With most floors we focus on the material, and many natural materials have some type of texture to them like wood grain or different carpet weaves. Checkerboard floors have one of the most bold floor designs, and they also have lots of history, which you can learn about in Apartment Therapy's article, A Quick History: Checkerboard Floors.
Where Will You Find Checkerboard Floors?
Most people don't realize that many home building products and materials are first used in commercial building. Similarly many of the architectural details on which today's homes are based, come from historical buildings from palaces and churches to more ordinary homes.
Checkerboard floors are probably more popular in larger buildings, but they're also lots of fun in certain rooms in today's homes. So where exactly can you expect to see checkerboard floors?
- Historic buildings like palaces and churches.
- Large public buildings where style and design are important, like museums and hotels.
- Large, luxury homes with grand staircases.
- Kitchens proudly displayed checkerboard floors (patterned linoleum tiles) in the 1920's and '30s.
While researching checkerboard floors, one warning was found about keeping these fun floors clean. The comment stated that anything that doesn't show up on white floors will show up on the black squares, and vice versa.