on trend | Aug 23, 2021 |
Checkmate: 9 ways to decorate with classic checkerboard patterns

In BOH’s new series On Trend, we’re asking designers to share their favorite of-the-moment finds.

Soothing design elements may have reigned supreme in 2020, but this year’s biggest decor trends are all about having a little fun. Case in point: the checkered patterns and prints that have been dominating our social media feeds since last spring. Not quite gingham and certainly not plaid, these classic two-toned motifs—think chessboards, racing flags and Vans slip-ons—are bold and nostalgic, and as designer Malka Helft says, “sure to put a smile on your face when you walk in a room.”

Curious to learn more, we asked Helft and two other designers—Carneil Griffin and Nadia Watts—to tell us their three favorite checkerboard-pattern pieces of the season, and how to use them at home.

Checkmate: 9 ways to decorate with classic checkerboard patterns
Malka HelftCourtesy of Think Chic Interiors

MALKA HELFT | THINK CHIC INTERIORS

Westchester, New York–based designer Malka Helft strives to create beautiful spaces that don’t compromise functionality. Her designs are clean yet contemporary, marked by neutral palettes with strategic pops of color and simple geometric motifs.

Checkerboard Baby Alpaca Throw by Jonathan Adler
“Throws are a fantastic way to introduce a trend to your home while keeping your current design.”

Checkmate: 9 ways to decorate with classic checkerboard patterns
Checkerboard Baby Alpaca Throw by Jonathan AdlerCourtesy of Jonathan Adler

Chess Table by Moooi
“This doubles as a side table because of its height, and would look great between two lounge chairs, or even better, swivel chairs.”

Checkmate: 9 ways to decorate with classic checkerboard patterns
The Chess Table at MoooiCourtesy of Moooi

Willa Check Large Wallcovering by Schumacher
“I love adding wallpaper to rooms as an accent or to really bring some fun, color and personality into play.”

Checkmate: 9 ways to decorate with classic checkerboard patterns
Schumacher’s Willa Check Large wallcovering in yellowCourtesy of Schumacher

Checkmate: 9 ways to decorate with classic checkerboard patterns
Carneil GriffinCourtesy of Griffin Direction Interiors

CARNEIL GRIFFIN | GRIFFIN DIRECTION INTERIORS

After years of working as a celebrity stylist, Carneil Griffin turned his attention to interiors. The spaces he creates are every bit as fashion-forward as the Chicago-based designer himself, marked by rich color palettes, sumptuous fabrics and maximalist pieces.

Courtly Check Coat Perch by Mackenzie-Childs
“Perfect for an office or foyer. Mackenzie-Childs hand-paints each of these extraordinary coat perches with 22k gold accents.”

Checkmate: 9 ways to decorate with classic checkerboard patterns
The Courtly Check Coat Perch by Mackenzie-ChildsCourtesy of Mackenzie-Childs

Checkered #1 Chair by McMB’s Studio
“Woven felt and hand detailing take the checkerboard pattern to new heights. Styled in a pair or alone, this work of art is sure to add some couture styling to your home.”

Checkmate: 9 ways to decorate with classic checkerboard patterns
The Checkered #1 chair from McMB’s StudioCourtesy of McMB’s Studio

Niangua Checkered Handmade Cowhide Area Rug by Union Rustic
“For those whose decor just can’t swing the traditional black-and-white color scheme, this hide checkerboard-pattern area rug still makes a statement.”

Checkmate: 9 ways to decorate with classic checkerboard patterns
The Niangua Checkered Handmade Cowhide Area Rug by Union Rustic at WayfairCourtesy of Wayfair

Checkmate: 9 ways to decorate with classic checkerboard patterns
Nadia WattsCourtesy of Nadia Watts Interior Design

NADIA WATTS | NADIA WATTS INTERIOR DESIGN

Known for her keen use of color and texture, Colorado-based interior designer Nadia Watts strives to create unexpected spaces in a mix of styles. The great-great-granddaughter of artist Louis Comfort Tiffany, she relies on timeless furniture pieces and artful decor elements to design eclectic rooms that are every bit as elegant as they are welcoming.

Milo Baughman Checkerboard Coffee Table at Chairish
“What a showstopper in the center of a room! The patina on the surface must have a wonderful history. This beautiful coffee table is a great talking point for a seating area.”

Checkmate: 9 ways to decorate with classic checkerboard patterns
The Milo Baughman Checkerboard Coffee Table in red and off-white, at ChairishCourtesy of Chairish

Midcentury Oversize Flatweave Checkerboard Carpet at 1stDibs
“I love the color and pattern in this rug. We have paired it with Clarence House’s brightly patterned Sole fabric in Multi for an office.”

Checkmate: 9 ways to decorate with classic checkerboard patterns
Midcentury Oversize Flatweave Checkerboard Carpet in green, at 1stDibsCourtesy of 1stDibs

La Rochelle Woven by Brunschwig & Fils
“I love this classic pattern with a twist. The multiple colors and blurred lines that overlap create such an interest to the fabric. This would work great as furniture upholstery.”

Checkmate: 9 ways to decorate with classic checkerboard patterns
La Rochelle Woven fabric in navy by Brunschwig & FilsCourtesy of Brunschwig & Fils

Homepage photo: The Chess Table by Moooi | Courtesy of Moooi

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