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Interior design trend spotting – chevron prints everywhere

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Chevron is hot

Stripes have been hot for years now, but we’re seeing the rise of the chevron pattern as seen in the curtains above. The trend is appearing in lofts and traditional homes alike and is appealing because of its clean lines and simplicity and a bit of unexpectedness in a world of horizontal stripes.

The pattern serves to break up monotonous spaces and in a staged listing can add a major impact with a simple pattern addition.

Let’s take a look at how this hot print is being used, and let it serve as inspiration not only for you home, but to your new buyers, or for staging a vacant home.

Chevron rugs

Chevron rugs can range from neutrals to very bold colors depending on the designer. In an all white room, a simple pattern can help tie elements together.

This rug is a neutral rather than the up-and-coming-common black and white pattern:

Chevron wood flooring

We are seeing the chevron pattern used in three ways in wood flooring. One is to alternate darker and lighter woods, the next is simply to spice up the standard floor pattern while using all the same finish, and the last is to add color to wood floors.


Chevron tiles

We anticipate that builders will begin experimenting with using tiles in kitchens and bathrooms in the chevron pattern because it is edgy right now and it does not offend the traditional senses. All white tiles on bathroom walls are simple to install in the chevron pattern, and we are seeing bold uses in kitchens:

Chevron furniture

Many people are taking to the DIY route for the chevron pattern in their decor, namely with furniture. Painting the top of tables, sewing pillows and staining concrete patios are all making a splash. Homeowners and builders are reverting to the chevron pattern for outdoor pavers and patios and getting away from the expected horizontal/vertical pattern.


The chevron pattern is hot and we encourage knowing it to help with your custom build homes, for staging vacant homes, or simply being on top of trends to help your buyers envision their new living space.

Tara Steele is the News Director at The American Genius, covering entrepreneur, real estate, technology news and everything in between. If you'd like to reach Tara with a question, comment, press release or hot news tip, simply click the link below.

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  1. Sandra

    July 25, 2011 at 6:09 pm

    Thanks for the article and noting the trend. I noticed the chevron trend emerging when I saw some new paper weave/grass cloth wallpaper designs a manufacturing company recently produced . I decided to add these chevron designs to our latest wallpaper collection 🙂

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Interior design trend: multi-functional tables

Interior design trends are changing to accommodate a shift in the American lifestyle, favoring smaller spaces. Enter multi-functional tables to save the day!

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Multi-functional tables: the perfect touch

Smaller, more well designed homes with space constraints are on the rise. Gone are the days of McMansions and 10,000 square foot homes. Couples with children who have flown the nest are looking for a more simplified and less cluttered lifestyle. We are coming into an age where our homes and the furniture that goes in these homes need to be convenient, compatible, and multi-functional.

Speaking of furniture, sometimes clients beat you to the punch and find the coolest furniture to use in their new and smaller home. Such was the the case when working on a new construction and furnishing project for a couple in the 78704 neighborhood of Austin, Texas. Before deciding to work with a designer, my clients had discovered the perfect dining room table for their new smaller home. We’ll get to that table in a second, but lets talk more about furniture.

Alongside the family room sectional, the second most important piece of furniture in a home are tables. It’s the piece where we kick up our feet, gather for family dinners, or finish our homework. But what if our tables did more than just coaster our evening glass of Pino? What if our tables performed the duty of storage, game time entertainment, or additional seating?

Now I bet you’re wondering what piece of furniture my clients found for their dining table. This is by far the coolest dining table I’ve ever seen. It is not ONLY a dining table but converts into a pool table. Hidden by its sleek design and contemporary lines, you would never know until you take its top off (see below).

The Fusion Dining Pool Table… ooooh, aaaah

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And some more multi-functional tables for the road:

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Graphic patterns: hot interior design trend

Interior design impacts how you feel and function in any room, and graphic patterns is one of the keys to quality design be it in a home or an office.

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Graphic patterns make any room pop

Graphic patters, big or small are here to stay. As far back as ancient Greece, graphic patterning can be found in art, textiles, and on walls. Were the Greeks natural born interior designers or did they just understand the impact a graphic pattern could add to the room?

Think about it – have you ever heard of the ‘Greek Key‘ pattern? Derived in Greece, this decorative border is still found in every day design. Personally, I love it accented on a pillow as a trim or crown molding in a traditional living room. In my line of work, I use patterns every day, but graphic patterns can really make a room pop!

Using graphic patterns in a space can be seen as an art. When applying these graphics to a space, I take into account the size of the pattern, the color of the pattern, and it’s placement in a room. Fortunately, graphic pattern can been seen and used in endless interior design applications from wallpapers to rugs to pillows and everything in between.

Graphic patterns in themselves can be anything from a chevrons, to trellis, to simplified floral design. A mix between large graphic patterns and small graphic patterns creates a space that is visually appealing. More often than not, you like ‘that’ ad in the latest furniture catalog sitting on your coffee table because it is visually layered, and the key to layering your space is in the use of graphic patterns.

One way to begin adding graphic patterns to any space is to focus on a color. Select your main color and begin building the room.

Examples of graphic patterns

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Secret to quickly adding graphic patterns

Mixing and matching pillows on your sofa is a inexpensive way to add a bold punch to your room. It may seem like an intimidating process but after you see these examples be brave and have fun!

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10 creative outdoor lighting trends for fall: design trend spotting

Making the outdoors appealing as the temperatures drop is tricky, but with these 10 creative lighting ideas, you won’t be sitting in the cold in the dark!

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Bundle up, it’s getting cold out there!

There’s something about soft outdoor lighting in the fall that makes you want to bundle up with a blanket and watch the colors turn. Now that it’s actually less than 100 degrees here in Texas – and normal temperatures everywhere else – the outdoors are actually tolerable, and homeowners are looking to spend some time outside. Other regions are already experiencing snow, but spending time outdoors is still appealing to so many Americans.

If you’re considering adding a seating area to your yard, you’re going to need a way to light it. Take a look at the following outdoor lighting options, ranging from the romantic flicker of a flame in a fire pit, to ingenious walkway lighting illuminating the path to your doorstep. Then, grab a glass of wine, go outside and get cozy. Click any image below to learn more.

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