Love this controversy. In or out? In quite a lot of design magazines 2015 is the year ‘to get rid of your Chevron pattern’.
In case you didn’t know already: A chevron is a V-shaped pattern. The word is usually used in reference to a kind of fret in architecture or to a badge or insignia used in military or police uniforms to indicate rank or length of service, or in heraldry and the designs of flags.
I am not one to follow trends at the best of times…but even less so if I am told to abandon something I happen to be quite fond of. If you have the odd cushion maybe, but if you have a rug that cost you a bit is one then supposed to get rid of the thing altogether and bring it back a couple of decades from now? Don’t forget this era didn’t come up with the chevron pattern; this has been around for a long time and had it’s great moment in the 70’s but has been found in early art including designs on pottery and rock carvings. Examples can be found approximately 1800 BC in archaeological recovery of pottery designs from the palace of Knossos in Crete, Greece.
Although I am not into trends I am still keen to find out whether the chevron-thing is actually a passing trend or a design staple here to stay. I think the answer is probably both. You see it quite a lot, and everyone and their mother has used the pattern somewhere. Therefore it probably is a trend and for a large group it will pass. However it has been around for so long and will be here to stay for much longer if you ask me. If done carefully it is great. Remember Missoni, founded in 1953, they reached the apex of influence in the fashion world in the early seventies? Subsequently they launched their extremely successful interior design range which is still going strong.
Just be mindful to do things in moderation. If you like a particular song you will want to hear it a lot, if you hear it too often you will go off it. If you have finally found a dinner with vegetables your kids are happy to eat then don’t overdo it (like I did) as they will turn on it (and you!) and you will have to find something new to entice them to eat their greens.
I read in one particular article that apart from abolishing chevron, you should get rid of faux fur as well as ‘non personal’ interiors – so tell me when have the later ever been hip and happening? I am not trying to be difficult here but …really? I believe the pattern has this vintage look and feel and can create a sense of depth and drama. I am of the opinion it has to be done carefully and if you are really trying to create a vintage feel then go for the real deal – that is real vintage furniture and upholstery and don’t rely on a pattern to do that for you. But if you like it, keep it or get it. I don’t follow trends when it comes to design. I have told you before: break the design rules.
For now, I won’t be parting with my chevron dining room rug.
Have a look and make up your own mind about chevron: I love the pattern and believe it works particularly well in rugs. Cushions are good too and – as mentioned before – a lot easier to change around if you believe chevron isn’t here to stay!