Trend Alert: Checkerboard Tiles

Bold checked tiles have of late been patterning every room in the house, lending a balance of order, cohesion, and punch.

Here are some standout examples in a spectrum of colors: as classic checkerboard flooring, of course, and also as wainscoting, window frames, kitchen counters, and the bottom of a splashy swimming pool.

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Above: A marine blue-and-white checkerboard greets visitors to Casa Cabanyal, a 1946 fisherman’s house in Valencia, Spain, newly updated by architects María Daroz and David Puerta of Viruta Lab. Photograph by David Zarzoso. courtesy of Viruta Lab.

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Above: Madrid designers Iñigo Aragón and Pablo López Navarro of Casa Josephine are known for their clever applications of black and white tiles. This cement-tiled window alcove is in the their own country retreat in La Losa, Spain: tour the house in our recent feature Geometry Prize. Photograph by Pablo Zamora courtesy of Casa Josephine.

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Above: The blue-and-white checks continue at Cabanyal house by Viruta Lab in Valencia, Spain. Photograph by David Zarzoso courtesy of Viruta Lab.