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What's the difference between Chevron and Herringbone?

Creating a stunning interior design is not just about choosing the right furniture and wall colour. The flooring you choose will also make a significant impact on the overall look and feel of your space. Wood flooring has always been a popular choice for homeowners who want to add warmth, beauty and a touch of sophistication to their home.

When we think of more traditional wood flooring styles, Herringbone and Chevron are two patterns that come to mind. Both patterns are known for their timeless elegance and sophisticated look. However, many people confuse the two, so let's clear this up and explore the difference between Chevron and Herringbone wood flooring.

Chevron flooring pattern

A Chevron wood floor features planks that are cut at an angle and then fitted together to create a continuous, V-shaped pattern. The planks are cut at a 45-degree angle, and the ends fit together perfectly, creating a seamless V-pattern. This pattern is repeated throughout the entire floor to create a uniform look.

Chevron wood flooring has been used for centuries. The floor style offers a classic look usually found in high-end, traditional homes. The pattern creates a sense of movement and direction, drawing the eye into a room to make a person feel welcomed into an interior space.

Wood Sample of a Chevron Flooring Pattern.
Chevron Flooring Pattern

A modern kitchen with natural tones and a beautiful natural coloured chevron wood floor.
Intenso Chevron Wood Flooring

Herringbone flooring pattern

Herringbone wood flooring is similar to Chevron but with a few key differences. Herringbone planks are cut at a 90-degree angle and laid in a zigzag pattern, placing the end of a plank against the top-long edge of the other plank. The result is a stunning geometric pattern that adds interest and depth to any room.

Like Chevron, Herringbone wood flooring has been around for centuries. However, it has grown in popularity recently and is now seen in many modern, high-end homes. Just search for Herringbone wood floors on Pinterest, and you will see how this traditional flooring pattern has been rekindled into a modern must-have for interior designers and design-conscious homeowners.

Wood Sample of a Herringbone Flooring Pattern
Herringbone Flooring Pattern

The key differences between Chevron and Herringbone

  • Chevron planks are cut at a 45-degree angle to create a V-shaped pattern, while Herringbone planks are cut at a 90-degree angle and laid in a zigzag pattern.

  • The angle of the planks creates different visual effects: Chevron has a flowing pattern, while Herringbone creates a geometric pattern.

  • Both styles are found in high-end homes. However, Chevron is popular in traditional-style homes, while Herringbone is popular in both traditional and modern homes.

When it comes to choosing between Chevron and Herringbone wood flooring, it ultimately comes down to personal preference. Both patterns are timeless and elegant. Chevron wood flooring is an excellent choice for those who want a continuous, flowing pattern, while Herringbone wood flooring is perfect for those who want a more distinct, geometric pattern or modern-styled home.


Floorboards are hard flooring specialists with over 20 years installing floors throughout homes in the Waikato and Bay of Plenty. If you want to create a unique interior with herringbone or chevron wood flooring, talk to our team to find out more. 

Hamilton & Waikato
Phone 07 959 1861

Tauranga & Bay of Plenty
Phone 021 977 548

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