Here’s the Design Element Nate Berkus and Jeremiah Brent Always Agree On

published Mar 17, 2022
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Though their warm, neutral aesthetics go hand-in-hand, husbands Nate Berkus and Jeremiah Brent don’t always see eye to eye on design choices when working together. But according to Brent, there’s one design element they’ll always agree is a great choice, and it’s plain to see why.

“The one thing we’ll always agree upon — Checkerboard floors,” Brent wrote in the caption of a March 8 Instagram post, tagging Berkus.

The tiles in the shot are a creamy oatmeal color and a charcoal black, which is a more subdued version of the classic black-and-white combo. According to Brent, who responded to one commenter, the checkerboard pattern is going in the couple’s entryway.

It seems that Brent and Berkus may be feeling nostalgic for the black-and-white tiles their New York City West Village townhouse had. The couple recently sold that space to move back into their Greenwich Village apartment — the apartment they first lived in after getting married — after the pair had it go in 2015.

The black-and-white tile that’s their townhouse entryway had was much larger than the tile Brent showed off and was framed by creamy rectangular tiles. They’ll be paying homage in a more casual way.

Black-and-white checkerboard flooring also makes an appearance in the screened-in porch at the couple’s Montauk home.

So, though it’s not proven that the key to a happy home and seamless blend of styles is a checkerboard floor, Brent and Berkus make a good case that there may be some truth behind this sentiment.