This New Tile Collection Holds the Secret to Spicing Up Checkerboard Floors
Plus a fresh idea for the minimalist.
Published Jun 3, 2022 12:00 PM
For the past few years, we’ve seen checkerboard prints across seemingly every surface: fabric, floors, furniture, you name it. Usually, when you picture the pattern, you imagine two different colored squares, but Clé Tile’s new Cinema Collection: Mythology (available now) makes a case for throwing a third shade into the mix to switch up the traditional look. In images promoting the fresh color palette, which spans 70 hues (34 of which are brand-new), the tile fabricator encourages renovators to think outside the two boxes when planning their layouts. To kick-start your inspiration, we’re highlighting three unique combinations that transport the cement squares beyond the chessboard—starting with a botanical take.
Using a third color as the center of each nine-tile block creates an almost floral appearance. Opt for moody browns and terracottas as Clé did, or keep the “petals” white for a daisy-like refresh.
Instead of swapping shades every other square, alternate the starting hue on each horizontal row for a tricolor check.
Stick With Stripes
Checks not your thing? Go with solid lines of color for a striped floor or backsplash. Avoid any neutral tones in order to pack a real punch.