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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.