Chevrons are a design classic. They have been used since the times of heraldry to indicate rank and status. Nowadays, the V-shaped chevron offers something of a utilitarian look, perhaps because we are so used to seeing them indicating traffic flow on road signs. Chevrons and zig zags make for a visually dynamic look, when applied in interior designs.
The style offers an ultra modern look that can be highly graphical, so don’t mix them up with busy floral designs, for instance. Coordinate different elements of your décor with chevrons by all means, but let them stand out and dominate the room’s visual look.
Because chevrons are so eye catching it is best not to overdo them. A couple of touches with chevrons goes a lot further than a really themed look to the room. Indeed, subtle additions to a design, such as zig zagged light switches are the perfect way of enlivening a décor without it becoming too much.
Choose one wall for the chevron look since more than one can create too much dazzle. For a master bedroom, for instance, choose the wall behind your headboard and use large chevrons in two coordinating tones.
A kid’s room that has a mixture of colors can be brought together by a chevron accent wall. Powder pink chevrons, for example, will bring down the overall tone of a room which has hot pink furniture.
Remember that chevrons don’t have to be two colors only. Three and four also work. Another good tip, for an original look, is to offset your chevrons from one another, by using a stencil. And you don’t need to paint or wallpaper the wall to get the look – wall hung chevron art will do the job, too.
Chevrons look good on modern furniture. They are a great way to update a chest of drawers with a new, dynamic paint application. Equally, chevrons are a great choice for material to reupholster your dining room chairs.
Another good way of giving your living room a contemporary, graphical look is with a chevron rug. Go for bold color contrast with black and white or navy and cream.
Traditional wooden floors are also a great way of incorporating chevrons into your home in a more subtle way. Zig zag floor tiling and lino is another cool option that will work in a bathroom as well as a kitchen.
Chevron designs on drapes are not for everybody. When the curtains are drawn the look is very dramatic. However, it can really suit some room’s décor. If you have blocks of solid color on your walls, the look is broken up by chevron drapes.
They can also work in rooms with another strident geometric design, such as horizontal stripes. Roman blinds are a good way of incorporating high contrast chevrons into a room. Try to coordinate their look with something else in the room, such as lamp shades.
Chevrons make excellent tile designs because the shapes continue to flow from one tile to the next. Chevron shapes will work perfectly for a splash back area of your kitchen, behind the hob. Another simple way of getting a cool chevron look is to buy rectangular tiles and set them into a tessellating V-formation – like a parquet floor design but on the wall. Finish off your zig zag kitchen with a chevron inspired accessory, such as a funky serving tray.