Well today marks the first of a series of posts that I am writing about wooden flooring. A collaboration with the wonderful people at Woodpecker Flooring, that will be running for the next 3 weeks. I have long been a fan of a wooden floor, and in this series I am going to not only look at the benefits of choosing it for your home, but give you some styling tips and ideas on three different styles of wooden flooring.
So the first I am going to be looking at today, is a firm favourite of mine – Parquet flooring.
Woodpecker – GOODRICH PARQUET FLOORING/Natural Oak/Milton/Whitened Oak
This kind of flooring comes in many different styles and colours, but essentially its origins lie in of the French word parqueterie and dates back to the mid to late 1600’s. Parquet flooring is a type of wood flooring made from small blocks or strips of wood which are laid to create a regular and geometric pattern. It can be seen in dark rich woods, as well mid tone and whitewashed. It definitely gives a more decorative effect, than a standard laid floor.
Don’t be worried about adding this kind of design though into a modern decor, as it can look just as good.
I would just be a little more careful and thoughtful about the design. I think this is a great representation of a very modern minimal kitchen, with little colour at all added, and the parquet flooring being the center piece of the room. It adds warmth, natural texture and richness to the whole scheme and so I think works perfectly. It is a very unfussy look though to match the rest of the room.
How about something a little bit more rich in colour and retro in look :
What I love the most, is how much character this type flooring gives to the room. Take the above image taken from Ideal Home, the rich herringbone flooring adds weight and structure to a room. A perfect backdrop for adding modern or retro pieces of furniture to them. Warm tones and the texture of wood work brilliantly whether you are wanting to add cool or hot colours I think into a rooms scheme. I would always think about added texture in the form of rugs and soft furnishings to pull the room together though. Even though the flooring has been laid over a large expanse, it doesn’t feel over powering, and the furniture has been used to zone and divide the space.
Because a wooden floor is very robust and easy to maintain, with just a little routine maintenance, they work well in hallways and corridors. I love the idea of using two different types of flooring to divide a space such as this.
Doesn’t it work well?
Finally, if you are looking for something a little more daring. How about cladding the parquet flooring onto something. In the below image it been used to great effect as wooden parquet has been clad to a sliding door, in a retro apartment in the Barbican London.
If you are interested in getting a sample of the flooring, to get an idea of what it would look like in your home, then please do go to the Woodpecker website to request a FREE sample.
Join me next Wednesday, when I will be looking at another form of wooden flooring.
Images – All Ideal Home and House and Garden, press the image for full link and details.
Second in the series, can be viewed here :http://theanamumdiary.co.uk/2017/03/15/spring-series-woodpecker-flooring-dark-floors/