This 1970's New York apartment is the hight of class, at a time when nothing was classier than wall to wall carpet. Then there was the inevitable trickle down effect, where "normals" started installing wall to wall carpet in their homes, and the whole thing became déclassé. Now it is a colossal decor faux pas. Funny how that happens sometimes.
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.