Herringbone, also known in french as chevron, has been around for
centuries. The pattern was used in cloth dating back as early as 600 BC in ancient Ireland. In 1436, herringbone brick patterns were used by Brunelleschi in the construction of the dome of Santa Maria del Fiore in Florence, Italy.
Herringbone was used in Tudor Architecture in England in the 1500s, as well as Gothic revival in the mid 1700s . In short, herringbone is a classic pattern that has been used throughout history.
All images above are current examples of herringbone's timelessness seen in design today, and will hopefully be admired for years to come.
While browsing through some design files these images seemed to connect to each other.
They are related by consistent design concepts - here's why....
Let's start with the obvious: they are all living rooms with a clean backdrop. The walls are white, the floors are pale and they are all infused with great natural light. These few elements create a nice foundation which is imperative to a successful room. Next, a few basics are added: a fireplace, bookshelves, and large windows. Each of the rooms include distinct focal points; in two of the rooms you see well proportioned fireplaces. The middle image shows bookshelves flanking its fireplace, and the first and last rooms have large windows graced with soothing, tall treatments that further soften the room, while adding texture and height. Moving on... the first image has a symmetrical layout - a basic in principles of design, which is grounding, easy on the eyes and at the same time connotes formality. That said, all of the spaces possess that eclectic feel; they all have interesting pieces that add to the overall layered look, pieces that look as if they were collected or mixed over time. Done correctly this creates harmony, and with harmony different textures, colors, patterns, shapes and forms are balanced into a unified composition. The spaces flow from one element to the next with ease... as if they belong together. This practice is absolutely a must in my opinion. A successful room for me not only has unity but personality, exemplified through architectural elements, art, even fresh flowers. In other words, these spaces may have similar looks, but to me, show three different personalities... three different homeowners. So let's review:
SYMMETRY, HARMONY, GREAT LIGHT, LARGE WINDOWS, TALL DRAPERIES, BEAUTIFUL FIREPLACES, ART, LAYERED LOOK
I am a wife, mother, designer and artist. I appreciate anything well designed or beautifully created. My own aesthetic tends towards the classic, sophisticated, and timeless, whether I'm designing a country lake house or a city co-op. This blog is my mood board of sorts ... a way to keep track of my inspirations, while hopefully inspiring you as well.