One aspect of modern home spaces is the simplification of surfaces. On floors, that can mean embellishment without traditional layers. Perhaps that’s why we’re seeing an increased number black and white pattern floors of floors with integral patterns instead of plain floors with rugs on them. Hard surfaces such as ceramic, stone or vinyl tile is easy to maintain and harbor less dust and allergy-producing mites than soft coverings. While black and white checkerboard patterns have long been a foyer staple as well as a neutral. Even more intricate patterns look especially dynamic. A handsome kitchen [top] with vintage-style latch-door cabinets introduces a variation on the large scale black-and-white checkerboard floor theme. Plain white field tiles alternate with stylized floral tiles. Because the patterned tiles are set point-to-point, the floor appears to run both on a grid and diagonally.
Vinyl “Parquet” floor tiles by Neisha Crosland (from Harvey Maria) in charcoal read as black and work beautify with mid-century and modernist furniture in this dining room.
A large-scale white-on-black damask motif in these bathroom floor tiles is echoed in the oversized marble console sink and by the Venetian style mirror.
Interlocking circles in a polished black and white marble floor (Montgomery 1 from Ann Sacks) are keyed to Farrow and Ball’s striped wallpaper. A solid white kitchen floor keeps the look consistent right up to the knockout punch of vivid blue combined with black on the cement-tile backsplash.
Black, white and gray tile worked in an optical pattern almost looks three-dimensional on this bathroom floor by Finnish designer Linda Bergroth. And, because all the other surfaces and fixtures are white, the floor pays for itself visually.
Cement tiles, with geometric patterns, were often set into border. I love the way this one covers the entire kitchen floor – just like wall-to-wall carpeting.
(Source: arkpad, house&garden, homeblogdesign, housebeautiful, decorpad, skonahem)
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