Insider Guide: parquet

Parquet on the walls of your bedroom? Why not!

The flooring we all dream of installing

 

From traditional to ultra-modern, there’s a parquet pattern to suit every home. Here are our seven favourite styles, and the best ways to use them (and yes, you can even use it on the wall)

 

What is parquet? First used in France in the 17th century, parquet is made of wood blocks glued to a sub floor to create geometric patterns – available as both solid and engineered boards.

 

What’s the difference between solid and engineered boards? The advantage of a solid floor is that it can be refreshed by sanding back and re-oiling or lacquering. Engineered flooring is pre-finished and more stable, so good for using over underfloor heating.

 

What do I need to do before installation? Parquet requires a level sub floor (to ensure blocks sit absolutely flush) so that will need to be done professionally otherwise you’ll have problems with uneven wear on the blocks over time.

 

What pattern should I choose? Popular styles include traditional herringbone, chevron – often found in Parisian apartments – and more complex Parquet de Versailles and Mansion Weave patterns. Also in demand are herringbone and chevron designs laid using oversized boards, which give a bold, modern look that works well in open-plan spaces.

 

1 Chevron parquet: this pattern can be used to make a narrow space appear wider. Engineered European white oak by Domus.

Chevron: This parquet pattern can be used to make a narrow space appear wider. Engineered European white oak in ‘Whirlpool Edge’ by Domus gives a really contemporary look. From £112.78 per square metre (domusgroup.com)

Engineered European white oak in ‘Whirlpool Edge’ by Domus. From £112.78 per square metre (domusgroup.com)

 

2 Mansion Weave parquet: perfect for use in difficult shaped rooms, as it’s non-directional. This engineered oak by Ecora is fumed and oiled to bring out the grain in the wood.

Mansion Weave: Perfect for use in difficult shaped rooms, as it is non-directional. This engineered oak by Ecora is fumed and oiled to bring out the grain in the wood. From £167.82 per square metre (ecora.co.uk)

This engineered oak by Ecora is fumed and oiled to bring out the grain in the wood. From £140 per square metre (ecora.co.uk)

 

3 ‘Biscuit’ parquet by Patricia Urquiola: These boards with bevelled edges and curved ends can be laid in a number of formations for a playful take on traditional parquet. Listone Giordano

‘Biscuit’ parquet by Patricia Urquiola: These boards with bevelled edges and curved ends can be laid in a number of formations for a playful take on traditional parquet. £192 per square metre, Listone Giordano (listonegiordano.com)

‘Biscuit’ parquet by Patricia Urquiola: £192 per square metre, Listone Giordano

 

4 Hexagonal parquet: These engineered oak tiles by Bisazza were designed to be used alone or to mix with the brand’s ‘Cementiles’ range of encaustic tiles. Bisazza

Hexagonal: These engineered oak tiles by Bisazza were designed to be used alone or to mix with the brand’s ‘Cementiles’ range of encaustic tiles. £216 per square metre (bisazza.com)

Hexagonal engineered oak tiles by Bisazza. £216 per square metre

 

5 Industrial parquet: Using all of the timber, including the lighter sapwood, these boards, made from morado, or Bolivian rosewood, are striking and sustainable from Solid Floor. Who also offer a wide range of other styles too.

Industrial parquet: Using all of the timber, including the lighter sapwood, these boards, made from morado, or Bolivian rosewood, are striking and sustainable. From £96 per square metre, Solid Floor (solidfloor.co.uk)

Industrial parquet. From £96 per square metre, Solid Floor (solidfloor.co.uk)

 

6 Herringbone parquet: This classic parquet works well in period and modern properties. If space allows, extra-wide boards like this ‘Nero oak’ giant herringbone by Element 7 make a statement.

Herringbone: This classic parquet works well in period and modern properties. If space allows, extra-wide boards like this ‘Nero oak’ giant herringbone by Element 7 make a statement. From £254.40 per square metre (element7.co.uk)

Extra-wide ‘Nero oak’ giant herringbone by Element 7. From £254.40 per square metre (element7.co.uk)

 

7 Parquet de Versailles: This historic pattern replaced marble floors in the Palace of Versailles in 1684. Solid black charred elm from the ‘Vault’ collection by Ted Todd adds a modern edge.

Parquet de Versailles: This historic pattern replaced marble floors in the Palace of Versailles in 1684. Solid black charred Elm from the ‘Vault’ collection by Ted Todd adds a modern edge. £359 per 98 x 98 centimetre panel (tedtodd.co.uk)

Solid black charred Elm from the ‘Vault’ collection by Ted Todd. £359 per 98 x 98 centimetre panel (tedtodd.co.uk)

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