I find it difficult to resist a black & white checkerboard floor… all that symmetry and my favourite black/white combination gets me every time. But it can be quite a dominant feature in a room and I found this article on Apartment Therapy particularly helpful if you find the checkerboard too much. It highlights various ways which can soften the hard edges of a traditional checkerboard floor, especially in a contemporary style setting.
The checkerboard pattern dates back thousands of years, where it was often used as a decorative pattern on pottery, and black and white checkerboard floors first appear in European paintings in the 15th century. Often associated with kitchens from the 1920s and ‘30s, checkerboard patterned linoleum tiles were a popular decorative feature in a home.
Do you notice the difference it makes if the squares run diagonally across a room, or if they’re parallel to the walls? Which do you prefer? Are you a fan of the checkerboard?