Sunday, February 12, 2012

The Black and White Checkered Floor

When we first viewed our current apartment in New York City, our real estate broker was quick to tell us that the black and white checkered floor in the apartment's foyer would be replaced with wood before we moved in.  I guess she thought the laminate tiles were old-fashioned.  "No!" I shouted out, probably a little too loudly.  Yes, a wood floor would have been perfectly fine, but to me the black and white checkered floor added a charm to the space that a rug or wood floor simply couldn't. 

What is it about a black and white checkered floor?  There's something so classic and 1920s retro about it.  It says "traditional" but with a kick. 


Our foyer.  

About a year ago, we decided to update the floor.  We chose to simply lay new laminate peel-and-stick tiles over the old ones - what class!  But I'll tell you, each 12" x 12" tile cost $1 from our neighborhood hardware store, and I don't think the floor could have come out more beautifully. 


Another angle.

Now let's take my "low" version of the black and white checkered floor to "high".  Here are some stunning black and white floors.  In my dream house, the black and white checkered floors will be marble...!


Love the punches of color above - the black and white floor really does stand in as a neutral letting other colors and patterns do their thing.

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A beautiful, traditional use of the black and white checker. 


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How fantastic is that glossy hunter green door? And leading into an equally shiny checkered hallway... this is such a classic look.


The black and white floor above shows a more glamorous take - the art deco staircase, the glitzy chandelier. Works beautifully with the floor. 


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The kitchen above is a more modest use of the black and white floor - see how the black and white tile fits equally well in a more straightforward, clean-cut design scheme?


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I'm loving this shot above - I detect a whiff of Spanish colonial-Moroccan-Moorish something in this home. The black and white floor provides such great visual contrast to the fairly plain walls and the punch of green in the chairs. 


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Another more traditional shot above - I can see why people opt for marble.  The gloss is really beautiful and eye-grabbing.  




So many black and white checkered floors show up in foyers, kitchens, or in bathrooms.  It's refreshing to see it carried to other parts of the house as seen above. 


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This parting shot is one of my favorites - I have to wonder, why are there wicker baskets full of fluffy white terrycloth towels just waiting there?  Is this someone's pool house?  


I just love the design stories above - amazing how the black and white checkered floor can be incorporated into so many different interior styles.  Such a great option and so versatile!   


14 comments:

  1. I love this post! You definitely did the right thing by holding on to the tiles! It's such a great look. I have them in my master, and when we redo, I plan on losing everything but the black and white tiles. I am so glad I stumbled upon your place while out blog strolling this evening!...following now...k

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  2. The floor looks great! love getting a deal when you find something you love!

    Mark @ room363

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    1. Thanks for your comment, Mark! I appreciate it. You're right, there is nothing better than a good deal...!

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  3. I love the black and white tiles. They make such a statement the minute you enter your home. Well done!

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  4. The pictures of your foyer look like it is from a magazine! I LOVE YOUR FLOOR! And the accents added to the look -- so hip, modern, old-school, and great all at the same time!

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  5. I saw a show on HDTV this week where they used black quartz and white marble tiles for the kitchen. I made me think of you immediately! Love it! Peel and stick, quartz and marble... it's all the same effect. xoxo

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