Common Patterns in Parquet Flooring
The term “parquet flooring” is not understood by all members of the general public, who may believe that it merely means hardwood flooring. The two are distinct, however, even though they are close cousins. While hardwood flooring generally comes in planks that lie parallel to one another, parquet flooring comes in a variety of shapes that are used to put together an artistic, almost mosaic look made of various hardwood species. Many patterns used in parquet flooring are highly geometric, with many repeating motifs across an entire floor surface. Others, however, are more ornamental and can serve to highlight special room features such as a chandelier hanging overhead.
One of the most common patterns used in parquet flooring is the block pattern, which is made up of squares that usually measure nine inches on a side. By placing squares of contrasting colour down, interesting patterns can be constructed. One of the most common is the checkerboard.
A more complex pattern in the herringbone, widely considered to be one of the most elegant parquet patterns in common use. These patterns use more advanced shapes than the simple square and can be somewhat more complicated to install since more pieces are needed and the pieces are typically smaller.
Parquet flooring generally wears quite well and provides a home with a beautiful atmosphere for many years. Like all wood products though, it needs periodic maintenance in the form of parquet floor sanding to reveal a fresh layer of pristine wood.