53 Checkered Nail Design Ideas for 2022

If you want to add some subtle style or some colorful flash – a checkered nail design will check that box. Alright, that was awful (even for me), but the checked nail art trend on Instagram kept going even after we all finished binge-watching Queen’s Gambit and I’m here for it.

Dark colors can give you a deep and luxurious look for some understated style, but the same checkered pattern with some bright, vivid colors gives you a completely different look. It’s perfect for adding a touch of sophistication to any outfit, plus it’s fairly easy to do yourself.

With such a versatile style, there is so much you can do with this and to give you some inspiration (to show off your own unique style), we scrolled through thousands of different nail sets. These are our favorites, but a few small tweaks can make a big statement if you don’t see something you want to completely copy.

checkered nail design ideas
This set is a mix of black and brown. We’ve got a bunch of different checkered design variations paired with some simple nude nails.
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We’re playing around with a bunch of fun and bright colors for this set! We’ve got some basic aqua nails paired with pinkish-purple fire nails and yellow and green checkered nails.
checkered nail polish design
Now, this set is a tad bit more fun! We’ve got some aqua and lilac nails that are paired with two-tone smileys and white checkered nails!
checkered nail design ideas
Some fantastic iris violet and pink nails. The nails are predominantly painted in the iris shade, but the two colors form checkered designs and some French tip designs.
checkered nail art
If you love a pop of color, orange is definitely the way to go! This set is playing around with the different ways that you can mix two colors together!
checkered nail designs
I love how sleek this set looks. It’s a deep caramel brown mixed with black. The colors form a checkered design and are topped with a matte finish.
checkered nail art
These colors give off a retro feel! We’ve got some red and white wave nails matched with some red and white checkered nails. We’ve also got the same design in yellow and teal!
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We’re sticking with the classic black and white nails for this set but a total mix of designs. It’s amazing how many looks you can come up with just these two colors!
checkered nail art
These milky pink nails are topped with an array of designs. We have some thunderbolts, some fire outlines, checkered prints, and a French tip outline!
checkered nails
This set is a mix of purple, orange, and teal. We have some teal checkered nails, bordered nails, and white nails topped with many multi-colored hearts!
checkered nail polish design
Here are some lime green nails that will feel light on your fingers! The designs on this set are a combination of daisies and checkered prints!
checkered nails
I always love a deep shade of red, especially when it’s finished with a matte topcoat.
checkered nail designs
These nails may all look the same, but you’ll realize that they differ in size if you look a little closer! An optical illusion at your fingertips.
checkered nail design ideas
I love this multi-colored checkered print nail set. Honestly, it’s just so fun to have so many colors on your nails!
checkered nail design ideas
checkered nails
Here’s a red set that features some thunderbolts, polka dots, swirls, and checkers.
checkered nail designs
These nails can’t help but make me happy! We’ve got a bunch of smiley faces on the tip of the nails paired with some empty checkered prints.
checkered nails
We are keeping it hot and dangerous with these hot pink nails with some black fire designs on top matched with some black and white checkered prints.
checkered nail design
We’ve got this short almond-shaped nail set that is predominantly painted in a Parakeet green shade. This cozy color is paired with some checkered accent nails.
checkered nail design ideas
These nails definitely remind me of some racing flags! The duo-color borders are an interesting twist.
checkered nails
Here we have another black and white set topped with some trendy designs. The accent nail on each hand is designed with a French tip and a fun design of the opposite color.
checkered nail design
Keep it hot and exciting with these fire-topped checkered nails! This nail set reminds me of the Hot Wheels logo!
checkered nail design
Shine bright with these chrome nails matched with a bit of gray! These nails feel like a disco dance floor!
checkered nails
Here’s a green set that mixes a fully green painted nail with some simple checkered prints.
checkered nail polish design
This nail set is a mixture of colored French tips, big and small smileys, thunderbolts, and checkered prints!
checkered nail design
I love how these deviate a bit from your typical checkered nails. These are designed with thinner coats and give off that layered polish feel.
checkered nail designs
If you’ve got some black nails and need a simple design that would fit perfectly, try designing it with some checkered prints.
checkered nail polish design
Here’s another chic nail look! It’s a mixture of pink and green and the designs are all very trendy!
checkered nail design
I love how these bright lime green nails were paired with a black and white design. It all seems nicer because the checkered design only has four blocks!
checkered nail art
Pink and black nails always give this mix of serious and flirty at the same time. I’m absolutely here for it.
checkered nails
If you’re looking for a more subtle look, try out these macaron-yellow designs on top of some clear nails.
checkered nails
This pink and orange colorway has been trending quite recently, and for a good reason! It gives such a fun, groovy vibe which I really enjoy!
checkered nails
We’re keeping it fun with these bright colors and trendy designs! We have some simple pink and yellow nails paired with black and white checkered designs and yellow and pink smileys.
checkered nail art
This is a long tapered nail set that’s designed with some checkered print French tips. The tip on each nail is outlined in a different color.
checkered nail art
If you want something exciting and trendy, give this set a go! We have some green and blue checkered nails, duo-tone Frenchies, and duo-tone nails topped with daisies!
checkered nail design
If you love Kuromi, you’re going to love this nail set! We’ve got some sharp pink nails topped with many black designs that definitely match Kuromi’s vibe!
checkered nail art
Here’s another nude and black set. Again, the nails are painted with a nude shade that matches the natural nail color and is topped with different fun designs.
checkered nail designs
We’re sticking to some calmer colors for this set. This set is painted with a nude brown base and designed with trendy white symbols!
checkered nail design
If you want to play with a bunch of different colors, try choosing a design that would best fit each one of them! Take this nail set as an example!
checkered nail design ideas
This color scheme kind of reminds me of the color scheme from Monsters Inc.
checkered nails
We’re sticking to some calmer colors for this set. This set is painted with a nude brown base and designed with trendy white symbols!
checkered nails
Here’s another color scheme that I genuinely enjoy! It gives a very futuristic vibe to it, especially when it’s paired with some silver glitter!
checkered nail art
This nail design isn’t really new when it comes to checkered nails, except that the nail polish used contains glitter! It makes it a lot more fun to look at!
checkered nail art
checkered nail polish design
We’ve got a French tip set that incorporates a bunch of different designs such as multi-colored waves, flower smileys, strawberries, checkered prints, and stars!
checkered nail design ideas
Here’s a blue and brown nail set! These colors go so well because brown makes the blue pop!
checkered nail art
I love how this nail set is split into two colors. Both hands contain the same design but differ in color. We have two tones of orange on the one hand and two tones of pink on the other.
checkered nail art
Here’s a pink-themed nail set. We have some flowers, checkered prints, and fire symbols in pink!
checkered nail design
Here’s a monotone look that deals with two shades of green. The nails are predominantly painted with a full green shade and mixed with a lined French tip and a checkered print.
checkered nail art
Keep your nails snatched with these long stiletto nails! We’ve got everything fun, such as swirls, cherries, fires, checkered prints, and flowers!

I love this checkered nail art trend we have going on. Whether you copy something for yourself or come up with something entirely unique we want to see it! Our inspiration photos come from user submissions and open sources and we’ll always give credit. All of the fantastic styles belong to their respective owners. If we’ve got a credit wrong or you’d rather we don’t feature you – just drop us an email.

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