Not Your Mother's Parquet
Many people think parquet became “meh” awhile back, but parquet is still popular today and there are many reasons to look at parquet when deciding on new flooring.
Parquet flooring has truly stood the test of time – it’s been around since the 17th century. Of course, so have wood floors and both have changed greatly. While hardwood flooring has gradually been moving back towards its vintage roots, parquet flooring remains an upscale and unique option with a wide selection available. If you are looking for something different and easier to install, check out parquet.
The definition of parquet is a geometric mosaic of wood pieces used for decorative effect in flooring. The patterns are vast, with the herringbone pattern still proving to be the most popular. Even within the herringbone, there are variations in patterns. Other predominant pattern choices include the chevron, the basketweave, the brick and the Versailles.
Today’s designers are branching out, however, and bringing parquet floors into new dimensions. As with wood flooring trends, using different colors and styles of wood in one area has brought a new excitement to parquet flooring. A skilled artisan can achieve an eye-catching three-dimensional look. Parquet can be made from different types of wood and can be aged, stained and darkened to your style. Parquet is also available in a lacquered or oiled finish. A lacquered finish is on top of the surface and seals it against liquids. An oil finish looks more natural and is easier to fix if it gets scratched.
Wood parquet flooring is generally thinner than typical hardwood flooring and much easier to install. No other solid wood flooring can claim a simple, glue-down installation. Urethane-based adhesive has a 60-minute working time, allowing for placement perfection. Wood parquet typically comes in tiles and no hammering or sawing is required.
If you are exploring replacing your flooring, you owe it to yourself to take a look at the classic and visually arresting parquet option.