Chevron Infatuation: A Euphoria Of Colour

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From interior design to fashion, architecture, graphic and web design – even branding – chevron is everywhere. It’s bold, easy pattern creates a clean look that has a life of it’s own, especially when paired with this year’s crisp pastels and organic textures.

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Striking chevron prints in soft furnishings. From left, Chevron Grande Quilt Cover by Tracie Ellis available at Zanui and a bold navy and white floor covering via girlymodern.com

Despite its fresh contemporary style, chevron dates back to ancient Greek times. It was discovered on pottery, rock carvings and other archeological finds from Crete circa 1800BC. The V-shaped line or stripe has featured throughout history as an architectural fret as well as adorning coats of arms and registering rank on military uniforms (love a man in… ;).

Chevron rugs

The marriage between fashion and interior design is long-standing. Here a chevron floorcovering make a delicious statement piece in a modern interior, adding retro flair, via dallasdesigndistrict.com. Missoni fashion via inesjunqueira.com

In the 1920s and 30s, the design made a resurgence in the symmetrical, geometric forms of the Art Deco period. But ultimately it was the fashion label Missoni that jettisoned chevron into the forefront of modern fashion and interior design.

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Retro and contemporary fashion featuring bold chevron prints from Missoni via ecosalon.com

Founded in 1953 by husband and wife team Rosita and Tai, Missoni reached the height of its influence within the fashion world in the early seventies. It was renown for the kaleidoscopic colours and geometric patterns of its knitwear. (Nice!) This pattern became Missoni’s unofficial signature print.

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From left, the Asha Quilt Cover Set from Designer’s Choice and Vintage Chevron Cushion from Bambury, available online at Zanui.

In 2011, Missoni released a range with Target and chevron was exposed to the wider population. Now, printed or woven, this stylish motif features on bedspreads and rugs, dresses, invitations, floorcoverings even tiles.

Wall art and floor coverings as decorations for your home

Add dynamic energy to your interiors. From left, Chevron Gate Canvas Wall Art from United Artworks and Sensation Green Chevron Rug from Rug Republic available online at Zanui.

Paint a feature wall in your living or bedroom with these easy DIY tips, or add creative accents to the undersides of your stairs, the back of your bookshelf and more. Update your interiors with a high-voltage cushion or a retro lampshade.

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Vases from Have You Met Miss Jones: from left – Zigzag Vase, 12x13cm and Chevron Tall Vase, 27cm. Chevron Drum Shade from Cafe Lighting. Available online at Zanui.

Mixing and matching patterns and prints creates interest in your space. Pair a zig-zag rug with a tribal-inspired cushion or throw to mix it up. Knit your own cushion or let someone else do the hard work and reap the benefits. Ikat, narrow or tone-on-tone chevron offer chic variations from the basic pattern, while herringbone seems like a more sophisticated print.

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From left: Missoni gone bad via beauty moves me and chevron as quirky decor accent via bellemaison23.com

Whether you use it sparingly or with wild abandon, chevron is a fantastic tool to brighten up your home.

Are you chevron-crazy? Or has the look been done to death? Tell us your thoughts…

Kay is a feature, blog and copywriter. She collects empty jam jars, academic degrees and tawdry dreams in the hopes of turning them into something useful someday. Her work has been published in ACP magazines, ABC fiction, Overland, Brittle Star, Seizure, trade publications and online forums. Her creative writing has won several awards.