9 checkered rugs to up your style strategy in 2023


A selection of checkered rugs from online retailers
(Image credit: Future)

Fun fact: there's a romantic reason why I'm so into checkered rugs. Way before I delved into the world of interiors, I was a race marshall. Yup — oil slick-stained overalls, Eau de gasoline you name it. It's also where I met my fiancé and we're now racing to the aisle this spring.

While I wasn't looking as hot as Megan Fox popping the car hood in Transformers, I was the "it" girl waving that black-and-white check flag. And thirteen years later, I'm still seeing this pattern pop up in homeware and fashion.

Though I cannot promise you a happily ever after, you will love these checkered rugs. I've handpicked multicolored finds, and more neutral picks — there are even TikTok-approved area rugs and entryway floor mats that make a true style statement.

Pitstop into how to choose a rug guide if you're stuck in the slow lane on deciding which area mat is right for you.

A modern boho living room with peach-colored decor and pink checkered rug

A modern boho living room with peach-colored decor and a pink checkered rug from Liopatra's store on Etsy.

(Image credit: Liopatra / Etsy)
Christina Chrysostomou
Acting Head ecommerce editor

Bonjour, Yasou, Hello — I'm Christina, ecommerce editor at Real Homes. Along with my super creative colleagues, I create content to help you create a chic home on a budget. I live in a two-bed maisonette with a garage and garden in Essex. Geographically, it's perfect; I've got the forest on my doorstep, and London is just 15 minutes by tube or car. I specialize in small kitchen appliances so that you can prepare food with ease at home. Prior to working for the Future plc family, I've worked on a number of consumer events including the Ideal Home Show, Grand Designs Live, and Good Homes Magazine. With a plethora of experience in digital marketing, editorial, and social media, I have an eye for what should be in your shopping basket.