Parquet Wood Flooring

Parquet wood flooring refers to a decorative style of flooring that is comprised of pieces of wood that are arranged into a pattern or mosaic. The term ‘parquet’ encompasses many different patterns, including herringbone, chevron and basket weave (which are three different patterns that are created from individual parquet blocks) as well as panel designs such as parquet de Versailles, parquet de Chevney and parquet de Ardeche (patterns with a border that are fixed into panels).


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What Patterns Does Our Parquet Wood Flooring Create?

We have many different parquet options available at Ted Todd, including panels that come ready to install, and loose herringbone and chevron blocks that you can create your own patterns with. We also have small parquet components available, such as squares, so the pattern options you can choose from are limitless.

One of the most enduring parquet patterns is herringbone. Made up of individual blocks, the end of each block meets the side of another in a ‘zig-zag’ pattern. These parquet blocks can also be placed in a double herringbone pattern, a basket weave pattern, or can be used with squares to create continuous Versailles, which is the same as parquet de Versailles, but without the border. All of these patterns work wonderfully as ways to tie multiple spaces together, or in expansive or irregular shaped rooms.

Our Create collection is made up of herringbone blocks, chevron and squares that have been engineered to fit together. This gives you all the components you need to create hundreds of different patterns. Once you’ve chosen your pattern, you can decide whether to have them all the same tone, or whether to mix and match darker and lighter tones together.

Chevron creates a similar pattern to herringbone, but has a more angular, geometric look to it. The end of each chevron block is engineered to a point, and so really makes a statement. One stand-out way to use chevron is to run a skinny plank down the centre of each run of parquet blocks.

Chevron looks great in both large and narrow spaces. It works particularly well in transitional spaces such as hallways, corridors and break out areas, as it draws the eye and leads you from one space to the next.

We also have many parquet panels available, with options both with and without borders. Panels that don’t have borders create a seamless pattern, as they are engineered so that the patterns line up exactly. This can be a quick and easy way to lay patterns in a space, as individual parquet blocks don’t have to be fitted together.

Our panels that do have borders around them are still engineered so that the patterns match up, and the border adds a classic, refined touch.

Examples of our panels are parquet de Versailles, parquet de Chevney, parquet de Ardeche, parquet de Chantilly, chequerboard and fingerblock.

We have solid wood and engineered options, and a huge range of tones and textures available. Another thing to think about is the style and age of the wood that the parquet is constructed from – we have dozens of options: aged parquet, antique parquet, reclaimed parquet, and parquet constructed from the finest new timber.

Our antique wood floors are constructed from the finest timber that is at least 100 years old, and once installed can look like they have been there for centuries – in fact there have been many projects around the world that have our aged and antique parquet floors installed, including hotels, private residences and museums.

The texture of a parquet floor can transform the look and feel of it. Think about whether you want your wood floor to have a heavy, undulating texture – which is perfect for the rustic, industrial look that has been popular for years – or whether a smooth, uniform texture that achieves a more subtle look is more suited to your space.

All of the above mentioned parquet flooring designs are available across our portfolio.

What Interior Design Styles Work Best With Parquet Flooring?

The great thing about parquet wood floors is that they look fantastic in every interior scheme.

Once you’ve chosen the type of parquet you want – herringbone, chevron, or parquet de Versailles for example – you can then choose from a variety of tones, textures and even the age of the wood that it is constructed from.

A wood floor forms the foundation of your space, and you can choose whether it makes a stand-out statement, whether it seamlessly blends into the background, or whether different styles are used to break up different areas.

How Do You Install A Parquet Wood Floor?

Installing a parquet floor is no mean feat and should only be undertaken by an experienced wood floor fitter.

Parquet wood flooring (whether you are installing panels or individual parquet blocks) should always be fully bonded to the subfloor, which means no underlay is required.

All of our engineered parquet floors can be installed over underfloor heating.

You can read our full installation guidelines here.

What Are The Different Styles Of Parquet Flooring?

Parquet has always been a favourite around the world, but like all things interiors it ebbs and flows in popularity.

Historically, parquet designs have been found in pottery and rock carvings that date back thousands of years, with the first verified evidence of the chevron pattern hailing from 1800 BC in Greece. The Romans used a herringbone pattern when building roads, angling bricks in the classic design to make them tougher and sturdier.

Parquet de Versailles and chevron parquet patterns were used extensively by French nobility in the 17th and 18th centuries, as they were laid in castles, palaces and large homes. It is noted that although parquet de Versailles panels were used through the whole of the palace of Versailles, there was one room where chevron was laid.

After World War 2, the popularity of parquet flooring went into decline, as the rise of synthetic fibres made carpets cheap. In the later part of the 20th century wood floors once again rose to prominence and have been an interiors staple ever since.

How Do You Care For Parquet Flooring?

The floor maintenance and care used for a parquet floor is the same as any other real wood floor – it depends on the finish used.

If you have a finish that sits on the surface of the wood, such as hardened oil, UV oil, matt lacquer, satin lacquer, or naked skin lacquer, then you’ll need to use Care System 1.

If you have a finish that soaks into the pores of the wood, such as burnished hardwax oil or restoration oil, then you’ll need Care System 2.

Both of our Care Systems include Ted Todd approved cleaners that can be used without the worry of stripping the finish off the floor, and the key is never to use too much water, as you don’t want to get a wood floor too wet.

You can see our full care and maintenance guides here.

Get Your Free Samples

You can get free samples of all our herringbone and chevron parquet floors.

We don’t send out samples of our parquet panels as standard, but if you have a project where you are specifying panels, speak to one of our team and we can have bespoke samples made for you. The cost of the samples will be taken off your purchase. We also have two Design Centres – one in London and one in Cheshire – where you can see our floors on display, as well as a network of partners. If you’d like to visit one of our partners to see any panels, please ring ahead to check the floor you want to see if on display.

To get in touch with one of our team, or to request a callback, click here.