Hardwood floorings are known for their beauty and elegance. Most of the time, the fact that the floors are made of hardwood is enough for it to exude elegance. But like any piece of art, the beauty emanates more from refined and intricate pieces. These involve patterns and shapes that are extremely out of the ordinary. This is what parquetry flooring is all about. Parquetry is when blocks or any defined shape of hardwood are arranged to create creative patterns on the floors. These designs are truly out of the ordinary with endless possibilities involving different species, sizes and patterns.
There are two traditional types of parquetry floorings. The first one is the block parquetry which involves small pieces of hardwood arranged in blocks with different designs. The most popular designs include the basket weave, Brickbond, Abbott, Heritage, Herringbone and the Square on Square. Normally, the blocks used come in contrasting colours to create the illusion of depth and space.
The second type is mosaic parquetry. This style makes use small blocks that are arranged in alternating directions. This is the most common type of parquetry flooring since it is widely used in hotels and mansions. These floors also serve as focal points in the area since it involves a high degree of attention to detail and craftsmanship.
A third type which is becoming popular nowadays is the use of random patterns. Also called freestyle parquetry, this style involves patterns that are only limited by one’s imagination. With the different shapes and sizes of blocks to use, homeowners can come up with floors that will also serve as works of art.
Parquetry flooring is considered a practical way of designing one’s floor because it requires less strict materials. It is easy to clean and maintain and at the same time, it possesses the strength that most solid hardwood floors have. These designs also provide variation that can be used to set boundaries in different areas of the house.
Installation is as easy as any other hardwood floors. And one of the biggest advantages of having parquetry flooring is that a small damage may be repaired easily. There is no need to renovate the entire floor because the area of the damage may be handles easily.
Visit the Sydney Timber Flooring showroom to learn about their parquetry flooring options today.