Photo Gallery: Checkerboard Kitchen Floors

Whether painted, marble, or linoleum, the checkerboard pattern is a kitchen classic.
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The new floor in this 1920s lakeside cottage is a floating laminate system laid over a substrate.

The new floor in this 1920s lakeside cottage is a floating laminate system laid over a substrate. (Photo: Carolyn Bates)

Green and cream tiles laid on the diagonal jazz up a Depression-era Tudor kitchen.

Green and cream tiles laid on the diagonal jazz up a Depression-era Tudor kitchen. (Photo: Jeremy Samuelson)

The eat-in kitchen offers unadorned cabinetry, painted floors, and a farmhouse table to create a country atmosphere.

Earthy painted floors create a farmhouse ambience in a new Greek Revival kitchen. (Photo: Eric Roth)

A black-and-white marble floor is a classic touch in an eclectic Foursquare kitchen.

A black-and-white marble floor is a classic touch in an eclectic Foursquare kitchen. (Photo: Thom Greene)

A painted checkerboard floor delineates the kitchen in this 18th-century farmhouse. (Photo: Rob Gray)

A painted checkerboard floor delineates the kitchen in this 18th-century farmhouse. (Photo: Rob Gray)

A green and black checkerboard is a bold contrast to turquoise cabinets.

A green and black checkerboard is a bold contrast to turquoise cabinets. (Photo: Gross & Daley)

This Quaker kitchen floor was painted with a color wash to allow the wood grain to show.

This Quaker kitchen floor was painted with a color wash to allow the wood grain to show. (Photo: Gridley + Graves)

The black and cream color scheme for this Tudor kitchen floor was inspired by the movie You've Got Mail.

The black and cream color scheme for this Tudor kitchen floor was inspired by the movie You've Got Mail. (Photo: Ken Lay)

By reconfiguring the appliances, architect Lisa Henderson created a layout that subtly echoes the dining-room arrangement while making room for a cozy built-in breakfast nook.

Red and tan linoleum is homey in a bungalow kitchen. (Photo: Curt Beech)

Beadboard was a budget-minded compromise that places an era-appropriate material around the kitchen without the expense of tiling all the walls.

Black and white offsets the mint-green cabinets in a Victorian kitchen rehab. (Photo: William Dohman)

Old stoves

A diagonal checkerboard enlivens the kitchen of the 1907 Evans House in California. (Photo: Douglas Keister)

A 1950s O'Keefe & Merritt stove anchors the kitchen, which pairs tile in a Southwestern border motif with black Caesarstone countertops.

The checkerboard pattern in this 1930s kitchen was painted directly on the subflooring. (Photo: Jaimee Itagaki)

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