Parquet flooring: a multitude of patterns
Wood is one of the most versatile materials available for flooring, in part because the technique of parquetry lets practically any pattern or motif be represented in a wood floor. Parquetry may be as simple and elegant as a single large medallion decorating the centre of a hardwood floor that is otherwise made of standard parallel planks. On the other hand, it may be far more complex, covering the entire floor in a repeating motif that creates a highly complicated visual pattern that will draw the eye again and again.
Although parquet floors are often made up of pieces of wood that are of contrasting colours, this does not have to be the case. Indeed, some of the parquetry patterns that are most lovely to behold are made out of a single species of wood. In this case, the patterning will be quite subtle, providing the room with an understated elegance rather than a bold statement. The type of parquetry you prefer depends on your own personal tastes in décor along with the look you have already established by means of furniture, wall hangings and other decorative elements.
Many parquetry floors are made up of repeating motifs that are each about a foot square. These allow consumers to get a general feel for how the entire floor might look in the end since each sample square can be thought of like a tile. This is the type of parquetry commonly seen in showrooms. Consumers, however, should not forget that they can order practically any image they want to be rendered in parquetry; many firms specialise in custom jobs.
In terms of maintenance, a parquet floor will need regular floor sanding just the same as a traditional hardwood plain floor.