In the Spotlight: Parquet Flooring (aka Parquetry)

If you’re looking for a flooring solution that will add warmth and natural beauty to your home Bernie recommends Parquet flooring.

Parquet flooring arrived in Versailles, France in 1684 and only the wealthy across Europe could afford this beautiful flooring which was made by hand cutting small pieces of wood into geometric shapes (squares, triangle, lozenges) and joining them together to create a mosaic effect. It took extreme skill to lay these floors which is why they were only found in the homes of affluent families and royalty.

In the 1930s the popularity of Parquet floors declined when carpet began to be manufactured but this flooring has recently become popular again. Today there are many styles of Parquet floors to choose from (herringbone is the most popular) and the good news is this type of flooring is now affordable. It’s also much more durable, easy to maintain and works incredibly well in both rustic homes and modern interiors.

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Advantages of Parquet flooring

  • Wonderful rich look and texture – Bernie loves it because as an interior designer she can choose from a wide range of textures, patterns and wood colours – dark, light, cherry, beech, oak etc.  Allowing her to create the perfect flooring for her client’s home.
  • Today there are modern parquet options available too including bamboo and coloured parquet – you can really get creative!
  • Parquet flooring is highly durable and easy to maintain. It usually comes in three finishes; waxed, plain and pre-oiled. Every several years it can be sanded and polished, and this will make it look as good as new.
  • Parquet flooring is environmentally friendly.
  • The best advantage is that today parquet flooring is affordable, you don’t have to be royalty to have it in your home.

If you’d like to learn more about Parquet flooring and find out how it would look in your home please call Bernadette on 0417 088 602 to book a consultation.