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I first fell in love with chevrons when I was learning to knit and crochet — the simple twist on horizontal stripes always added a bit of punch to a project. The pattern has been quite popular for some time now, cited as a 2011 trend by designer Anne Hepfer, and seen everywhere from runways to interiors to stationery. Here are some of my favourite uses of the zigzag pattern:

Chevron wood floors are so dreamy. They give a room an extra touch of luxury. (It's one of Lynda’s favourite things for 2011, too.)

No budget for new floors? A rug will do the trick, too.

Or how about painting a chevron design on your floors or wall? I love chevrons in grey, and while I don’t have floors I can paint, I do have a bed that could do with a new duvet cover.

Have some striped fabric lying around? Turn it into an on-trend pillowcase following this DIY tutorial. Cushions are a small, low-commitment decorating tool, so use one for a dose of chevron.

If you get your hands on chevron fabric, it makes for a great table runner.

Painting thrift store furniture with zigzags can be fun. Just get your tape ready! I love the kitschiness of this green and white dresser, and how it coordinates with the drapery.

Using trim and moulding, you can also create a chevron pattern on a plain dresser to add texture. (Get the how-to instructions for this dresser.)

What are some of your favourite patterns?

Photo credits:
1. B&B Italia
2. House & Home September 2010 issue, photography by Angus Fergusson
3a. Merrilee McGehee Designs
3b. Urban Outfitters
4. Dana Made It
5. Design*Sponge, photography by Gabriel Ryan Photographers
6. House Beautiful
7. House & Home February 2011 issue, photography by Angus Fergusson

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