Good Questions: How to Work with Checkerboard Tile?

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Hello AT,

I moved into a new apartment two days ago and already have a decorating dilemma. It’s an older apartment with lots of little classic features, including black and white checkerboard linoleum in the bathroom. The only times I’ve really seen checkerboard flooring are in rooms that are way too kitschy and retro for me, which makes finding inspiration pictures rather difficult….

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Can you give me any decorating and paint color suggestions that will work with the tile but not make me feel like I’m living in the ’50’s?

Thanks so much! Cathy