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Using paint to create patterns on the walls is an easy way to add interest to a space, freshen it up and give a vibrant look.

Some choose patterns like polka dots and stripes, but chevron — or zigzag — is also a popular option.

Here’re some interesting ways homeowners have used the chevron pattern. You’ll be surprised at the variety of options it has to offer.

#1 Use various colours in a haphazard fashion. You’ll realise you don’t have to fill up all the spaces with paint to achieve the effect.


Waiting for the table to return. #herringbonewall #chevronwall #wallstencil #stencil #handpaintedwall

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#2 Monochromatic shades can hardly go wrong, and deliver a super modern and graphic appeal. 


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#3 If you want a more pared down version of the monochromatic chevron pattern, try thin white stripes against thicker black ones that look more sophisticated. 


Jax’s nursery #chevronwall #boyswillbeboys

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#4 Instead of paint, try wood or wood-look laminate. The variation in grains and shades gives the wall a stunning visual effect that’s not overbearing.

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#5 Pair white with a bold colour — like gold or brass — for a standout effect.


My new office though!  #chevronwall #office #belladia

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#6 Paint the wall to showcase just an enlarged portion of the pattern instead of the full zigzag design.

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#7 Make the pattern even more pronounced by outlining with a white or black border.


This article originally appeared in Home & Decor.