So Which One is Better?
No matter which of the two patterns you ultimately prefer, herringbone and chevron patterns are so easily personalized that you can be sure to find a pattern, color, style, and design that works best for you!
Unfortunately, both chevron and herringbone patterns are more complicated than simple straight lay designs. This means that, no matter what, they are going to take more time and energy to install than a simpler design would be.
If you have the time to carefully measure, check, and install each tile, then go for it! Your home will be a work of art that you’ve helped create, and will have the personal touch that other homes just can’t provide.
On the other hand, if you’re worried about how your home will look, or if you just don’t have the time to devote to painstakingly going over every last detail, look for a local tile installation company. You’ll save time, energy, and effort using a professional company, and you’ll be able to rest easy knowing that every step of the process is in safe hands!
Ultimately, whether you install the tile yourself or rely on trusted professionals, a chevron or herringbone pattern is going to take more time to install. However, in return, you’ll get a bright, modern look that will take your home to the next level.
As a rule, a herringbone tile design is best for walls that are going to see a lot of wear and tear. Because of the distribution of forces among the tiles, a herringbone wall or floor has great dimensional stability. This means that the tiles will retain their original dimensions even when subjected to high amounts of heat or humidity.
As a result, the herringbone design is great for kitchens or bathrooms that are going to see a lot of traffic on a daily basis. If you’re known for letting things get heated in the kitchen, then a herringbone back-splash is ready to handle all the stress you can throw at it!
Finally, the V-shape of the design, as in the chevron pattern, allows for a greater dispersion of tension throughout the design, so the tiles are less likely to fracture or splinter over time—another factor that contributes to making the herringbone tile pattern a great choice for kitchens, bathrooms, or any room in the house that needs to hold up to a lot of pressure!
If, however, your kitchen or bathroom doesn’t see as much use as other rooms of the house, but you still want an eye-catching, trendy design, you may find yourself leaning more towards a chevron style.
A chevron pattern may not be as hardy as a herringbone, but that makes it even better for displaying in rooms where the priority is form, rather than function. The unique design will make whatever surface you’ve tiled stand out from the rest of the room, and it can be used to tie the entire space together.
Because the chevron design can have a spacing effect, you may want to use this tile pattern in a place that feels cramped or small. Especially if you use light tiles with a light grout, a chevron-patterned wall or floor can help the space feel a little less stuffy, and can make small, tight spaces feel light and airy.
Use a chevron pattern in shades of grey and white to give your home an industrial feel. Light tones in tile and grout will make small spaces larger, while dark tones will make a cold space feel warmer and more homey.
Because chevron-patterned walls or floors can see some disintegration over time, it’s best not to use this pattern in a place where the walls and floor are exposed to a lot of daily use. If you have pets or small children, a chevron design may be best for small, out of the way spaces, not for large sections of the floor or wall.