieve the look you want.
Chevron tile is a big commitment to the motif but it can be a bold look for a bathroom or a kitchen, either as a full tile job or just an accent wall. These from Highstyle include a black and white contrasting chevron combo that we would love to see in a retro bathroom.
This is just a small array of the ways that you can use a chevron pattern in your home. It’s a classic motif that never really goes out of style — it’s just the specific renderings of chevrons that go in and out of fashion. Regardless, find one that works for your space and use it as much as you like.