Do you see any similarities in the two courtyard photos below?
Picture via Style Court
Patio designed by Thomas Church
They are both so perfectly classic with the brick, vegetation, and of course the checker board floor.
Designed by DLA
This classic look can be applied to add another element of interest to your design.
via Bunny Guinness
Thymus serpyllum 'Minmus' and Indian stone slabs make the checker board pattern shown above. This makes such a whimsical playful look that can be enjoyed year round.