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What Is Parquet Flooring? (And Why You Need It In Your Home)

Originally posted 16th June 2021.

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Paul Hambidge

Managing Director Factory Direct Flooring Ltd

Parquet flooring is a type of wood flooring that’s made by laying many small wooden tiles in a pattern to create a regular or geometric design.

Also known as mosaic flooring, the wooden tiles are made using various hardwoods and are cut into shapes such as squares, diamonds, triangles and rhombuses. The tiles can then be laid to create chevron, basket weave and herringbone patterns. However, the variety of designs available means that you can create any effect you want. That versatility, along with the warmth and charm of real wood, makes parquet flooring an elegant and timeless addition to hallways, reception rooms, kitchens, living rooms and bedrooms in traditional and modern homes.

Originating from the late 1600s in Versaille, France, parquet flooring was introduced as an alternative to the cold marble floors that typically adorned the homes of the wealthy. In the 1980s and 90s, parquet floors enjoyed a renaissance. Today, the artistic beauty and natural warmth of parquet floors have made it a common feature in homes all over the UK.

Living Room Parquet

Image; @CherryBlossomAbode

What is Parquet Flooring Made Of?

Parquet flooring can be made in an engineered or solid construction using a wide range of wood species. That includes oak, walnut, pine, maple, cherry and lime.

Kitchen Parquet

Image; @RachaelSomervilleInteriors

Solid wood parquet flooring is made using solid pieces of whatever type of timber you choose. Engineered parquet flooring is made using several layers of different types of wood which are topped by the desired timber. Whichever construction method you choose, the finished floor will look almost identical.

Unlike some other flooring types that can be installed yourself, the installation of a parquet floor is best left to the professionals. The individual wooden tiles are installed using a cold adhesive to create a stable and attractive result. The flooring is easy to clean and maintain and can simply be vacuumed and washed with a damp (but not wet) mop.

Different Types of Parquet Flooring

The versatility of parquet flooring is one of its biggest selling points. Solid wood parquet floors used to be the only option available. However, thanks to new technology and automated production, many more types of parquet flooring are now available.

Kitchen Parquet

Image; @RachaelSomervilleInteriors

Solid Wood Parquet Flooring 

Made from single blocks of solid wood, this type of parquet flooring is unbeatable in terms of how it looks and the feeling you get underfoot. Some of the most popular types of solid wood flooring include:

  • Oak Parquet Flooring - Oak is a great species for all kinds of design schemes and will age with grace and deepen in colour.
  • Walnut Parquet Flooring - For a luxurious look in any property, the dark and intense hues of this high-end hardwood are difficult to beat.
  • Aged Parquet Flooring - Authentically aged parquet flooring gives you the benefits of a modern floor while the worn, soft edges provide the character and charm of an antique or reclaimed floor.

Parquet Laminate Flooring 

This versatile and highly durable flooring type recreates the style and richness of a genuine wood-panelled floor but at a fraction of the cost. There is a wide range of styles, textures and tones to choose from and it’s very easy to lay.

LVT Parquet 

Parquet luxury vinyl tiles are designed to replicate the experience of solid wood while providing practical benefits such as water resistance and ease of cleaning. That combination of durability and practicality, while maintaining a beautiful, textured appearance, makes it well suited to kitchen, dining room and hallway floors.

Chevron Parquet 

Chevron parquet flooring is becoming extremely fashionable once again. It features a zig-zag pattern that is similar to herringbone but is more uniform. That regularity gives a simple and clean look that can help to make smaller rooms appear more spacious.

Kitchen Parquet - Chevron

Image; Project Park Street

Our chevron parquet flooring collection includes:

Vinyl Parquet 

Available in a variety of thicknesses and tones, parquet-style laminate flooring creates the same effect as a wooden floor but at a fraction of the cost. It is water-resistant, low maintenance and easy to clean, making it well suited to kitchens, hallways and reception areas.

Herringbone Parquet  

Herringbone parquet flooring uses wooden blocks that have been cut into perfect rectangles before being laid into a staggered, zig-zag pattern. This creates a sophisticated, stylish and uniform end-result that resembles the bones of the herring fish.

Our herringbone parquet flooring collection includes:

Parquet Flooring Colours

Colour is a key consideration in any design scheme and parquet floors are no exception. The good news is that with such a variety of wood species and parquet flooring types, there are plenty of colour options to choose from. That includes natural shades, which will differ depending on the species of wood, to greys, whites, and rich, much darker hues.

This is just a small selection of the parquet flooring colours that are available:

What Could Parquet Flooring Do For Your Home?

Whether your home is contemporary or classic, minimalist or rustic, the universal style and elegant charm of parquet flooring will help you create a fantastic first impression in hallways, bedrooms, living rooms and kitchens.

If you have a small or narrow room, the pattern created by your parquet floor can alter the perspective and help to create the impression of a longer or wider space. However, you should be mindful of the parquet blocks you choose. For example, a narrow hallway will only accommodate a certain number of blocks, so oversized designs may not be the best choice.

In terms of its comfort, parquet floors are softer and warmer underfoot than alternative materials such as ceramic or stone. It’s also hardwearing, as it has all the durability of wooden flooring, which is reinforced by its tight-fit design. That makes it a good fit for rooms with high footfall and movable furniture. Add to that the low level of maintenance and it’s easy to see why parquet flooring has become such a popular addition to so many homes.

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