Working on a home renovation project? Stop right there! Before you opt for those default hardwoods, might you consider laying black and white tile in a checkered pattern instead? Upon first consideration, it might feel risky, but with the versatility of this pattern, it could be the timeless flooring option you’ve been looking for. Whether modern or traditional, or anywhere in between, we bet there’s a black-and-white checkered floor for you. Don’t believe us? Keep reading for 9 unforgettable spaces that made us want to bring this look into our own home.

Naomi Watts and Lieve Schreiber enjoy a kitchen that’s modern and unexpected in their Manhattan loft.

The floors in designer Joel Mozersky’s kitchen are honed carrera and noir sully marble tile in a traditional checker board pattern on the axis.

Terrazzo gets the tile treatment in Detroit’s The Siren Hotel.

This kitchen designed by Maresca & Associates is a little bit country, and a little bit rock n’ roll.

We love the balance of rusticity and modernity in this country house in Segovia, Spain.

Marble tile and a marble topped vanity totally steal the show in this master bathroom designed by Luise Olazabal.

For the cautious home decorator, a mudroom is the perfect place to lay this bold tile pattern.

A limestone fireplace, marble flooring, and statement-making antiques all come together to create this show stopping front hall.

We’re dreaming of a candlelit dinner party in this indoor-outdoor conservatory-like space.

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