Black and white flooring ideas - 10 of the best

Create a bold and striking backdrop to any room with black and white flooring

A monochrome palette is a fantastic choice for any room in your house. It creates a strong graphic quality to any décor and echoes design tastes from Art Decors emergence to the fifties and sixties. The look is also firmly rooted in modern day designs.

If you are lucky enough to have original black and white tiles in your hallway, make them a focal point of a decorating scheme. Add a luxe vibe by adding a glass chandelier to create opulence to the decor. Echo this look with highly polished dark wood furniture. Velvet full-length curtains at the front door will add to the opulence – as well as keep out drafts.

Think about how you want to introduce a black-and-white flooring scheme. Create a backdrop of monochrome tiles, vinyl or linoleum for a fabulous centrepiece to a room. If this feels too permanent, then add a geometric or chequered black-and-white rug to a living room or bedroom for standout style.

Add hardwearing linoleum flooring to the hall or kitchen to create the effect of traditional Victorian tiles. Complement this monochrome scheme with glossy black cabinets and soften the look with a wooden worktop.

Black and white flooring is great to add a contemporary elegant to a dining or living room. Opt for stripes or checks and complement the stark effect with a glass dining table. Add a pop of colour in the room design with bright accessories, such as a bold wall canvas or crockery in canary yellow.

A bathroom floor suits black and white flooring perfectly. Adopt the clean geometric lines of the Art Deco movement with a monochrome checked vinyl floor. Choose a freestanding bath and keep the walls a stark white. Add a chrome radiator and black and white framed pictures for a clean monochrome look.

Classic hallway with gloss black and white flooring
This beautiful hallway has a classic look with black and white tiled flooring. Paint walls and wood in fresh cream and white to complement the eyecatching flooring - in this hallway the neutral colour scheme blends seamlessly with the adjoining living room decor. A painted bench and simple stair runner complete the country-style scheme.

Artisans of Devizes


Scumble Goosie

1/10 House white wall paint

hallway with black and white flooring

(Image credit: Future PLC /Brent Darby)

Farrow & Ball

2/10 Dining room with black and white striped rugs

dinning room with black and white striped rug and black dinning table

(Image credit: Future PLC /Birgitta Wolfgang Drejer)

Black-and-white striped rugs create instant high-impact in this modern dining room. This is also a quick way to add warmth to wooden floorboards. The large square table is ideal for gathering groups of friends for dinner, while stackable chairs reinforce the utility chic look. A huge white pendant lampshade above the dining table is the perfect finishing touch.

Similar striped rugs
Similar white drum shade
The Conran Shop

3/10 Kitchen with black and white geometric flooring

kitchen with geometric flooring and black door

(Image credit: Future PLC /James Merrell)

This quirky linoleum flooring is a modern take on the tiles that would have been an original feature of this Victorian house. The Escher-esque box tile flooring design adds another dimension to this sleek white kitchen, which has a stainless-steel splashback, built-in appliances and chalkboard paint on the back of the door - perfect for those shopping lists!

Linoleum flooring
Sinclair Till
Similar kitchen
Similar stainless-steel splashback
Cavendish Equipment

4/10 Hallway with original black and white tiles

hallway with black and white flooring and white wall

(Image credit: Future PLC/ Damian Russell)

If you are lucky enough to have an original black and white tiled hallway in your home, make the most of it by layering on bold complementary fabrics and soft furnishings. In this hallway, the elaborate stylised designs of these rich textiles have a certain faded grandeur, which brings to mind the glory of ancient and exotic cultures.

Daybed fabric
Curtain fabric
Lewis & Wood

5/10 Dining room with diagonal striped flooring

dinning room with dinning table white wall black and white striped flooring

(Image credit: Future PLC /Paul Raeside)

We love the black and white vinyl flooring in this modern dining room! Be creative with flooring - a slightly off-set horizontal stripe is graphic and anchors the scheme - and here the striped theme continues to the walls. Black and white is much stronger when paired with a bold colour, such as the bright green of the dining chairs and feature wall.

Bolon woven vinyl flooring
Flooring Concepts
Dining table and bench
Another Country

6/10 Bathroom with black and white mini check flooring

bathroom with black and white flooring and white wash basin

(Image credit: Future PLC /simon whitmore)

Traditional bathroom fittings and black and white vinyl flooring create a timeless look in this period-style bathroom. On white walls, create an eyecatching display of photographs with black frames. Add plants and a few carefully chosen accessories such as an enamel jug to complete this monochrome look.

Similar black and white vinyl tiles
Similar frames

7/10 Hallway with black wood flooring and white tiles

hallway with wooden flooring and wooden chair

(Image credit: Future PLC /Chris Everard)

Here’s a new take on black and white flooring; why not define the areas of a room with the ultimate in high contrast. In this open-plan space, classic oak has been painted in a black finish for a striking look that is even more impactful alongside cool white tiles. A decorative bench is perfectly placed for enjoying the garden view.

Floor paint
Diamond Glaze in Black by Dulux Trade
Similar tiles
Mandarin Stone

8/10 Dining room with black and white rug-effect flooring

dining room with candle stand and white table

(Image credit: Future PLC \Carolyn Barber)

Tiles laid to give the look of a rug are a practical option in a dining room. Parquet tiles in charcoal and jet black create a striking look in this period living room and work beautifully in front of a traditional open fireplace. Go for a vintage white painted dining table and a few elegant black and white accessories.

Parquet tiles
Harvey Maria
Vintage dining table
The Peanut Vendor

9/10 Bathroom with black and white checked flooring

bathroom with black and white checked flooring

(Image credit: Future PLC /Tim Young)

Black and white checked flooring works brilliantly in this country bathroom. Choose a subtle shade for walls and add weathered furniture and patterned textiles and accessories to further enhance the checkerboard floor. A pretty duck-motif seat fabric makes a feature of a comfy bath-side wicker chair.

Black and white vinyl flooring
Slipper bath
The Cast Iron Bath Co
Shower curtain
John Lewis

10/10 Children’s bedroom with black and white carpet

childrens bedroom with study table chair black and white flooring

(Image credit: Future PLC /Matthew Williams)

This bright children’s bedroom is a daring combination! Who would have thought that a black and white zigzag carpet with vibrant red walls could work? And somehow this cheery pattern makes a great backdrop to a bunk bed and desk in this children’s bedroom. Japanese motifs on the walls give the room an extra burst of colour.