Checkerboard floors have retained the sense of grandeur in less modest settings such as the Greenbrier Hotel designed by Dorothy Draper, one of my favorite interior designers of all time. This was one of the landmarks of Hollywood Regency design. The lobby has a graphic and elegant punch.
(Greenbrier designed by Dorothy Draper)
Black and white is the oldest checkerboard flooring style. It first appeared in paintings in the 15th century, but ancient artifacts from Iranian ceramic vessels showed origins of this pattern long before. These strong contrasting colors give a retro and contemporary feel.
Checkerboard floors are paired nicely with colored appliances; black appliances look clean and contemporary. Light airy curtains are a nice fit. Mosaic tile backsplashes work well with this flooring style.