Ask the expert: Patricia McLean explains the difference between chevron and herringbone

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Illustration by Liz Noftle
Illustration by Liz Noftle

Q: What’s the difference between chevron and herringbone?

A: Designer Patricia McLean, whose clients include the Governor’s Mansion, explains: “A chevron pattern consists of adjoining vertical rows of slanting lines, with any two contiguous lines forming either a V or an inverted V. In construction you’ll notice miter cuts at the joints. Herringbone has breaks at reversal, like a broken zigzag. I think of wood, brick, and tile, where rectangular pieces are aligned to form the pattern. The pattern resembles the skeleton of a herring fish.”

This article originally appeared in the Spring 2015 issue of Atlanta Magazine’s HOME.

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