Design Classics: Checkered Floors

As these homeowners know, you can never go wrong with a classic checkered floor. What other design works just as well in a diner as it does in a grand hall? Often seen in the kitchen or bathroom, a checkered floor can also glam it up with a glossy finish in a statement entryway or tone it down in a muted bedroom. Mixing up the color, scale and materials creates endless variations on the original black and white. After all, any pattern that works in both the Uffizi gallery in Florence and the Simpsons' cartoon kitchen has to be called a classic.

TOP ROW:
1. Classic floors meet classic chairs (Mackle Construction via Houzz).
2. Glossy checks contrast with gorgeous green in this entry (Elizabeth Dinkel Designs).
3. An all-white kitchen is grounded by black and white (Grand House Design).
4. Plain wood floors are upgraded with bright painted checks (Frederick + Frederick Architects via Houzz).
5. Oversize checks make the room feel like a charming dollhouse (Amy Renea via Houzz).

BOTTOM ROW:
6. Muted grey is a softer version of the classic look (cote de texas).
7. Exposed brick and checks are a double dose of classic (House Call: Laura & Eric's Adams Morgan Condo via Apartment Therapy).
8. Checks go neutral for the laundry room. (Patterson Construction Corporation via Houzz).
9. Blue on blue is simple but powerful (Flickr member Lara604 licensed under Creative Commons).
10. Black and white checks replace a runner in a classic hallway (Brownhouse Design via Houzz).

(Images: As linked above)

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