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There are dozens of different ways to create a sense of movement in your hardwood flooring.You can also create some interesting color and tone combinations. One of the ways to do that is with chessboard flooring. A chessboard, or a checkerboard, is made of two colors of alternating squares of equal size. You can very easily do this with your hardwood floor. You just need to pick your woods, your colors, and how big you want your squares.

 

Pick Your Woods

 You can pick two different kinds of wood for your squares. You can also pick the same type of wood and stain them differently. Alternately, you could pick different sized planks. You just want your squares to be the same size, and you want them to be distinct enough that it’s instantly noticeable you made a design choice. You can choose a subtle difference but don’t make it so subtle that no one can see it.

If you want to customize the colors of the wood with a stain, you might want to choose the same wood. You can then choose different stain colors; engineered hardwood is great for this because you’ll be able to easily replace damaged pieces with the exact same colors.

 

Pick Your Colors

 Typically, on a chessboard, the colors are black and white. Since many old chess boards are made of wood or ivory, the colors are more like tan and dark brown. If you want to evoke the feel of a classic chessboard, you could choose a dark wood and a light wood. Choose natural stain colors such as coffee and honey so that they don’t look too dramatic. This will evoke the look of an antique board.

If you want something dramatic or more contemporary, you could choose actual black and white. Finding true black and true white in hardwood can be difficult, unless you are choosing engineered hardwood. They’re also difficult colors to match in the future; so, engineered hardwood will make it easier if you want to make repairs.

 

Pick Your Sizes

 If you want to create the feeling of uniformity and completeness in your hardwood floor, you need to actually go to extremes. You need either very big squares or very small squares. Very large squares will create a sense of dividing the floor into equal portions. Very small squares will create one single sheet of alternating colors.

Squares of medium size, maybe eighteen to thirty-six inches, will create a dynamic and busy floor.

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