Does a checkered floor appeal to you because it’s classic? Or do you like them because they’re quickly gaining momentum as a design trend right now?
The same beautiful checkerboard flooring trend is everywhere on social media! Seen over and over again on your Instagram feed, you eventually exclaim, “I’m obsessed!” Or you say, “now everyone is doing it, but I wanted it before it was trendy!”
9 Types of Checkered Floors For Your Home
We’re putting in a checkerboard marble floor in our scullery, and so I did quite a bit of research before committing to such a high maintenance stone. I am breaking down 9 types of flooring that work well for a checkerboard pattern, with sizing tips and beautiful inspiration pictures.
How To Pick Checkered Tile Size
Sizing Tip: if you’re not finding the size you want, cutting rectangular tiles or too big tiles is an option. This will add more to your install cost, but will allow you to custom fit your needs.
Large /Open Spaces
In larger spaces (high ceilings count too!) go with medium to oversized tiles.
Medium Sized Spaces
Envision how the size of the tiles will effect a medium sized room. Large checkered floor tiles will give you a bigger impact and feel less busy. An example of this is below:
The smaller your tiles are, and the more the floor tiles are shown, and the busier the floor feels in the space.
Below is what a 12×12 sized tile looks like:
In smaller rooms use medium to smaller sized tiles. When working in a small space, if you go too big with the tile they won’t be seen as much.
Below are two small spaces with small, and medium sized tiles:
9 Types of Checkered Floors
There are ways to incorporate checkered tiles with all kinds of finishes and budgets. This is not your cheesy 1950s diner, think of old Victorian hallways or royal palaces of the Renaissance era! Consider the following:
- Marble Floor
- Granite (can work outside!)
- Painted cement (outside!)
- Wood floors using contrasting paint
- Wood floors using contrasting stains
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1. Checkered Marble Floor
Marble’s reputation as a luxurious material were what what peaked my interest. Marble is a timeless element, and using a marble checkerboard pattern is an idea being made fresh again by many talented designers right now.
Below is honed Carrara mixed with noir sully marble tile:
Thassos (a pure white marble) and Carrara marble tiles in a soft gray and white below:
Be aware, marble tiles can scratch, especially in high traffic areas (I’m imagining my dog chasing my 4 kids right across the marble). Floor spills must be blotted up immediately, to prevent staining.
Read about the pros and cons of marble flooring in a kitchen here. For homeowners who can give their flooring proper attention, marble floors are a great choice.
We just finished putting in 18″ x 18″ marble tiles in our scullery. Read about the details here.
2. Granite Checkered Floor
Used as a floor, granite is a highly resilient material with little maintenance needed. Granite flooring also works outside, too.
3. Checkered Limestone Tile
Limestone is undeniably gorgeous, and affordable considering it’s a natural stone. Be aware the stone is porous and scratches easily, so it requires regular maintenance. Below is a limestone floor, installed in a checkerboard pattern and giving the space an old world patina feel.
4. Porcelain Checkerboard Floors
If you don’t want to worry about scratches and stains and you want something affordable, look into porcelain tile floors. Porcelain is man made and low maintenance. Glazed porcelain means it has a glaze on top that acts as a protective finish
Below are 12×12 glazed porcelain tile floors placed in a laundry room with dark grout:
For tiles that look more like marble, match the grout to the tile, use as thin a grout line as you can get away with, and look for marble lookalikes. Below is mix of 24×24 porcelain tiles with 1/16″ spaces:
5. Ceramic Tile Floors
A similar but more affordable floor when compared to porcelain, ceramic tile is also great for heavy foot traffic and looks great in a checkerboard pattern. Mudrooms or kitchens are a prime location for ceramic.
6. Painted Cement
Are you the DIY type? Painting a cement floor is a budget friendly way to jump on the trend and spruce up your outdoor space.
7. Checkered Linoleum Flooring
Environmentally friendly, durable, and cost effective, linoleum is a fine choice when the budget is small. Generally speaking, checkered linoleum flooring won’t add value to your home, but it can certainly look attractive in the right spot!
8. Checkered Painted Wood Floor
The fun thing about checkered wood floors using contrasting paints, is that with a little research and time, this is a project you could tackle yourself.
If your floors are not in good shape, paint will help cover and hide the imperfections a stain just can’t conceal! Paint can bring in some color and even better – you don’t have to do as much prep work. The major drawback to the paint is that in spaces with heavy foot traffic, the paint will need to be repaired over time.
9. Checkered Stained Wood Floor
If you like the texture and knots in wood flooring, go with a checkered wood floor using stains. Even a dark stain will still show more of the wood’s texture than a paint. A drawback of staining floors is you have to prepare the wood floors, which takes time. Sanding and staining hardwoods is messy, big work.
On the upside? Stained checkerboard floors can handle heavy foot traffic, unlike painted floors.
Checkered Floor Obsession
Here is a nugget of wisdom: in 2022, a checkered floor is both timeless and trendy, so whatever your reason for loving them – you are justified.
Will checkered tiles date your home in ten years? By very definition a trend can’t remain the “it” ingredient of a room forever, but checkered floors are an enduring design element, that will just take more of a backseat again – just where it has always been.
So like I told my husband, if it’s good enough for the Palace of Versailles, then who am I to say no?
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