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Interior trends are often inspired by the fashion world, so anyone who saw the Missoni spring line should have seen this coming: Zigzag patterns have raced from the runway to the home, showing up in everything from architectural accents to fabric and floor coverings. For instance, a showstopping chevron in shades of blue made a splash in the dining room of the 2012 Hampton Designer Showhouse in Water Mill.

"I'm seeing it used in lots of different ways," says one of the room's designers, Austin Handler of Mabley Handler in Water Mill. "When you use a zigzag, your eye goes right to it." (July 16, 2012)
(Credit: Randee Daddona)

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Zigzag design trend moves with the times

There's a bold new movement in interior design, and there's nothing straightforward about it. It goes by many names -- herringbone, flame stitch, egg hatch, chevron -- and it's a much more exciting way to lead the eye from point A to point B than the predictable straight line. --KRISTIN TAVEIRA, Special to Newsday