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.
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,
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
Of course, bold patterns aren’t the only choice for a chevron-patterned dining set. This elegant set from
Large, crisp chevrons can be a focal point in a neutral hued setting as well. Here, two
These armchairs from
This armchair from
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
Even funkier is this chair from
A tropical or jungle room can also sport some chevrons in the right style. This
A patio or deck is a natural for chevron-patterned pieces thanks to the weaving that makes up many
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
Marble is a wonderful material for the home, especially when it is used in a table like this one from
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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.