Checkmate, the checkerboard interiors trend is taking over

You may have started to spot squares up and down your Instagram over the past few months, and not the usual kind filled with selfies or dog pictures. The chequerboard interiors trend, or checkerboard for our friends across the pond, is well and truly here, splattering everything from bedspreads and bath mats to coasters and cushions with the uniformly square print.

Originating from the chequerboard, an old-fashioned board draughts or checkers is played on, similar to chess, the print has come and gone in and out of style for as long as we can remember. Traditionally black and white, you’ll definitely have spotted the print on tiles in bathrooms, hotel lobbies and new swanky restaurants. But, of course, it’s now back again, and there are easier ways to bring the design into your home than re-tiling your floors.

Sleek and sophisticated in its monochrome design, the checkerboard print works with a whole range of interior design styles from eclectic to minimalist modern. While we aren’t encouraging you to renovate your whole home, the tiling certainly does look lovely.

Of course, one of the easier ways to transform your floor is with a simple rug, and the bold print certainly draws attention. Paired with a white or black sofa and tonal accessories, as in this pic, you’ll instantly elevate your living space.

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Looking to bring the trend into the bedroom? A simple duvet set will see to that. Working here with another major interior trend, rattan furniture, you clearly don’t have to be only in one camp when it comes to style choice.

Of course, we can’t forget about the bathroom, and one of the most purse-friendly new home buys is always a bath mat. You may be surprised how often you need to change a bath mat, so if yours has been in your life longer than your kids have, it may be time to swap it out. And with new colourful takes on the traditionally monochrome design, it’s a quick and easy way to add a pop of colour back into the room.

10 checkerboard interiors buys

Klevering black small check candle, £10, Liberty

Mackenzie Childs royal check charger/ plate, £71, Amara

Pink and white check 100% cotton non-slip bath mat, £9.99, Homescapes

Square check cushion, £30 (was £42), Trouva

Coconut fibre doormat, £12.99, H&M

Klevering checked wooden mirror, £40, Selfridges

Ingersoll 80cm wide tub chair, £469.99, Wayfair

Set of four pink check coasters, £30, Liberty

Patterned double duvet cover set, £39.99, H&M

Checkerboard 5×7 rug, £149, Urban Outfitters