One of my absolute favorite patterns in the world is herringbone. Some people refer to it as chevron (although there are slight differences) both are details I absolutely love to incorporate in my home decor.
Whether it is solid colors, mixed hues, matte or metallic finish, this quintessential pattern can bring a cute accent to a nursery or a calming focal point to a living room. In fact, depending on the width if the rectangles involved in the design or the cadence of color you can yield different results for your room that no matter what are sure to be a talking point to any guest (and an eternal love in your heart)..
So, without further adieu, here are the top 14 ways to use herringbone in your home.
1. Mouse Pad
This one may seem a bit out there, but was inspired by my mouse pad sitting on my desk as I write this post :-). Sometimes the most subtle ways of incorporating patterns in your house are the best. Plus, using a mouse is much more ergonomically friendly for yourself, so do your office and your carpel tunnel wrist)a favor and spice up your office with some of these Amazon, Zazzle and Etsy finds.
2. Desk or Table Top
Adding some character to your workspace or breakfast nook is the perfect way to find inspiration for your day. Follow the arrows from this inspiration up, up, up!
What better way to welcome someone into your home than with a statement piece. Both the front door or transitioning between rooms in your home the pattern will create the natural entrance and welcoming party.
When it comes to flooring there are SO many options. First, choose from your material, hard wood floors, tile (ceramic or porcelain) or on the least expensive side, add a rug with lots of WOW factor to capture the room and create flow.
5. Accent Wall
Using herringbone or chevron as an accent wall is an excellent way to make your room feel more spacious. If the arrows run up, it brings you length and if they run sideways you get the illusion of extra width. Some of the best ways to get this effect are via wall paper, stencil paint, or wainscotting
This one is near and dear to my heart. Last Thanksgiving, I spent Black Friday searching the internet for the perfect bedding. Since my obsession with herringbone and chevron are REAL, I was so excited when I found the perfect pair with this comforter and quilt combo.
White kitchens and bathrooms are trending big time and sometimes can be painfully plain. Sticking with the white theme but incorporating active patterns is a great way to bring dimension and interest to the room without necessarily needing too much color. On the contrary, you can add great contrasting dimension with dark moody colors that make your
Think TV consoles, nightstands, side boards and more! I'm currently drawing up plans for a wall bed with herringbone accents (stay tuned for the DIY magic). Match it with solid colored furniture and a few patterned throw pillows and you will have a living room to die for.
Showers, especially those with glass doors, are an amazing opportunity to make a feature just like the accent wall. Create a spa-like environment with soothing colors and natural wood accompaniment. I'm especially a fan of extending the design into another part of the bathroom, for example the shower to floor continuity (left) and shower to wall continuity (right).
10. Throw Pillows
You know I'm all about combining beautiful design with functionality. Pillows can sometimes feel like the complete opposite, more like the nuisance item that we keep throwing on and off the bed or couch. Although, this may be true some of the time, they actually are really important for back support when sitting to optimize your ergonomics. Also, when I'm on my laptop on the couch, I use the pillow as a psuedo table so that the hot laptop isn't on my lap. So there you have it, you no longer have to feel any guilt when adding another throw pillow to your decor. Enjoy the inspiration from some of these.
Growing up, every single dinner, my mom would set out placemats, even if it was just the 5 of us. We would sit around the table, share stories about our days, and enjoy the delicious homemade meals. Now that I have my own place, I still use placemats and have been looking for some new ones, the two below are top contenders.
Table lamps are a really great way to continue a design influence you may have going in your room. If you have herringbone bedding or flooring, add a lamp with some herringbone in a different color or textile. This is a great way to bring consistency to the room at varying eye levels.
There is no doubt that however large you take it or how small the detail is, chevron and herringbone make your decor POP!
What are some of your favorite ways to use herringbone? Or maybe even better, what are your favorite patterns to use in your decor.
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