Monday, May 21, 2012

In Living Black And White

Of course we've all seen the black and white checkered floor. It's a staple in many kitchens
 and baths.But don't forget the rest of your home. If you want a living space that's a real show-stopper...

...forget installing a sea of hardwood or wall to wall, and instead, consider a classic black and white floor alternative. It works beautifully in rustic to traditional homes, shabby chic to contemporary apartments, and every style and space in between.

You could also take the "whole house" philosophy, as decorator Lorenzo Castillo did, when he transformed the first floor apartment of a 17th century convent, in the heart of Madrid, into his own beautiful home.

Now this is not a new idea, you just have to look at the "checkered past" to see what the most stylish have known all along...



  1. Oh these black and white floors look elegant and stylish.

  2. Like elevator music, elegant barely realizing it's there, this post may have made me change my mind in my atrium

  3. Thanks so much for visiting my blog. Checkerboard floors: good for the last 2500 years, good for the next 2500.

  4. fabulous as always, and btw font treatment on blog muy more readable.....

  5. that would be me......
    doing the WHOLE HOUSE in blk & wht floors.
    i love it .


  6. Bought a 1940 cottage with black/white vinyl kitchen floor. Will keep it a bit longer. Saving your post to peruse color options with it.

    XO T

  7. Such beautiful examples! I have long contimplated b&w floors for our kitchen once we redo it. Classic and yet fun!

  8. These spaces are all so chic. Love the art in the Elle Decor living room.
    xo E + J

  9. Hello,

    I love this kind of floors, these pics are a big inspiration for me, thanks!

    Have a wonderful sunday

  10. I am not sure how i found your blog, but I am glad I did. Love it!

  11. Wow. What a surprise that last one was! I mean if black and white checkers aren't classic, then I don't know what is. I remember admiring them when I was about 12. So I've almost always loved them.

  12. your blog is wonderful nice Greetings from Austria

  13. Beautiful images! I love the flooring with the bookshelves with all the coral!

  14. a great post for us black and white lovers. I've pinned so many of these images from your blog, it's not funny. thanks for the unending inspiration, kathy! donna

  15. I don't see my black and white kitchen floor on your post!!!!!! Missed you, hope all is well. When are you coming back to LA! KB

  16. Beautiful pictures. This is a place I'd rather live for the rest of my life!

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  17. Gratulation for such a fine classical style .. .. Thank You for showing.

    Greetings from Bavaria

  18. hi
    i have been absent too as of late.

    how are you?
    email me


  19. wonderful selection of pictures!

  20. Love black and white stones !!


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