Checkerboard Flooring Kitchen

Checkerboard Flooring Kitchen

Checkerboard Flooring Kitchen

Checkerboard flooring in the kitchen can add an elegant or fun touch to this very important room. Your kitchen flooring needs to be durable and easy to clean. One design approach that’s making a come back is a checkerboard flooring kitchen look. Checkerboard flooring doesn’t have to be black and white, it can be any color combination that works for you. Black and white flooring in your kitchen gives a clean, bright look, but don’t feel constrained by those colors. Kitchen black and white flooring is popular, but maybe it’s time to start your own trend.

Kitchens are one of the most important rooms in the entire house and aren’t just for eating in anymore. The kitchen area can be a meeting place, used for crafts and homework, and a place to hang out. Everyone knows parties always migrate to the kitchen! That’s why it is so important to choose flooring that fits the personality and feel of your family and home. Creativity is very important and there are many ways that you can show your creativity through your kitchen flooring choice. Have you considered a checkerboard flooring?

A checkerboard flooring kitchen makes a statement about your family and home. The retro feel of a checkerboard flooring kitchen can help you to have a foundation for decorating your kitchen in the ’50s style, complete with a jukebox, though you don’t have to go in that decorating direction. Checkerboard flooring can be done in any color combination and can go with just about any decorating style. You are only limited by your creativity and imagination.

If you are looking for a clean, contemporary look, you might consider installing black and white flooring in your kitchen. Kitchen black and white flooring makes the room feel updated, clean, and neat. Black and white vinyl tiles can be laid in a checkerboard pattern or any other pattern to create a room that is contemporary, sleek, and interesting. If you want to make your kitchen look brighter and more interesting, you will want to consider using black and white flooring in your kitchen.

Using floor tiles creatively will help you to create a kitchen floor that others will be envious of. You are only bound by your creativity when deciding what pattern or design to arrange the tiles in. Using tiles of varying colors and hues help to create texture and interest in the kitchen. It gives the room a personality and feel all its own, which makes your friends and family want to be in the room. Whether you just make a border around your kitchen or you create a more intricate pattern or design, you will have a kitchen floor that is one of a kind made just for you.

Changing your kitchen flooring is a great way to change the entire look of the room. Most people don’t think of changing flooring when they want to quickly update a room, but your flooring choice can make a huge impact on the feel of the room. Making a pattern or design using flooring makes a room feel more interesting. You can use vinyl tiles, ceramic tiles, or even different finishes of hardwood flooring or stone tiles to make a checkerboard pattern or a design in your kitchen.

Whether you choose to have a checkerboard flooring kitchen, black and white flooring in your kitchen, or another pattern, you will have a kitchen that is full of interest and texture when you choose to use different colors and finishes in creating your floor. If you are looking for a way to make your kitchen into a masterpiece, then adding a patterned floor is a great choice for you.


I’m interested in the 50’s style black & white checker board vinyl tile kitchen floor. Can you provide me with sizes available and cost of same. Thanks so much. Bonner

Steve Bonner at August 26, 2007 3:58 PM

The Flooring Lady is an educational site. I don’t sell materials or tools, nor do I do installations. I strive to provide ideas and information to help you deal with the stores and installers you find for your projects.

The Flooring Lady at August 26, 2007 4:26 PM

Were finishing our basement and our looking to do a 50’s type dining area with a booth, bar & stools. We would like to do a Black & White checkerboard floor but don’t know which type of tiling to use. When we look at vinyl tiles their doesn’t seem to be a solid Black or White tyle to choose from. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks Rick

Rick Chynoweth at September 28, 2007 8:34 PM

50’s-style linoleum checkerboard floors weren’t solid black and white either; they were swirled colors in blacks and whites giving the overall effect of being black and white. I recently saw a great-looking checkerboard floor at Forbo’s Marmoleum page; check it out to see if you like it (though it wasn’t in black and white).

If you want black and white you can go with ceramic tiles, though that seems a bit hard and cold to the feet. Or, you could put a wood floor down, paint it black and white, and seal it really well with several coats of a water-based polyurethane. Considser a plywood or OSB, in which case you’d want to prime it first.

I’ve seen checkerboard patterns painted on oak flooring, but the flooring was in place and needing work so the checkerboard pattern was a perfect touch. I personally wouldn’t go to the expense of putting a new oak floor in just to paint it. But hey, it may be the right solution for you.

I suppose you could also paint the concrete and then seal it, but you may want a bit of insulation between the concrete and the flooring surface.

Send pictures of what you do. Sounds like a fun project!

The Flooring Lady at September 29, 2007 12:04 AM

Dear Flooring Lady,

I am in the middle of replacing my kitchen floor, my wife and I thought the checker board was a great idea, the only problem I can not find solid black and white smooth surface linoleum, can you point me in the right direction.

Thank you,

Jeff at November 2, 2007 8:30 AM

You and lots of people seem to be having the same problem with finding solid-colored linoleum tiles (or of any other material either, for that matter). I don’t have any resources for them. It’s time to let manufacturers know that’s what you want.

Call, write, and email them to let them know you want solid-colored tiles. The astute manufacturers will be aware of your needs from websites like this one, but be proactive in letting them know it’s time for them to act.

The Flooring Lady at November 2, 2007 9:59 AM

can you send pics of checkered kitchen ideas 50’s look

mike z at December 2, 2007 6:52 PM

Try KMT Trailer Parts for a 4 1/2″ black and white checkerboard pattern flooring.

Gwen at December 3, 2007 10:15 AM

i need to know where i can find some pic;s of white kitchens with black and white floors, i have to show my hubby it looks good, he thinks it won’t look good. men are nuts. please let me know asap. thank you..linda

LINDA EVANS at December 13, 2007 1:05 PM

Check out Armstrong’s web site, and do the «Design a Room». Choose vinyl sheet flooring in the black and white pattern. You can also change ceiling, cabinet, counter and wall colors to play around with it. Great site.

Susan at December 13, 2007 2:37 PM

Hello! I want the checkerboard floor for my 50’s ranch house. The problem is I can’t find a manufacturer of sheet linoleum (I want an eco-friendly product) that comes in the checkerboard pattern — my preference is something OTHER than black and white. I saw a two shades of green slate in a mega-mansion and it looked gorgeous — it was installed on the diagonal.

Thanks Floor Lady!

Nona at December 18, 2007 4:14 PM

I don’t know where you can buy sheet linoleum that’s in a checkerboard pattern, but I know Forbo, the makers of Marmoleum, make a clicking linoleum tile. That lets you create the look you want because you can pick from myriad colors.

The Flooring Lady at December 20, 2007 8:40 AM

On the recent cover of Atlanta Kitchen Trends magazine (volume 23 no. 8) there is a beautiful kitchen featuring white and black checkered flooring laid out on the diagonal. The tiles are described as glass tiles and are from Architectural Ceramics. There isn’t any further information about them, but the design team is from Kitchen & Bath, LTD. in Chevy Chase, Maryland. The tiles appear to be VERY white — and a true DEEP black. The floor appears very shiny in the photo spread and is just beautiful. It has a very classy and elegant look. I want this floor!

Lisanne at December 31, 2007 1:16 AM

What a great «discovery». I have friends with glass tiles scattered among their stone tiles for a great, fresh look. I hadn’t made the leap to doing just a floor with glass tiles. I will share, from my friends’ experience, that glass tiles can be VERY slippery when wet. The shiny look can be beautiful, but it can lead to very dangerous situations.

Some of the sites I found that sell glass tiles include:

There are actually lots of outlets selling glass tile mosaics, but I never found any that are larger than 3″. I’m sure you can find them, at a hefty price. Glass tiles are expensive, but they are gorgeous, environmentally friendly, and will make quite a statement.

The Flooring Lady at December 31, 2007 8:41 AM

I am going to paint my kitchen floor in a checkerboard pattern. I am pulling up the old linoleum, and painting directly on the plywood subfloor. I need to know how to go about taping the floor to get the right pattern. Can you help guide me in the right direction?

Thank you.


Marjorie at January 3, 2008 9:13 AM

My first question is about your old linoleum flooring. Is it in such bad condition you can’t leave it and paint it? If it’s not chipped or broken, I think leaving it would make lots of sense and make the project that much easier.

Regardless of whether you choose to paint the linoleum or the plywood subfloor, you know to put a primer coat down first, right? Once you have the primer down and dry paint the entire floor the lighter of the two colors you are using in your checkerboard pattern. Let that cure so it’s good, dry and hard.

Once you have a well-cured floor, it’s time to lay your lines. Getting them true can be challenging. A chalk-line tool would be a great way to get a straight line, I just don’t know how well the chalk and the new paint would work together.

But my idea is to use the chalk-line tool to get your straight lines, use painter’s 2-3″ blue tape for masking, and paint. It might not hurt to put a tab of blue tape in the squares you don’t want to paint just to keep yourself from getting confused. ;

Sounds like a fun project. What colors are you using?

The Flooring Lady at January 3, 2008 11:29 AM

Hey all!

what do you think of this? I have caramel walls and a brown couch. I am redoing this family room and the adjoining kitchen with ceramic tile. I think I may go with a vanilla/cocoa/mocha tile. I would choose 2 colors and maybe put them in checkboard fashion on the diagonal. At least it won’t bore me!

geralyn at January 11, 2008 5:13 PM

Checkerboard Flooring Kitchen

If the tile colors blend with the walls and sofa, which I suspect you’ll do well, I think your place will look quite nice. I like the angled approach to it too.

The Flooring Lady at January 11, 2008 5:21 PM

thanks, I am going to get an estimate on the different design. This is a lot of money for us. but I am willing to give up something else for this. Hopefully the difference in price will work with my budget!

geralyn at January 11, 2008 5:32 PM

You can buy sheets of black/white checkerboard vinyl tile off of Ebay. There is a vendor that sells 8′ or 12′ wide sheets in any length.

John F at January 14, 2008 3:14 PM

I am going to paint a diagonal checkerboard on my hardwood floors in kitchen and den. Probably going to do a country white and tan/khaki. I have heard of a technique where you actually stain the whole floor the country white, then come back and tape off the squares and paint on the tan/khaki. The tan would be thinned out to match the thinness of the stain. If using this technique there should be no reason to prime floors right? What do you think about overall technique?

kathleen at January 22, 2008 9:39 AM

Your floor is going to look wonderful. It sounds as if you are going to keep the wood texture showing which will give you a beautiful country look. If you are wanting the wood texture to show and the stain covers the entire floor, primer probably could be avoided. I know some painters prime before using stain to give better protection and coverage; maybe it depends on the stain.

I think your technique sounds good. And don’t forget to apply polyurethane over the checkerboard when it’s dry.

The Flooring Lady at January 23, 2008 8:16 PM

I’m looking for a black and white checkerboard look for a commercial kitchen. I’m open to either commercial vinyl or tiles. any suggestions? Thanks!

Rahni at January 29, 2008 11:20 PM

Flooring stores, big box stores and internet stores should be able to accommodate your needs. You can get printed checkerboard patterns or create your own with tile. The advantage of tile is you can replace an individual damaged tile but are stuck with patching the vinyl if a section gets damaged. But with the vinyl roll you don’t have the seams around the tiles to cause problems (which doesn’t happen often).

The Flooring Lady at January 31, 2008 10:26 AM

It just occurred to me your question wasn’t about vinyl roll vs tile but about vinyl tiles vs ceramic tiles. In that comparison I prefer ceramic tile because I feel it’s more durable and doesn’t negatively impact air quality as vinyl flooring can.

The Flooring Lady at February 1, 2008 3:44 PM


DARRYL at March 13, 2008 6:46 AM

I wouldn’t say it «should» be installed in any specific direction, but it seems more interesting to me to be at an angle. The disadvantage of having it run parallel to the walls is that it accents walls that are out of square. The look you are seeking and the style of the room/building you are flooring will help direct you — this is an artistic decision.

The Flooring Lady at March 13, 2008 7:42 AM

I purchased 12″ squares of Armstrong Stylistik II

self-sticking Tile, 1box of Black and 1 box of White to create a racing flag floor. I ran short and went back to Home Depot where I had purchased it only to find out they had discontinued it. i contacted Armstrong only to be told they made it just for Home Depot and it was no longer available. So here I sit with a six inch border around the floor that is unfinished. Any sugestions where I might find it, I need sixteen pieces of each color. Thanks for your time. Sincerely, David Duff, Winter Park Florida

David D. at March 24, 2008 9:59 AM

Can you get your Home Depot store to check with all of their stores? Maybe one of the other stores has what you need, plus some for backup.

The Flooring Lady at March 24, 2008 10:04 AM

I am looking for 8×8 (preferred) or 12×12 vinyl tile for my camper I want to create a white/aqua checkered floor in my camper I am restoring. Can anyone point me in the direction to find aqua color vinyl tiles?

Paul at March 26, 2008 2:59 PM

If linoleum tiles would work, try Forbo or Armstrong. I don’t know if they have the look you are after, but it’s worth a try. And linoleum is made of sustainable products and doesn’t offgas, hurting the air you breathe.

The Flooring Lady at March 26, 2008 6:20 PM

Continuous, commercial grade vinyl. I started

Leave a Reply