The Latest Interiors Trend To Know
The Latest Interiors Trend To Know

The Latest Interiors Trend To Know

In recent months, the chequerboard trend has graduated from hallway flooring to all areas of homeware – including ceramics and upholstery. For her Kin House project, Lucy Barlow – founder and creative director of Barlow & Barlow – went all out. Here, she explains why and how to use it in your own home…
By Georgina Blaskey

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It Flatters Feminine Schemes

“Chequerboard’s graphic quality means it’s a great way to ramp up softer, more feminine schemes. It’s normally a dual colour pattern too (perhaps three if there’s a border) so it’s very easy to incorporate into different rooms, as you’re rarely working with too many shades.”

It Grounds A Space

“Keeping one of the colours neutral grounds it, then throwing in a stronger colour as the alternate gives it some oomph. This can really anchor a scheme – for example, neutral with burgundy works super well together.”

It’s Super Versatile

“It’s versatile and it works in traditional or contemporary schemes because it's a timeless pattern. You can use chequerboard in any room – a bedroom, study, living room – and it’s great on rugs or as upholstery. I’ve even come across it on bathmats recently.”

It’s A Matter Of Scale

“We liked the idea of designing a rug collection unique to Kin House. We’ve used a variation on a chequerboard throughout the house – some big squares, some much smaller squares, some on wool and some on jute. All of them are available to be ordered via or now as well.”

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