Many of you will know that we moved house two and a half years ago. We went from living in a cosy but spacious old dairy built in 1835 to a modern feeling, incredibly light and airy early 1960s build. Whilst the house and style may have changed considerably, one thing that has not is our view towards styling it.
Going back a few years now to our pre-Victorian house we needed to do a great deal of structural work to it along with extensive redecoration. At the heart of the work and the all the considerations that we made was what could we do to restore it sensitively and in-keeping with its original build. The same thought is extended now to our 1960s home as we work our way carefully through each room considering the light and the age and the origins of where we live and when the property was built.
2019 is going to be our year for order in our home and towards the top of the agenda is finally getting round to making some style choices that put our stamp on the house and are sympathetic to the energy and culture of the 1960s. There is a great deal of research to be done, neither of us are naturals in the history of home interiors, but one thing that we are agreed on is floor coverings. Carpets weren’t widely used until later that decade but an often popular choice was parquet flooring. A quick search suggests that it is very much back in style at the moment, but the choice appears to be broader than the dark small strips which remind me of my childhood home.
I’ve teamed up with Direct Wood Flooring to get a better feel for this floor covering and the options that might be available to us. They told me that parquet is one of the bestselling flooring options and is made of block or strips of wood laid in different patterns for example, geometrical, square, angular, lozenges or triangular. However, every style has its own charm and I do think that we are after a specific look, especially for our living room which is long so we want something to give an impression of width and not detract from the gorgeous light that falls through each end of the room at either end of the day.
Installation of parquet flooring is very easy and done by gluing the tiles. I confess I had thought it might be made in a more complicated manner but I’m somewhat relieved to hear that it is relatively straight forward.
Materials used in the manufacturing of parquet flooring are commonly walnut, oak, cherry and maple though for the production of expensive parquet, hardwood or mahogany are used. The maintenance of this flooring is quite easy too, which with three young boys and a dog in the house really appeals! Obviously a vacuum cleaner or broom would work, but so too would a simple mop, something that we were unable to use on the exposed wooden flooring in our old property.
There are various types of parquet flooring available which gives us great choice, and options of using a different style elsewhere in the house if we want to. These include:
- Classic Parquet Flooring
Classic parquet flooring is known as the most expensive type as it is made up of pure wood which gives a room an exquisite look. Installation of this flooring isn’t as easy as other options because the tiles are placed on a cladding sheet rather than put directly on to the floor.
- Oak Parquet Flooring
A very popular type of parquet is oak parquet flooring made, unsurprisingly, out of blocks of oak. There are a variety of creative patterns that can be made by oak parquet. One main advantage of oak parquet is that it can be stained with any colour of your choice, moreover, any texture can be made on this type of parquet. There are further two types of oak parquet:
- Solid parquet – which is made out of solid oak blocks only.
- Engineered parquet – which is made by the combination of solid oak and multiple layers of plywood making it much stronger and durable than any other type.
There are two different methods for installing oak parquet too – the tongue and groove method and the click method. I’m told both are relatively easy for someone in the know!
- Walnut Parquet Flooring
Another solution to our flooring choices might be to use walnut parquet. Essentially it is a dark toned flooring ranging from brown to purple. Due to its dark nature, dirt isn’t quite so obviously visible. Although I’m really looking for something light I do like the idea that this flooring might help me out on the days when giving it a good mop and wipe down stretches beyond my available energy levels. The other bonus is that if it is damaged, the parquet flooring doesn’t have to be changed as a whole. Each individual block can be lifted and replaced. The darkness or colour of the walnut depends on which part of the world and what part of the tree it originated from which might give the floor a nice story too, although I’m not sure Warwickshire is well known for its walnut trees so this might not be so in-keeping with our vision of tying the interior style of our home into our location.
- Merbau Parquet Flooring
Another popular parquet flooring which gives a little rustic or vintage touch is the merbau. The wood is very warm, comforting and homely. Perhaps a perfect fit for our living room. Merbau is also helpful for hiding any damage or marks due to its ribbon figures which give it its rustic look. This wood is very versatile and I’m told can look good in almost every room so perhaps we could extend this option out into our hallway and study as well.
In all, parquet flooring seems to be a great and stylish alternative to expensive hardwood. I think that it would fit nicely with our vision of a 1960s home with a modern twist, the only decision now is which type to go for!
N.B. This is a collaborative post with Direct Wood Flooring. I am grateful to them for their input and expertise! For more information, please see my disclosure page.
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