We were guests in an acquaintance's home recently and they revealed to us that they couldn't wait to redo their checkered flooring. Having just moved into their new home, they didn't like the classic black and white color combo. We, of course, couldn't disagree more and have been huge fans of this look for years...
The checkered black and white kitchen floor goes with almost any color (we often think the brighter the better). Lime greens, reds, exposed brick walls--to us, it always feels very urban and city chic. On the other hand, you can always pair your checkered flooring with more muted colors for that vintage vibe we're so fond of. The checkered floor can surprisingly mix with other patterns as well without feeling overwhelming or forced. In addition, you can paint your own squares over concrete and wood or create your own with DIY vinyl or laminate options.
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(Images: 1. Small Cool 2009: Alex & Corey's Pre-War Tenement, 2. House Tour: Kevin and Greg's Sugar Shack, 3. From Flickr Member Lara604 used under Creative Commons License, 4. Drew Barrymore's Bathroom...and the Rest of Her Office, 5. House Call: Laura & Eric's Adams Morgan Condo, 6. Flickr Finds: Chez Shoes New Kitchen Storage, 7. House Tour: Dave and Shylya's Eclectic Loft at The Brewery 8. Inspiration: Swedish Kitchens)