If you’re looking for ways to bring some subtle pattern into your interior, then checkerboard, herringbone and chevron tiles could be the perfect solution. Graphic and elegant, these designs never go out of style and chime beautifully with both modern and traditional schemes. And, while black and white checkerboard floor tiles are undeniably striking, there’s a host of other ways to get the look.
When choosing checkerboard kitchen or bathroom tiles, consider hardwearing porcelain or natural stone to create your desired design. We love to see a classic marble floor in soft Bluestone and ivory-coloured Calacatta, or let warmer shades provide the contrast, such as our rich, clay-toned Rosso marble tiles. Choosing tiles with antiqued – or tumbled – edges will help to further soften the overall effect, as does the natural veining that cuts through marble and marble-effect tiles.
If chevron tiles have caught your eye, there are many ways to implement this distinctive design. Stick to one shade for an understated chevron tile scheme, or combine dark and light in an irregular pattern or a bold design of zig-zag stripes. Like herringbone tiles, this style can have a big impact on a space, whether that’s an impressive entrance hall or a compact en suite.
For something softer and more tonal, consider herringbone mosaic tiles in delicate shades of honed marble, such as peach-toned blush or powdery pale green – a stylish addition to bathrooms and kitchens alike. For a more contemporary, affordable, and low-maintenance alternative, try a porcelain herringbone tile in a matt pastel colourway. Or, choose a tile with tonal gradation to help introduce some subtle colour variation.
If you’re leaning towards a scheme with a vintage feel, browse our selection of patterned and plain porcelain designs inspired by Moroccan tiles. Combine dark and light-grey tiles for subtly rustic alternative to a black-and-white floor. Alternatively, choose a tile with a geometric motif for a more decorative take on the chequered look. Stay with muted greys or enhance the contrast with triangular tiles in black and white marble. Get creative and mix triangles and squares for a playful take on geometric tiles, or stick to one shape for a look that’s just as arresting.