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DIY Chevron Pattern Home Décor Ideas and Projects

Updated on August 18, 2016
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Have you embraced the chevron pattern trend? Are you ready to start decorating your home with chevron patterns? There are numerous project options from wall art to light switch plates to furniture with something for everyone. Many of these projects are appropriate for both kids and adults and can be completed in an afternoon or less. Happy decorating!

What kinds of chevron home décor can you make?

Just a Few Ideas
Pillows and Bedding
Wall Art
Bathroom Accents/Pieces
Light Switch Plates
Seasonal Decor

Tip: Are you having trouble finding chevron tutorials that fit your liking on Google, Pinterest, or craftgawker? Search for "zig zag" instead.

Pillows and Bedding

Some pillow tutorials simply use chevron patterned fabric while other tutorials detail how to create your own chevron patterns. The latter option is considerably more time consuming, but it allows for endless customization possibilities. Making your own pillows and/or bedding is a great choice for unusual sized pillows and beds as well as rooms with color combinations that are tough to buy for in stores.

How to Easily Paint a Zig Zag Chevron Design on your Wall

Grab a chevron stencil to make small painting jobs simple and stress free.


  • Decals. One of the most simple ways to decorate a wall is with a chevron decal. Decals are readily available online in a range of sizes and colors. Many of them are removable. It is always best practice to check before purchasing if you are concerned about this option. Check out decals available from Vinyl Wall Art, Lewa's Designs, and Etsy.
  • Painting. The advantages of painting a chevron wall include a large selection of colors, the ability to alter the size of the zig zags, and the ability to choose how much wall space to cover. Some people paint an entire wall while other people choose to paint a small section of a space. It is important to consider how the space will be used (i.e. dining room, bedroom) and what would be the best fit for that particular space. The Chronicles of Ruthie Hart and Foster House Blog have great chevron painting tutorials.
  • Backsplash. A chevron backsplash is a great option for a space that may not need a large pattern or for people who want a little chevron in a room without doing the work of an entire wall. The process for painting is backsplash is very similar to that of painting a whole or partial wall. It is important to consider the size of the zig zags as well as the color scheme for the rest of the room. Check out a backsplash specific painting tutorial from Easy Peasy Grandma and check out a great backsplash example from Pressing On with Miranda who used a stencil for the job.

Chevron wall letters to hang in children's bedrooms, stairwells, living rooms, and more.
Chevron wall letters to hang in children's bedrooms, stairwells, living rooms, and more. | Source
You can easily transform this scrapbook layout into a piece of hanging or tabletop framed art.
You can easily transform this scrapbook layout into a piece of hanging or tabletop framed art. | Source

Wall Art

  • Canvas art. One of the most popular types of chevron wall art is canvas art. You can decorate a blank canvas with acrylic paint to make simple, inexpensive wall art. There are numerous possibilities for embellishing the chevrons such as letters or initials, words, quotes, and drawings for virtually any room theme or occasion (i.e. wedding, baby shower). Craftistas Inspiration has a tutorial for basic chevron canvas art. For embellishment inspiration, search Pinterest or Google.
  • Letters. Letter décor is all the rage these days, and it's not hard to understand why. Wooden and cardboard letters and acrylic paint are readily available at every big box craft store. This concept is fairly self-explanatory, and there are numerous examples of it online. I've linked just a couple below.



There is no limit to the possibilities for chevron furniture. There are ideas out there for chairs, tables, benches, dressers, and much more. Chevron is a great option for sprucing up an older piece or for re-finishing a second hand or thrifted piece. I also love the idea of having a single chevron component for a piece of furniture, such as the cushion on the chair on the right or just the dresser drawers for a bedroom dresser.

A chevron rug is a great component for a chevron themed bathroom.
A chevron rug is a great component for a chevron themed bathroom. | Source

Bathroom Accents / Pieces

Any of the above ideas for wall art, furniture, and painting are great options for bathrooms!

  • Rugs. Of course you don't have to create a chevron rug exclusively for a bathroom, but it seems to be one of the most popular places to put one. Grab a rug painting tutorial from Pneumatic Addict.

More chevron items for bathrooms can include towels, storage (i.e. drawers, fabric organizers), and shower curtains.

Tiles / Coasters

As the chevron pattern is so popular these days, chevron scrapbook paper is readily available. Chevron fabric is pretty easy to find, too, if you prefer to switch it up and use fabric. Both of these materials make it really simple to create tile coasters. There are numerous tile coaster tutorials out there, but here is one example that features scrapbook paper. There are more great chevron coaster options below as well.

DIY: Summer Chevron Wreath


A chevron wreath is a great way to use up one or two pieces of chevron fabric that are left over from another project. You can customize this concept for virtually any holiday or occasion. There are ideas out there from Valentine's Day to Halloween to spring. Some people also choose to add a little chevron detail to a solid color wreath, such as a chevron bow.

Light Switch Plates

There are not a lot of tutorials out there for light switch plates, but the concept is pretty self-explanatory, and there are tons of photos out there to serve as inspiration. You can use chevron scrapbook paper or fabric or you can stencil your own design. Many of the chevron tutorials in this article, such as the coaster tutorials, are applicable for light switch plates.


Banner / Bunting

If you've spent any time on Pinterest the last couple years, you know that banners and bunting are all the rage for virtually every type of occasion and event. They are simple, inexpensive, and easy to put together. I've included chevron specific banner tutorials here, but it is easy to customize many other banner tutorials so that they include chevron patterns.

Home decor: DIY Gold and White Chevron tray

Seasonal / Holiday Decoration

If you have the chevron bug, you've most likely already been brainstorming a ton of ideas for decorating your house with seasonal items that feature chevron patterns. There is no limit to the customization options for many different seasonal and holiday tutorials, but I've featured a few chevron specific ideas.


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    • randomcreative profile imageAUTHOR

      Rose Clearfield 

      6 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      Thanks, Sherry! I really appreciate that.

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      Sherry Hewins 

      6 years ago from Sierra Foothills, CA

      Nicely done randomcreative. I love your examples of how to use the chevron pattern. I'm pinning this one.

    • randomcreative profile imageAUTHOR

      Rose Clearfield 

      6 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      Thanks, RTalloni! I'm glad that you enjoyed the quilt.

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      6 years ago

      Though I'm not a huge fan of the chevron trend you offer some neat examples of using the design here and the zig zag quilt could win me over.

    • randomcreative profile imageAUTHOR

      Rose Clearfield 

      7 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      Thanks so much, Eddy! Take care.

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      7 years ago from Wales

      So very interesting and useful.

      Have a wonderful day.


    • randomcreative profile imageAUTHOR

      Rose Clearfield 

      7 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      That's awesome, Om! You're absolutely right about the chevron pattern.

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      Om Paramapoonya 

      7 years ago

      I have chevron-pattern throw pillows in my living room, and I think they make the room look a little more cheerful. Such a simple design but not at all boring.

    • randomcreative profile imageAUTHOR

      Rose Clearfield 

      7 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      It's great to hear that, MsDora! Thanks!

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      Dora Weithers 

      7 years ago from The Caribbean

      Great chevron ideas, and even the pictures teach so much. Thanks for sharing. Voted Up.

    • randomcreative profile imageAUTHOR

      Rose Clearfield 

      7 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      Jackie, chevron is definitely a clean, crisp pattern. Red, white, and blue patio furniture would be so cheerful!

      Rosie, you learn something new every day. I'm glad that you got some inspiration here.

      purl, yes, most home accessories are so easy to swap out when you're ready to change the look of a room. It's nice to have a mix of inexpensive items on hand. Glad you enjoyed!

      Thanks, my consumerboard! That's great.

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      7 years ago

      I love chevron! Some of these ideas I haven't across before and I may use them soon enough for my home.

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      Donna Herron 

      7 years ago from USA

      I love chevrons!! I think these ideas are great, particularly since they are mostly home accessories that can be swapped out if you get want to change up the room again :) Thanks for sharing these ideas!!

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      Audrey Surma 

      7 years ago from Virginia

      I never knew this pattern was called Chevron. It is interesting and fun. I love all the examples you have described and pictured in your hub. I may have to incorporate it into my home now.

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      Jackie Lynnley 

      7 years ago from the beautiful south

      Very interesting. Such a clean crisp pattern, too. I love making throw pillows, but I usually stick with solids. I would love it on patio furniture though and I can just imagine a red, white and blue! ^


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