Do you remember that old wood zig-zag flooring that you only saw in museums or your grandparents house? That's parquet, and it happens to be the current coveted style of flooring. Once considered an antiquated feature of decor in need of updating, it's now making a comeback in all kinds of fresh and flattering patterns and colours. With TV programmes like Game of Thrones and Downton Abbey taking over our screens, and vintage shops proving more popular than ever, it's easy to see why such a traditional style is shooting back into the limelight as a choice of pairing with modern decor.
So, what exactly is parquet flooring? From the French word parchet meaning 'small compartment', parquet is that instantly recognisable style of decorative flooring made of mosaic wood pieces. Depending on your colour and design choices, it can serve as a bold feature in your space, or sit quietly with an understated elegance. Either way, parquet will always stand out visually from standard plank flooring, which makes it an investment in style as much as an essential piece of your home.
One of the main advantages of parquet is that you can create any design you wish. Typically configured in geometric, angular shapes, herringbone is the most popular style. However, integrating curves is an option as well. Manufactured in many types of woods including oak, walnut, mahogany and even bamboo, parquet floors are long lasting and require little maintenance, another major benefit. Also, it's a great choice for the home, particularly in hallways and bedrooms, thanks to a warmer feeling underfoot compared to regular floor tiles. To clean them, a brush is recommended over a vacuum cleaner to avoid scratching the finish, and a light mopping is fine when necessary. Beyond that, you don't really need to do anything to preserve the beauty of your parquet floor.
Parquet flooring has been given a contemporary update, but still holds its traditional values. And, if it was good enough for Versailles, imagine the gorgeous effect it can have in our homes!