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I spend a fair bit of time scrolling through and saving nail trends on social media and have noticed a clear uptick in one pattern in particular: checkerboard nails. A little more out there than your pastel French tip or chrome nails, sure, but I still think they’re quite a wearable option if you like to make a statement.  

“Checkerboard nails are a timeless nail art classic,” says session manicurist Ami Streets. “The iconic pattern has been featured in many fashion designs and products over the years and gives a nostalgic feel. [It’s] definitely something that plays into the current consumer love for revisiting—or in some cases, discovering—noughties trends and styles.” 

For those who lean towards the understated side of nail art, you don’t have to adorn every nail with checks—you could opt for just one or two accent nails. “The print looks great in a multitude of colourways depending on preference and there are so many ways to get the look, whether you want to incorporate it into a simple nail art style or create a bold statement,” Ami adds. Ahead are just under a dozen checkerboard nail ideas to inspire your next salon appointment or DIY session, along with some product suggestions to recreate these looks.

Checkered nails inspiration

Grey and white is a timeless colour combination and a subtler take on monochromatic nails. 

Take checkered nails to a new level by having a different colour combination on every nail.

Black and white is a classic colour combination and a real statement when used in a checkered nails design. 

Of course, checks can be an accent nail or just one pattern as part of a mixture of nail art designs, like this pink manicure. 

Checks can work within a French manicure, too. “I still love a

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