The complete guide to parquet flooring designs

Parquet wood flooring has seen a phenomenal rise in popularity in recent years, which isn’t showing any signs of slowing down. It’s a fantastic floor for adding extra pattern into a home. Although herringbone is the most popular design (it accounts for about 99% of installations) there are plenty of other options to consider. The wood flooring market is growing, so we are finding that more and more of our customers want to experiment and create something different.
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This guide will take you through the options and show you how to use parquet wood flooring to create a statement in your home.

The beauty of parquet wooden floor laid in a Herringbone style

The beauty of parquet wooden floor laid in a Herringbone style

This walnut features variations in tone and colour, so each block stands out

This walnut features variations in tone and colour, so each block stands out

HERRINGBONE PARQUET

This is the most traditional go-to pattern when it comes to parquet. It’s not just restricted to flooring either, as the classic V shape is a familiar sight on fabrics and furniture. The beauty of this pattern is that it works in both contemporary and traditional settings.

Herringbone design in engineered oak

Herringbone design in engineered oak

Herringbone parquet pattern laid diagonally

Herringbone parquet pattern laid diagonally

A double herringbone pattern takes the design one step further and is slightly more unusual. The use of the double block is bolder and tends to suit larger rooms, as space is needed for the design to be fully appreciated.

A double herringbone parquet floor

A double herringbone parquet floor

This floor has been laid diagonally

This floor has been laid diagonally

BORDER STYLES FOR HERRINGBONE FLOORS

There are several options which can be used to frame herringbone parquet.

Single borders tend to suit smaller rooms, while double boarders make a strong impression in larger rooms. To ensure that the border isn’t lost in the room, a darker tramline can be installed. This will highlight the outline of the area and is particularly effective for showing off quirky angles.

If a border isn’t used, the parquet flooring will simply run under the skirting board, as seen on this project.

Oak parquet wooden flooring with a single border and dark tramline

Oak parquet wooden flooring with a single border and dark tramline

Herringbone design with a darker single border and lighter tramline

Herringbone design with a darker single border and lighter tramline, click here to see the full project

BASKETWEAVE

As the name suggests, this flooring resembles the weaving pattern used to make baskets. This is great for narrow hallways as it can help to elongate the space. There are several different options, so you can choose the look which reflects your personal style.

A ratio of 4 by 4 creates a square basket weave design

A ratio of 4 by 4 creates a square basket weave design

The same design but laid diagonally

The same design but laid diagonally

A loose basketweave design. For a high end look, a dark piece of wood can be laid in the centre

A loose basketweave design. For a high end look, a dark piece of wood can be laid in the centre

A lighter wood, such as maple isn’t ideal for this type of design, as the colouring is very light and there isn’t enough variation to enhance the pattern. Similarly, if the wood it too dark, the individual blocks will struggle to stand out.

A natural oak sealed with a transparent oak is the best option, as the grain pattern, knots and figuring will help to define each piece of wood, helping to emphasize the design.

DUTCH BASKETWEAVE

Dutch basketweave is slightly different from a simple basketweave design as it features continuous lines of pattern. Again, there are different ratios and fitting options to create an individual look.

Dutch basketweave with a single end block

Dutch basketweave with a single end block

Dutch basketweave with a double end block

Dutch basketweave with a double end block

Dutch basketweave with a single middle block

Dutch basketweave with a single middle block

Dutch basketweave with a double middle block

Dutch basketweave with a double middle block

BASKETWEAVE AND BORDERS

We tend to advise against using a border for basketweave designs, as it limits the fitting options, especially if the pattern is laid diagonally.

LADDER AND BRICK PARQUET PATTERNS

The ladder and the brickwork patterns are achieved by fitting the blocks in continuous lines. As an alternative, the rails can be edged with a single block. Both of these designs create a strong pattern with a more contemporary and slightly industrial feel.

Ladder design

Ladder design

A ladder pattern with rails

A ladder pattern with rails

Brickwork parquet design fin wood

Brickwork parquet design fin wood

A brick design features staggered blocks. There are no restrictions on the size of the blocks for the ladder or brick designs, so they can be selected to suit the proportions of the room. It’s advisable to use a wood species with a clear grain pattern, such as oak, to ensure that the intention of the design is clear and well defined.

If you would like more information about our parquet fitting service and the design options, please click here.

If you would like to find out which design would suit your home, please get in contact, so we can discuss your project in more detail

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