It’s time to bring back parquet flooring
Parquet flooring is experiencing a resurgence in popularity, and we think it’s about time, too!
Once a staple of mid-century design, parquet floors fell out of fashion in favour of other flooring options like vinyl, ceramic tile and engineered wood in recent years but is starting to make a comeback.
It’s no surprise, really; parquet has actually been popular for centuries with design connoisseurs.
In fact, wood parquet still graces the floors of many aristocratic buildings in Europe, such was its popularity. Not only is it a durable option for both princes and paupers alike, it’s also a way of warming up your room using wood to create a cosy feel without losing your design kudos.
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What is parquet flooring?
Although parquet may still inhabit palaces and mansions, parquetry actually began as a method for using up scraps of wood that would otherwise be too small for flooring.
These small pieces of wood are laid into a geometric mosaic, creating an attractive flooring option that’s practical as well as stylish.
Over the years, the technique has been refined and there are now three main ways to get your the parquet look in your home: solid wood, engineered wood or parquet tiles.
Solid wood, engineered wood or parquet tiles
Traditionally, parquet was made from solid wood and it’s still possible to achieve this look in your home today.
However, although there are many advantages to solid wood parquet, it’s certainly not perfect as it’s susceptible to damage from both water and the natural wear and tear of daily life. It can also be a little tricky to install and may require professional help.
Ted Baker ParqTile
Engineered wood is a more economical use of wood, made with three layers of real wood compared to just one for solid wood floors, which means it’s less liable to contract and expand than solid wood, making it more stable.
However, like solid wood, it’s also not the most durable option. Both solid wood and engineered wood requires regular maintenance to resist wear and tear, including waxing and polishing.
Realistic wood designs are ‘printed’ onto porcelain to create the look and feel of traditional parquet; technology is now such that it is almost impossible to tell the difference between the tiles and the real thing. Just take a look at our Ted Baker ParqTile and its authentic grain effect.
The Benefits of Parquet Tiles
Parquet-style tiles allow you to get the warmth of a wood floor in your home; the Feature Floors Parquet in matt brown is proof of that. Combine that with their durability and easy maintenance, it’s perfect for areas with high traffic like hallways and kitchens, or even restaurants and shopping centres.
Unlike wood, the surface of porcelain has low porosity, making it essentially water resistant and therefore suitable for any area of the home, including bathrooms.
Feature Floors Parquet
Not only that but the surface is unaffected by the sun and is easy to clean, so won’t require any special maintenance.
Whilst some traditionalists may wish to stick to the real thing, there’s no denying that parquet tiles are more convenient for modern homeowners, without sacrificing any style.