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10 Black & White Floor Tile Ideas That Are Always in Vogue

By Blair Hagensen

10 Black & White Floor Tile Ideas That Are Always in Vogue

There’s no color combination more classic and enduring than black and white. From high-contrast glamor to modern minimalism this perpetually on-trend pairing gracefully integrates into any design style, which is why black and white tile floors are always a great choice.

Whether you’re looking for a classic checkerboard floor or something a bit more out of the box, these black and white tile floors are sure to spark inspiration for your next project.

1. Pretty in Pinwheel

Hit the right notes of modern and vintage with a pinwheel mosaic floor. White 1x2 and black 1x1 tile laid in a pinwheel pattern create a classic backdrop that looks especially handsome with sleek midcentury-inspired furniture, although this look is also perfect for art deco or even new traditional spaces.

Pro tip: our Egret + Condor Matte Glass Pinwheel Tile comes already sheeted for easy installation.
Large bathroom with double vanity, grey-green tile wainscoting, and black and white pinwheel tile floor

Tile Shown: Egret + Condor Matte Glass 1x1 & 1x2 Pinwheel, 3x6 in Overcast

2. Modern Half-Moons

Make a memorable impression with modern black and white tile. This kitchen floor features handpainted geometric half-circles laid in an offset pattern that makes for an unforgettable focal point. The longer you stare at it, the more patterns your eye detects!

Galley kitchen with skylight, wooden door, and black and white half-circle tile floor

Tile Shown: Handpainted Fallow in custom colorway, similar to Cool Motif // Design + Image: Elena Lohse

Alternatively, visit the dark side of the moon with the same pattern in the inverse colorway. The rounded edge of this tile floor provides a clear–and beautiful–separation between the kitchen and living room, while the coordinating tile backsplash adds another graphic punch to the playfully appointed bar.

View over bar into kitchen with half-circle black and white floor tiles and backsplash

Tile Shown: Handpainted Fallow in Cool Motif // Design: Me & General Design // Image: David Patterson

3. Mosaic Checkerboard

Checkerboard is a timeless look that always feels fresh, and Vanessa Carlton’s beautifully moody bathroom with 1x1 mosaic tile, including a distinctly patterned border, is a breathtaking example of how sophisticated this classic trend can be.

Bathroom with black walls and black and white checkerboard floor made from 1x1 mosaic tiles

Tile Shown: 1x1 in Akoya, 1x1 in Halite, and 6x6 in Akoya // Design: Sarah Sherman Samuel // Image: Joseph Bradshaw

The dark grout adds even more drama to this classic pattern. If you’re looking for a similar mosaic look, our Design Consultants would be happy to help you customize a checkerboard mosaic floor with our free design assistance.

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Detail shot of black and white 1x1 mosaic tile in a checkerboard pattern with black grout

Tile Shown: 1x1 in Akoya, 1x1 in Halite // Design: Sarah Sherman Samuel // Image: Joseph Bradshaw

4. Color Block Beauty

Instead of alternating colors by tile, make a statement by color blocking black and white tile. Color blocking can easily be achieved by using one color on the bathroom floor and another for the shower floor.

Bathroom with white tile floor and black tile shower floor

Tile Shown: 2x8 in Basalt, 3x6 in White Wash // Design + Image: Liz Stanley

Using opposite-colored grout while color blocking adds to the effect (bonus points if the tile is a fun shape). Separated by a shower curb topped in marble, mosaic Hexagon Tile in a dark color with light grout contrasts beautifully with white Diamond Tile and dark grout. Just make sure the white tile you choose is approved for use with dark grout!

White tile clad bathroom with black hexagon tile shower pan and white diamond tile floor

Tile Shown: 2" Hexagon in Basalt, Small Diamond in White Wash, 2x6 in White Wash // Design: High Street Homes // Image: Dan Swindel

5. Geometric Patterns

A black and white palette makes geometric patterns pop, and even more so on a large scale across the floor. If you find a tile with an intricate design that you love, don’t be afraid to make a statement by using it as an unforgettable floor tile.

View into white, bright kitchen with tile floor featuring black and white geometric patterns

Tile Shown: Handpainted Palmera in Cool Motif // Design: Angela Tafoya // Image: Erin Kunkel // Installer: Intelligent Tile

Watch how this exact tile is handpainted by skilled artisans in our California factory.

6. Unconventional Checkerboard

If you’re looking for a fun twist on a classic checkered pattern, this squiggly-lined black and white tile delivers all that and more. Paired with an inviting clawfoot tub and pink wall tile, the checkerboard floor completes a dreamy Art Deco look.

Art deco bathroom with pink tile wainscoting, white clawfoot tub, and checkerboard tile floor with squiggly lines

Tile Shown: Handpainted Squiggle in Charcoal Motif

7. Moroccan Inspiration

Bring some Moroccan flair to your space with intricately-designed black and white patterns across the floor. Our ultra-popular handpainted Kasbah Trellis tile is a favorite for bathroom floors particularly and is often available in our Quick Ship Shop–meaning it ships in five days or less.

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Bright bathroom with white tile clad walls, moroccan-inspired white and black tile on floor, and black clawfoot tub

Tile Shown: Handpainted Kasbah Trellis in Neutral Motif // Design: Patti Wagner // Image: Meg Cooper Photography

Can’t get enough of this confident, classic pattern? This space showcases how stunning Kasbah Trellis Tile looks when laid across the floor and wall. Don’t miss a peek at the bright blue shower and striped ceiling in the mirror, which combines with the Moroccan tile to create one big, bold, and beautiful bathroom.

Bathroom with white and black Moroccan-inspired tile laid across the floor and up the wall

Tile Shown: Handpainted Kasbah Trellis in Neutral Motif, 2x8 Aegean Sea // Design + Image: Joyful Design Studios

8. Petite Powder Rooms

Small square footage is a great place to pack a big design punch with black and white tile. This petite powder room features another take on checkerboard, with alternating black and white triangle tile along the floor paired with green walls for a vivacious look you and your houseguests will love.

Tiny powder room with olive green walls and black and white triangle tiles laid in alternating colors on the floor

Tile Shown: 6" Triangle in Halite, 6" Triangle in Magnetite // Design + Image: The Fresh Exchange

Handpainted Tile goes a long way in a small room, as evidenced by the Starburst Tile floor in the powder room below. The mostly black tile with light pattern lines creates a stellar focal point that elevates the room from ordinary to one-of-a-kind.

Small powder room with white walls and black floor tile featuring a white starburst pattern

Tile Shown: Handpainted Starburst in Dark Motif // Design + Image: John Colaneri

9. Border Accent

If you have a large floor space, using mostly white tile with a black border accent (or vice versa) is a great way to give structure to the room with visual interest. The communal space in this luxury apartment complex uses Glazed Thin Brick to achieve this look.

Communal kitchen area featuring white brick floor with black brick border accents

Brick Shown: Lewis Range and Bitterroot // Design: Basile Studio // Image: Adrian Tiemens // Installer: Broadstone Makers Quarter

Working on a commercial project and interested in creating something custom? Start here.

10. Pattern Play

Whether you’re into subtle and serene or bold and graphic patterns, incorporating your favorite patterns into black and white floor tile adds your own unique touch to the space of your choosing. This bathroom channels serene vibes with black and white tile that hints at the lines of a mountain range in the distance.

Bathroom with turquoise brick wall, walk-in shower, and black and white handpainted tile on floor

Tile Shown: Handpainted Uni Mountain in Black + White Motif, Brick Shown: San Gabriel // Design: Annette Vartanian // Image: Bethany Nauert

On the opposite end of the spectrum, this kitchen floor features a blend of shapes in an abstract pattern from black to white for an overall patchwork-type look that’s as remarkable as it is memorable.

Floor featuring rectangular and quatrefoil patterns in black, grey, and white

Tile Shown: Handpainted Grange and Fallow in custom colorway // Design: Taylor & Taylor, Anne Sage // Image: Monica Wang Photography

Feeling inspired by the beauty of black and white floors? Bring home five free samples to recreate your favorite look in your own home.

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