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A checkered pattern is one print that will never go out of style. Though it has been reimagined through various iterations over the years, ranging from plaid to gingham, you can’t look past the original black-and-white print.

Beyond covering your floors in classic checkerboard tiles, there are a number of small ways to experiment with this maximalist trend. “A pillow can be added to any sofa for an extra layer of maximalism that will go with the existing patterns,” says Domino’s Visuals Director Meghan McNeer. Or, if you’re looking to explore a colored check print to really create a statement, she suggests going for an unusual accent like a bright blue wall clock. Take a look at her favorite checkered finds, below. 

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Eames Task Armchair, $1,285+, Design Within Reach ($1,285)

Consider this mid-century modern icon in a fun checkered print—it’s perfect to add character to your home office.


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Missoni Family Cookbook, Assouline ($50)

“I love a cookbook that’s coffee-table ready,” says McNeer.

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Mini Beaded Shirley Bag, STAUD ($225)

Retro all around, this bag is the ultimate way to finish off your favorite outfit. That said, in the off chance that you aren’t feeling all that nostalgic, the insert is removable so you’re left with a cool PVC purse that feels very current.

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Checkerboard Kimono Wrap Jacket, Madewell ($80)

Consider this jacket the ultimate winter neutral—totally eye-catching and great for layering.

Medium Checkered Throw Pillow, Coming Soon ($90)

This pillow is loud in the best way possible, and packs a serious punch.


Wall Clock, Society6 ($32)

Hang this clock in your kitchen for a nostalglic, old-diner feel.

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Fabric, Pierre Frey

This fabric would make the perfect pillow.

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Upholstered Wooden Bench, $2,485+, Nickey Kehoe ($2,485)

Who can resist a stunning handmade upholstered bench? “I dream of having this bold bench at the end of my bed,” says McNeer.

Letter Blanket, Everybody World ($55)

This blanket makes a strong case for pairing pink and red and is made of leftover yarns, so no two are the same.


See more ways to use pattern:

The Maximalist’s Guide to Mixing Patterns

The Bohemian’s Guide to Mixing and Matching Patterns

How to Mix and Match Bold Patterns in Your Home