A few days ago, I saw Vermeer's The Art of Painting at the Kunsthistorisches Museum museum in Vienna. It got me thinking about checkerboard floors, and how they are timeless.
These floors are both casual and formal, classic and contemporary, simple and bold, and on and on. They work in your garage, in a ball room, and in your grandma's house. They even look good in linoleum.
You can do them in tile, marble, wood, paint, carpet....sky's the limit.