ICYMI: Checkerboard print is the latest Y2K trend to make a comeback. The pattern is popping up everywhere, from clothing to jewelry to nail art. In terms of the latter, we've spotted checkerboard nails all over our feeds lately. They are a fun, easy-to-create nail design, and we love that there are plenty of ways to make the look your own. Thinking of trying the trend? Ahead, we've rounded up 35 checkerboard nail art ideas you'll want to copy in the coming weeks and months.
Lemonade Pop Checkerboard
Checkerboard nail art makes quite a statement—even if it's only one nail. We love how nail artist Amy Tran used a lemonade-inspired palette to create this fun mismatched mani.
Lilac and Red Checkerboard
This mani does it all by incorporating checkerboard print, French tips, side-by-side color, a smiley face, and an iconic almond shape.
Hot Pink and Peach Checkerboard
Hot pink and peach? Now that's a checkerboard color combo we can get behind.
Black and White Checkerboard
For a full check look, keep it classic with an allover black and white pattern.
How fun is this mix-and-match checkerboard nail art idea? While each nail is undeniably bold, the classic black and white checkerboard nail stands out.
Excuse us while we fawn over these flawless oversized checkerboard nails. This multicolor approach is one for the books.
Cheerful Checkerboard Nails
We can't stop swooning over this colorful mani. From the tri-tone checkerboard nail to the cute smiley faces, hot pink flower, and yin-yang design—we're obsessed.
These grunge-inspired, checker-accented nails are giving us major Blink-182 vibes.
Red and Pink Checkerboard
Want to partake in the checkerboard nail trend but don't have time for a salon mani? You're in luck! With the Nails of LA Vibe Check Wrap ($14), you can achieve head-turning nails at home for less than $15.
Abstract Checkerboard Tip
Not all checkerboard patterns feature straight lines. Here, the checkerboard tip is distorted with a squiggle edge, which only adds to its allure.
This chartreuse mani is simply too good not to copy. The distorted checks? The swirls? We're big fans.
Comin' In Hot Checkerboard
Excuse us while we run to copy this ultra-bright checkerboard mani ASAP. The smiley face! The cherries! The fluorescent accents! Consider us sold.
Iridescent Blue Check
This checkerboard nail art features a chrome-like finish, making it especially trendy for 2023.
For a modern take on the classic, pair black and white checkerboard print with glossy black French tips, as celebrity manicurist Brittney Boyce (who works with Megan Fox and the Kardashians) did here.
Cornflower Blue Checkerboard
These cornflower blue check nails are an especially pretty option for spring. Thanks to their pastel allure, they could also work well for Easter.
Negative Space Checkboard
You don't have to use two colors to create a checkerboard pattern. Here, you can see how a single color artfully applied to each nail will create an eye-catching negative space checkerboard look.
Pink and green are a classic preppy combo, and here, you can see how lovely they look when paired with a trendy checkerboard print. Fun, right?
Wicked Green Checkerboard
Black and green? A wicked good checkerboard color combo, if you ask us.
These lilac, mint, and cornflower blue nails are giving us major '90s vibes. And the black and white checkerboard accent only makes them that much better.
Matte Pink and Red Checkerboard
Let this be your reminder that checkerboard nails don't have to be glossy to be gorgeous.
There's not a single nail we don't love in this mix-and-match mani. From distorted checkerboard prints to neon french tips, you get to enjoy so many trending nail art designs.
This milk chocolate brown mani is yet another pretty way to rock the checkerboard nail art trend.
Baby Pink Checkerboard
Another way to rock a mismatched checkerboard mani is by pairing it with another quirky nail art idea like flames, as celebrity manicurist Zola Ganzorigt did here.
How dreamy are these pink and orange watercolor nails? The white negative space checkerboard bands give it a little extra oomph, too.
As you can see, any color combo can make a checkerboard pattern pop. Case in point: This nude and white mani.
We love how the checkerboard accents on this purple mani are like little slices. It's a unique take on the trend.
Star Studded Checkerboard
We love the juxtaposition of different-sized checkerboard designs in this mani. Plus, who doesn't love shimmering gold star accents?
Burnt Orange Checkerboard
These burnt orange nails are impossible to overlook. The '70s-inspired color palette gives them an earthier allure that we can't ignore.
Pistachio, lime, black, and white? A color combo we never knew we needed.
Warm Tone Checkerboard
How fun are these warm-toned, checkerboard-accented nails? We especially love the cute art on each nail.
You get the best of both worlds with this set as it features a black and yellow checkerboard and a black and white checkerboard on both hands.
Glitter Jelly Checkerboard
Jelly nail art continues to trend, so this glitter jelly checkerboard design is above and beyond in our book.
Rainbow Ombre Checkerboard
Why stick to two colors when you can have the whole rainbow? You can achieve this look using a glittery rainbow base and then applying white polish on top to create the checkerboard effect.
We love this hot pink and slightly lighter pink checkered nail. As for the smiley face daisy? Adorable.
Considering the resurgence of That '70s Show and the emergence of That '90s Show, these funky check nails feel spot on.