Parquet is a beautiful, versatile flooring option that exudes sophistication and is a popular choice for high end interior designers. The fashion for this popular type of flooring began in 17th century in France with the classic herringbone or fishbone design. Wooden blocks were cut from a hardwood timber and fitted one by one over the subfloor to create the stunning pattern.
It comes in a range of grains of wood that can be arranged in a wide variety of patterns. This means there’s an element of choice when it comes to creating a specific look as its patterns can suit any style and design. In addition, parquet flooring can enhance a space, act as a beautiful background to a scheme, but it also has the potential to be the focal point of any room too.
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Think of an English country home, and images of rose-covered, beamed cottages usually spring to mind. Some of these might sport a thatched roof; others will have twisting chimneys dating back to Tudor times, and tease the visitor with the promise of secret rooms and a history waiting to be discovered. Dark interiors are filled with an eclectic mix of furnishings, while elements of the surrounding bloom-filled garden creep inside through the floral motifs on the curtain fabrics and cushions.
Alternatively, you might think of a Georgian manor or Downtown Abbey, with elegant proportions and large fireplaces to warm the substantial spaces. High-ceilinged, light-filled rooms in these properties are often punctuated with window seats that would please the cast of a Jane Austen novel.
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