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. 

Flower Power

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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.

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Staggered Start

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Instead of swapping shades every other square, alternate the starting hue on each horizontal row for a tricolor check. 

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Stick With Stripes

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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. 

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