Over the past year or two, you might have read a lot about how the chevron pattern is now out of style and should disappear from your home in favor of other geometrics.
Yes, chevron was overdone: It was everywhere and in huge quantities. So, while some may say it’s over, remember that the chevron pattern has been around for ages and is not likely to go away completely.
Instead of eliminating it, homeowners and designers who like the pattern are using it in more subtle ways and more judiciously. A single chevron accent or one tasteful piece in this pattern is enough. Plus, if you really don’t want to use the basic chevron, there are a couple of similar options. Actually, these two alternatives are often confused with chevron.
Flame Stitch Pattern
This is traditionally called a bargello pattern or sometimes the Florentine stitch. Fashionistas will also recognize it as the iconic pattern in Missoni knit fabrics. A flame stitch is generally a series of long, vertical stitches creating a zig-zagging pattern that varies in height. Its popularity soared in the 17th Century and it has been a décor staple ever since.
The herringbone pattern often looks a bit like a chevron because it involves rectangles placed in a vee-shaped arrangement. This pattern is often used for tiles and wood planks and is named so because it somewhat resembles the bones of a fish. According to King & Allen Tailoring, it actually dates back to the Roman Empire, where it was used for roadways, or ancient Egypt, where the pattern is found in jewelry.
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 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.
A cheerful, colorful bathroom uses a number of prints but the dominant one is the flame design on the drapes. The printed fabric mimics a flame stitch and is a very stylish choice to tie in the green vanity. Unlike the typical chevron pattern you might find that only uses two colors and is a streamlined graphic, a flame stitch incorporates a number of hues and is ideal for unifying a space.
A flame stitch can also be found in more limited color palettes as in this master bedroom. The canopy and bench cushion are done in a blue and white combination that incorporates a neutral gray as well. The pattern and the colors are excellent in a traditional blue and white décor scheme and perfectly complement the painted tile pattern on the walls.
Using a chevron pattern on a statement piece of furniture is a great way to add this still-popular pattern to a space. When you do this, it should be the only element of chevron in the room to avoid overkill. This cabinet from HT&D is a great example because it’s a classic chevron in a gray-blue with a neutral pairing, which in this case is the wood of the cabinet and you can see the natural grain in the spaces.
Woven chevron textiles are a fabulous choice when mixing patterns because they provide color as well as texture. This selection from Echo shows a successfully blended collection of fabrics that includes a classic paisley and striped option along with the chevon in a burnt orange and finally the contemporary irregular dot pattern in a neutral dark beige. This set of textiles is why you should sample different prints together: Sometimes the most gorgeous combinations at first glance don’t seem like they will work together.
If chevron is definitely a favorite, installing a tiled accent is an option, albeit a permanent one. A neutral or monochrome color scheme is the most versatile and pleasing option – and generally the best choice. This tiled fireplace is set in a totally neutral space, but if you want color in the room, it’s best to add it with accents, bedding or furniture and leave the tiling in the most flexible range of hues, like this one.
Adding a pop of color with a chevron pattern is another technique for incorporating this bold graphic into your home. A serene contemporary living room is largely done in neutrals with yellow accents, the largest of which is the chevron rug. While it is bold, it repeats the gray tomes in the room along with the bright yellow and only the cushions on the sofa provide additional color. It helps anchor the space, define yellow as the accent and brighten what could have been an overly safe color scheme.