In the modern home-renovation age, parquet flooring is sometimes idealized as an outdated flooring option, a belief held far too long by homeowners, designers, and specialists in the flooring industry.
What is Parquet Flooring?
Is parquet flooring still in style? Moreover, what is it?
Simply put, it’s a mosaic of wood pieces comprised for decorative effect. The two primary uses for parquet are as veneer patterns on furniture and block patterns for flooring, constructed as a geometric form containing angular shapes, such as:
Once used exclusively in the royal houses and high-class estates of European nobility, this ornamental flooring is now a staple of contemporary living, providing gorgeous accents that radiate an entire room.
How is it Constructed?
Pieced together to form elegant designs, parquet is normally 3/8” in thickness constructed without tongue and groove, glued to the floor, and then sanded and finished. When referring to parquet flooring, 12-by-12-inch finger block style is the general standard.
In crafting finger-block style parquet, the flooring industry began tongue and grooving the outside edges of parquet, therefore limiting the number of times the floor can be sanded. This parquet style generally comes prefinished and can be refinished one or two times, while the original parquet without tongue and groove could be refinished numerous times (on average up to 10 times) — giving it a timeless appearance, but also outlasting the building containing it.
Originating in Europe, this gorgeous flooring option made its U.S. debut in the 50s and 60s when the flooring industry began using scrap, leftover wood — putting an end to finger-block style parquet.
Among the most popular styles of parquet flooring is herringbone, which can contain one single hardwood species or a mixture of several species. Herringbone patterns often present subtle (or more glaring) alternating colors to create a distinctive floor pattern, while maintaining a uniform look from a distance.
The beauty of this artful floor can only truly be depicted through personal experience, as the movement and sometimes chaotic floor designs provide a refreshing and more specialized appeal. Wood parquet lends itself perfectly to complex patterning, giving skilled artisans the ability to present a lustrous three-dimensional look.
Are you tired of your worn-out carpeted foyer and long for a flooring experience that will “wow” your visitors the minute they walk in the door? Parquet flooring can offer an opulent, almost-European feel, making it a formal highlight for any place in your home.
Steal the Show with Parquet
Herringbone and other parquet styles oftentimes steal the show in rooms where the décor styles generate extraordinary three-dimensional effects. In recent years, the flooring industry has introduced a host of new parquet trends, highlighting floors with inserts, marble, stone, and other enticing accents.
Despite its “outdated” perception, many of our prospective hardwood buyers are becoming more accustomed to what parquet is and are dazzled by its design and beauty. If you are looking for a new flooring design that is completely different from other traditional hardwood floors — a renovation that holds it’s a value and is a piece of functional artwork in your home — than you should strongly consider this exquisite flooring style.
Contact Just Around the Corner to learn more about parquet and our wide array of flooring options.