Chevron or herringbone: how to choose?

There are two main trends in the patterned wood floor family: Chevron and herringbone. People often mistake them for each other. What do they have in common? They add class and character to your interior. If you’re having trouble choosing between Chevron and herringbone wood flooring, don't panic: we'll explain it all!

Chevron wood flooring: between modernity and tradition 

Chevron wood floors are characterised by equal length boards of which the ends are cut at 45°. They are fitted together to form perfect right angles and an easily recognisable final zigzag pattern. It has been one of the traditional French wood floor styles since the 17th century, which is why Chevron floors are typical of Haussmann style apartments. This high-end wood flooring is the perfect balance between modernity and tradition. Its traditional and elegant look enhances classic interiors, but Chevron wood floors can also do the same for modern interiors by adding a hint of the past.
Depending on the board direction and exposure, this wood floor has different shades and effects that give a room more character. If you’re looking for a noble and contemporary installation style that brings the space to life, this is the wood floor you need.
Chevron wood flooring is usually made from oak, which is a noble wood.

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Herringbone wood flooring: elegance and character

Often confused with Chevron wood floors because of its zigzag pattern, herringbone wood flooring differs from Chevron in that the ends of the boards are cut to 90°. The boards are therefore very similar to conventional boards as they are all the same length. The particularity is that the boards are assembled together at right angles. It adds character and depth to rooms with its fine finish and geometric pattern.  If you choose an aged oak wood floor, herringbone will give your room an authentic and rustic feel. It also blends well with modern interiors, especially the sleek, minimalist Scandinavian style, by choosing an light coloured oak floor such as those in our Timeless Natural collection.
Similarly to Chevron wood flooring, Panaget also has an engineered version available. 

How to choose between these two types of wood flooring

First and foremost, it’s a question of personal taste! Both Chevron and herringbone floors will give your interior a unique touch, they will bring traditional or modern decors to life and their V pattern will give your floors relief. 
Although these wood floors are found in large Haussmann style apartments, they are not reserved for large surface areas. Chevron or herringbone wood floors can be laid in small living rooms or bedrooms if you choose thin 90mm wide boards. 
Herringbone flooring is more geometric than chevron flooring, with the boards laid at 90° to each other. Also, if you want to make a room cosier, prefer a Chevron floor of which the 45° board cut softens the angles.
To better see the difference between these two types of flooring, use our Imagine by Panaget simulator to see our flooring in your home.
In any case, whether you choose Chevron or herringbone flooring, its installation requires a certain level of expertise and a layout plan to visualise the result and choose the right installation direction. You can count on the Panaget network’s expert craftsmen to help you out.

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