The Appeal of Checkerboard Floors

There’s something timeless and classic about a checkerboard floor. Despite how it covers the largest open space in a room with a bold geometric pattern, a checkered floor can be both versatile and neutral – lending structure to an airily expansive space and aesthetic appeal to a small, cramped one.

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Whether the checks are actual tiles or painted (or something else altogether), we’ve certainly taken a liking to a checkerboard floor done right.

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A checkerboard tile floor breathes life into an all-white Scandinavian style kitchen. Some wood touches bring out the warmth that makes a kitchen the heart of the home.

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A classic black and white checked floor, with tiles laid on the diagonal, is a great complement to a cottage or farmhouse styled kitchen.

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Painting or staining a diamond pattern onto hardwood is a unique way to set your wood floors apart…and make your chic style preferences known.

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For those who prefer a more subtle style, consider using two similar color tones, such as these light greys, instead of opposites (black and white).

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To capture the retro 60s diner vibe, a checkerboard floor pairs impeccably with some high gloss cabinetry and touches of chrome.

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A great way to break up the “tunnel” feeling of a narrow space (like a hallway or galley kitchen) is to incorporate the large-scale pattern of a checkerboard floor, which adds visual interest and personality.

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For a completely original (and modern) twist on checkerboard flooring, combine it with some boldly organic wallpaper. The ultimate in mixed patterns.

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Even in a space where there’s a lot going on stylistically – for example, this solarium with glass walls and ceiling and subsequent gorgeous views, exposed brick, and plenty of furniture – a checkered floor adds to the charm.

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Of course, a classic black and white checkerboard floor is the perfect foundation for a classic black and white color palette. In which a black chalkboard wall just might reign supreme.

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What do you think? Do you love the vibrancy of a checkered floor, or do you prefer to spend your “visual bucks” somewhere else in a space?