Check Please! Our Favorite Checkerboard Finds – Design Milk

If the cyclical nature of trends has prepared us for anything, it was for the resurgence of the checkered print or checkerboard pattern. The check effect has spilled over from the fashion world into nearly every facet of design – from tech accessories and area rugs, to throw blankets, bedding, and tabletop wares. Similar to my over-the-top obsession with gradients, I can’t get enough checkerboard in my life. Whether you’re a pattern person or not, there’s a checked style to suit every design aesthetic. With countless variations in colors, sizes, and forms, there’s no limit to the ways we can experiment with the fun and timeless trend at home. If you’re not already drinking the checkerboard Kool-Aid, I took the liberty of picking out my favorite checked goods, so you give the pattern a try at home. For more modern finds, visit the Design Milk Shop!


These BAGGU Pillowcases bring the checkerboard print and a bright, playful color palette to your bedding. The standard sized pillowcases are made of 100% organic cotton, giving you something soft (and stylish) to lay your head on at night. I would forego decorative shams and let these dreamy pillowcases have the spotlight! BAGGU also makes a “Trippy Checker” pillowcase that I love.

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Makers of our favorite biodegradable body soap, Bathing Culture created a psychedelic checkered print towel that’ll jazz up your bathroom. Inspired by the techniques of weaving artist Anni Albers and op-art by Bridget Riley, the Ripple Check Towel recreates the movement of water in a classic and captivating design. It even comes in 3 neutral colorways to complement your bathroom decor.

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New to the Design Milk Shop, this coaster set is a modern and understated way to bring the checkerboard trend home. Crafted out of a sustainable resin, these minimal checked coasters boast a marble-like feel that creates a visual and tactile contrast to the cork base (which keeps the coasters from scratching surfaces). Plus, every coaster is made by hand, giving each piece its own unique character that you’ll want to hold onto forever.

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Perfect for summers spent laying out in the sunshine, the multicolored checkerboard pattern on this Slowtide beach towel injects even more joy into days spent outdoors. The oversized design makes it a convenient place to perch in any setting, while the jacquard weave and looped terry back fulfill its absorbent and fast-drying promises. My favorite part? The towel’s made using reactive dyes that keep its energizing colors from fading over time.

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To deck out your tech in check, I love this phone case by Poketo x Casetify. The warped perspective of the lavender checkerboard print is equal parts psychedelic and modern and Casetify has plenty of other color options so you can customize to your liking (there’s a case for every device model too!). And when it comes to protecting your device, you can’t get more durable than a Casetify phone case. Find more Poketo goods to match your case in the Design Milk Shop.

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