As the end of 2017 looms near we’ve decided to take a look back at one of the most prominent interior trends of the year; parquet flooring. This style of flooring has seen a massive resurgence over the last 12 months, making it one of the ‘must-haves’ according to most interior designers.
Parquet is a classic style of flooring and is probably older than you actually think, in fact it first originated way back in 16th century France! The rich history to this flooring contributes all the more to the classic and elegant feel that it brings to your home. Parquet flooring was a welcome to change back in the days when flooring mostly consisted of earth and concrete. Unless you were particularly wealthy of course, then you could enjoy the marvels of marble flooring!
Following the creation of parquet, which actually means “small compartment” in French, it remained a popular choice up until the 1930s. Then, along came carpets and the future looked pretty bleak for solid wood floors! However, all was not lost, the 80’s and 90’s saw Parquet making a dramatic comeback and bursting back onto the scene. Primarily it was used in church and school halls, which is probably why it carries such a sentimental and nostalgic feel. However there is no denying that parquet has certainly paved its own path in terms of where it should be installed, seeing it as a dramatic centrepiece for a home as oppose to the background drop in an old hall.
There are a few different patterns used in Parquet flooring, the two most common ones are Herringbone and Chevron, but people are often confused as to what the difference is between the two. Allow us to explain..
This is probably the most popular style of parquet and funnily enough it’s actually named after the Herringbone fish. The reason that is named after this is because the pattern actually replicates the way that the bones are structured along the fish’s spine. This style of flooring is perfect if you’re looking to make a statement, but it still has a real classic feel to it that means it isn’t too “out there”. Aside of its beauty, Herringbone and parquet flooring in general, is a perfect floor for busy family lives as it is great at standing up to any amount of footfall. Back in the days when Parquet was first brought to the attention of homeowners you would normally have to have a skilled craftsman to create the Herringbone pattern, thankfully, these days the floor comes in place which makes the installation much easier!
The chevron style is very similar to herringbone but it differs slightly, herringbone floors are laid at a 90 degree angle which sort of created a broken zig-zag effect, chevron flooring is cut to an angle that creates an arrow point. Chevron flooring does tend to be a little more expensive than herringbone, which is probably due to the amount of craft that goes into cutting the planks to an exact measurement. As you would imagine this also means that the installation of chevron flooring is more expensive too, due to the fact that is a lot harder to create the perfect point. Despite the slightly higher price this style of floor is second to none when it comes to stability and offering a traditional vibe throughout your home.
So there you have it, a bit of background into the world of parquet flooring and just some of the many styles available.