Black and white checkered floors are kind of a design classic. But they can be quite... er, dominant of whatever space they're in. Whether you love them or you hate them, when they're in your apartment you have to make it work. For a little inspiration, look at how these ten really different homes styled their checkerboard floors.
Above: Sri's Classic & Contemporary Amsterdam Home keeps everything else in the kitchen totally neutral.
In Anna's Warm & Sweet Chicago Studio Apartment, she embraces the black-white binary.
Emily & Colin's Plant-Filled Brooklyn Loft keeps everything in the space totally interesting and eclectic. You almost don't notice the floors.
The same goes here for Daniel & Mercedes' Midcentury Meets Industrial Loft.
The kitchen in Nikki's Vintage Boho Styled Bungalow doesn't compete with the floor, but it doesn't fade into the background either, instead sticking to simple decorations and just a few other colors beyond black and white.
Yvonne & David Are Starting from Scratch in Sunnyside, and they opted for an almost pop-art look int heir dining room.
Alysha & Matt's Renewed Seattle Kitchen introduces organic elements and a splash of color for contrast.
In Anne & Tahoe's Barnum Bungalow, they embrace the middle ground, using gray as only other color in their kitchen.
Nyakinyua & Ivan's Bohemian Chic Victorian Home plays up the black and white scheme, but they also don't hold back adding whatever other elements they love.
Even when everything is dated–er, retro–you can still play with modern patterns. Just stick to black and white, like here in Matt & Andy's More Perfect (Eclectic-Modern) Union.